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Assume S1, S2∈ NLOGSPACE. Which of the following statements is true? • S1 \ S2 ∈ coNLOGSPACE • S1 Δ S2 ∈ NLOGSPACE

where A\B is the set of members of A that are not members of B. And A Δ B is the set of members of A U B that are not members of A ∩ B

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Try to show us what you have tried instead of making it look like you are giving us a homework assignment. –  sxd Jan 10 '12 at 19:31
    
since NLogSpace=CoNLogSpace, i think both the statements are true... but is is true to say that ConNLogSpace=NLogSpace?? –  Blue Devil Jan 10 '12 at 20:03

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The Immerman–Szelepcsényi theorem says that NLOGSPACE is closed under complementation. So, if S1 and S2 are in NLOGSPACE, S1 \ S2 = S1 ∩ S2$^c$ and S1 Δ S2 = (S1 ∩ S2$^c$) ∪ (S1$^c$ ∩ S2) are both in NLOGSPACE. Since NLOGSPACE is closed under complementation, NLOGSPACE=co-NLOGSPACE, so they are also in co-NLOGSPACE. The link contains a sketch of a proof of the Immerman–Szelepcsényi theorem.

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so that means both the statements are true? –  Blue Devil Jan 11 '12 at 11:19
    
Thank You @david-moews –  Blue Devil Jan 11 '12 at 15:33

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