Well, I've recently been studying karnaugh maps and I've noticed theres two sorts of ways to represent them. In my learning materials, sometimes they are expressed in one way,sometimes in another way. For example: http://puu.sh/luJBp/4b2c878122.png [Broken] Now, what I don't understand is with this method is that do I assume the variables to be initially 1? Otherwise the contents/minterms of the map itself don't really make sense. Also for this example no boolean expression was given. I understand the other way of expressing karnaugh maps In this method, the numbers above the cells indicate the value of the variables whereas in the first method they don't? So do I assume the variables to initially be at 1? I've read several websites and watched videos and I can't seem to figure it out.