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Nonmonotonic Reasoning, Preferential Models and Cumulative Logics
, 1990
"... Many systems that exhibit nonmonotonic behavior have been described and studied already in the literature. The general notion of nonmonotonic reasoning, though, has almost always been described only negatively, by the property it does not enjoy, i.e. monotonicity. We study here general patterns of ..."
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Many systems that exhibit nonmonotonic behavior have been described and studied already in the literature. The general notion of nonmonotonic reasoning, though, has almost always been described only negatively, by the property it does not enjoy, i.e. monotonicity. We study here general patterns of nonmonotonic reasoning and try to isolate properties that could help us map the field of nonmonotonic reasoning by reference to positive properties. We concentrate on a number of families of nonmonotonic consequence relations, defined in the style of Gentzen [13]. Both prooftheoretic and semantic points of view are developed in parallel. The former point of view was pioneered by D. Gabbay in [10], while the latter has been advocated by Y. Shoham in [38]. Five such families are defined and characterized by representation theorems, relating the two points of view. One of the families of interest, that of preferential relations, turns out to have been studied by E. Adams in [2]. The pr...
Logic Programming and Knowledge Representation
 Journal of Logic Programming
, 1994
"... In this paper, we review recent work aimed at the application of declarative logic programming to knowledge representation in artificial intelligence. We consider exten sions of the language of definite logic programs by classical (strong) negation, disjunc tion, and some modal operators and sh ..."
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In this paper, we review recent work aimed at the application of declarative logic programming to knowledge representation in artificial intelligence. We consider exten sions of the language of definite logic programs by classical (strong) negation, disjunc tion, and some modal operators and show how each of the added features extends the representational power of the language.
Adaptive Execution in Complex Dynamic Worlds
, 1989
"... A robot acting in the real world must use flexible plans because actions will sometimes fail to produce desired effects, and unexpected events will sometimes demand the robot shift its attention. A plan is usually construed as a list of primitive robot actions to be executed one after another but i ..."
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A robot acting in the real world must use flexible plans because actions will sometimes fail to produce desired effects, and unexpected events will sometimes demand the robot shift its attention. A plan is usually construed as a list of primitive robot actions to be executed one after another but in a complex domain, a plan must be structured to cope effectively with the myriad unpredictable details it will encounter during execution. However, adding structure to a plan involves more than augmenting the primitive plan representation; it requires a complete model of interaction with the world called situationdriven execution. Situationdriven execution assumes that a plan consists of tasks with three major components: a satisfaction test, a window of activity, and a set of execution methods that are appropriate in different circumstances. Execution of such a plan proceeds by selecting an unsatisfied t...
The Complexity of LogicBased Abduction
, 1993
"... Abduction is an important form of nonmonotonic reasoning allowing one to find explanations for certain symptoms or manifestations. When the application domain is described by a logical theory, we speak about logicbased abduction. Candidates for abductive explanations are usually subjected to minima ..."
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Abduction is an important form of nonmonotonic reasoning allowing one to find explanations for certain symptoms or manifestations. When the application domain is described by a logical theory, we speak about logicbased abduction. Candidates for abductive explanations are usually subjected to minimality criteria such as subsetminimality, minimal cardinality, minimal weight, or minimality under prioritization of individual hypotheses. This paper presents a comprehensive complexity analysis of relevant decision and search problems related to abduction on propositional theories. Our results indicate that abduction is harder than deduction. In particular, we show that with the most basic forms of abduction the relevant decision problems are complete for complexity classes at the second level of the polynomial hierarchy, while the use of prioritization raises the complexity to the third level in certain cases.
Reasoning About Action I: A Possible Worlds Approach
 Artificial Intelligence
, 1987
"... Reasoning about change is an important aspect of commonsense reasoning and planning. In this paper we describe an approach to reasoning about change for rich domains where it is not possible to anticipate all situations that might occur. The approach provides a solution to the frame problem, and to ..."
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Reasoning about change is an important aspect of commonsense reasoning and planning. In this paper we describe an approach to reasoning about change for rich domains where it is not possible to anticipate all situations that might occur. The approach provides a solution to the frame problem, and to the related problem that it is not always reasonable to explicitly specify all of the consequences of actions. The approach involves keeping a single model of the world that is updated when actions are performed. The update procedure involves constructing the nearest world to the current one in which the consequences of the actions under consideration hold. The way we find the nearest world is to construct proofs of the negation of the explicit consequences of the expected action, and to remove a premise in each proof from the current world. Computationally, this construction procedure appears to be tractable for worlds like our own where few things tend to change with each action, or where ...
Nonmonotonic Reasoning in the Framework of Situation Calculus
 Artificial Intelligence
, 1991
"... Most of the solutions proposed to the Yale shooting problem have either introduced new nonmonotonic reasoning methods (generally involving temporal priorities) or completely reformulated the domain axioms to represent causality explicitly. This paper presents a new solution based on the idea that si ..."
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Most of the solutions proposed to the Yale shooting problem have either introduced new nonmonotonic reasoning methods (generally involving temporal priorities) or completely reformulated the domain axioms to represent causality explicitly. This paper presents a new solution based on the idea that since the abnormality predicate takes a situational argument, it is important for the meanings of the situations to be held constant across the various models being compared. This is accomplished by a simple change in circumscription policy: when Ab is circumscribed, Result (rather than Holds) is allowed to vary. In addition, we need an axiom ensuring that every consistent situation is included in the domain of discourse. Ordinary circumscription will then produce the intuitively correct answer. Beyond its conceptual simplicity, the solution proposed here has additional advantages over the previous approaches. Unlike the approach that uses temporal priorities, it can support reasoning backward...
On the Computational Cost of Disjunctive Logic Programming: Propositional Case
, 1995
"... This paper addresses complexity issues for important problems arising with disjunctive logic programming. In particular, the complexity of deciding whether a disjunctive logic program is consistent is investigated for a variety of wellknown semantics, as well as the complexity of deciding whethe ..."
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This paper addresses complexity issues for important problems arising with disjunctive logic programming. In particular, the complexity of deciding whether a disjunctive logic program is consistent is investigated for a variety of wellknown semantics, as well as the complexity of deciding whether a propositional formula is satised by all models according to a given semantics. We concentrate on nite propositional disjunctive programs with as wells as without integrity constraints, i.e., clauses with empty heads; the problems are located in appropriate slots of the polynomial hierarchy. In particular, we show that the consistency check is P 2 complete for the disjunctive stable model semantics (in the total as well as partial version), the iterated closed world assumption, and the perfect model semantics, and we show that the inference problem for these semantics is P 2 complete; analogous results are derived for the an
Generality In Artificial Intelligence
 Communications of the ACM
, 1987
"... My 1971 Turing Award Lecture was entitled "Generality in Artificial Intelligence ". The topic turned out to have been overambitious in that I discovered that I was unable to put my thoughts on the subject in a satisfactory written form at that time. It would have been better to have reviewed previou ..."
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My 1971 Turing Award Lecture was entitled "Generality in Artificial Intelligence ". The topic turned out to have been overambitious in that I discovered that I was unable to put my thoughts on the subject in a satisfactory written form at that time. It would have been better to have reviewed previous work rather than attempt something new, but such wasn't my custom at that time. I am grateful to the ACM for the opportunity to try again. Unfortunately for our science, although perhaps fortunately for this project, the problem of generality in AI is almost as unsolved as ever, although we now have many ideas not available in 1971. This paper relies heavily on such ideas, but it is far from a full 1986 survey of approaches for achieving generality. Ideas are discussed at a length proportional to my familiarity with them rather than according to some objective criterion. It was obvious in 1971 and even in 1958 that AI programs suffered from a lack of generality. It is still obvious, and ...
Propositional Circumscription and Extended Closed World Reasoning are $\Pi^P_2$complete
 Theoretical Computer Science
, 1993
"... Circumscription and the closed world assumption with its variants are wellknown nonmonotonic techniques for reasoning with incomplete knowledge. Their complexity in the propositional case has been studied in detail for fragments of propositional logic. One open problem is whether the deduction prob ..."
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Circumscription and the closed world assumption with its variants are wellknown nonmonotonic techniques for reasoning with incomplete knowledge. Their complexity in the propositional case has been studied in detail for fragments of propositional logic. One open problem is whether the deduction problem for arbitrary propositional theories under the extended closed world assumption or under circumscription is $\Pi^P_2$complete, i.e., complete for a class of the second level of the polynomial hierarchy. We answer this question by proving these problems $\Pi^P_2$complete, and we show how this result applies to other variants of closed world reasoning.
A Survey on Knowledge Compilation
, 1998
"... this paper we survey recent results in knowledge compilation of propositional knowledge bases. We first define and limit the scope of such a technique, then we survey exact and approximate knowledge compilation methods. We include a discussion of compilation for nonmonotonic knowledge bases. Keywor ..."
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this paper we survey recent results in knowledge compilation of propositional knowledge bases. We first define and limit the scope of such a technique, then we survey exact and approximate knowledge compilation methods. We include a discussion of compilation for nonmonotonic knowledge bases. Keywords: Knowledge Representation, Efficiency of Reasoning