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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
Default Reasoning System DeReS
, 1996
"... In this paper, we describe an automated reasoning system, called DeReS. DeReS implements default logic of Reiter by supporting several basic reasoning tasks such as testing whether extensions exist, finding one or all extensions (if at least one exists) and querying if a formula belongs to one ..."
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In this paper, we describe an automated reasoning system, called DeReS. DeReS implements default logic of Reiter by supporting several basic reasoning tasks such as testing whether extensions exist, finding one or all extensions (if at least one exists) and querying if a formula belongs to one or all extensions. If an input theory is a logic program, DeReS computes stable models of this program and supports queries on membership of an atom in some or all stable models. The paper contains an account of our preliminary experiments with DeReS and a discussion of the results. We show that a choice of a propositional prover is critical for the efficiency of DeReS. We also present a general technique that eliminates the need for some global consistency checks and results in substantial speedups. We experimentally demonstrate the potential of the concept of relaxed stratification for making automated reasoning systems practical. 1 INTRODUCTION The area of nonmonotonic l...
The comparative linguistics of knowledge representation
 In Proc. of IJCAI’95
, 1995
"... We develop a methodology for comparing knowledge representation formalisms in terms of their "representational succinctness, " that is, their ability to express knowledge situations relatively efficiently. We use this framework for comparing many important formalisms for knowledge base rep ..."
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We develop a methodology for comparing knowledge representation formalisms in terms of their "representational succinctness, " that is, their ability to express knowledge situations relatively efficiently. We use this framework for comparing many important formalisms for knowledge base representation: propositional logic, default logic, circumscription, and model preference defaults; and, at a lower level, Horn formulas, characteristic models, decision trees, disjunctive normal form, and conjunctive normal form. We also show that adding new variables improves the effective expressibility of certain knowledge representation formalisms. 1
Preprocessing of Intractable Problems
 Information and Computation
, 1997
"... Some computationally hard problems e.g., deduction in logical knowledge bases are such that part of an instance is known well before the rest of it, and remains the same for several subsequent instances of the problem. In these cases, it is meaningful to preprocess offline this known part so as ..."
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Some computationally hard problems e.g., deduction in logical knowledge bases are such that part of an instance is known well before the rest of it, and remains the same for several subsequent instances of the problem. In these cases, it is meaningful to preprocess offline this known part so as to simplify the remaining online problem. In this paper we investigate such a technique in the context of intractable, i.e., NPhard, problems. Recent results in the literature show that not all NPhard problems behave in the same way: for some of them preprocessing yields polynomialtime online simplified problems (we call them compilable), while for other ones there is strong evidence that this should not happen. Our primary goal is to provide a sound methodology that can be used either to prove or disprove that a problem is compilable. To this end, we define new models of computation, complexity classes, and reductions. We find complete problems for such classes, completeness meaning...
Computing With Default Logic
, 1999
"... Default logic was proposed by Reiter as a knowledge representation tool. In this paper, we present our work on the Default Reasoning System, DeReS, the first comprehensive and optimized implementation of default logic. While knowledge representation remains the main application area for default l ..."
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Default logic was proposed by Reiter as a knowledge representation tool. In this paper, we present our work on the Default Reasoning System, DeReS, the first comprehensive and optimized implementation of default logic. While knowledge representation remains the main application area for default logic, as a source of largescale problems needed for experimentation and as a source of intuitions needed for a systematic methodology of encoding problems as default theories we use here the domain of combinatorial problems. To experimentally study the performance of DeReS we developed a benchmarking system, the TheoryBase. The TheoryBase is designed to support experimental investigations of nonmonotonic reasoning systems based on the language of default logic or logic programming. It allows the user to create parameterized collections of default theories having similar properties and growing sizes and, consequently, to study the asymptotic performance of nonmonotonic systems under i...
Knowledge Representation with Logic Programs
 DEPT. OF CS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF KOBLENZLANDAU
, 1996
"... In this tutorialoverview, which resulted from a lecture course given by the authors at ..."
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Experimenting with Nonmonotonic Reasoning
 IN PROCEEDINGS OF THE 12TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON LOGIC PROGRAMMING
, 1995
"... In this paper, we describe a system, called TheoryBase, whose goal is to facilitate experimental studies of nonmonotonic reasoning systems. TheoryBase generates test default theories and logic programs. It has an identification system for generated theories, which allows us to reconstruct a logic pr ..."
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In this paper, we describe a system, called TheoryBase, whose goal is to facilitate experimental studies of nonmonotonic reasoning systems. TheoryBase generates test default theories and logic programs. It has an identification system for generated theories, which allows us to reconstruct a logic program or a default theory from its identifier. Hence, exchanging test cases requires only exchanging identifiers. TheoryBase can generate a large variety of examples of default theories and logic programs. We believe that its universal adoption may significantly advance experimental studies of nonmonotonic reasoning systems.
On Compact Representations of Propositional Circumscription
 Theoretical Computer Science
, 1997
"... . We prove that  unless the polynomial hierarchy collapses at the second level  the size of a purely propositional representation of the circumscription CIRC(T ) of a propositional formula T grows faster than any polynomial as the size of T increases. We then analyze the significance of this res ..."
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. We prove that  unless the polynomial hierarchy collapses at the second level  the size of a purely propositional representation of the circumscription CIRC(T ) of a propositional formula T grows faster than any polynomial as the size of T increases. We then analyze the significance of this result in the related field of closedworld reasoning. Appeared on the Proceedings of the 12th Symposium on Theoretical Aspects of Computer Science (STACS'95) March 24, 1995, Munchen, Germany Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 900, pages 205216, SpringerVerlag 1 Introduction Reasoning with selected (or intended) models of a logical formula is a common reasoning technique used in Databases, Logic Programming, Knowledge Representation and Artificial Intelligence (AI). One of the most popular criteria for selecting intended models is minimality wrt the set of true atoms. The idea behind minimality is to assume that a fact is false whenever possible. Such a criterion allows one to represent o...
Space Efficiency of Propositional Knowledge Representation Formalisms
 IN PROCEEDINGS OF THE FIFTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE PRINCIPLES OF KNOWLEDGE REPRESENTATION AND REASONING (KR'96
, 2000
"... We investigate the space efficiency of a Propositional Knowledge Representation (PKR) formalism. Intuitively, the space efficiency of a formalism F in representing a certain piece of knowledge #, is the size of the shortest formula of F that represents #. In this paper we assume that knowledge is ..."
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We investigate the space efficiency of a Propositional Knowledge Representation (PKR) formalism. Intuitively, the space efficiency of a formalism F in representing a certain piece of knowledge #, is the size of the shortest formula of F that represents #. In this paper we assume that knowledge is either a set of propositional interpretations (models) or a set of propositional formulae (theorems). We provide a formal way of talking about the relative ability of PKR formalisms to compactly represent a set of models or a set of theorems. We introduce two new compactness measures, the corresponding classes, and show that the relative space efficiency of a PKR formalism in representing models/theorems is directly related to such classes. In particular, we consider formalisms for nonmonotonic reasoning, such as circumscription and default logic, as well as belief revision operators and the stable model semantics for logic programs with negation. One interesting result is that formalisms ...