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Reasoning about Temporal Relations: A Maximal Tractable Subclass of Allen's Interval Algebra
 Journal of the ACM
, 1995
"... We introduce a new subclass of Allen's interval algebra we call "ORDHorn subclass," which is a strict superset of the "pointisable subclass." We prove that reasoning in the ORDHorn subclass is a polynomialtime problem and show that the pathconsistency method is sufficient for deciding satisfiabil ..."
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We introduce a new subclass of Allen's interval algebra we call "ORDHorn subclass," which is a strict superset of the "pointisable subclass." We prove that reasoning in the ORDHorn subclass is a polynomialtime problem and show that the pathconsistency method is sufficient for deciding satisfiability. Further, using an extensive machinegenerated case analysis, we show that the ORDHorn subclass is a maximal tractable subclass of the full algebra (assuming<F NaN> P6=NP). In fact, it is the unique greatest tractable subclass amongst the subclasses that contain all basic relations. This work has been supported by the German Ministry for Research and Technology (BMFT) under grant ITW 8901 8 as part of the WIP project and under grant ITW 9201 as part of the TACOS project. 1 1 Introduction Temporal information is often conveyed qualitatively by specifying the relative positions of time intervals such as ". . . point to the figure while explaining the performance of the system . . . "...
Complexity and Algorithms for Reasoning About Time: A GraphTheoretic Approach
, 1992
"... Temporal events are regarded here as intervals on a time line. This paper deals with problems in reasoning about such intervals when the precise topological relationship between them is unknown or only partially specified. This work unifies notions of interval algebras in artificial intelligence ..."
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Temporal events are regarded here as intervals on a time line. This paper deals with problems in reasoning about such intervals when the precise topological relationship between them is unknown or only partially specified. This work unifies notions of interval algebras in artificial intelligence with those of interval orders and interval graphs in combinatorics. The satisfiability, minimal labeling, all solutions and all realizations problems are considered for temporal (interval) data. Several versions are investigated by restricting the possible interval relationships yielding different complexity results. We show that even when the temporal data comprises of subsets of relations based on intersection and precedence only, the satisfiability question is NPcomplete. On the positive side, we give efficient algorithms for several restrictions of the problem. In the process, the interval graph sandwich problem is introduced, and is shown to be NPcomplete. This problem is als...
Solving Hard Qualitative Temporal Reasoning Problems: Evaluating the Efficiency of Using the ORDHorn Class
 Constraints
, 1997
"... While the worstcase computational properties of Allen's calculus for qualitative temporal reasoning have been analyzed quite extensively, the determination of the empirical efficiency of algorithms for solving the consistency problem in this calculus has received only little research attention. ..."
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While the worstcase computational properties of Allen's calculus for qualitative temporal reasoning have been analyzed quite extensively, the determination of the empirical efficiency of algorithms for solving the consistency problem in this calculus has received only little research attention. In this paper, we will demonstrate that using the ORDHorn class in Ladkin and Reinefeld's backtracking algorithm leads to performance improvements when deciding consistency of hard instances in Allen's calculus. For this purpose, we prove that Ladkin and Reinefeld's algorithm is complete when using the ORDHorn class, we identify phase transition regions of the reasoning problem, and compare the improvements of ORDHorn with other heuristic methods when applied to instances in the phase transition region. Finally, we give evidence that combining search methods orthogonally can dramatically improve the performance of the backtracking algorithm. Contents 1 Introduction 1 2 Allen's...
Efficient Algorithms for Qualitative Reasoning about Time
 Artificial Intelligence
, 1995
"... Reasoning about temporal information is an important task in many areas of Artificial Intelligence. In this paper we address the problem of scalability in temporal reasoning by providing a collection of new algorithms for efficiently managing large sets of qualitative temporal relations. We focus on ..."
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Reasoning about temporal information is an important task in many areas of Artificial Intelligence. In this paper we address the problem of scalability in temporal reasoning by providing a collection of new algorithms for efficiently managing large sets of qualitative temporal relations. We focus on the class of relations forming the Point Algebra (PArelations) and on a major extension to include binary disjunctions of PArelations (PAdisjunctions). Such disjunctions add a great deal of expressive power, including the ability to stipulate disjointness of temporal intervals, which is important in planning applications. Our representation of time is based on timegraphs, graphs partitioned into a set of chains on which the search is supported by a metagraph data structure. The approach is an extension of the time representation proposed by Schubert, Taugher and Miller in the context of story comprehension. The algorithms herein enable construction of a timegraph from a given set of PAr...
Artificial Intelligence: A Computational Perspective
 Essentials in Knowledge Representation
, 1994
"... Although the computational perspective on cognitive tasks has always played a major role in Artificial Intelligence, the interest in the precise determination of the computational costs that are required for solving typical AI problems has grown only recently. In this paper, we will describe what in ..."
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Although the computational perspective on cognitive tasks has always played a major role in Artificial Intelligence, the interest in the precise determination of the computational costs that are required for solving typical AI problems has grown only recently. In this paper, we will describe what insights a computational complexity analysis can provide and what methods are available to deal with the complexity problem. This work was partially supported by the European Commission as part of DRUMSII, the ESPRIT Basic Research Project P6156. 1 Introduction It is wellknown that typical AI problems, such as natural language understanding, scene interpretation, planning, configuration, or diagnosis are computationally difficult. Hence, it seems to be worthless to analyze the computational complexity of these problems. In fact, some people believe that all AI problems are NPhard or even undecidable. Conceiving AI as a scientific field that has as its goal the analysis and synthesis of...
Reasoning About Temporal Relations: The Tractable Subalgebras Of Allen's Interval Algebra
 Journal of the ACM
, 2001
"... Allen's interval algebra is one of the best established formalisms for temporal reasoning. This paper is the final step in the classification of complexity in Allen's algebra. We show that the current knowledge about tractability in the interval algebra is complete, that is, this algebra contains ex ..."
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Allen's interval algebra is one of the best established formalisms for temporal reasoning. This paper is the final step in the classification of complexity in Allen's algebra. We show that the current knowledge about tractability in the interval algebra is complete, that is, this algebra contains exactly eighteen maximal tractable subalgebras, and reasoning in any fragment not entirely contained in one of these subalgebras is NPcomplete. We obtain this result by giving a new uniform description of the known maximal tractable subalgebras and then systematically using an algebraic technique for identifying maximal subalgebras with a given property.
Fast Algebraic Methods for Interval Constraint Problems
 Annals of Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence
, 1996
"... We describe an e#ective generic method for solving constraint problems, based on Tarski's relation algebra, using pathconsistency as a pruning technique. Weinvestigate the performance of this method on interval constraint problems. Time performance is a#ected strongly by the pathconsistency cal ..."
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We describe an e#ective generic method for solving constraint problems, based on Tarski's relation algebra, using pathconsistency as a pruning technique. Weinvestigate the performance of this method on interval constraint problems. Time performance is a#ected strongly by the pathconsistency calculations, whichinvolve the calculation of compositions of relations. Weinvestigate various methods of tuning composition calculations, and also pathconsistency computations. Space performance is a#ected by the branching factor during search. Reducing this branching factor depends on the existence of `nice' subclasses of the constraint domain. Finally,we survey the statistics of consistency properties of interval constraint problems. Problems of up to 500 variables may be solved in expected cubic time. Evidence is presented that the `phase transition' occurs in the range 6 # n:c # 15, where n is the numberofvariables, and c is the ratio of nontrivial constraints to possible constra...
Temporal Representation and Reasoning in Artificial Intelligence: Issues and Approaches
, 2002
"... this paper, we survey a wide range of research in temporal representation and reasoning, without committing ourselves to the point of view of any speci c application ..."
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this paper, we survey a wide range of research in temporal representation and reasoning, without committing ourselves to the point of view of any speci c application
A Guided Tour Through Some Extensions Of The Event Calculus
 Computational Intelligence
, 2000
"... Kowalski and Sergot's Event Calculus (EC ) is a simple temporal formalism that, given a set of event occurrences, derives the maximal validity intervals (MVIs) over which properties initiated or terminated by these events hold. In this paper, we conduct a systematic analysis of EC by which we gai ..."
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Kowalski and Sergot's Event Calculus (EC ) is a simple temporal formalism that, given a set of event occurrences, derives the maximal validity intervals (MVIs) over which properties initiated or terminated by these events hold. In this paper, we conduct a systematic analysis of EC by which we gain a better understanding of this formalism and determine ways of augmenting its expressive power. The keystone of this endeavor is the definition of an extendible formal specification of its functionalities. This formalization has the e#ects of casting MVIs determination as a model checking problem, of setting the ground for studying and comparing the expressiveness and complexity of various extensions of EC, and of establishing a semantic reference against which to verify the soundness and completeness of implementations.
The Complexity of Model Checking in Modal Event Calculi with Quantifiers
 LINKÖPING ELECTRONIC ARTICLES IN COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCE
, 1998
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