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Logical foundations of objectoriented and framebased languages
 JOURNAL OF THE ACM
, 1995
"... We propose a novel formalism, called Frame Logic (abbr., Flogic), that accounts in a clean and declarative fashion for most of the structural aspects of objectoriented and framebased languages. These features include object identity, complex objects, inheritance, polymorphic types, query methods, ..."
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We propose a novel formalism, called Frame Logic (abbr., Flogic), that accounts in a clean and declarative fashion for most of the structural aspects of objectoriented and framebased languages. These features include object identity, complex objects, inheritance, polymorphic types, query methods, encapsulation, and others. In a sense, Flogic stands in the same relationship to the objectoriented paradigm as classical predicate calculus stands to relational programming. Flogic has a modeltheoretic semantics and a sound and complete resolutionbased proof theory. A small number of fundamental concepts that come from objectoriented programming have direct representation in Flogic; other, secondary aspects of this paradigm are easily modeled as well. The paper also discusses semantic issues pertaining to programming with a deductive objectoriented language based on a subset of Flogic.
Automated Deduction by Theory Resolution
 Journal of Automated Reasoning
, 1985
"... Theory resolution constitutes a set of complete procedures for incorporating theories into a resolution theoremproving program, thereby making it unnecessary to resolve directly upon axioms of the theory. This can greatly reduce the length of proofs and the size of the search space. Theory resoluti ..."
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Theory resolution constitutes a set of complete procedures for incorporating theories into a resolution theoremproving program, thereby making it unnecessary to resolve directly upon axioms of the theory. This can greatly reduce the length of proofs and the size of the search space. Theory resolution effects a beneficial division of labor, improving the performance of the theorem prover and increasing the applicability of the specialized reasoning procedures. Total theory resolution utilizes a decision procedure that is capable of determining unsatisfiability of any set of clauses using predicates in the theory. Partial theory resolution employs a weaker decision procedure that can determine potential unsatisfiability of sets of literals. Applications include the building in of both mathematical and special decision procedures, e.g., for the taxonomic information furnished by a knowledge representation system. Theory resolution is a generalization of numerous previously known resolution refinements. Its power is demonstrated by comparing solutions of "Schubert's Steamroller" challenge problem with and without building in axioms through theory resolution. 1 1
PartitionBased Logical Reasoning for FirstOrder and Propositional Theories
 Artificial Intelligence
, 2000
"... In this paper we provide algorithms for reasoning with partitions of related logical axioms in propositional and firstorder logic (FOL). We also provide a greedy algorithm that automatically decomposes a set of logical axioms into partitions. Our motivation is twofold. First, we are concerned with ..."
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In this paper we provide algorithms for reasoning with partitions of related logical axioms in propositional and firstorder logic (FOL). We also provide a greedy algorithm that automatically decomposes a set of logical axioms into partitions. Our motivation is twofold. First, we are concerned with how to reason e#ectively with multiple knowledge bases that have overlap in content. Second, we are concerned with improving the e#ciency of reasoning over a set of logical axioms by partitioning the set with respect to some detectable structure, and reasoning over individual partitions. Many of the reasoning procedures we present are based on the idea of passing messages between partitions. We present algorithms for reasoning using forward messagepassing and using backward messagepassing with partitions of logical axioms. Associated with each partition is a reasoning procedure. We characterize a class of reasoning procedures that ensures completeness and soundness of our messagepassing ...
SemanticsBased Translation Methods for Modal Logics
, 1991
"... A general framework for translating logical formulae from one logic into another logic is presented. The framework is instantiated with two different approaches to translating modal logic formulae into predicate logic. The first one, the well known ‘relational’ translation makes the modal logic’s po ..."
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A general framework for translating logical formulae from one logic into another logic is presented. The framework is instantiated with two different approaches to translating modal logic formulae into predicate logic. The first one, the well known ‘relational’ translation makes the modal logic’s possible worlds structure explicit by introducing a distinguished predicate symbol to represent the accessibility relation. In the second approach, the ‘functional ’ translation method, paths in the possible worlds structure are represented by compositions of functions which map worlds to accessible worlds. On the syntactic level this means that every flexible symbol is parametrized with particular terms denoting whole paths from the initial world to the actual world. The ‘target logic’ for the translation is a firstorder manysorted logic with built in equality. Therefore the ‘source logic’ may also be firstorder manysorted with built in equality. Furthermore flexible function symbols are allowed. The modal operators may be parametrized with arbitrary terms and particular properties of the accessibility relation may be specified within the
A Mechanization of Strong Kleene Logic for Partial Functions
 PROCEEDINGS OF THE 12TH CADE
, 1994
"... Even though it is not very often admitted, partial functions do play a significant role in many practical applications of deduction systems. Kleene has already given a semantic account of partial functions using threevalued logic decades ago, but there has not been a satisfactory mechanization. ..."
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Even though it is not very often admitted, partial functions do play a significant role in many practical applications of deduction systems. Kleene has already given a semantic account of partial functions using threevalued logic decades ago, but there has not been a satisfactory mechanization. Recent years have seen a thorough investigation of the framework of manyvalued truthfunctional logics. However, strong Kleene logic, where quantification is restricted and therefore not truthfunctional, does not fit the framework directly. We solve this problem by applying recent methods from sorted logics. This paper presents a resolution calculus that combines the proper treatment of partial functions with the efficiency of sorted calculi.
Exploiting Data Dependencies in ManyValued Logics
 Journal of Applied NonClassical Logics
, 1996
"... . The purpose of this paper is to make some practically relevant results in automated theorem proving available to manyvalued logics with suitable modifications. We are working with a notion of manyvalued firstorder clauses which any finitelyvalued logic formula can be translated into and that h ..."
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. The purpose of this paper is to make some practically relevant results in automated theorem proving available to manyvalued logics with suitable modifications. We are working with a notion of manyvalued firstorder clauses which any finitelyvalued logic formula can be translated into and that has been used several times in the literature, but in an ad hoc way. We give a manyvalued version of polarity which in turn leads to natural manyvalued counterparts of Horn formulas, hyperresolution, and a DavisPutnam procedure. We show that the manyvalued generalizations share many of the desirable properties of the classical versions. Our results justify and generalize several earlier results on theorem proving in manyvalued logics. KEYWORDS: manyvalued logic, polarity, Horn formula, direct products of structures, resolution, DavisPutnam procedure Introduction The purpose of this paper is to make some practically relevant results in automated theorem proving available to manyvalue...
An Ordered Theory Resolution Calculus
 Logic Programming and Automated Reasoning (Proceedings
, 1992
"... Abstract. In this paper we present an ordered theory resolution calculus and prove its completeness. Theory reasoning means to relieve a calculus from explicitly drawing inferences in a given theory by special purpose inference rules (e.g. Eresolution for equality reasoning). We take advantage of o ..."
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Abstract. In this paper we present an ordered theory resolution calculus and prove its completeness. Theory reasoning means to relieve a calculus from explicitly drawing inferences in a given theory by special purpose inference rules (e.g. Eresolution for equality reasoning). We take advantage of orderings (e.g. simplification orderings) by disallowing to resolve upon clauses which violate certain maximality constraints; stated positively, a resolvent may only be built if all the selected literals are maximal in their clauses. By this technique the search space is drastically pruned. As an instantiation for theory reasoning we show that equality can be built in by rigid Eunification. Keywords: Automated Theorem Proving, Theory Resolution. 1.
Analytic tableaux
 Automated Deduction: A Basis for Applications, volume I, chapter 1
, 1998
"... The aim of this chapter is twofold: first, introducing the basic concepts of analytic tableaux and, secondly, presenting stateoftheart techniques for using nonclausal tableaux in automated deduction. ..."
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The aim of this chapter is twofold: first, introducing the basic concepts of analytic tableaux and, secondly, presenting stateoftheart techniques for using nonclausal tableaux in automated deduction.
A Model Elimination Calculus with Builtin Theories
 Proceedings of the 16th German AIConference (GWAI92
, 1992
"... this paper, we will show how to extend model elimination with theory reasoning. Technically, theory reasoning means to relieve a calculus from explicit reasoning in some domain (e.g. equality, partial orders) by taking apart the domain knowledge and treating it by special inference rules. In an impl ..."
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this paper, we will show how to extend model elimination with theory reasoning. Technically, theory reasoning means to relieve a calculus from explicit reasoning in some domain (e.g. equality, partial orders) by taking apart the domain knowledge and treating it by special inference rules. In an implementation, this results in a universal "foreground" reasoner that calls a specialized "background" reasoner for theory reasoning. Theory reasoning comes in two variants (Sti85) : total and
Model Elimination without Contrapositives
, 1994
"... We present modifications of model elimination which do not necessitate the use of contrapositives. These restart model elimination calculi are proven sound and complete. The corresponding proof procedures are evaluated by a number of runtime experiments and they are compared to other well known pro ..."
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We present modifications of model elimination which do not necessitate the use of contrapositives. These restart model elimination calculi are proven sound and complete. The corresponding proof procedures are evaluated by a number of runtime experiments and they are compared to other well known provers. Finally we relate our results to other calculi, namely the connection method, modified problem reduction format and NearHorn Prolog.