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Modal Languages And Bounded Fragments Of Predicate Logic
, 1996
"... Model Theory. These are nonempty families I of partial isomorphisms between models M and N , closed under taking restrictions to smaller domains, and satisfying the usual BackandForth properties for extension with objects on either side  restricted to apply only to partial isomorphisms of size ..."
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Model Theory. These are nonempty families I of partial isomorphisms between models M and N , closed under taking restrictions to smaller domains, and satisfying the usual BackandForth properties for extension with objects on either side  restricted to apply only to partial isomorphisms of size at most k . 'Invariance for kpartial isomorphism' means having the same truth value at tuples of objects in any two models that are connected by a partial isomorphism in such a set. The precise sense of this is spelt out in the following proof. 21 Proof (Outline.) kvariable formulas are preserved under partial isomorphism, by a simple induction. More precisely, one proves, for any assignment A and any partial isomorphism IÎI which is defined on the Avalues for all variables x 1 , ..., x k , that M, A = f iff N , IoA = f . The crucial step in the induction is the quantifier case. Quantified variables are irrelevant to the assignment, so that the relevant partial isomorphism can be res...
On the Relative Expressiveness of Description Logics and Predicate Logics
 ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE JOURNAL
, 1996
"... It is natural to view concept and role definitions in Description Logics as expressing monadic and dyadic predicates in Predicate Calculus. We show that the descriptions built using the constructors usually considered in the DL literature are characterized exactly as the predicates definable by form ..."
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It is natural to view concept and role definitions in Description Logics as expressing monadic and dyadic predicates in Predicate Calculus. We show that the descriptions built using the constructors usually considered in the DL literature are characterized exactly as the predicates definable by formulas in ¨L³, the subset of First Order Predicate Calculus with monadic and dyadic predicates which allows only three variable symbols. In order to handle “number bounds”, we allow numeric quantifiers, and for transitive closure of roles we use infinitary disjunction. Using previous results in the literature concerning languages with limited numbers of variables, we get as corollaries the existence of formulae of FOPC which cannot be expressed as descriptions. We also show that by omitting role composition, descriptions express exactly the formulae in ¨L², which is known to be decidable.
Why is modal logic so robustly decidable?
 OF DIMACS SERIES IN DISCRETE MATHEMATICS AND THEORETICAL COMPUTER SCIENCE, AMERICAN MATHEMATICAL SOCIETY
, 1996
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On the Expressive Completeness of the Propositional MuCalculus With Respect to Monadic Second Order Logic
, 1996
"... . Monadic second order logic (MSOL) over transition systems is considered. It is shown that every formula of MSOL which does not distinguish between bisimilar models is equivalent to a formula of the propositional calculus. This expressive completeness result implies that every logic over tran ..."
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. Monadic second order logic (MSOL) over transition systems is considered. It is shown that every formula of MSOL which does not distinguish between bisimilar models is equivalent to a formula of the propositional calculus. This expressive completeness result implies that every logic over transition systems invariant under bisimulation and translatable into MSOL can be also translated into the calculus. This gives a precise meaning to the statement that most propositional logics of programs can be translated into the calculus. 1 Introduction Transition systems are structures consisting of a nonempty set of states, a set of unary relations describing properties of states and a set of binary relations describing transitions between states. It was advocated by many authors [26, 3] that this kind of structures provide a good framework for describing behaviour of programs (or program schemes), or even more generally, engineering systems, provided their evolution in time is disc...
Definability with bounded number of bound variables
 INFORMATION AND COMPUTATION
, 1989
"... A theory satisfies the kvariable property if every firstorder formula is equivalent to a formula with at most k bound variables (possibly reused). Gabbay has shown that a model of temporal logic satisfies the kvariable property for some k if and only if there exists a finite basis for the tempora ..."
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A theory satisfies the kvariable property if every firstorder formula is equivalent to a formula with at most k bound variables (possibly reused). Gabbay has shown that a model of temporal logic satisfies the kvariable property for some k if and only if there exists a finite basis for the temporal connectives over that model. We givea modeltheoretic method for establishing the kvariable property, involving a restricted EhrenfeuchtFraisse game in which each player has only k pebbles. We use the method to unify and simplify results in the literature for linear orders. We also establish new kvariable properties for various theories of boundeddegree trees, and in each case obtain tight upper and lower bounds on k. This gives the first finite basis theorems for branchingtime models of temporal logic.
On the Decision Problem for TwoVariable FirstOrder Logic
, 1997
"... We identify the computational complexity of the satisfiability problem for FO², the fragment of firstorder logic consisting of all relational firstorder sentences with at most two distinct variables. Although this fragment was shown to be decidable a long time ago, the computational complexity ..."
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We identify the computational complexity of the satisfiability problem for FO², the fragment of firstorder logic consisting of all relational firstorder sentences with at most two distinct variables. Although this fragment was shown to be decidable a long time ago, the computational complexity of its decision problem has not been pinpointed so far. In 1975 Mortimer proved that FO² has the finitemodel property, which means that if an FO²sentence is satisfiable, then it has a finite model. Moreover, Mortimer showed that every satisfiable FO²sentence has a model whose size is at most doubly exponential in the size of the sentence. In this paper, we improve Mortimer's bound by one exponential and show that every satisfiable FO²sentence has a model whose size is at most exponential in the size of the sentence. As a consequence, we establish that the satisfiability problem for FO² is NEXPTIMEcomplete.
Hierarchies of Modal and Temporal Logics with Reference Pointers
 Journal of Logic, Language and Information
, 1995
"... . We introduce and study hierarchies of extensions of the propositional modal and temporal languages with pairs of new syntactic devices: "point of reference  reference pointer" which enable semantic references to be made within a formula. We propose three different but equivalent sema ..."
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. We introduce and study hierarchies of extensions of the propositional modal and temporal languages with pairs of new syntactic devices: "point of reference  reference pointer" which enable semantic references to be made within a formula. We propose three different but equivalent semantics for the extended languages, discuss and compare their expressiveness. The languages with reference pointers are shown to have great expressive power (especially when their frugal syntax is taken into account), perspicuous semantics, and simple deductive systems. For instance, Kamp's and Stavi's temporal operators, as well as nominals (names, clock variables), are definable in them. The universal validity in these languages is proved undecidable. The basic modal and temporal logics with reference pointers are uniformly axiomatized and strong completeness theorem is proved for them and extended to some classes of their extensions. Key words: Modal and Temporal Logics, Reference Pointers, Expressi...
The TwoVariable Guarded Fragment with Transitive Relations
 In Proc. LICS'99
, 1999
"... We consider the restriction of the guarded fragment to the twovariable case where, in addition, binary relations may be specified as transitive. We show that (i) this very restricted form of the guarded fragment without equality is undecidable and that (ii) when allowing nonunary relations to occu ..."
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We consider the restriction of the guarded fragment to the twovariable case where, in addition, binary relations may be specified as transitive. We show that (i) this very restricted form of the guarded fragment without equality is undecidable and that (ii) when allowing nonunary relations to occur only in guards, the logic becomes decidable. The latter subclass of the guarded fragment is the one that occurs naturally when translating multimodal logics of the type K4, S4 or S5 into rstorder logic. We also show that the loosely guarded fragment without equality and with a single transitive relation is undecidable.
Back and Forth Between Modal Logic and Classical Logic
, 1994
"... Model Theory. That is, we have a nonempty family I of partial isomorphisms between two models M and N, which is closed under taking restrictions to smaller domains, and where the standard BackandForth properties are now restricted to apply only to partial isomorphisms of size at most k. Proof. ..."
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Model Theory. That is, we have a nonempty family I of partial isomorphisms between two models M and N, which is closed under taking restrictions to smaller domains, and where the standard BackandForth properties are now restricted to apply only to partial isomorphisms of size at most k. Proof. (A complete argument is in [16].) An outline is reproduced here, for convenience. First, kvariable formulas are preserved under partial isomorphism, by a simple induction. More precisely, one proves, for any assignment A and any partial isomorphism I 2 I which is defined on the Avalues for all variables x 1 ; : : : ; x k , that M;A j= OE iff N; I ffi A j= OE: The crucial step in the induction is the quantifier case. Quantified variables are irrelevant to the assignment, so that the relevant partial isomorphism can be restricted to size at most k \Gamma 1, whence a matching choice for the witness can be made on the opposite side. This proves "only if". Next, "if" has a proof analogous to...
Logics of Metric Spaces
, 2001
"... This paper investigates the expressive power and computational properties of languages designed for speaking about distances. `Distances' can be induced by difAuthors Addresses: Oliver Kutz, Frank Wolter, Institut fur Informatik, Abteilung intelligente Systeme, Universitat Leipzig, AugustusPla ..."
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This paper investigates the expressive power and computational properties of languages designed for speaking about distances. `Distances' can be induced by difAuthors Addresses: Oliver Kutz, Frank Wolter, Institut fur Informatik, Abteilung intelligente Systeme, Universitat Leipzig, AugustusPlatz 1011, 04109 Leipzig, Germany; Holger Sturm, Fachbereich Philosophie, Universitat Konstanz, 78457 Konstanz, Germany; NobuYuki Suzuki, Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science, Shizuoka University, Ohya 836, Shizuoka 422 8529, Japan; Michael Zakharyaschev, Department of Computer Science, King's College, Strand, London WC2R 2LS, U.K. Emails: {kutz, wolter}@informatik.unileipzig.de, holger.sturm@unikonstanz.de, smnsuzu@ipz.shizuoka.ac.jp, and mz@dcs.kcl.ac.uk Permission to make digital/hard copy of all or part of this material without fee for personal or classroom use provided that the copies are not made or distributed for profit or commercial advantage, the ACM copyright/server notice, the title of the publication, and its date appear, and notice is given that copying is by permission of the ACM, Inc. To copy otherwise, to republish, to post on servers, or to redistribute to lists requires prior specific permission and/or a fee