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Dynamic Logic
 Handbook of Philosophical Logic
, 1984
"... ed to be true under the valuation u iff there exists an a 2 N such that the formula x = y is true under the valuation u[x=a], where u[x=a] agrees with u everywhere except x, on which it takes the value a. This definition involves a metalogical operation that produces u[x=a] from u for all possibl ..."
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ed to be true under the valuation u iff there exists an a 2 N such that the formula x = y is true under the valuation u[x=a], where u[x=a] agrees with u everywhere except x, on which it takes the value a. This definition involves a metalogical operation that produces u[x=a] from u for all possible values a 2 N. This operation becomes explicit in DL in the form of the program x := ?, called a nondeterministic or wildcard assignment. This is a rather unconventional program, since it is not effective; however, it is quite useful as a descriptive tool. A more conventional way to obtain a square root of y, if it exists, would be the program x := 0 ; while x < y do x := x + 1: (1) In DL, such programs are firstclass objects on a par with formulas, complete with a collection of operators for forming compound programs inductively from a basis of primitive programs. To discuss the effect of the execution of a program on the truth of a formula ', DL uses a modal construct <>', which
On the Decidability of Query Containment under Constraints
 IN PROC. OF THE 17TH ACM SIGACT SIGMOD SIGART SYMP. ON PRINCIPLES OF DATABASE SYSTEMS (PODS’98
, 1998
"... Query containment under constraints is the problem of checking whether for every database satisfying a given set of constraints, the result of one query is a subset of the result of another query. Recent research points out that this is a central problem in several database applications, and we addr ..."
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Query containment under constraints is the problem of checking whether for every database satisfying a given set of constraints, the result of one query is a subset of the result of another query. Recent research points out that this is a central problem in several database applications, and we address it within a setting where constraints are specified in the form of special inclusion dependencies over complex expressions, built by using intersection and difference of relations, special forms of quantification, regular expressions over binary relations, and cardinality constraints. These types of constraints capture a great variety of data models, including the relational, the entityrelational, and the objectoriented model. We study the problem of checking whether q is contained in q 0 with respect to the constraints specified in a schema S, where q and q 0 are nonrecursive Datalog programs whose atoms are complex expressions. We present the following results on query containme...
On the Restraining Power of Guards
 Journal of Symbolic Logic
, 1998
"... Guarded fragments of firstorder logic were recently introduced by Andr'eka, van Benthem and N'emeti; they consist of relational firstorder formulae whose quantifiers are appropriately relativized by atoms. These fragments are interesting because they extend in a natural way many propositional moda ..."
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Guarded fragments of firstorder logic were recently introduced by Andr'eka, van Benthem and N'emeti; they consist of relational firstorder formulae whose quantifiers are appropriately relativized by atoms. These fragments are interesting because they extend in a natural way many propositional modal logics, because they have useful modeltheoretic properties and especially because they are decidable classes that avoid the usual syntactic restrictions (on the arity of relation symbols, the quantifier pattern or the number of variables) of almost all other known decidable fragments of firstorder logic. Here, we investigate the computational complexity of these fragments. We prove that the satisfiability problems for the guarded fragment (GF) and the loosely guarded fragment (LGF) of firstorder logic are complete for deterministic double exponential time. For the subfragments that have only a bounded number of variables or only relation symbols of bounded arity, satisfiability is EXPTI...
Efficient Checking of Temporal Integrity Constraints Using Bounded History Encoding
, 1995
"... : We present an efficient implementation method for temporal integrity constraints formulated in Past Temporal Logic. Although the constraints can refer to past states of the database, their checking does not require that the entire database history be stored. Instead, every database state is extend ..."
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: We present an efficient implementation method for temporal integrity constraints formulated in Past Temporal Logic. Although the constraints can refer to past states of the database, their checking does not require that the entire database history be stored. Instead, every database state is extended with auxiliary relations that contain the historical information necessary for checking constraints. Auxiliary relations can be implemented as materialized relational views. 1 Introduction Integrity constraints form an essential part of every database application. It is customary to distinguish between two kinds of constraints: static and temporal (or dynamic). Static constraints refer to the current state of the database, e.g.,"every manager is also an employee ", while temporal constraints may refer to past and future states in addition to the current state, e.g., "salaries of employees should never decrease" or "once a student drops out of the Ph.D. program, she should not be readmit...
The Complexity of Propositional Linear Temporal Logics in Simple Cases
 Information and Computation
, 1998
"... this paper we investigate this issue and consider model checking and satisfiability for all fragments of PLTL obtainable by restricting (1) the temporal connectives allowed, (2) the number of atomic propositions, and (3) the temporal height. Key Words: logic in computer science, computational comple ..."
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this paper we investigate this issue and consider model checking and satisfiability for all fragments of PLTL obtainable by restricting (1) the temporal connectives allowed, (2) the number of atomic propositions, and (3) the temporal height. Key Words: logic in computer science, computational complexity, verification, temporal logic, model checking 1.
A Modal Perspective on the Computational Complexity of Attribute Value Grammar
 Journal of Logic, Language and Information
, 1992
"... Many of the formalisms used in Attribute Value grammar are notational variants of languages of propositional modal logic, and testing whether two Attribute Value descriptions unify amounts to testing for modal satisfiablity. In this paper we put this observation to work. We study the complexity of t ..."
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Many of the formalisms used in Attribute Value grammar are notational variants of languages of propositional modal logic, and testing whether two Attribute Value descriptions unify amounts to testing for modal satisfiablity. In this paper we put this observation to work. We study the complexity of the satisfiability problem for nine modal languages which mirror different aspects of AVS description formalisms, including the ability to express reentrancy, the ability to express generalisations, and the ability to express recursive constraints. Two main techniques are used: either Kripke models with desirable properties are constructed, or modalities are used to simulate fragments of Propositional Dynamic Logic. Further possibilities for the application of modal logic in computational linguistics are noted. Attribute Value Structures (AVSs) are probably the most widely used means of representing linguistic structure in current computational linguistics, and the process of unifying...
On the Feasibility of Checking Temporal Integrity Constraints
, 1995
"... We analyze the computational feasibility of checking temporal integrity constraints formulated in some sublanguages of firstorder temporal logic. Our results illustrate the impact of the quantifier pattern on the complexity of this problem. The presence of a single quantifier in the scope of a temp ..."
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We analyze the computational feasibility of checking temporal integrity constraints formulated in some sublanguages of firstorder temporal logic. Our results illustrate the impact of the quantifier pattern on the complexity of this problem. The presence of a single quantifier in the scope of a temporal operator makes the problem undecidable. On the other hand, if no quantifiers are in the scope of a temporal operator and all the quantifiers are universal, temporal integrity checking can be done in exponential time. 1 Introduction As temporal databases become more widely used in practice [27, 28], the need arises to address database integrity issues that are specific to such databases. In particular, it is necessary to generalize the standard notion of static integrity (involving single database states) to temporal integrity (involving sequences of database states). This work is the first attempt to date to analyze the computational feasibility of checking temporal integrity constrain...
Finite model reasoning in description logics
 In Proc. of the 5th Int. Conf. on the Principles of Knowledge Representation and Reasoning (KR96
, 1996
"... For the basic Description Logics reasoning with respect to finite models amounts to reasoning with respect to arbitrary ones, but finiteness of the domain needs to be considered if expressivity is increased and the finite model property fails. Procedures for reasoning with respect to arbitrary model ..."
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For the basic Description Logics reasoning with respect to finite models amounts to reasoning with respect to arbitrary ones, but finiteness of the domain needs to be considered if expressivity is increased and the finite model property fails. Procedures for reasoning with respect to arbitrary models in very expressive Description Logics have been developed, but these are not directly applicable in the finite case. We first show that we can nevertheless capture a restricted form of finiteness and represent finite modeling structures such as lists and trees, while still reasoning with respect to arbitrary models. The main result of this paper is a procedure to reason with respect to finite models in an expressive Description Logic equipped with inverse roles, cardinality constraints, and in which arbitrary inclusions between concepts can be specified without any restriction. This provides the necessary expressivity to go beyond most semantic and objectoriented Database models, and capture several useful extensions. 1
The Convenience of Tilings
 In Complexity, Logic, and Recursion Theory
, 1997
"... Tiling problems provide for a very simple and transparent mechanism for encoding machine computations. This gives rise to rather simple master reductions showing various versions of the tiling problem complete for various complexity classes. We investigate the potential for using these tiling proble ..."
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Tiling problems provide for a very simple and transparent mechanism for encoding machine computations. This gives rise to rather simple master reductions showing various versions of the tiling problem complete for various complexity classes. We investigate the potential for using these tiling problems in subsequent reductions showing hardness of the combinatorial problems that really matter. We ilustrate our approach by means of three examples: a short reduction chain to the Knapsack problem followed by a Hilbert 10 reduction using similar ingredients. Finally we reprove the Deterministic Exponential Time lowerbound for satisfiablility in Propositional Dynamic Logic. The resulting reductions are relatively simple; they do however infringe on the principle of orthogonality of reductions since they abuse extra structure in the instances of the problems reduced from which results from the fact that these instances were generated by a master reduction previously. 1 Introduction This paper...