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Describing Graphs: a FirstOrder Approach to Graph Canonization
, 1990
"... In this paper we ask the question, "What must be added to firstorder logic plus leastfixed point to obtain exactly the polynomialtime properties of unordered graphs?" We consider the languages Lk consisting of firstorder logic restricted to k variables and Ck consisting of Lk plus ..."
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In this paper we ask the question, "What must be added to firstorder logic plus leastfixed point to obtain exactly the polynomialtime properties of unordered graphs?" We consider the languages Lk consisting of firstorder logic restricted to k variables and Ck consisting of Lk plus "counting quantifiers". We give efficient canonization algorithms for graphs characterized by Ck or Lk . It follows from known results that all trees and almost all graphs are characterized by C2 .
Towards Tractable Algebras for Bags
, 1993
"... Bags, i.e. sets with duplicates, are often used to implement relations in database systems. In this paper, we study the expressive power of algebras for manipulating bags. The algebra we present is a simple extension of the nested relation algebra. Our aim is to investigate how the use of bags in ..."
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Bags, i.e. sets with duplicates, are often used to implement relations in database systems. In this paper, we study the expressive power of algebras for manipulating bags. The algebra we present is a simple extension of the nested relation algebra. Our aim is to investigate how the use of bags in the language extends its expressive power, and increases its complexity. We consider two main issues, namely (i) the impact of the depth of bag nesting on the expressive power, and (ii) the complexity and the expressive power induced by the algebraic operations. We show that the bag algebra is more expressive than the nested relation algebra (at all levels of nesting), and that the difference may be subtle. We establish a hierarchy based on the structure of algebra expressions. This hierarchy is shown to be highly related to the properties of the powerset operator. Invited to a special issue of the Journal of Computer and System Sciences selected from ACM Princ. of Database Systems,...
Infinitary Logic and Inductive Definability over Finite Structures
 Information and Computation
, 1995
"... The extensions of firstorder logic with a least fixed point operator (FO + LFP) and with a partial fixed point operator (FO + PFP) are known to capture the complexity classes P and PSPACE respectively in the presence of an ordering relation over finite structures. Recently, Abiteboul and Vianu [Abi ..."
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The extensions of firstorder logic with a least fixed point operator (FO + LFP) and with a partial fixed point operator (FO + PFP) are known to capture the complexity classes P and PSPACE respectively in the presence of an ordering relation over finite structures. Recently, Abiteboul and Vianu [Abiteboul and Vianu, 1991b] investigated the relationship of these two logics in the absence of an ordering, using a machine model of generic computation. In particular, they showed that the two languages have equivalent expressive power if and only if P = PSPACE. These languages can also be seen as fragments of an infinitary logic where each formula has a bounded number of variables, L ! 1! (see, for instance, [Kolaitis and Vardi, 1990]). We investigate this logic of finite structures and provide a normal form for it. We also present a treatment of the results in [Abiteboul and Vianu, 1991b] from this point of view. In particular, we show that we can write a formula of FO + LFP that defines ...
Finitely Representable Databases
, 1995
"... : We study classes of infinite but finitely representable databases based on constraints, motivated by new database applications such as geographical databases. We formally define these notions and introduce the concept of query which generalizes queries over classical relational databases. We prove ..."
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: We study classes of infinite but finitely representable databases based on constraints, motivated by new database applications such as geographical databases. We formally define these notions and introduce the concept of query which generalizes queries over classical relational databases. We prove that in this context the basic properties of queries (satisfiability, containment, equivalence, etc.) are nonrecursive. We investigate the theory of finitely representable models and prove that it differs strongly from both classical model theory and finite model theory. In particular, we show that most of the well known theorems of either one fail (compactness, completeness, locality, 0/1 laws, etc.). An immediate consequence is the lack of tools to consider the definability of queries in the relational calculus over finitely representable databases. We illustrate this very challenging problem through some classical examples. We then mainly concentrate on dense order databases, and exhibit...
Ehrenfeucht Games, the Composition Method, and the Monadic Theory of Ordinal Words
 In Structures in Logic and Computer Science: A Selection of Essays in Honor of A. Ehrenfeucht, Lecture
, 1997
"... . When Ehrenfeucht introduced his game theoretic characterization of elementary equivalence in 1961, the first application of these "Ehrenfeucht games" was to show that certain ordinals (considered as orderings) are indistinguishable in firstorder logic and weak monadic secondorder logic ..."
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. When Ehrenfeucht introduced his game theoretic characterization of elementary equivalence in 1961, the first application of these "Ehrenfeucht games" was to show that certain ordinals (considered as orderings) are indistinguishable in firstorder logic and weak monadic secondorder logic. Here we review Shelah's extension of the method, the "composition of monadic theories", explain it in the example of the monadic theory of the ordinal ordering (!; !), and compare it with the automata theoretic approach due to Buchi. We also consider the expansion of ordinals by recursive unary predicates (which gives "recursive ordinal words"). It is shown that the monadic theory of a recursive ! n  word belongs to the 2nth level of the arithmetical hierarchy, and that in general this bound cannot be improved. 1 Introduction One of the most successful tools of mathematical logic, in particular of those parts of logic which are relevant to computer science, is the method of "Ehrenfeucht games",...
Feasible Computation through Model Theory
, 1993
"... The computational complexity of a problem is usually defined in terms of the resources required on some machine model of computation. An alternative view looks at the complexity of describing the problem (seen as a collection of relational structures) in a logic, measuring logical resources such as ..."
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The computational complexity of a problem is usually defined in terms of the resources required on some machine model of computation. An alternative view looks at the complexity of describing the problem (seen as a collection of relational structures) in a logic, measuring logical resources such as the number of variables, quantifiers, operators, etc. A close correspondence has been observed between these two, with many natural logics corresponding exactly to independently defined complexity classes. For the complexity classes that are generally identified with feasible computation, such characterizations require the presence of a linear order on the domain of every structure, in which case the class PTIME is characterized by an extension of firstorder logic by means of an inductive operator. No logical characterization of feasible computation is known for unordered structures. We approach this question from two directions. On the one hand, we seek to accurately characterize the expre...
Local Properties of Query Languages
"... predeterminedportionoftheinput.Examplesincludeallrelationalcalculusqueries. everyrelationalcalculus(rstorder)queryislocal,thegeneralresultsprovedforlocalqueriescan manyeasyinexpressibilityproofsforlocalqueries.Wethenconsideracloselyrelatedproperty, namely,theboundeddegreeproperty.Itdescribestheoutp ..."
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predeterminedportionoftheinput.Examplesincludeallrelationalcalculusqueries. everyrelationalcalculus(rstorder)queryislocal,thegeneralresultsprovedforlocalqueriescan manyeasyinexpressibilityproofsforlocalqueries.Wethenconsideracloselyrelatedproperty, namely,theboundeddegreeproperty.Itdescribestheoutputsoflocalqueriesonstructuresthat locallylook\simple."Everyquerythatislocalisshowntohavetheboundeddegreeproperty.Since Westartbyprovingageneralresultdescribingoutputsoflocalqueries.Thisresultleadsto toapplythanEhrenfeuchtFrassegames.Wealsoshowthatsomegeneralizationsofthebounded degreepropertythatwereconjecturedtohold,failforrelationalcalculus. beviewedas\otheshelf"strategiesforprovinginexpressibilityresults,whichareofteneasier maintenanceofviews,andshowthatSQLandrelationalcalculusareincapableofmaintainingthe gregates,whichisessentiallyplainSQL,hastheboundeddegreeproperty,thusansweringaques tionthathasbeenopenforseveralyears.Consequently,rstorderquerieswithHartigorRescher quantiersalsohavetheboundeddegreeproperty.Finally,weapplyourresultstoincremental Wethenprovethatthelanguageobtainedfromrelationalcalculusbyaddinggroupingandag
Representing Epistemic Uncertainty by means of Dialectical Argumentation
 Annals of Mathematics and AI
"... We articulate a dialectical argumentation framework for qualitative representation of epistemic uncertainty in scientific domains. The framework is grounded in specific philosophies of science and theories of rational mutual discourse. We study the formal properties of our framework and provide i ..."
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We articulate a dialectical argumentation framework for qualitative representation of epistemic uncertainty in scientific domains. The framework is grounded in specific philosophies of science and theories of rational mutual discourse. We study the formal properties of our framework and provide it with a game theoretic semantics. With this semantics, we examine the relationship between the snaphots of the debate in the framework and the long run position of the debate, and prove a result directly analogous to the standard (NeymanPearson) approach to statistical hypothesis testing. We believe this formalism for representating uncertainty has value in domains with only limited knowledge, where experimental evidence is ambiguous or conflicting, or where agreement between different stakeholders on the quantification of uncertainty is difficult to achieve. All three of these conditions are found in assessments of carcinogenic risk for new chemicals.
Modest theory of short chains
 II, this JOURNAL
, 1979
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Algebras for Querying Text Regions: Expressive Power and Optimization
 Journal of Computer and System Sciences
, 1998
"... There is a significant amount of interest in combining and extending database and information retrieval technologies to manage textual data. The challenge is becoming more relevant due to increased availability of documents in digital form. Document data has a natural hierarchical structure, which m ..."
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There is a significant amount of interest in combining and extending database and information retrieval technologies to manage textual data. The challenge is becoming more relevant due to increased availability of documents in digital form. Document data has a natural hierarchical structure, which may be made explicit due to the use of markup conventions (as with SGML). An important aspect of managing structured and semistructured textual data consists of supporting the efficient retrieval of text components based both on their content and structure. In this paper we study issues related to the expressive power and optimization of a class of algebras that support combining string (or pattern) searches with queries on the hierarchical structure of the text. The region algebra studied is a setatatime algebra for manipulating text regions (substrings of the text) that supports finding out nesting and ordering properties of the text regions. This algebra is part of the language in us...