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Constraint propagation algorithms for temporal reasoning
 Readings in Qualitative Reasoning about Physical Systems
, 1986
"... Abstract: This paper revises and expands upon a paper presented by two of the present authors at AAAI 1986 [Vilain & Kautz 1986]. As with the original, this revised document considers computational aspects of intervalbased and pointbased temporal representations. Computing the consequences of t ..."
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Abstract: This paper revises and expands upon a paper presented by two of the present authors at AAAI 1986 [Vilain & Kautz 1986]. As with the original, this revised document considers computational aspects of intervalbased and pointbased temporal representations. Computing the consequences of temporal assertions is shown to be computationally intractable in the intervalbased representation, but not in the pointbased one. However, a fragment of the interval language can be expressed using the point language and benefits from the tractability of the latter. The present paper departs from the original primarily in correcting claims made there about the point algebra, and in presenting some closely related results of van Beek [1989]. The representation of time has been a recurring concern of Artificial Intelligence researchers. Many representation schemes have been proposed for temporal reasoning; of these, one of the most attractive is James Allen's algebra of temporal intervals [Allen 1983]. This representation scheme is particularly appealing for its simplicity and for its ease of implementation with constraint propagation algorithms. Reasoners based on
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 ..."
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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 . . . "...
Reasoning about Qualitative Temporal Information
 Artificial Intelligence
, 1992
"... Representing and reasoning about incomplete and indefinite qualitative temporal information is an essential part of many artificial intelligence tasks. An intervalbased framework and a pointbased framework have been proposed for representing such temporal information. In this paper, we address ..."
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Representing and reasoning about incomplete and indefinite qualitative temporal information is an essential part of many artificial intelligence tasks. An intervalbased framework and a pointbased framework have been proposed for representing such temporal information. In this paper, we address two fundamental reasoning tasks that arise in applications of these frameworks: Given possibly indefinite and incomplete knowledge of the relationships between some intervals or points, (i) find a scenario that is consistent with the information provided, and (ii) find the feasible relations between all pairs of intervals or points. For the pointbased framework and a restricted version of the intervalbased framework, we give computationally efficient procedures for finding a consistent scenario and for finding the feasible relations. Our algorithms are marked improvements over the previously known algorithms. In particular, we develop an O(n 2 ) time algorithm for finding one co...
From Local to Global Consistency
, 1992
"... In reasoning tasks involving the maintenance of consistent databases (socalled QQconstraint networks/Q/Q), it is customary to enforce local consistency conditions in order to simplify the subsequent construction of a globally coherent model of the data. In this paper we present a relationship betwe ..."
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In reasoning tasks involving the maintenance of consistent databases (socalled QQconstraint networks/Q/Q), it is customary to enforce local consistency conditions in order to simplify the subsequent construction of a globally coherent model of the data. In this paper we present a relationship between the sizes of the variables' domains, the constraints' arity and the level of local consistency sufficient to ensure global consistency. Based on these parameters a new tractability classification of constraint networks is presented. We also show, based on this relationship, that any relation on bivalued variables which is not representable by a network of binary constraints cannot be represented by networks with any number of hidden variables.
Integrating Metric and Qualitative Temporal Reasoning
 IN PROCEEDINGS OF AAAI91
, 1991
"... Research in Artificial Intelligence on constraintbased representations for temporal reasoning has largely concentrated on two kinds of formalisms: systems of simple linear inequalities to encode metric relations between time points, and systems of binary constraints in Allen's temporal calculu ..."
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Research in Artificial Intelligence on constraintbased representations for temporal reasoning has largely concentrated on two kinds of formalisms: systems of simple linear inequalities to encode metric relations between time points, and systems of binary constraints in Allen's temporal calculus to encode qualitative relations between time intervals. Each formalism has certain advantages. Linear inequalities can represent dates, durations, and other quantitive information; Allen's qualitative calculus can express relations between time intervals, such as disjointedness, that are useful for constraint based approaches to planning. In this paper we demonstrate how metric and Allenstyle constraint networks can be integrated in a constraintbased reasoning system. The highlights of the work include a simple but powerful logical language for expressing both quantitative and qualitative information; translation algorithms between the metric and Allen sublanguages that entail minimal loss ...
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...
On Binary Constraint Problems
 Journal of the ACM
, 1994
"... The concepts of binary constraint satisfaction problems can be naturally generalized to the relation algebras of Tarski. The concept of pathconsistency plays a central role. Algorithms for pathconsistency can be implemented on matrices of relations and on matrices of elements from a relation algeb ..."
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The concepts of binary constraint satisfaction problems can be naturally generalized to the relation algebras of Tarski. The concept of pathconsistency plays a central role. Algorithms for pathconsistency can be implemented on matrices of relations and on matrices of elements from a relation algebra. We give an example of a 4by4 matrix of infinite relations on which no iterative local pathconsistency algorithm terminates. We give a class of examples over a fixed finite algebra on which all iterative local algorithms, whether parallel or sequential, must take quadratic time. Specific relation algebras arising from interval constraint problems are also studied: the Interval Algebra, the Point Algebra, and the Containment Algebra. 1 Introduction The logical study of binary relations is classical [8], [9], [51], [52], [56], [53], [54]. Following this tradition, Tarski formulated the theory of binary relations as an algebraic theory called relation algebra [59] 1 . Constraint satis...
Exact and approximate reasoning about temporal relations
 Computational Intelligence
, 1990
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Exact and approximate reasoning about temporal relations
A Survey on Temporal Reasoning in Artificial Intelligence
, 1994
"... The notion of time is ubiquitous in any activity that requires intelligence. In particular, several important notions like change, causality, action are described in terms of time. Therefore, the representation of time and reasoning about time is of crucial importance for many Artificial Intelligenc ..."
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The notion of time is ubiquitous in any activity that requires intelligence. In particular, several important notions like change, causality, action are described in terms of time. Therefore, the representation of time and reasoning about time is of crucial importance for many Artificial Intelligence systems. Specifically during the last 10 years, it has been attracting the attention of many AI researchers. In this survey, the results of this work are analysed. Firstly, Temporal Reasoning is defined. Then, the most important representational issues which determine a Temporal Reasoning approach are introduced: the logical form on which the approach is based, the ontology (the units taken as primitives, the temporal relations, the algorithms that have been developed,. . . ) and the concepts related with reasoning about action (the representation of change, causality, action,. . . ). For each issue the different choices in the literature are discussed. 1 Introduction The notion of time i...
Hentenryck, Constraint satisfaction over connected row convex constraints
 in: Proc. IJCAI97
, 1997
"... This paper studies constraint satisfaction over connected rowconvex (CRC) constraints. It shows that CRC constraints are closed under composition, intersection, and transposition, the basic operations of pathconsistency algorithms. This establishes that path consistency over CRC constraints produc ..."
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This paper studies constraint satisfaction over connected rowconvex (CRC) constraints. It shows that CRC constraints are closed under composition, intersection, and transposition, the basic operations of pathconsistency algorithms. This establishes that path consistency over CRC constraints produces a minimal and decomposable network and is thus a polynomialtime decision procedure for CRC networks. This paper also presents a new pathconsistency algorithm for CRC constraints running in time O(n3d2) and space O(n2d), wherenisthenumber of variables and d is the size of the largest domain, improving the traditional time and space complexity by orders of magnitude. The paper also shows how to construct CRC constraints by conjunction and disjunction of a set of basic CRC constraints, highlighting how CRC constraints generalize monotone constraints and presenting interesting subclasses of CRC constraints. Experimental results show that the algorithm behaves well in practice. © 1999 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.