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Author:
Meyer, John-Jules (Linköping University, The Institute of Technology) (Linköping University, Department of Computer and Information Science, KPLAB - Knowledge Processing Lab)
Doherty, Patrick (Linköping University, The Institute of Technology) (Linköping University, Department of Computer and Information Science, KPLAB - Knowledge Processing Lab)
Title:
Preferential action semantics, preliminary report
Department:
Linköping University, Department of Computer and Information Science, KPLAB - Knowledge Processing Lab
Linköping University, The Institute of Technology
Publication type:
Report (Other academic)
Language:
English
Place of publ.: Linköping, Sweden Publisher: Department of Computer and Information Science, Linköping University
Series:
LITH-IDA-R, ISSN 0281-4250
Year of publ.:
1996
URI:
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-41740
Permanent link:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-41740
ISRN:
LITH-IDA-R-96-24
Local ID:
58947
Subject category:
Computer Science
SVEP category:
Computer science
Abstract(en) :

In this paper, we propose a new way of considering reasoning about action and change. Rather than placing a preferential structure onto the models of logical theories, we place such a structure directly on the semantics of the actions involved. In this way, we obtain a preferential semantics of actions by means of which we can not only deal with several of the traditional problems in this area such as the frame and ramification problems, but can generalize these solutions to a context which includes both nondeterministic and concurrent actions. In fact, the net result is an integration of semantical and verificational techniques from the paradigm of imperative and concurrent programs in particular, as known from traditional programming, with the AI perspective. In this paper, the main focus is on semantical (i.e. model theoretical) issues rather than providing a logical calculus, which would be the next step in the endeavor.

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Created:
2009-10-10
Last updated:
2011-02-27
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