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The DLV System for Knowledge Representation and Reasoning
 ACM Transactions on Computational Logic
, 2002
"... Disjunctive Logic Programming (DLP) is an advanced formalism for knowledge representation and reasoning, which is very expressive in a precise mathematical sense: it allows to express every property of finite structures that is decidable in the complexity class ΣP 2 (NPNP). Thus, under widely believ ..."
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Disjunctive Logic Programming (DLP) is an advanced formalism for knowledge representation and reasoning, which is very expressive in a precise mathematical sense: it allows to express every property of finite structures that is decidable in the complexity class ΣP 2 (NPNP). Thus, under widely believed assumptions, DLP is strictly more expressive than normal (disjunctionfree) logic programming, whose expressiveness is limited to properties decidable in NP. Importantly, apart from enlarging the class of applications which can be encoded in the language, disjunction often allows for representing problems of lower complexity in a simpler and more natural fashion. This paper presents the DLV system, which is widely considered the stateoftheart implementation of disjunctive logic programming, and addresses several aspects. As for problem solving, we provide a formal definition of its kernel language, functionfree disjunctive logic programs (also known as disjunctive datalog), extended by weak constraints, which are a powerful tool to express optimization problems. We then illustrate the usage of DLV as a tool for knowledge representation and reasoning, describing a new declarative programming methodology which allows one to encode complex problems (up to ∆P 3complete problems) in a declarative fashion. On the foundational side, we provide a detailed analysis of the computational complexity of the language of
Evolving logic programs
 Procs. 8th European Conf. on Logics in AI (JELIA’02
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All intext references underlined in blue are linked to publications on ResearchGate, letting you access and read them immediately.
Answer Sets for Propositional Theories
 In Proceedings of International Conference on Logic Programming and Nonmonotonic Reasoning (LPNMR
, 2005
"... Abstract. Equilibrium logic, introduced by David Pearce, extends the concept of an answer set from logic programs to arbitrary sets of formulas. Logic programs correspond to the special case in which every formula is a “rule ” — an implication that has no implications in the antecedent (body) and c ..."
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Abstract. Equilibrium logic, introduced by David Pearce, extends the concept of an answer set from logic programs to arbitrary sets of formulas. Logic programs correspond to the special case in which every formula is a “rule ” — an implication that has no implications in the antecedent (body) and consequent (head). The semantics of equilibrium logic looks very different from the usual definitions of an answer set in logic programming, as it is based on Kripke models. In this paper we propose a new definition of equilibrium logic which uses the concept of a reduct, as in the standard definition of an answer set. Second, we apply the generalized concept of an answer set to the problem of defining the semantics of aggregates in answer set programming. We propose, in particular, a semantics for weight constraints that covers the problematic case of negative weights. Our semantics of aggregates is an extension of the approach due to Faber, Leone, and Pfeifer to a language with choice rules and, more generally, arbitrary rules with nested expressions. 1
A new perspective on stable models
 In Proceedings of International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI
, 2007
"... The definition of a stable model has provided a declarative semantics for Prolog programs with negation as failure and has led to the development of answer set programming. In this paper we propose a new definition of that concept, which covers many constructs used in answer set programming (includi ..."
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The definition of a stable model has provided a declarative semantics for Prolog programs with negation as failure and has led to the development of answer set programming. In this paper we propose a new definition of that concept, which covers many constructs used in answer set programming (including disjunctive rules, choice rules and conditional literals) and, unlike the original definition, refers neither to grounding nor to fixpoints. Rather, it is based on a syntactic transformation, which turns a logic program into a formula of secondorder logic that is similar to the formula familiar from the definition of circumscription. 1
Stable Models and Circumscription
, 2007
"... The definition of a stable model has provided a declarative semantics for Prolog programs with negation as failure and has led to the development of answer set programming. In this paper we propose a new definition of that concept, which covers many constructs used in answer set programming (includ ..."
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The definition of a stable model has provided a declarative semantics for Prolog programs with negation as failure and has led to the development of answer set programming. In this paper we propose a new definition of that concept, which covers many constructs used in answer set programming (including disjunctive rules, choice rules and conditional literals) and, unlike the original definition, refers neither to grounding nor to fixpoints. Rather, it is based on a syntactic transformation, which turns a logic program into a formula of secondorder logic that is similar to the formula familiar from John McCarthy’s definition of circumscription.
Strong Equivalence Made Easy: Nested Expressions and Weight Constraints
 THEORY AND PRACTICE OF LOGIC PROGRAMMING
, 2003
"... Logic programs P and Q are strongly equivalent if, given any program R, programs P + R and Q + R are equivalent (that is, have the same answer sets). Strong equivalence is convenient for the study of equivalent transformations of logic programs: one can prove that a local change is correct without c ..."
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Logic programs P and Q are strongly equivalent if, given any program R, programs P + R and Q + R are equivalent (that is, have the same answer sets). Strong equivalence is convenient for the study of equivalent transformations of logic programs: one can prove that a local change is correct without considering the whole program. Lifschitz, Pearce and Valverde showed that Heyting's logic of hereandthere can be used to characterize strong equivalence for logic programs with nested expressions (which subsume the betterknown extended disjunctive programs). This note considers a simpler, more direct characterization of strong equivalence for such programs, and shows that it can also be applied without modication to the weight constraint programs of Niemel?a and Simons. Thus, this characterization of strong equivalence is convenient for the study of equivalent transformations of logic programs written in the input languages of answer set programming systems dlv and smodels. The note concludes with a brief discussion of results that can be used to automate reasoning about strong equivalence, including a novel encoding that reduces the problem of deciding the strong equivalence of a pair of weight constraint programs to that of deciding the inconsistency of a weight constraint program.
What Is Answer Set Programming?
, 2008
"... Answer set programming (ASP) is a form of declarative programming oriented towards difficult search problems. As an outgrowth of research on the use of nonmonotonic reasoning in knowledge representation, it is particularly useful in knowledgeintensive applications. ASP programs consist of rules tha ..."
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Answer set programming (ASP) is a form of declarative programming oriented towards difficult search problems. As an outgrowth of research on the use of nonmonotonic reasoning in knowledge representation, it is particularly useful in knowledgeintensive applications. ASP programs consist of rules that look like Prolog rules, but the computational mechanisms used in ASP are different: they are based on the ideas that have led to the creation of fast satisfiability solvers for propositional logic.
Ultimate Wellfounded and Stable Semantics for Logic Programs With Aggregates (Extended Abstract)
 In Proceedings of ICLP01, LNCS 2237
, 2001
"... is relatively straightforward. Another advantage of the ultimate approximation is that in cases where TP is monotone the ultimate wellfounded model will be 2valued and will coincide with the least fixpoint of TP . This is not the case for the standard wellfounded semantics. For example in the sta ..."
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is relatively straightforward. Another advantage of the ultimate approximation is that in cases where TP is monotone the ultimate wellfounded model will be 2valued and will coincide with the least fixpoint of TP . This is not the case for the standard wellfounded semantics. For example in the standard wellfounded model of the program: # p. p. p is undefined while the associated TP operator is monotone and p is true in the ultimate wellfounded model. One disadvantage of using the ultimate semantics is that it has a higher computational cost even for programs without aggregates. The complexity goes one level higher in the polynomial hierarchy to # 2 for the wellfounded model and to 2 for a stable model which is also complete for this class [2]. Fortunately, by adding aggregates the complexity does not increase further. To give an example of a logic program with aggregates we consider the problem of computing the length of the shortest path between two nodes in a direc
Loop Formulas for Disjunctive Logic Programs
 In Proc. ICLP03
, 2003
"... We extend Clark's de nition of a completed program and the de nition of a loop formula due to Lin and Zhao to disjunctive logic programs. Our main result, generalizing the Lin/Zhao theorem, shows that answer sets for a disjunctive program can be characterized as the models of its completi ..."
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We extend Clark's de nition of a completed program and the de nition of a loop formula due to Lin and Zhao to disjunctive logic programs. Our main result, generalizing the Lin/Zhao theorem, shows that answer sets for a disjunctive program can be characterized as the models of its completion that satisfy the loop formulas. The concept of a tight program and Fages' theorem are extended to disjunctive programs as well.
Answer Sets
, 2007
"... This chapter is an introduction to Answer Set Prolog a language for knowledge representation and reasoning based on the answer set/stable model semantics of logic programs [44, 45]. The language has roots in declarative programing [52, 65], the syntax and semantics of standard Prolog [24, 23], disj ..."
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This chapter is an introduction to Answer Set Prolog a language for knowledge representation and reasoning based on the answer set/stable model semantics of logic programs [44, 45]. The language has roots in declarative programing [52, 65], the syntax and semantics of standard Prolog [24, 23], disjunctive databases [66, 67] and nonmonotonic logic