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Hybrid Logics: Characterization, Interpolation and Complexity
 Journal of Symbolic Logic
, 1999
"... Hybrid languages are expansions of propositional modal languages which can refer to (or even quantify over) worlds. The use of strong hybrid languages dates back to at least [Pri67], but recent work (for example [BS98, BT98a, BT99]) has focussed on a more constrained system called H(#; @). We sho ..."
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Hybrid languages are expansions of propositional modal languages which can refer to (or even quantify over) worlds. The use of strong hybrid languages dates back to at least [Pri67], but recent work (for example [BS98, BT98a, BT99]) has focussed on a more constrained system called H(#; @). We show in detail that H(#; @) is modally natural. We begin by studying its expressivity, and provide model theoretic characterizations (via a restricted notion of EhrenfeuchtFrasse game, and an enriched notion of bisimulation) and a syntactic characterization (in terms of bounded formulas). The key result to emerge is that H(#; @) corresponds to the fragment of rstorder logic which is invariant for generated submodels. We then show that H(#; @) enjoys (strong) interpolation, provide counterexamples for its nite variable fragments, and show that weak interpolation holds for the sublanguage H(@). Finally, we provide complexity results for H(@) and other fragments and variants, and sh...
Automatic Structures
 IN PROC. 15TH IEEE SYMP. ON LOGIC IN COMPUTER SCIENCE
, 1999
"... We study definability and complexity issues for automatic and wautomatic structures. These are, in general, infinite structures but they can be finitely presented by a collection of automata. Moreover, they admit effective (in fact automatic) evaluation of all firstorder queries. Therefore, automa ..."
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We study definability and complexity issues for automatic and wautomatic structures. These are, in general, infinite structures but they can be finitely presented by a collection of automata. Moreover, they admit effective (in fact automatic) evaluation of all firstorder queries. Therefore, automatic structures provide an interesting framework for extending many algorithmic and logical methods from finite structures to infinite ones. We explain the notion of (w)automatic structures, give examples, and discuss the relationship to automatic groups. We determine the complexity of model checking and query evaluation on automatic structures for fragments of firstorder logic. Further, we study closure properties and definability issues on automatic structures and present a technique for proving that a structure is not automatic. We give modeltheoretic characterisations for automatic structures via interpretations. Finally we discuss the composition theory of automatic structures and pro...
Turbulence, amalgamation, and generic automorphisms of homogeneous structures
, 2004
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On the Decision Problem for TwoVariable FirstOrder Logic
, 1997
"... We identify the computational complexity of the satisfiability problem for FO², the fragment of firstorder logic consisting of all relational firstorder sentences with at most two distinct variables. Although this fragment was shown to be decidable a long time ago, the computational complexity ..."
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We identify the computational complexity of the satisfiability problem for FO², the fragment of firstorder logic consisting of all relational firstorder sentences with at most two distinct variables. Although this fragment was shown to be decidable a long time ago, the computational complexity of its decision problem has not been pinpointed so far. In 1975 Mortimer proved that FO² has the finitemodel property, which means that if an FO²sentence is satisfiable, then it has a finite model. Moreover, Mortimer showed that every satisfiable FO²sentence has a model whose size is at most doubly exponential in the size of the sentence. In this paper, we improve Mortimer's bound by one exponential and show that every satisfiable FO²sentence has a model whose size is at most exponential in the size of the sentence. As a consequence, we establish that the satisfiability problem for FO² is NEXPTIMEcomplete.
Team Theory
, 1987
"... Contemporary or modern (mathematical) logic was born at the end of the 19th century. Its origin is connected with mathematics rather than philosophy, and my article will likewise be informed by a mathematical culture although I will try make connections with philosophy and the philosophy of ..."
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Contemporary or modern (mathematical) logic was born at the end of the 19th century. Its origin is connected with mathematics rather than philosophy, and my article will likewise be informed by a mathematical culture although I will try make connections with philosophy and the philosophy of
Weighted automata and weighted logics
 In Automata, Languages and Programming – 32nd International Colloquium, ICALP 2005
, 2005
"... Abstract. Weighted automata are used to describe quantitative properties in various areas such as probabilistic systems, image compression, speechtotext processing. The behaviour of such an automaton is a mapping, called a formal power series, assigning to each word a weight in some semiring. We g ..."
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Abstract. Weighted automata are used to describe quantitative properties in various areas such as probabilistic systems, image compression, speechtotext processing. The behaviour of such an automaton is a mapping, called a formal power series, assigning to each word a weight in some semiring. We generalize Büchi’s and Elgot’s fundamental theorems to this quantitative setting. We introduce a weighted version of MSO logic and prove that, for commutative semirings, the behaviours of weighted automata are precisely the formal power series definable with our weighted logic. We also consider weighted firstorder logic and show that aperiodic series coincide with the firstorder definable ones, if the semiring is locally finite, commutative and has some aperiodicity property. 1
The rational numbers as an abstract data type
, 2007
"... We give an equational specification of the field operations on the rational numbers under initial algebra semantics using just total field operations and 12 equations. A consequence of this specification is that 0−1 = 0, an interesting equation consistent with the ring axioms and many properties of ..."
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We give an equational specification of the field operations on the rational numbers under initial algebra semantics using just total field operations and 12 equations. A consequence of this specification is that 0−1 = 0, an interesting equation consistent with the ring axioms and many properties of division. The existence of an equational specification of the rationals without hidden functions was an open question. We also give an axiomatic examination of the divisibility operator, from which some interesting new axioms emerge along with equational specifications of algebras of rationals, including one with the modulus function. Finally, we state some open problems, including: Does there exist an equational specification of the field operations on the rationals without hidden functions that is a complete term rewriting system?
On Logics with Two Variables
 Theoretical Computer Science
, 1999
"... This paper is a survey and systematic presentation of decidability and complexity issues for modal and nonmodal twovariable logics. A classical result due to Mortimer says that the twovariable fragment of firstorder logic, denoted FO 2 , has the finite model property and is therefore decidable ..."
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This paper is a survey and systematic presentation of decidability and complexity issues for modal and nonmodal twovariable logics. A classical result due to Mortimer says that the twovariable fragment of firstorder logic, denoted FO 2 , has the finite model property and is therefore decidable for satisfiability. One of the reasons for the significance of this result is that many propositional modal logics can be embedded into FO 2 . Logics that are of interest for knowledge representation, for the specification and verification of concurrent systems and for other areas of computer science are often defined (or can be viewed) as extensions of modal logics by features like counting constructs, path quantifiers, transitive closure operators, least and greatest fixed points etc. Examples of such logics are computation tree logic CTL, the modal ¯calculus L¯ , or popular description logics used in artificial intelligence. Although the additional features are usually not firstorder...
Constraint Satisfaction with Countable Homogeneous Templates
 IN PROCEEDINGS OF CSL’03
, 2003
"... For a fixed countable homogeneous structure we study the computational problem whether a given finite structure of the same relational signature homomorphically maps to . This problem is known as the constraint satisfaction problem CSP( ) for and was intensively studied for finite . We show that ..."
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For a fixed countable homogeneous structure we study the computational problem whether a given finite structure of the same relational signature homomorphically maps to . This problem is known as the constraint satisfaction problem CSP( ) for and was intensively studied for finite . We show that  as in the case of finite  the computational complexity of CSP( ) for countable homogeneous is determinded by the clone of polymorphisms of . To this end we prove the following theorem which is of independent interest: The primitive positive definable relations over an !categorical structure are precisely the relations that are invariant under the polymorphisms of .