A Generalized Gelfond-Lifschitz Transformation for Logic Programs with Abstract Constraints

Yi-Dong Shen, Jia-Huai You

We present a generalized Gelfond-Lifschitz transformation in order to define stable models for a logic program with arbitrary abstract constraints on sets (c-atoms). The generalization is based on a formal semantics and a novel abstract representation of c-atoms, as opposed to the commonly used power set form representation. In many cases, the abstract representation of a c-atom results in a substantial reduction of size from its power set form representation. We show that any c-atom A=(Ad,Ac) in the body of a clause can be characterized using its satisfiable sets, so that given an interpretation I the c-atom can be handled simply by introducing a special atom θA together with a new clause θA ← A1, ..., An for each satisfiable set {A1, ..., An} of A. We also prove that the latest fixpoint approach presented by Son et al. and our approach using the generalized Gelfond-Lifschitz transformation are semantically equivalent in the sense that they define the same set of stable models.

Subjects: 11. Knowledge Representation; 3.3 Nonmonotonic Reasoning

Submitted: Apr 18, 2007


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