Contextual Reasoning and Importing Contexts

Christo Dichev

This paper tackles the problem of understanding when and how a reasoning component of a distributed reasoning system is affected by the other components, and how it affects them. A number of relevant concepts which have a precise intuition in terms of cooperative reasoning systems are proposed thus providing a ground for defining a particular class of contexts -- importing context. The notion of importing context refers to those contexts of a MCS satisfying the property that only correct with respect to the other contexts formulas are derivable from them. A number of properties of the importing contexts are presented and discussed in a framework of cooperative reasoning systems.

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