GQR - A Fast Reasoner for Binary Qualitative Constraint Calculi

Zeno Gantner, Matthias Westphal, Stefan Wölfl

GQR (Generic Qualitative Reasoner) is a solver for binary qualitative constraint networks. GQR takes a calculus description and one or more constraint networks as input, and tries to solve the networks using the path consistency method and (heuristic) backtracking. In contrast to specialized reasoners, it offers reasoning services for different qualitative calculi, which means that these calculi are not hard-coded into the reasoner. Currently, GQR supports arbitrary binary constraint calculi developed for spatial and temporal reasoning, such as calculi from the RCC family, the intersection calculi, Allen's interval algebra, cardinal direction calculi, and calculi from the OPRA family. New calculi can be added to the system by specifications in a simple text format or in an XML file format. The tool is designed and implemented with genericity and extensibility in mind, while preserving efficiency and scalability. The user can choose between different data structures and heuristics, and new ones can be easily added to the object-oriented framework. GQR is free software distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License.

Subjects: 3.5 Qualitative Reasoning; 15.2 Constraint Satisfaction

Submitted: May 5, 2008

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