# Re: evaluable predicates, general definition

From: Michael Kifer <kifer@cs.sunysb.edu>
Date: Thu, 08 Nov 2007 16:38:50 -0500

Cc: "Public-Rif-Wg \(E-mail\)" <public-rif-wg@w3.org>
Message-ID: <30107.1194557930@cs.sunysb.edu>
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Model theory of builtin predicates is not a problem. Modes (binding
patterns) are extra-logical. We have to decide what do about them in terms
of our recommendation (e.g., issue an error and abort).

Builtin functions present a bigger challenge. They can also have fixed
interpretation as functions, but builtin functions are partial, so they
require special treatment in the model theory, and I am not sure if this
complication is worth the trouble.

--michael

> Evaluable predicates:
>
> The most general definition of external predicates (built-ins), I know
> of (in an attempt to write down the definition of Eiter et al. [1] in a
> RIF suitable way):
>
> An evaluable predicate &pred(X_1,....,X_n) is  assigned with one or more
> binding patterns, where a binding pattern is a vector {in,out}^n.
> Intuitively, an evaluable atom provides a way for deciding the truth
> value of an output tuple depending on the extension of a set of input
> predicates and terms. Note that this means that evaluable predicates,
> unlike usual definitions of built-ins in logic programming, can not only
> take constant parameters but also (extensions of) predicates as input.
> inputs can not only be terms, but also predicate names (in which case
> the *extension* of the respective predicate is the input.) External
> predicates have a fixed interpretation assigned.  The distinction
> between input and output terms is made in order to guarantee that
> whenever all input values of one of the given binding patterns are bound
> to concrete values, the fixed interpretation only allows a finite number
> of bindings for the output values, which can be computed by an external
> evaluation oracle.
>
>
> 1. T. Eiter, G. Ianni, R. Schindlauer, H. Tompits. A Uniform Integration
> of Higher-Order Rea-
> soning and External Evaluations in Answer Set Programming. In
> International Joint Con-
> ference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) 2005, pp. 90–96, Edinburgh,
> UK, Aug. 2005.
>
>
> --
> Dr. Axel Polleres
> email: axel@polleres.net  url: http://www.polleres.net/
>
>
>
>
>
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