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Cambridge Tracts in Theoretical Computer Science : Epistemic Logic for AI and Computer Science Series Number 41 - J.-J Ch. Meyer

Cambridge Tracts in Theoretical Computer Science

Epistemic Logic for AI and Computer Science Series Number 41

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Published: 29th June 2004
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Epistemic logic has grown from its philosophical beginnings to find diverse applications in computer science as a means of reasoning about the knowledge and belief of agents. This book, based on courses taught at universities and summer schools, provides a broad introduction to the subject; many exercises are included together with their solutions. The authors begin by presenting the necessary apparatus from mathematics and logic, including Kripke semantics and the well-known modal logics K, T, S4 and S5. Then they turn to applications in the contexts of distributed systems and artificial intelligence: topics that are addressed include the notions of common knowledge, distributed knowledge, explicit and implicit belief, the interplays between knowledge and time, and knowledge and action, as well as a graded (or numerical) variant of the epistemic operators. The problem of logical omniscience is also discussed extensively. Halpern and Moses' theory of honest formulae is covered, and a digression is made into the realm of non-monotonic reasoning and preferential entailment. Moore's autoepistemic logic is discussed, together with Levesque's related logic of 'all I know'. Furthermore, it is shown how one can base default and counterfactual reasoning on epistemic logic.

'Epistemic logic has grown from its philosophical beginnings to find diverse applications in computer science as a means of reasoning about the knowledge and belief of agents. This book, based on courses taught at universities and summer schools, provides a broad introduction to the subject.' Phinews ' ... a very detailed coverage ... that is well written, well reasoned, and a useful reference to have on the shelf.' R. J. Bradford, Axis

Preface
Introduction
Basics: the modal approach to knowledge
Various notions of knowledge and belief
Knowledge and ignorance
Default reasoning by epistemic logic
References
Appendices
Answers to exercises
Index
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ISBN: 9780521602808
ISBN-10: 0521602807
Series: Cambridge Tracts in Theoretical Computer Science
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 372
Published: 29th June 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.5 x 18.9  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.66