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Reasoning About Knowledge : A Bradford Book - Ronald Fagin

Reasoning About Knowledge

A Bradford Book

Paperback Published: 9th January 2004
ISBN: 9780262562003
Number Of Pages: 536
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Reasoning about knowledge--particularly the knowledge of agents who reason about the world and each other's knowledge--was once the exclusive province of philosophers and puzzle solvers. More recently, this type of reasoning has been shown to play a key role in a surprising number of contexts, from understanding conversations to the analysis of distributed computer algorithms.Reasoning About Knowledge is the first book to provide a general discussion of approaches to reasoning about knowledge and its applications to distributed systems, artificial intelligence, and game theory. It brings eight years of work by the authors into a cohesive framework for understanding and analyzing reasoning about knowledge that is intuitive, mathematically well founded, useful in practice, and widely applicable. The book is almost completely self-contained and should be accessible to readers in a variety of disciplines, including computer science, artificial intelligence, linguistics, philosophy, cognitive science, and game theory. Each chapter includes exercises and bibliographic notes.

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Preface to the Hardcover Editionp. xi
Preface to the Paperback Editionp. xv
Introduction and Overviewp. 1
A Model for Knowledgep. 15
Completeness and Complexityp. 49
Knowledge in Multi-Agent Systemsp. 109
Protocols and Programsp. 163
Common Knowledge and Agreementp. 189
Knowledge-Based Programmingp. 253
Evolving Knowledgep. 303
Logical Omnisciencep. 333
Knowledge and Computationp. 391
Common Knowledge Revisitedp. 415
Bibliographyp. 463
Symbol Indexp. 489
Indexp. 493
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ISBN: 9780262562003
ISBN-10: 0262562006
Series: A Bradford Book
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 536
Published: 9th January 2004
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.8 x 17.7  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.83