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Unformatted text preview: Winter 2006 COSC6490B: Issues in Information Integration Godfrey p. 1 Propositional Logic Programs / Databases Recall our example conjunctive normal form (CNF) formula: a b b f h a c c d h b d e e g h c f g a This is written in the common shorthand for CNF: There are implicit s between the clauses. A clause is of the form l 1 . . . l k , in which each l i is a positive occurrence of a proposition (e.g., a ) or a negative occurrence of a proposition (e.g., a ). Oddly, let us call such a CNF formula as above a program , or even a database . It will become clearer as we progress why these names really are not so odd. Denote the program above as P . Winter 2006 COSC6490B: Issues in Information Integration Godfrey p. 2 Propositional Logic Queries Prove h from P . In other words, we are asking the query , is h true , given that P is true ? What does this query mean? It means for us to show that h logically follows from P . There are several approaches to do this. Model Theory Approach: Show that in any situation in which P is true , h is also true . Proof Theory Approach: Show that there is a sequence of inference steps that lead from the premise P to the conclusion h . Winter 2006 COSC6490B: Issues in Information Integration Godfrey p. 3 The Example Simplified Let us simplify our example P some so we do not have to work as hard. a b b f h a c c d h b d e e g h c f g a Does a have to be true for P to be true ? Clearly yes. If a were false , P is necessarily false . So a is true in all situations (in which P is true ). We also easily see then that b is true and that c is true . So for any clause that contains a positive occurrence of a (or b or c ), we can drop that clause from P since we now know that clause is true . For any clause that contains a (or b or c ), we can drop the a (or b or c ) from it since we know a (and b and c ) is false . (We have to keep the rest of the clause though, because it still could be either true or false . Thus our modified program, P , is d e d h f g e g h f h P and P with a , b , and c as facts in P are logically equivalent. Winter 2006 COSC6490B: Issues in Information Integration Godfrey p. 4 Truth Tables (Models) We can guess for each proposition whether it is true or it is false , and see whether that makes P overall true or false , with respect to these guesses. Each possible truth assignmenthaving assigned each proposition (e.g., a, . . . , h ) to true or to false is called an interpretation ....
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