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This paper provides a gentle introduction to problem solving with the IDP3 system. The core of IDP3 is a finite model generator that supports first order logic enriched with types, inductive definitions, aggregates and partial functions. It offers its users a modeling language that is a slight extension of predicate logic and allows them to solve a wide(More)
(1988). MANDIS/Amoeba: A widely dispersed object-oriented operating system. The contract-net protocol: high-level communication and control in a distributed problem solver. ent cooperation is a considered to be a difficult task (Lesser and Corkill, 1981; Davis and Smith, 1983). CONCLUSIONS Research in cooperation and coordination among independent nodes(More)
Dynamic systems play a central role in fields such as planning, verification, and databases. Fragmented throughout these fields, we find a multitude of languages to formally specify dynamic systems and a multitude of systems to reason on such specifications. Often, such systems are bound to one specific language and one specific inference task. It is(More)
Declarative systems aim at solving tasks by running inference engines on a specification, to free its users from having to specify how a task should be tackled. In order to provide such functionality, declarative systems themselves apply complex reasoning techniques, and, as a consequence, the development of such systems can be laborious work. In this(More)
Many state-of-the-art declarative systems use a ground-and-solve approach, where the problem statement, expressed in a high-level language, is first grounded into a low-level representation. Next, a solver is used to search a solution for the low-level representation. In order to prevent a combinatorial blowup of the grounding, many intelligent techniques(More)
Inductive definitions and justifications are well-studied concepts. Solvers that support inductive definitions have been developed, but several of their computationally nice properties have never been exploited to improve these solvers. In this paper, we present a new notion called relevance. We determine a class of literals that are relevant for a given(More)
Opaque communications between groups of data processors leave individuals out of touch with the circulation and use of their personal information. Empowering individuals in this regard requires supplying them — or auditors on their behalf — with clear data handling guarantees. We introduce an inference model providing individuals with global(More)