Efficient Reasoning in Multiagent Epistemic Logics

Abstract

In many applications, agents must reason about what other agents know, whether to coordinate with them or to come out on top in a competitive situation. However in general, reasoning in a multiagent epistemic logic such as Kn has high complexity. In this paper, we look at a restricted class of knowledge bases that are sets of modal literals. We call these proper epistemic knowledge bases (PEKBs). We show that after a PEKB has been put in prime implicate normal form (PINF), an efficient database-like query evaluation procedure can be used to check whether an arbitrary query is entailed by the PEKB. The evaluation procedure is always sound and sometimes complete. We also develop a procedure to convert a PEKB into PINF. As well, we extend our approach to deal with introspection.

DOI: 10.3233/978-1-61499-098-7-498

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@inproceedings{Lakemeyer2012EfficientRI, title={Efficient Reasoning in Multiagent Epistemic Logics}, author={Gerhard Lakemeyer and Yves Lesp{\'e}rance}, booktitle={ECAI}, year={2012} }