Provably Correct Theories of Action

Abstract

We investigate logical formalization of the effects of actions in the situation calculus. We propose a formal criterion against which to evaluate theories of deterministic actions. We show how the criterion provides us a formal foundation upon which to tackle the frame problem, as well as its variant in the context of concurrent actions. Our main technical contributions are in formulating a wide class of monotonic causal theories that satisfy the criterion, and showing that each such theory can be reformulated succinctly in circumscription.

DOI: 10.1145/201019.201021

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@article{Lin1995ProvablyCT, title={Provably Correct Theories of Action}, author={Fangzhen Lin and Yoav Shoham}, journal={J. ACM}, year={1995}, volume={42}, pages={293-320} }