The compactness of belief revision and update operators

Paolo Liberatore and Marco Schaerf

Technical Report, Dipartimento di Informatica e Sistemistica, Università di Roma ''La Sapienza''

One of the main challenges in the formal modeling of common-sense reasoning is the ability to cope with the dynamic nature of the world. Among the approaches put forward to address this problem are belief revision and update. Given a knowledge base T, representing our knowledge of the ''state of affairs'' of the world of interest, we are often led to trust another piece of information P, possibly conflicting with the old one T. The aim of revision and update operators is to characterize the revised knowledge base T' that incorporates the new formula P into the old one T while preserving consistency and, at the same time, avoiding the loss of too much information. In this paper we study the ability of belief revision semantics in compactly representing the set of models of the updated knowledge base.


 @techreport{libe-scha-00-b,
 title = {The compactness of belief revision and update
 operators},
 year = {2000},
 author = {Liberatore, Paolo and Schaerf, Marco},
 institution = {Dipartimento di Informatica e Sistemistica,
 Universit\'a di Roma ''La Sapienza''},
 number = {01--00},
 }
 
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