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    Temporal logics over transitive states

    Konev, B. and Wolter, F. and Zakharyaschev, Michael (2005) Temporal logics over transitive states. In: Nieuwenhuis, R. (ed.) CADE-20: Automated Deduction. Lecture Notes in Computer Science 3632. Springer, pp. 182-203. ISBN 9783540280057.

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    We investigate the computational behaviour of ‘two-dimensional’ propositional temporal logics over (ℕ, <) (with and without the next-time operator O) that are capable of reasoning about states with transitive relations. Such logics are known to be undecidable (even Π11 -complete) if the domains of states with those relations are assumed to be constant. Motivated by applications in the areas of temporal description logic and specification & verification of hybrid systems, in this paper we analyse the computational impact of allowing the domains of states to expand. We show that over finite expanding domains (with an arbitrary, tree-like, quasi-order, or linear transitive relation) the logics are recursively enumerable, but undecidable. If these finite domains eventually become constant then the resulting O-free logics are decidable (but not in primitive recursive time); on the other hand, when equipped with O they are not even recursively enumerable. Finally, we show that temporal logics over infinite expanding domains as above are undecidable even for the language with the sole temporal operator ‘eventually.’ The proofs are based on Kruskal’s tree theorem and reductions of reachability problems for lossy channel systems.


    Item Type: Book Section
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2021 18:25
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:52


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