We consider the concept of a local set of inference rules. A local rule set can be automatically transformed into a rule set for which bottom-up evaluation terminates in polynomial time. The local-rule-set transformation gives polynomial-time evaluation strategies for a large variety of rule sets that cannot be given terminating evaluation strategies by any other known automatic technique. This paper discusses three new results. First, it is shown that every polynomial-time predicate can be defined by an (unstratified) local rule set. Second, a new machine-recognizable subclass of the local rule sets is identified. Finally we show that locality, as a property of rule sets, is undecidable in general.
- Pub Date:
- July 2000
- Computer Science - Logic in Computer Science;
- Computer Science - Artificial Intelligence;
- Computer Science - Programming Languages;
- 22 pages. Appeared in Knowledge Representation and Reasoning,1993. Submitted to ACM Transactions on Computational Logic Correction: original conference appearance was 1992, not 1993