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Upside-Down Meta-Interpretation Of The Model Elimination Theorem-Proving Procedure For Deduction and Abduction

by Stickel, Mark

Technical Note 525
Institution: AI Center, SRI International
Address: 333 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park, CA 94025
Apr 1993.

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Abstract

Typical bottom-up, forward-chaining reasoning systems such as hyperresolution lack goal-directedness while typical top-down, backward-chaining reasoning systems like Prolog or model elimination repeatedly solve the same goals. Reasoning systems that are goal-directed and avoid repeatedly solving the same goals can be constructed by formulating the top-down methods metatheoretically for execution by a bottom-up reasoning system (hence, we use the term upside-down meta-interpretation). This formulation also facilitates the use of flexible search strategies, such as merit-ordered search that are common to bottom-up reasoning systems. The model elimination theorem-proving procedure, its extension by an assumption rule for abduction, and its restriction to Horn clauses are adapted here for such upside-down meta-interpretation. This work can be regarded as an extension of the magic-sets or Alexander method for query evaluation in deductive databases to both non-Horn clauses and abductive reasoning.

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