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Interdefinability of defeasible logic and logic programming under the well-founded semantics

By Frederick Maier Wright State University


We provide a method of translating theories of Nute’s defeasible logic into logic programs, and a corresponding translation in the opposite direction. Under certain natural restrictions, the conclusions of defeasible theories under the ambiguity propagating defeasible logic ADL correspond to those of the well-founded semantics for normal logic programs, and so it turns out that the two formalisms are closely related. Using the same translation of logic programs into defeasible theories, the semantics for the ambiguity blocking defeasible logic NDL can be seen as indirectly providing an ambiguity blocking semantics for logic programs. We also provide antimonotone operators for both ADL and NDL, each based on the Gelfond-Lifschitz (GL) operator for logic programs. For defeasible theories without defeaters or priorities on rules, the operator for ADL corresponds to the GL operator and so can be seen as partially capturing the consequences according to ADL. Similarly, the operator for NDL captures the consequences according to NDL, though in this case no restrictions on theories apply. Both operators can be used to define stable model semantics for defeasible theories.

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journal = {Theory and Practice of Logic Programming},
publisher = {Cambridge University Press},
author = {Frederick Maier},
title = {Interdefinability of defeasible logic and logic programming
under the well-founded semantics},
volume = {13},
number = {1},
year = {2013},
pages = {107-142}

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