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1 First-order Logic

2 Assertions; t/f FOPC Prob FOPC Ontological commitment Prob prop logic
Facts Objects relations FOPC Prob FOPC Ontological commitment Prob prop logic Prop logic facts t/f/u Deg belief Epistemological commitment Assertions; t/f

3 AtomicPropositionalRelationalFirst order
Expressiveness of Representations AtomicPropositionalRelationalFirst order Atomic representations: States as blackboxes.. Propositional representations: States as made up of state variables Relational representations: States made up of objects and relations between them First-order: there are functions which “produce” objects.. (so essentially an infinite set of objects Propositional can be compiled to atomic (with exponential blow-up) Relational can be compiled to propositional (with exponential blo-up) if there are no functions With functions, we cannot compile relational representations into any finite propositional representation “higher-order” representations can (sometimes) be compiled to lower order

4 Why FOPC If your thesis is utter vacuous
Use first-order predicate calculus. With sufficient formality The sheerest banality Will be hailed by the critics: "Miraculous!"


6 Connection to propositional logic:
general object referent Can’t have predicates of predicates.. thus first-order Connection to propositional logic: Think of “atomic sentences” as propositions…




10 Important facts about quantifiers
Forall and There-exists are related through negation.. ~[forall x P(x)] = Exists x ~P(x) ~[exists x P(x)] = forall x ~P(x) Quantification is allowed only on variables can’t quantify on predicates; can’t say [Forall P Reflexive(P)  forall x,y P(x,y) => P(y,x) —you have to write it once per relation) Order of quantifiers matters

11 Family Values: Falwell vs. Mahabharata
According to a recent CTC study, “….90% of the men surveyed said they will marry the same woman..” “…Jessica Alba.” Intuitively, x depends on y as it is in the scope of the quantification on y (foreshadowing Skolemization) English is Expressive but Ambiguous.

12 Caveat: Order of quantifiers matters
Loves(x,y) means x loves y Intuitively, x depends on y as it is in the scope of the quantification on y (foreshadowing Skolemization) “either Fido loves both Fido and Tweety; or Tweety loves both Fido and Tweety” “ Fido or Tweety loves Fido; and Fido or Tweety loves Tweety”

13 Caveat: Decide whether a symbol is predicate, constant or function…
Make sure you decide what are your constants, what are your predicates and what are your functions Once you decide something is a predicate, you cannot use it in a place where a predicate is not expected! In the previous example, you cannot say

14 More on writing sentences
Forall usually goes with implications (rarely with conjunctive sentences) There-exists usually goes with conjunctions—rarely with implications Everyone at ASU is smart Someone at UA is smart

15 Apt-pet An apartment pet is a pet that is small Dog is a pet
Cat is a pet Elephant is a pet Dogs and cats are small. Some dogs are cute Each dog hates some cat Fido is a dog

16 Notes on encoding English statements to FOPC
Since you are allowed to make your own predicate and function names, it is quite possible that two people FOPCizing the same KB may wind up writing two syntactically different KBs If each of the KBs is used in isolation, there is no problem. However, if the knowledge written in one KB is supposed to be used in conjunction with that in another KB, you will need “Mapping axioms” which relate the “vocabulary” in one KB to the vocabulary in the other KB. This problem is PRETTY important in the context of Semantic Web You get to decide what your predicates, functions, constants etc. are. All you are required to do is be consistent in their usage. When you write an English sentence into FOPC sentence, you can “double check” by asking yourself if there are worlds where FOPC sentence doesn’t hold and the English one holds and vice versa The “Semantic Web” Connection



19 Two different Tarskian Interpretations
This is the same as the one on The left except we have green guy for Richard Problem: There are too darned many Tarskian interpretations. Given one, you can change it by just substituting new real-world objects  Substitution-equivalent Tarskian interpretations give same valuations to the FOPC statements (and thus do not change entailment)  Think in terms of equivalent classes of Tarskian Interpretations (Herbrand Interpretations) We had this in prop logic too—The real World assertion corresponding to a proposition

20 Connection to propositional logic:
Think of “atomic sentences” as propositions…

21 Herbrand Interpretations
Let us think of interpretations for FOPC that are more like interpretations for prop logic Herbrand Interpretations Herbrand Universe All constants Rao,Pat All “ground” functional terms Son-of(Rao);Son-of(Pat); Son-of(Son-of(…(Rao)))…. Herbrand Base All ground atomic sentences made with terms in Herbrand universe Friend(Rao,Pat);Friend(Pat,Rao);Friend(Pat,Pat);Friend(Rao,Rao) Friend(Rao,Son-of(Rao)); Friend(son-of(son-of(Rao),son-of(son-of(son-of(Pat)) We can think of elements of HB as propositions; interpretations give T/F values to these. Given the interpretation, we can compute the value of the FOPC database sentences If there are n constants; and p k-ary predicates, then --Size of HU = n --Size of HB = p*nk But if there is even one function, then |HU| is infinity and so is |HB|. --So, when there are no function symbols, FOPC is really just syntactic sugaring for a (possibly much larger) propositional database


23 But what about Godel? In First Order Logic
We have finite set of constants Quantification allowed only over variables… Godel’s incompleteness theorem holds only in a system that includes “mathematical induction”—which is an axiom schema that requires infinitely many FOPC statements If a property P is true for 0, and whenever it is true for number n, it is also true for number n+1, then the property P is true for all natural numbers You can’t write this in first order logic without writing it once for each P (so, you will have to write infinite number of FOPC statements) So, a finite FOPC database is still semi-decidable in that we can prove all provably true theorems

24 Proof-theoretic Inference in first order logic
For “ground” sentences (i.e., sentences without any quantification), all the old rules work directly (think of ground atomic sentences as propositions) P(a,b)=> Q(a); P(a,b) |= Q(a) ~P(a,b) V Q(a) resolved with P(a,b) gives Q(a) What about quantified sentences? May be infer ground sentences from them…. Universal Instantiation (a universally quantified statement entails every instantiation of it) Existential instantiation (an existentially quantified statement holds for some term (not currently appearing in the KB). Can we combine these (so we can avoid unnecessary instantiations?) Yes. Generalized modus ponens Needs UNIFICATION

25 UI can be applied several
times to add new sentences --The resulting KB is equivalent to the old one EI can only applied once --The resulting DB is not equivalent to the old one BUT will be satisfiable only when the old one is


27 Want mgu (maximal general unifiers)

28 How about knows(x,f(x)) knows(u,u)?
x/u; u/f(u)leads to infinite regress (“occurs check”)

29 GMP can be used in the “forward” (aka “bottom-up”) fashion
where we start from antecedents, and assert the consequent or in the “backward” (aka “top-down”) fashion where we start from consequent, and subgoal on proving the antecedents.

30 Apt-pet An apartment pet is a pet that is small Dog is a pet
Cat is a pet Elephant is a pet Dogs, cats and skunks are small. Fido is a dog Louie is a skunk Garfield is a cat Clyde is an elephant Is there an apartment pet?


32 Your Project 4!

33 Efficiency can be improved by re-ordering subgoals adaptively
e.g., try to prove Pet before Small in Lilliput Island; and Small before Pet in pet-store.

34 Forward (bottom-up) vs. Backward (top-down) chaining
Suppose we have P => Q Q & R =>S S => Z Z & Q => W Q => J P R We want to prove J Forward chaining allows parallel derivation of many facts together; but it may derive facts that are not relevant for the theorem. Backward chaining concentrates on proving subgoals that are relevant to the theorem. However, it proves theorems one at a time. Some similarity with progression vs. regression… Forward chaining fires rules starting from facts Using P, derive Q Using Q & R, derive S Using S, derive Z Using Z, Q, derive W Using Q, derive J No more inferences. Check if J holds. It does. So proved Backward chaining starts from the theorem to be proved We want to prove J. Using Q=>J, we can subgoal on Q Using P=>Q, we can subgoal on P P holds. We are done.

35 Datalog and Deductive Databases
Connection to Progression becoming goal directed w.r.t. P.G. reachability heuristics  Datalog and Deductive Databases A deductive database is a generalization of relational database, where in addition to the relational store, we also have a set of “rules”. The rules are in definite clause form (universally quantified implications, with one non-negated head, and a conjunction of non-negated tails) When a query is asked, the answers are retrieved both from the relational store, and by deriving new facts using the rules. The inference in deductive databases thus involves using GMP rule. Since deductive databases have to derived all answers for a query, top-down evaluation winds up being too inefficient. So, bottom-up (forward chaining) evaluation is used (which tends to derive non-relevant facts  A neat idea called magic-sets allows us to temporarily change the rules (given a specific query), such that forward chaining on the modified rules will avoid deriving some of the irrelevant facts. ?R(z) R(c); R(b).. Rules P(x,y),Q(y)=>R(y) Base facts P(a,b),Q(b) R(c).. RDBMS

36 Similar to “Integer Programming” or “Constraint Programming”

37 Generate compilable matchers for each pattern, and use them





42 Example of FOPC Resolution..
Everyone is loved by someone If x loves y, x will give a valentine card to y Will anyone give Rao a valentine card? z/SK(rao);x’/rao y/z;x/Rao ~loves(z,Rao)

43 Finding where you left your key..
Atkey(Home) V Atkey(Office) 1 Where is the key? Ex Atkey(x) Negate Forall x ~Atkey(x) CNF ~Atkey(x) 2 Resolve 2 and 1 with x/home You get Atkey(office) 3 Resolve 3 and 2 with x/office You get empty clause So resolution refutation “found” that there does exist a place where the key is… Where is it? what is x bound to? x is bound to office once and home once. so x is either home or office

44 Existential proofs.. Are there irrational numbers p and q such that pq is rational? This and the previous examples show that resolution refutation is powerful enough to model existential proofs. In contrast, generalized modus ponens is only able to model constructive proofs.. Rational Irrational

45 Existential proofs.. The previous example shows that resolution refutation is powerful enough to model existential proofs. In contrast, generalized modus ponens is only able to model constructive proofs.. (We also discussed a cute example of existential proof—is it possible for an irrational number power another irrational number to be a rational number—we proved it is possible, without actually giving an example).

46 GMP vs. Resolution Refutation
While resolution refutation is a complete inference for FOPC, it is computationally semi-decidable, which is a far cry from polynomial property of GMP inferences. So, most common uses of FOPC involve doing GMP-style reasoning rather than the full theorem-proving.. There is a controversy in the community as to whether the right way to handle the computational complexity is to a. Develop “tractable subclasses” of languages and require the expert to write all their knowlede in the procrustean beds of those sub-classes (so we can claim “complete and tractable inference” for that class) OR Let users write their knowledge in the fully expressive FOPC, but just do incomplete (but sound) inference. See Doyle & Patil’s “Two Theses of Knowledge Representation”






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