Moszkowski, Ben - A Complete Axiom System for Propositional Interval Temporal Logic with Infinite Time

lmcs:759 - Logical Methods in Computer Science, August 13, 2012, Volume 8, Issue 3
A Complete Axiom System for Propositional Interval Temporal Logic with Infinite Time

Authors: Moszkowski, Ben

Interval Temporal Logic (ITL) is an established temporal formalism for reasoning about time periods. For over 25 years, it has been applied in a number of ways and several ITL variants, axiom systems and tools have been investigated. We solve the longstanding open problem of finding a complete axiom system for basic quantifier-free propositional ITL (PITL) with infinite time for analysing nonterminating computational systems. Our completeness proof uses a reduction to completeness for PITL with finite time and conventional propositional linear-time temporal logic. Unlike completeness proofs of equally expressive logics with nonelementary computational complexity, our semantic approach does not use tableaux, subformula closures or explicit deductions involving encodings of omega automata and nontrivial techniques for complementing them. We believe that our result also provides evidence of the naturalness of interval-based reasoning.


Source : oai:arXiv.org:1207.3816
DOI : 10.2168/LMCS-8(3:10)2012
Volume: Volume 8, Issue 3
Published on: August 13, 2012
Submitted on: May 25, 2011
Keywords: Computer Science - Logic in Computer Science,F.4.1, F.3.1


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