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Logic for Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence

Ricardo Caferra, Grenoble INP, France

ISBN: 9781848213012

Publication Date: June 2011   Hardback   544 pp.

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Logic and its components (propositional, first-order, non-classical) play a key role in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence. While a large amount of information exists scattered throughout various media (books, journal articles, webpages, etc.), the diffuse nature of these sources is problematic and logic as a topic benefits from a unified approach. Logic for Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence utilizes this format, surveying the tableaux, resolution, Davis and Putnam methods, logic programming, as well as for example unification and subsumption. For non-classical logics, the translation method is detailed.
Logic for Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence is the classroom-tested result of several years of teaching at Grenoble INP (Ensimag). It is conceived to allow self-instruction for a beginner with basic knowledge in Mathematics and Computer Science, but is also highly suitable for use in traditional courses. The reader is guided by clearly motivated concepts, introductions, historical remarks, side notes concerning connections with other disciplines, and numerous exercises, complete with detailed solutions, The title provides the reader with the tools needed to arrive naturally at practical implementations of the concepts and techniques discussed, allowing for the design of algorithms to solve problems.


1. Introduction.
2. A Few Thoughts Before the Formalization.
3. Propositional Logic.
4. First-order Terms.
5. First-Order Logic (FOL) or Predicate Logic (PL1, PC1).
6. Foundations of Logic Programming.
7. Artificial Intelligence.
8. Inference.
9. Problem Specification in Logical Languages.
10. Non-classical Logics.
11. Knowledge and Logic: Some Notions.
12. Solutions to the Exercises.

About the Authors

Ricardo Caferra has been involved in teaching and research in Computational Logic and Artificial intelligence for many years. He has published several works in both domains, particularly on some non-standard features of automated deduction.


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