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Normal forms for Inductive Logic Programming

Peter A. Flach, Normal forms for Inductive Logic Programming. Proceedings of the 7th International Workshop on Inductive Logic Programming. ISBN 3-540-63514-9, pp. 149–156. September 1997. PDF, 36 Kbytes.


In this paper we study induction of unrestricted clausal theories from interpretations. First, we show that in the propositional case induction from complete evidence can be seen as an equivalence-preserving transformation from DNF to CNF. From this we conclude that induction is essentially a process of determining what is false in the domain of discourse. We then proceed by investigating dual normal forms for evidence and hypotheses in predicate logic. We define evidence normal form (ENF), which is Skolemised existential DNF under a Consistent Naming Assumption. Because ENF is incomplete, in the sense that it does not have the expressive power of clausal logic, ENF evidence requires the identifi-cation of Skolem terms. The approach is partly implemented in the PRIMUS system.

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