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Hybrid Abductive Inductive Learning: A Generalisation of Progol

Oliver Ray, Krysia Broda, Alessandra Russo, Hybrid Abductive Inductive Learning: A Generalisation of Progol. 13th International Conference on Inductive Logic Programming. T. Horvath, A. Yamamoto, (eds.), pp. 311–328. October 2003. PDF, 277 Kbytes.


The learning system Progol5 and the underlying inference method of Bottom Generalisation are firmly established within Inductive Logic Programming (ILP). But despite their success, it is known that Bottom Generalisation, and therefore Progol5, are restricted to finding hypotheses that lie within the semantics of Plotkina??s relative subsumption. This paper exposes a previously unknown incompleteness of Progol5 with respect to Bottom Generalisation, and proposes a new approach, called Hybrid Abductive Inductive Learning, that integrates the ILP principles of Progol5 with Abductive Logic Programming (ALP). A proof procedure is proposed, called HAIL, that not only overcomes this newly discovered incompleteness, but further generalises Progol5 by computing multiple clauses in response to a single seed example and deriving hypotheses outside Plotkina??s relative subsumption. A semantics is presented, called Kernel Generalisation, which extends that of Bottom Generalisation and includes the hypotheses constructed by HAIL.

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