Declarative Semantics for the Rule Interchange Format Production Rule Dialect

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The Rule Interchange Format Production Rule Dialect (RIF-PRD) is a W3C Recommendation to define production rules for the Semantic Web, whose semantics is defined operationally via labeled terminal transition systems. In this paper, we introduce a declarative logical characterization of the full default semantics of RIF-PRD based on Answer Set Programming (ASP), including matching, conflict resolution and acting. Our proposal to the semantics of RIF-PRD enjoys several features. Being based on ASP, it enables a straightforward integration with Logic Programming rule based technology, namely for reasoning and acting with ontologies. Then, its full declarative logical character facilitates the investigation of formal properties of RIF-PRD itself. Furthermore, it turns out that our characterization based on ASP is flexible enough so that new conflict resolution semantics for RIF-PRD can easily be defined and encoded. Finally, it immediately serves as the declarative specification of an implementation, whose prototype we developed.
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Title of host publicationLecture Notes in Computer Science
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010
EventInternational Semantic Web Conference (ISWC) -
Duration: 1 Jan 2010 → …


ConferenceInternational Semantic Web Conference (ISWC)
Period1/01/10 → …

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