A Survey of Languages for Specifying Dynamics: A Knowledge Engineering Perspective

Pascal van Eck, Joeri Engelfriet, Dieter Fensel, Frank van Harmelen, Yde Venema, Mark Willems

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    During the last years, a number of formal specification languages for knowledge-based systems has been developed. Characteristics for knowledge-based systems are a complex knowledge base and an inference engine which uses this knowledge to solve a given problem. Specification languages for knowledge-based systems have to cover both aspects. They have to provide the means to specify a complex and large amount of knowledge and they have to provide the means to specify the dynamic reasoning behavior of a knowledge-based system. This paper focuses on the second aspect. For this purpose, we survey existing approaches for specifying dynamic behavior in related areas of research. In fact, we have taken approaches for the specification of information systems (Language for Conceptual Modeling and Troll), approaches for the specification of database updates and logic programming (Transaction Logic and Dynamic Database Logic) and the generic specification framework of Abstract State Machines.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)462-496
    Number of pages35
    JournalIEEE transactions on knowledge and data engineering
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - May 2001


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