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First-order logic is a formal logical system used in mathematics, philosophy, linguistics, and computer science.

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Help me understand whether these critical pairs are joinable

I have the following TRS $R$: $$ l_1 = f(g(x)) \to f(x) = r_1 \\ l_2 = g(f(y)) \to g(y) = r_2 $$ I want to know if $R$ is confluent, and whether $g(f(f(x))) \leftrightarrow_R^* g(g(g(x)))$. I have ...
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What is the space-complexity of a boolean first-order query?

I have the intuitition that, if we implement a (space-efficient) boolean first-order query solver, the amount of consumed memory should depend on the data size (i.e., it should not be constant). ...
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Does FOL extended with least-fixed points satisfy the Compactness Theorem?

I am aware that first-order logics (FOL) satisfies the compactness theorem. That is, if a FOL theory is insatisfiable, a finite subset of the axioms of such theory is insatisfiable too. Is it the case ...
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Functional Abbreviation for Inst Expression in Turing's 1936 Paper

In Turing's 1936 paper On Computable Numbers Page 30-31, and its Correction Page 1-2 : For a Turing Machine $M$, $Inst(q_i S_j S_k L q_l ) $ means that if $M$ scans symbol $S_j $ under $m-...
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Z-Specification = Routes

Im trying to make an invariant for this Z schema about routes. 1) The invariant should express that each route should contain at least 20 different places. First of all i thought of doing a universal ...
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Is Inductive Logic Programming approach applicable to general theories (not just sets of Horn clauses)?

Inductive Logic Programming (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inductive_logic_programming) find hypothesis theory H for background theory B and set of examples E. ILP algorithms and implementations ...
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first order logic to normal form order of operations

∃y∀x [A(x) ∧ B(y) -> C(x,y)] ∃y∀x [¬(A(x) ∧ B(y)) v C(x,y)] ∃y∀x [¬A(x) v ¬B(y) v C(x,y)] I need to convert the above to conjunctive normal form. I'm a ...
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How to describe Deterministic Transitive Closure in FOL?

In "Finite Model Theory and Its Applications", page 152, it is said that Deterministic Transitive Closure, on ordered finite structures, captures LOGSPACE. Hence, taking into account that ...
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How to understand quantifier without predication “ ∀(λφ. (φ x m→ φ y))”?

I am reading about embedding/automation of modal logics in classical higher order logic (http://page.mi.fu-berlin.de/cbenzmueller/papers/C46.pdf) and Goedels proof of God's existence is prominent ...
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How to write “∀x.F(x)” for “F(x)=λx.Φ(x)” in one expression (sequel from question about “∀(λφ. (φ x m→ φ y))”?

This question is sequel from How to understand quantifier without predication " ∀(λφ. (φ x m→ φ y))"? which further explains the notation and context. So - I have anonymous Boolean-valued ...
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Consistent theory based on L and not(A->A) is a theorem

I am working on this problem in which I have a theory $T$ based on language $\mathcal{L}$ and the only information we have is that T is consistent and $\vdash \lnot(A \rightarrow A)$. Given this ...
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Natural deduction proof: distributivity of existential quantification

In a current exam-prep exercise, we were tasked to prove the following formula using natural deduction of first-order logic: $(\exists x. P \lor Q) \rightarrow P \lor (\exists x.Q)$ for arbitrary $P,...
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Situation calculus: how to find pre-conditions in 15-puzzle game?

I have been working on finding the preconditions for a situation calculus example for some time now. This example is called the game "15-puzzle" where you can find a discription here https://...
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Expressing functions using the arithmetic dictionary

i have seen in the "logic to cs" class i take - a theorem that states: "every recursive (computable) function $f$ can be expressed using the arithmetic dictionary {$C_0, C_1, f_+(,), f_x(,), R_\le(,)$}...
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Show that exist a finite set of clauses F in first-order logic that Res*(F) is infinite

I'm kind of desperate at this point about this question. A predicate-logic resolution derivation of a clause $C$ from a set of clauses $F$ is a sequence of clauses $C_1,\dots,C_m$, with $C_m = C$ ...
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Unification Algorithm without Occur Check

I have been reading about Unification algorithm here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unification_(computer_science)#A_unification_algorithm . And I wonder about the importance of occur check. I know ...
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Natural deduction: understanding bottom elimination (¬e)

I am new to natural deduction and upon reading about various methods online, I came across the rule of bottom-elimination in the following example. I do not understand the step in line 10. Upon ...
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Abstract syntax tree: expression->operation->lhs|rhs vs expression->lhs|operation|rhs - what should I take into account in decision?

I am trying to build class hierarchy for the abstract syntax tree of First Order Logic as specified in the grammar https://github.com/antlr/grammars-v4/blob/master/fol/fol.g4 (ANTLR parser generator). ...
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Sample applications based on First Order Logic

I often hear about benefits of FOL, but I wonder what are some of its real world applications? Could someone please provide samples/case studies of applications of FOL that address real world ...
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Why is the satisfiability of ESO formulas not equal to the satisfiability of FO formulas?

Existential second-order logic (ESO) formulas have the form $$\Phi = \exists R_1 ... \exists R_k. \phi$$ where $R_1...R_k$ are relation symbols and $\phi$ is a FO formula, which can use the relation ...
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In first order logic, how do we normally represent a statement?

I wanted for an example such as: Everyone has a mother. I've seen that it is represented in FOL as: $\forall x \exists y:$ Mother(x, y) I'm seeing that as:For every x, there exists a y, such that y ...
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Proving a first order logic theorem in equational logic with a term rewriting system

I am trying to translate and prove a theorem, originally written in first order logic (FOL), into a combination of equational logic (EL) and Boolean logic (BL) (more precisely a model of Boolean ...
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Bounds on the size of the universe of a model for an FO-sentence

Sorry for the weird title. The Problem: Consider the first-order logic sentence φ≡∃s∃t∃u∀v∀w∀x∀yψ(s,t,u,v,w,x,y) where ψ(s,t,u,v,w,x,y,) is a quantifier-free first-order logic formula using ...
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Synthesis of the crisp programs from the Bayesian (probabilistic) programs?

https://arxiv.org/abs/2001.00805 is the article which is pointing towards the direction that the optimal policy of the reinforcement learning can be expressed as the Bayesian/probabilistic program (...
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Can full first order knowledge base be written as the single sequent in the sequent calculus?

The knowledge base of the first order logic essentially is single formula: conjunction of individual formulas (I guess, I am right). The sequent for the sequent calculus is the formula in the special ...
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Is it possible to write down every Prolog program+query as the sequent in the sequent calculus?

Prolog program P is set of Horn (definite) clauses, effectively it is the conjunction of implicational formulas. I guess that every Prolog program P with some query Q can be written as ...
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How to prove following two statements are equivalent in Hilbert System?

statement 1: $Γ$ is satisfiable implies $Γ$ is consistent. statement 2: If $Γ$ derives $α$ then $Γ$ entails $α$. I can easily prove statement 1 from 2 , but not 2 from 1 (without using strong ...
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On satisfiability for 2-variable FOL being NEXPTIME-complete

Let $\mathbf{FO^2}$ be the fragment of first-order logic consisting of sentences with at most two variables and no function symbols. It is well known that satisfiability for $\mathbf{FO}^2$ is ...
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General resolution in first order logic

Assuming you have a formula in first order logic like $$(\forall_x p(x) \land \forall_x q(x)) \rightarrow \forall_x(p(x) \land q(x))$$ (which seems valid?) Converting the formula to ...
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Is FOL representation of probabilistic assignment statement correct?

For instance, $x = x + 1[0.3]x+2$ sets $x$ to $x + 1$ with probability $0.3$ and to $x+2$ with probability $0.7$. If I use notation used in the paper "An Analysis of First-Order Logics of Probability"...
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Combining Predicate Logic and BigO

I am a beginner to predicate logic and BigO and am having though time understanding the definition of BigO in terms of predicate logic in the picture attached. I particularly am unable to understand ...
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How to correctly negate a predicate bounded by some quantifiers?

this is a problem which was asked in GATE CS 2010. This is question statement: Q: Suppose the predicate F(x, y, t) is used to represent the statement that person x can fool person y at time t. which ...
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How do we translate first order logic's universal quantifier (the $\forall$) and the existential quantifier (the $\exists$) to Prolog?

I'm trying to convert some English statements to first order logic statements and I'm trying to use Prolog to verify the translations. My question is: how do I convert a first order logic statement (...
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How do you derive a type $∃e(e)$ in terms of universally quantified types, without invoking Void initially?

I wrote a "proof" for this, and though it was enough to convince myself, there are a few things that bother me about it. Primarily I'm not sure about the loose way in which I'm swapping between first-...
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What can't guarded fragment of FO express?

I have some basic confusions about the definition of the guarded fragment of first-order logic. Hopefully someone can tell me where I'm wrong. GF in FO is defined by: Atomic formulas, $x=y$ and $R(...
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Formally proving properties of fold function

Recall the fold function for lists: $fold(f,z,[x,xs]) = fold(f,f(z,x),xs)$ $fold(f,z,[]) = z$ I want to formally proof that if $f$ is associative, commutative and idempotent (meaning $f(x,y) = f(x,...
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Can undecidability theorems be detected by a machine? [closed]

this question was originally written in mathoverflow, but a comment recommended me to rewrite it as a CS question. This is not a mathematically formalized question. I'm sorry for that but think it's ...
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Algorithm for automatic construction of natural deduction proofs

I was wondering if there exists any algorithm for automatic construction of nautral deduction proofs. I'm interested in propositional logic and first order logic. If there is no algoritm, can you ...
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Logical characterization of $NC^1$

Morioka in his 2005 dissertation [1] referenced "On Uniformity within $NC^1$" by Barrington, Immerman, and Straubing. Using the following statement: Every $\mathbf{NC^1}$-predicate is computed by ...
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How can I compute the most general unifier for these two expressions?

I have the following first order logic expressions: $f(g(a, h(b)), g(x, y)),~f(g(z,y), g(y, y))$ and I want to compute the most general unifier for them. If I follow the algorithm found on these ...
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List of all possible reasoning tasks - satisfiability and theorem proving only?

What is the exhaustive list of reasoning tasks? As far as I can understand, then any logical reasoning reduces to 2 tasks only: 1) satisfiability problem (finding the assignment of the variables) and ...
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MSO (Monadic second-order logic) Logic On Words

Let L be a language over $\Sigma = \{a,b,c\}$ that contains all words, where the length $|w|_b$ (number of all b's) has remainder 1 if divided by 3. MSO logic over words are definded as follow: I ...
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Is it possible to encode logical expression and interpret it with SQL?

Is it possible without any forms of eval or stored procedures to execute a query, which interprets logical expression, encoded in some way in a table (or two tables)...
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Convert FOL clauses to PROLOG

I am very new to PROLOG so it might be a very trivial question, but I absolutely have no idea how to solve it. There are 4 sentences I need to formulate into PROLOG code: All hounds howl at ...
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The barbers paradox first order logic formalization

I tried to look on the site and while I found some similar questions, I did not find the first order logic formalization of the following sentence (the basic barber's paradox), so I wanted to ask if I ...
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Basic second-order logic example contains a mistake?

I'm reading the following course on second-order logic, by Péter Mekis : http://phil.elte.hu/mekis/sol.pdf . The course seems excellent, but I'm stuck on one of his first examples for showing the ...
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What is the computational complexity of the first-order theory of real arithmetic?

Tarski proved that the first-order theory of real-closed fields is decidable. Is the exact computational complexity known? The best upper bound I could find is EXPSPACE [1], where it is also ...
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Why do ¬, ∀ and ∃ have the same precedence?

I thought the order of precedence of operators and quantifiers was arbitrary, but I don't really understand why those three have the same "strength" in relation to other operators (e.g., ¬ will have ...
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Ontology Editor or Something Else (in my case)? [closed]

Does there exist a system, e.g., software, an environment, a programming language, or the like, to represent knowledge and to reason with it, to query with, where the (descriptive) language used is at ...
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Terminology First-Order Logic

A graph $G$ is said to be a model of a first-order sentence $\varphi$ if $G$ satisfies $\varphi$. Now let $\varphi(x_1,...,x_r)$ be a first order formula with free variables $x_1,...,x_r$. What is ...