Fixpoint 3-Valued Semantics for Autoepistemic Logic

Marc Denecker, K. U. Leuven, Victor Marek, Miroslaw Truszczynski

The paper presents a constructive 3-valued semantics for autoepistemic logic (AEL). We introduce a derivation operator and define the semantics as its least xpoint. The semantics is 3-valued in the sense that, for some formulas, the least fixpoint does not specify whether they are believed or not. We show that complete fixpoints of the derivation operator correspond to Moore’s stable expansions. In the case of modal representations of logic programs our least fixpoint semantics expresses well-founded semantics or 3-valued Fitting-Kunen semantics (depending on the embedding used). We show that, computationally, our semantics is simpler than the semantics proposed by Moore (assuming that the polynomial hierarchy does not collapse).

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