Measuring Inconsistency through Minimal Inconsistent Sets

Anthony Hunter, Sébastien Konieczny

In this paper, we explore the links between measures of inconsistency for a belief base and the minimal inconsistent subsets of that belief base. The minimal inconsistent subsets can be considered as the relevant part of the base to take into account to evaluate the amount of inconsistency. We define a very natural inconsistency value from these minimal inconsistent sets. Then we show that the inconsistency value we obtain is a particular Shapley Inconsistency Value, and we provide a complete axiomatization of this value in terms of five simple and intuitive axioms. Defining this Shapley Inconsistency Value using the notion of minimal inconsistent subsets allows us to look forward to a viable implementation of this value using SAT solvers.

Subjects: 11. Knowledge Representation; 9. Foundational Issues

Submitted: Jun 16, 2008

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