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Explaining Answer Set Programming in Argumentative Terms
Claudia Schulz

Last modified: 2015-03-04


Argumentation Theory and Answer Set Programming (ASP) are two prominent theories in the field of knowledge representation and non-monotonic reasoning,where Argumentation Theory stands for a variety of approaches following similar ideas.The main difference between Argumentation Theory and ASP is that the former focusses on representing knowledge and reasoning about it in a way that resembles human reasoning, neglecting the efficiency of the reasoning procedure,whereas the latter is concerned with the efficient computation of solutions to a reasoning problem, resulting in a less human-understandable process. In recent years, ASP has been frequently applied for the computation of reasoning problems represented in argumentation-theoretical-terms and has been found an efficient method for determining solutions to problems in Argumentation Theory. My research is concerned with the opposite direction, i.e. with applying Argumentation Theory to ASP in order to explain the solutions to an ASP reasoning problem in a more human-understandable way.Developing such an explanation method also involves to investigate both the exact relationship between different approaches in Argumentation Theory in order to find the most suitable one for explanations and their connection with ASP, in particular with respect to their semantics.


Argumentation; Answer Set Programming; Explanation

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