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A clausal resolution for extended computation tree logic ECTL

By Alexander Bolotov

Abstract

A temporal clausal resolution method was originally\ud developed for linear time temporal logic and further extended to the branching-time framework of Computation\ud Tree Logic (CTL). In this paper, following our general idea\ud to expand the applicability of this efficient method to more\ud expressive formalisms useful in a variety of applications\ud in computer science and AI requiring branching time logics,\ud we define a clausal resolution technique for Extended\ud Computation Tree Logic (ECTL). The branching-time temporal\ud logic ECTL is strictly more expressive than CTL, in\ud allowing fairness operators. The key elements of the resolution method for ECTL, namely the clausal normal form,\ud the concepts of step resolution and a temporal resolution,\ud are introduced and justified with respect to this new framework.\ud Although in developing these components we incorporate\ud many of the techniques defined for CTL, we need novel mechanisms in order to capture fairness together with\ud the limit closure property of the underlying tree models.\ud We accompany our presentation of the relevant techniques\ud by examples of the application of the temporal resolution\ud method. Finally, we provide a correctness argument and\ud consider future work discussing an extension of the method\ud yet further, to the logic CTL*, the most powerful logic of\ud this class.\u

Topics: UOW3
Publisher: IEEE Computer Society
OAI identifier: oai:westminsterresearch.wmin.ac.uk:816
Provided by: WestminsterResearch

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