Using Model Theory to Specify AI Programs

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This paper proposes a method for adapting the traditional devices of model theory to the task of specifying the input/output behavior of artificial intelligence reasoning programs when viewed as inference engines. The method is illustrated by specifying two programs, one a toy example and the other a program for retrieving information from a declarative knowledge base. Close examination shows that many intuitions about the properties of a retriever can be stated rigorously in terms of inference and that the model-theoretic specification can then be used to prove that the retriever has these properties.
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Publication statusPublished - 1985

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