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Finite default theories Etherington, David William


The thesis presents a survey of formalisms for non-monotonic reasoning, providing a sketch of the "state of the art" in the field. Reiter's logic for default reasoning is discussed in detail. Following this, a procedure which can determine the extensions of general finite default theories is demonstrated. The potential impact of this procedure on some of the other research in the field is explored, and some promising areas for future research are indicated. Grounds for cautious optimism about the tractability of default theories capable of representing a wide variety of common situations are presented.

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