|Issue 98023||Editor: Erik Sandewall||2.3.1998|
The question-and-answer session about Peter Grünwald's article at the Commonsense workshop continues, and has gradually extended into a discussion about causality and ramification in general. With one more contribution today - by Eugenia Ternovskaia - it seems it's time to start up the topic-oriented (``panel'') discussion about Ramification and Causality that has been advertised since a while. Authors of additional contributions are asked to specify whether they wish their note to go into the new, topic-oriented debate or to the specific discussion with Peter.
Today's issue contains two contributions: Eugenia's contribution to the new ``ramification and causality'' debate, and also an answer by Eyal Amir to Erik Sandewall's question re his Commonsense workshop paper.
Erik Sandewall wrote:
|maybe the section on "related work" in research papers ought not to be our only mechanism for assembling topic-specific surveys and bibliographies, and possibly the present debate forum could serve as a complement. Additional contributions are invited to this account of recent history, therefore.|
A few notes about earlier work on the solution to the frame and ramification problems based on the notion of causation.
In connection with the frame problem, an important step forward was the idea
I think it was proposed in Lifschitz's 1987 paper [s-Brown-87-35], but it needs a check. Vladimir, could you remind us?
Reiter, basing his solution on the previous work by Pednault, Haas and
Schubert, appeals to the same two principles
specifies the conditions making
a fluent to hold and not to hold by FO formulas
The main lesson we can derive from this work is that no special non-logical symbol (predicate) is necessary to capture causal information in classical logic.
With respect to the ramification problem, Elkan
[c-cscsi-92-221] considers a ``stuffed room''
domain, a variant of the ``suitcase example''. He argues that the ambiguity
problem can be resolved using an explicit notion of causation.
He uses two predicates,
R. Reiter, 1991. The Frame Problem in the Situation Calculus: a simple solution (sometimes) and a completeness result for goal regression. In: Lifschitz, ed. AI and Math. Theory of Computations: Papers in Honor of J. McCarthy.
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