Updates by Reasoning about States

Lausen, Georg ; Ludaescher, Bertram

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URL: http://ub-madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/827
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-8276
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 1994
The title of a journal, publication series: None
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Business Informatics and Mathematics > Sonstige - Fakultät für Wirtschaftsinformatik und Wirtschaftsmathematik
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen der Fakultät für Mathematik und Informatik > Institut für Informatik > Technical Reports
Subject: 004 Computer science, internet
Subject headings (SWD): Deduktives Datenbanksystem , Statelog
Abstract: It has been argued that some sort of control must be introduced in order to perform update operations in deductive databases. Indeed, many approaches rely on a procedural semantics of rule based languages and often perform updates as side-effects. Depending on the evaluation procedure, updates are generally performed in the body (top-down evaluation) or in the head of rules (bottom-up evaluation). We demonstrate that updates can be specified in a purely declarative manner using standard model based semantics without relying on procedural aspects of program evaluation. The key idea is to incorporate states as first-class objects into the language. This is the source of the additional expressiveness needed to define updates. We introduce the update language Statelog+-, discuss various domains of application and outline how to implement computation of the perfect model semantics for Statelog+- programs.
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