A Core Method for the Weak Completion Semantics with Skeptical Abduction

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Emmanuelle-Anna Dietz Saldanha
Steffen Hölldobler
Carroline Dewi Puspa Kencana Ramli
Luis Palacios Medinacelli


The Weak Completion Semantics is a novel cognitive theory which has been successfully applied to the suppression task, the selection task, syllogistic reasoning, the belief bias effect, spatial reasoning as well as reasoning with conditionals. It is based on logic programming with skeptical abduction. Each program admits a least model under the three-valued Lukasiewicz logic, which can be computed as the least fixed point of an appropriate semantic operator. The semantic operator can be represented by a three-layer feed-forward network using the core method. Its least fixed point is the unique stable state of a recursive network which is obtained from the three-layer feed-forward core by mapping the activation of the output layer back to the input layer. The recursive network is embedded into a novel network to compute skeptical abduction. This paper presents a fully connectionist realization of the Weak Completion Semantics.

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