Probabilistic Logic Networks: A Comprehensive Framework for Uncertain Inference / Edition 1

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This book describes Probabilistic Logic Networks (PLN), a novel conceptual, mathematical and computational approach to uncertain inference. Going beyond prior probabilistic approaches to uncertain inference, PLN encompasses such ideas as induction, abduction, analogy, fuzziness and speculation, and reasoning about time and causality. The book provides an overview of PLN in the context of other approaches to uncertain inference. Topics addressed in the text include: the basic formalism of PLN knowledge representation, the conceptual interpretation of the terms used in PLN, an indefinite probability approach to quantifying uncertainty, providing a general method for calculating the "weight-of-evidence" underlying the conclusions of uncertain inference, specific PLN inference rules and the corresponding truth-value formulas used to determine the strength of the conclusion of an inference rule from the strengths of the premises, large-scale inference strategies, inference using variables, indefinite probabilities involving quantifiers, inheritance based on properties or patterns, the Novamente Cognition Engine, an application of PLN, temporal and causal logic in PLN. Researchers and graduate students in artificial intelligence, computer science, mathematics and cognitive sciences will find this novel perspective on uncertain inference a thought-provoking integration of ideas from a variety of other lines of inquiry.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441945785
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 11/5/2010
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 0.72 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Knowledge Representation 23
3 Experiential Semantics 41
4 Indefinite Truth Values 49
5 First-Order Extensional Inference: Rules and Strength Formulas (Coauthored with Jeff Pressing) 63
6 First-Order Extensional Inference with Indefinite Truth Values 131
7 First-Order Extensional Inference with Distributional Truth Values 141
8 Error Magnification in Inference Formulas 149
9 Large-Scale Inference Strategies 179
10 Higher-Order Extensional Inference 201
11 Handling Crisp and Fuzzy Quantifiers with Indefinite Truth Values 239
12 Intensional Inference 249
13 Aspects of Inference Control 265
14 Temporal and Causal Inference (Coauthored with Jeff Pressing) 279 Appendix A Comparison of PLN Rules with NARS Rules 307 References 321 Index 329
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