Actions and Belief Revision : A Computational Approach

Authors Yi Jin, Michael Thielscher

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Yi Jin and Michael Thielscher. Actions and Belief Revision : A Computational Approach. In Belief Change in Rational Agents: Perspectives from Artificial Intelligence, Philosophy, and Economics. Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings, Volume 5321, pp. 1-25, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2005)


The classic AGM theory studies mathematically idealized models of belief revision in two aspects: the properties (i.e., the AGM postulates) a rational revision operator should satisfy; and how to mathematically construct concrete revision operators. In scenarios where new information arrives in sequence, rational revision operators should also respect postulates for iterated revision (e.g., the DP postulates). When applications are concerned, the idealization of the AGM theory has to be lifted, in particular, beliefs of an agent should be represented by a finite belief base. In this talk, we present a computational base revision operator, which satisfies the AGM postulates and some nice postulates for iterated revision. We will also give a formal assessment of the base revision operator in terms of its computational complexity and degree of syntax irrelevance.
  • Iterated Belief Revision
  • Belief Base Revision
  • Computational Complexity


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