Dynamic Cantor Derivative Logic

Authors David Fernández-Duque, Yoàv Montacute

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David Fernández-Duque
  • Department of Mathematics, Ghent University, Belgium
  • Institute of Computer Science of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic
Yoàv Montacute
  • Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge, UK

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David Fernández-Duque and Yoàv Montacute. Dynamic Cantor Derivative Logic. In 30th EACSL Annual Conference on Computer Science Logic (CSL 2022). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 216, pp. 19:1-19:17, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2022)


Topological semantics for modal logic based on the Cantor derivative operator gives rise to derivative logics, also referred to as d-logics. Unlike logics based on the topological closure operator, d-logics have not previously been studied in the framework of dynamical systems, which are pairs (X,f) consisting of a topological space X equipped with a continuous function f: X → X. We introduce the logics wK4C, K4C and GLC and show that they all have the finite Kripke model property and are sound and complete with respect to the d-semantics in this dynamical setting. In particular, we prove that wK4C is the d-logic of all dynamic topological systems, K4C is the d-logic of all T_D dynamic topological systems, and GLC is the d-logic of all dynamic topological systems based on a scattered space. We also prove a general result for the case where f is a homeomorphism, which in particular yields soundness and completeness for the corresponding systems wK4H, K4H and GLH. The main contribution of this work is the foundation of a general proof method for finite model property and completeness of dynamic topological d-logics. Furthermore, our result for GLC constitutes the first step towards a proof of completeness for the trimodal topo-temporal language with respect to a finite axiomatisation - something known to be impossible over the class of all spaces.

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  • Theory of computation → Modal and temporal logics
  • dynamic topological logic
  • Cantor derivative
  • temporal logic
  • modal logic


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