Speculative Computation and Abduction for an Autonomous Agent


IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E88-D   No.9   pp.2031-2038
Publication Date: 2005/09/01
Online ISSN: 
DOI: 10.1093/ietisy/e88-d.9.2031
Print ISSN: 0916-8532
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Software Agent and Its Applications)
speculative computation,  abduction,  belief revision,  logic programming,  

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In this paper, we propose an agent architecture for a combination of speculative computation and abduction. Speculative computation is a tentative computation when complete information for performing computation is not obtained. We use a default value to complement such incomplete information. Unlike usual default reasoning, the real value for the information can be obtained during the computation and the computation can be revised on the fly. In the previous work, we applied this technique to handling distributed problem solving under incomplete communication environments in the context of multi-agent systems and proposed correct procedures in abductive logic programming in terms of perfect model semantics. In the previous work, however, we regarded assumptions as defaults and used these assumptions for speculative computation. Thus, we could not perform hypothetical reasoning, that is, the original usage of abduction. In this paper, we extend our framework so that speculative computation and abduction can be both performed. As a result, our procedure becomes an extension of the abductive procedure developed by Kakas and Mancarella augmented by dynamic belief revision mechanism about outside world.