Optimisation problems in logic programming: an algebraic approach

S. Seres and S-C. Mu. In Proceedings of LPSE’00, July 2000.
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Declarative programming, with its mathematical underpinning, was aimed to simplify rigorous reasoning about programs. For functional programs, an algebraic calculus of relations has previously been applied to optimisation problems to derive efficient greedy or dynamic programs from the corresponding inefficient but obviously correct specifications. Here we argue that this approach is natural also in the logic programming setting.

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