alexa Towards a general theory of action and time


Journal of Information Technology & Software Engineering

Author(s): James F Allen

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A formalism for reasoning about actions is proposed that is based on a temporal logic. It allows a much wider range of actions to be described than with previous approaches such as the situation calculus. This formalism is then used to characterize the different types of events, processes, actions, and properties that can be described in simple English sentences. In addressing this problem, we consider actions that involve non-activity as well as actions that can only be defined in terms of the beliefs and intentions of the actors. Finally, a framework for planning in a dynamic world with external events and multiple agents is suggested.

This article was published in Artificial Intelligence and referenced in Journal of Information Technology & Software Engineering

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