A Hierarchical Analysis of Propositional Temporal Logic Based on Intervals [article]

Ben Moszkowski
2006 arXiv   pre-print
We present a hierarchical framework for analysing propositional linear-time temporal logic (PTL) to obtain standard results such as a small model property, decision procedures and axiomatic completeness. Both finite time and infinite time are considered and one consequent benefit of the framework is the ability to systematically reduce infinite-time reasoning to finite-time reasoning. The treatment of PTL with both the operator Until and past time naturally reduces to that for PTL without
more » ... one. Our method utilises a low-level normal form for PTL called a "transition configuration". In addition, we employ reasoning about intervals of time. Besides being hierarchical and interval-based, the approach differs from other analyses of PTL typically based on sets of formulas and sequences of such sets. Instead we describe models using time intervals represented as finite and infinite sequences of states. The analysis relates larger intervals with smaller ones. Steps involved are expressed in Propositional Interval Temporal Logic (PITL) which is better suited than PTL for sequentially combining and decomposing formulas. Consequently, we can articulate issues in PTL model construction of equal relevance in more conventional analyses but normally only considered at the metalevel. We also describe a decision procedure based on Binary Decision Diagrams.
arXiv:cs/0601008v2 fatcat:gdpsuxxhk5bfjobq3qcsicawye