Restricted Chase Termination for Existential Rules: a Hierarchical Approach and Experimentation [article]

Arash Karimi, Heng Zhang, Jia-Huai You
2020 arXiv   pre-print
The chase procedure for existential rules is an indispensable tool for several database applications, where its termination guarantees the decidability of these tasks. Most previous studies have focused on the skolem chase variant and its termination analysis. It is known that the restricted chase variant is a more powerful tool in termination analysis provided a database is given. But all-instance termination presents a challenge since the critical database and similar techniques do not work.
more » ... n this paper, we develop a novel technique to characterize the activeness of all possible cycles of a certain length for the restricted chase, which leads to the formulation of a parameterized class of the finite restricted chase, called k-safe(Φ). This approach applies to any class of finite skolem chase identified with a condition of acyclicity. More generally, we show that the approach can be applied to the hierarchy of bounded rule sets previously only defined for the skolem chase. Experiments on a collection of ontologies from the web show the applicability of the proposed methods on real-world ontologies. Under consideration in Theory and Practice of Logic Programming (TPLP).
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