Foundations of Knowledge Systems

with Applications to Databases and Agents

  • Gerd Wagner

Part of the The Kluwer International Series on Advances in Database Systems book series (ADBS, volume 13)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Tables and Objects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
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  3. Adding Rules

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
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  4. Positive Knowledge Systems: Concepts, Properties and Examples

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
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  5. Admitting Negative Information: From Tables to Bitables

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-177
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  6. More on Reaction and Deduction Rules

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 217-217
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 263-296

About this book


One of the main uses of computer systems is the management of large amounts of symbolic information representing the state of some application domain, such as information about all the people I communicate with in my personal address database, or relevant parts of the outer space in the knowledge base of a NASA space mission. While database management systems offer only the basic services of information storage and retrieval, more powerful knowledge systems offer, in addition, a number of advanced services such as deductive and abductive reasoning for the purpose of finding explanations and diagnoses, or generating plans.
In order to design and understand database and knowledge-based applications it is important to build upon well-established conceptual and mathematical foundations. What are the principles behind database and knowledge systems? What are their major components? Which are the important cases of knowledge systems? What are their limitations? Addressing these questions, and discussing the fundamental issues of information update, knowledge assimilation, integrity maintenance, and inference-based query answering, is the purpose of this book.
Foundations of Databases and Knowledge Systems covers both basic and advanced topics. It may be used as the textbook of a course offering a broad introduction to databases and knowledge bases, or it may be used as an additional textbook in a course on databases or Artificial Intelligence. Professionals and researchers interested in learning about new developments will benefit from the encyclopedic character of the book, which provides organized access to many advanced concepts in the theory of databases and knowledge bases.


Fuzzy Information Symbol abductive reasoning artificial intelligence communication database intelligence knowledge base learning relational database

Authors and affiliations

  • Gerd Wagner
    • 1
  1. 1.University of LeipzigGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-7621-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-5723-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1386-2944
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