Belief Change

  • Didier Dubois
  • Henri Prade

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Didier Dubois, Henri Prade
    Pages 1-15
  3. Sven Ove Hansson
    Pages 17-75
  4. Bernhard Nebel
    Pages 77-145
  5. Sten LindstrÖm, Wlodek Rabinowicz
    Pages 147-188
  6. Andreas Herzig
    Pages 189-231
  7. Laurence Cholvy
    Pages 233-263
  8. Philippe Smets
    Pages 265-309
  9. Didier Dubois, Serafin Moral, Henri Prade
    Pages 311-392
  10. Jörg Gebhardt, Rudolf Kruse
    Pages 393-439
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 441-453

About this book


Belief change is an emerging field of artificial intelligence and information science dedicated to the dynamics of information and the present book provides a state-of-the-art picture of its formal foundations. It deals with the addition, deletion and combination of pieces of information and, more generally, with the revision, updating and fusion of knowledge bases. The book offers an extensive coverage of, and seeks to reconcile, two traditions in the kinematics of belief that often ignore each other - the symbolic and the numerical (often probabilistic) approaches. Moreover, the work encompasses both revision and fusion problems, even though these two are also commonly investigated by different communities. Finally, the book presents the numerical view of belief change, beyond the probabilistic framework, covering such approaches as possibility theory, belief functions and convex gambles.
The work thus presents a unified view of belief change operators, drawing from a widely scattered literature embracing philosophical logic, artificial intelligence, uncertainty modelling and database systems. The material is a clearly organised guide to the literature on the dynamics of epistemic states, knowledge bases and uncertain information, suitable for scholars and graduate students familiar with applied logic, knowledge representation and uncertain reasoning.


artificial intelligence intelligence kinematics knowledge base knowledge representation logic uncertain reasoning uncertainty

Editors and affiliations

  • Didier Dubois
    • 1
  • Henri Prade
    • 1
  1. 1.Université Paul SabatierToulouseFrance

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