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Conditional Uncertainty in Constraint Networks

  • Matteo Zavatteri
  • Luca Viganò
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11352)

Abstract

Constraint Networks (CNs) are a framework to model the Constraint Satisfaction Problem (CSP), which is the problem of finding an assignment of values to a set of variables satisfying a set of given constraints. Therefore, CSP is a satisfiability problem. When the CSP turns conditional, consistency analysis extends to finding also an assignment to these conditions such that the relevant part of the initial CN is consistent. However, CNs fail to model CSPs expressing an uncontrollable conditional part (i.e., a conditional part that cannot be decided but merely observed as it occurs). To bridge this gap, in this paper we propose Constraint Networks Under Conditional Uncertainty (CNCUs), and we define weak, strong and dynamic controllability of a CNCU. We provide algorithms to check each of these types of controllability and discuss how to synthesize (dynamic) execution strategies that drive the execution of a CNCU saying which value to assign to which variable depending on how the uncontrollable part behaves. We discuss Zeta, a tool that we developed for CNCUs to carry out an experimental evaluation. What we propose is fully automated from analysis to simulation.

Keywords

Constraint Networks Under Conditional Uncertainty CNCU Directional consistency Resource controllability Zeta AI-based security 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dipartimento di InformaticaUniversità di VeronaVeronaItaly
  2. 2.Department of InformaticsKing’s College LondonLondonUK

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