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Markovian Fragments of COCOLOG Theories

  • P. E. Caines
  • Y. J. Wei
Part of the The IMA Volumes in Mathematics and its Applications book series (IMA, volume 73)

Abstract

The COCOLOG (Conditional Observer and Controller Logic) system is a partially ordered family of first order logical theories expressed in the typed first order languages {L k ;k ≥ 0z describing the controlled evolution of the state of a given partially observed finite machine M The initial theory of the system, denoted Th 0, gives the theory of M. without data being given on the initial state. Later theories, \(\{ Th(o_1^k);k \ge 1\}\) , depend upon the (partially ordered lists of) observed input-output trajectories, where new data is accepted in the form of the new axioms AXM obs (L k ),k ≥ 1. A feedback control input U(k) is determined via the solution of control problems posed in the form of a set of conditional control rules, denoted CCR(Lk), which is paired with the theory \(Th(o_1^k)\). The disadvantage of this formulation is that the accumulation of observation axioms may handicap the speed of reasoning. In this paper, by use of a restricted subset, \(L_k^m\), of each language L k , k ≥ 1, we introduce a restricted version of COCOLOG; this is called a system of Markovian fragments of COCOLOG and it is designed so that a smaller amount of information than in the full COCOLOG system is communicated from one theory to the next. Systems of Markovian fragments are associated with a restricted set of candidate control problems, denoted \( CCR(L_k^m)\) k ≥ 1. It is shown that, under certain conditions, a Markovian fragment theory \(MTh(o_1^k)\) contains a large subset of \(Th(o_1^k)\) which includes, in particular, the state estimation theorems of the corresponding full COCOLOG system, and, for the set of control rules \(CCR(L_k^m)\), possesses what may be informally termed the same control reasoning power. In formal terms, this means that \(MTh(o_1^k)\) with respect to the well formed formulas in \(L_k^m\). Hence a theoretical basis is supplied for the increased theorem proving efficiency of the fragment systems versus the full COCOLOG systems. Finally some computer generated examples are given illustrating these results.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. E. Caines
    • 1
    • 2
  • Y. J. Wei
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Electrical EngineeringMcGill UniversityMontreal, P.QCanada
  2. 2.Canadian Institute for Advanced ResearchCanada

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