- Full Description
This book gives a broad overview of core topics of finite model theory: expressive power, descriptive complexity, and zero-one laws, together with selected applications to database theory and artificial intelligence, especially constraint databases and constraint satisfaction problems. The final chapter provides a concise modern introduction to modal logic, which emphasizes the continuity in spirit and technique with finite model theory. This underlying spirit involves the use of various fragments of, and hierarchies within, first order, second order, fixed point, and infinitary logics to gain insight into phenomena in complexity theory and combinatorics. Students of logic and computer science will find here the tools necessary to embark on research in finite model theory, and all readers will experience the excitement of a vibrant area of application of logic to computer science.
- Table of Contents
Table of Contents
- Unifying Themes in Finite Model Theory.
- On the Expressive Power of Logics on Finite Models.
- Finite Model Theory and Descriptive Complexity.
- Logic and Random Structures.
- Embedded Finite Models and Constraint Databases.
- A Logical Approach to Constraint Satisfaction.
- Local Variations on a Loose Theme: Modal Logic and Decidability.
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