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The programming language GCLA: A definitional approach to logic programming

Aronsson, Martin and Eriksson, Lars-Henrik and Gäredal, Anette and Hallnäs, Lars and Olin, Peter (1989) The programming language GCLA: A definitional approach to logic programming. [SICS Report]

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Abstract

We present a logic programming language, GCLA (Generalized horn Clause LAnguage), that is based on a generalization of Prolog. This generalization is unusual in that it takes a quite different view of the meaning of a logic program--a "definitional" view rather than the traditional logical view. GCLA has a number of noteworthy properties, for instance hypothetical and non-monotonic reasoning. This makes implementation of reasoning in knowledge-based systems more direct in GCLA than in Prolog. GCLA is also general enough to incorporate functional programming as a special case. GCLA and its syntax and semantics are described. The use of various language constructs are illustrated with several examples.

Item Type:SICS Report
Additional Information:Revised version of R89005. Original report number R89005B.
ID Code:2523
Deposited By:Vicki Carleson
Deposited On:28 Sep 2009
Last Modified:18 Nov 2009 16:10

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