Complexity and succinctness of public announcement logic

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Complexity and succinctness of public announcement logic
There is a recent trend of extending epistemic logic (EL) with dynamic operators that allow to express the evolution of knowledge and induced by knowledge-changing actions. The most basic such extension is public announcement logic (PAL), which is obtained from EL by adding an operator for truthful public announcements. In this paper, we consider the computational complexity of PAL and show that it coincides with that of EL. This holds in the single- and multi-agent case, and also in the presence of common knowledge operators. We also prove that there are properties that can be expressed exponentially more succinct in PAL than in EL. This shows that, despite the known fact that PAL and EL have the same expressive power, there is a benefit in adding the public announcement operator to EL: it exponentially increases the succinctness of formulas without having negative effects on computational complexity. Categories and Subject Descriptors I.2.11 [Distributed Artificial Intelligence]: Mu...
Carsten Lutz
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Type Conference
Year 2006
Where ATAL
Authors Carsten Lutz
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