Argumentation reasoning via circumscription with pyglaf. (English) Zbl 1415.68214

Summary: The fundamental mechanism that humans use in argumentation can be formalized in abstract argumentation frameworks. Many semantics are associated with abstract argumentation frameworks, each one consisting of a set of extensions, that is, a set of sets of arguments. Some of these semantics are based on preference relations that essentially impose to maximize or minimize some property. This paper presents the argumentation reasoner pyglaf, which provides a uniform view of many semantics for abstract argumentation frameworks in terms of circumscription. Specifically, several computational problems of abstract argumentation frameworks are reduced to circumscription by means of linear encodings, and afew others are solved by means of a sequence of calls to an oracle for circumscription. Finally, grounded extensions are obtained in polynomial time by unit propagation, and acceptance problems are addressed by first checking cardinality optimal models of circumscribed theories, so that the naive extension enumeration is possibly avoided.


68T27 Logic in artificial intelligence
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