Technical Reports (CIS)

Document Type

Technical Report

Date of this Version

November 1990


University of Pennsylvania Department of Computer and Information Science Technical Report No. MS-CIS-90-86.


This paper exposes the common order-theoretic properties of the structures manipulated by the version space algorithm [Mit78]and the assumption-based truth maintenance systems (ATMS) [dk86a,dk86b] by recasting them in the framework of convex spaces. Our analysis of version spaces in this framework reveals necessary and sufficient conditions for ensuring the preservation of an essential finite representability property in version space merging. This analysis is used to formulate several sufficient conditions for when a language will allow version spaces to be represented by finite sets of concepts (even when the universe of concepts may be infinite). We provide a new convex space based formulation of computation performs by an ATMS which extends the expressiveness of disjunctions in the systems. This approach obviates the need for hyper-resolution in dealing with disjunction and results in simpler label-update algorithms.



Date Posted: 14 August 2007