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Research Paper #514

Title:Abstracting into Inconsistent Spaces (or, the "False Proof" Problem)
Authors:Giunchiglia,F; Walsh,T
Date: 1990
Presented:In Proceedings of AI*IA 89, Associazione Italiana per l'Intelligenza Artificiala
Abstract:Abstraction has been extensively used in many areas of Artificial Intelligence. We present a general framework for analyzing abstraction and using it to explore a hidden danger, the "false proof problem". The existence of this problem is proved, a solution is proposed and an implementation of it that interfaces to a state of the art theorem prover (Otter [McC88]) is presented and discussed.

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