Talks and Poster Presentations (with Proceedings-Entry):

J. Oetsch, J. Puehrer, H. Tompits:
"Stepping through an Answer-Set Program";
Talk: 11th International Conference on Logic Programming and Nonmonotonic Reasoning (LPNMR 2011), Vancouver, Canada; 2011-05-16 - 2011-05-19; in: "11th International Conference on Logic Programming and Nonmonotonic Reasoning (LPNMR 2011)", Springer, (2011), ISBN: 978-3-642-20894-2; 134 - 147.

English abstract:
We introduce a framework for interactive stepping through an answerset program as a means for debugging. In procedural languages, stepping is a widespread and effective debugging strategy. The idea is to gain insight into the behaviour of a program by executing statement by statement, following the program's control flow. Stepping has not been considered for answer-set programs so far, presumably because of their lack of a control flow. The framework we provide allows for stepwise constructing interpretations following the user's intuition on which rule instances to become active. That is, we do not impose any ordering on the rules but give the programmer the freedom to guide the stepping process. Due to simple syntactic restrictions, each step results in a state that guarantees stability of the intermediate interpretation. We present how stepping can be started from breakpoints as in conventional programming and discuss how the approach can be used for debugging using a running example.

answer-set programming, program analysis, debugging

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Related Projects:
Project Head Thomas Eiter:
ONOTRULE - ONTOlogies meet business RULEs

Project Head Hans Tompits:
Softwareentwicklung in der Answer-Set Programmierung

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