An Optimal Decision Procedure for MPNL over the Integers

Davide Bresolin
(University of Verona)
Angelo Montanari
(University of Udine)
Pietro Sala
(University of Verona)
Guido Sciavicco
(University of Murcia)

Interval temporal logics provide a natural framework for qualitative and quantitative temporal reason- ing over interval structures, where the truth of formulae is defined over intervals rather than points. In this paper, we study the complexity of the satisfiability problem for Metric Propositional Neigh- borhood Logic (MPNL). MPNL features two modalities to access intervals "to the left" and "to the right" of the current one, respectively, plus an infinite set of length constraints. MPNL, interpreted over the naturals, has been recently shown to be decidable by a doubly exponential procedure. We improve such a result by proving that MPNL is actually EXPSPACE-complete (even when length constraints are encoded in binary), when interpreted over finite structures, the naturals, and the in- tegers, by developing an EXPSPACE decision procedure for MPNL over the integers, which can be easily tailored to finite linear orders and the naturals (EXPSPACE-hardness was already known).

In Giovanna D'Agostino and Salvatore La Torre: Proceedings Second International Symposium on Games, Automata, Logics and Formal Verification (GandALF 2011), Minori, Italy, 15-17th June 2011, Electronic Proceedings in Theoretical Computer Science 54, pp. 192–206.
Published: 4th June 2011.

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