An overview of transaction logic

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This paper presents an overview of Transaction Logic-a new formalism recently introduced in Bonner and Kifer (1992, 1993) and designed to deal with the phenomenon of state changes in logic programming, databases, and AI. Transaction Logic has a natural model theory and a sound and complete proof theory. Unlike many other logics, however, it is suitable for programming procedures that accomplish state transitions in a logically sound manner. Transaction logic amalgamates such features as hypothetical and committed updates, dynamic constraints on transaction execution, nondeterminism, and bulk updates. Transaction Logic also appears to be suitable as a logical model of hitherto nonlogical phenomena, including so-called procedural knowledge in AI, and the behavior of object-oriented databases, especially methods with side effects. © 1994.

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Bonner, A. J., & Kifer, M. (1994). An overview of transaction logic. Theoretical Computer Science, 133(2), 205–265. https://doi.org/10.1016/0304-3975(94)90190-2

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