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Commonsense Reasoning, 2nd Edition by Erik T. Mueller

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Chapter 8

Concurrent Events

Abstract

The event calculus allows several events to occur at the same time. In this case, we say that the event occurrences are concurrent or simultaneous. We first consider some concurrent event occurrences that we might want to prohibit and methods for prohibiting them. Then, we discuss concurrent event occurrences that have cumulative and canceling effects and how to handle them.

Keywords

Commonsense reasoning

Event calculus

Reasoning about action and change

Concurrent events

Cumulative effects

Canceling effects

8.1 Restricting concurrency

The commonsense world places certain restrictions on what events can occur simultaneously. This section presents two methods for representing these restrictions in the event ...

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