First-Order Rewritability of Ontology-Mediated Queries in Linear Temporal Logic

04/15/2020
by   Alessandro Artale, et al.
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We investigate ontology-based data access to temporal data. We consider temporal ontologies given in linear temporal logic LTL interpreted over discrete time (Z,<). Queries are given in LTL or MFO(<), monadic first-order logic with a built-in linear order. Our concern is first-order rewritability of ontology-mediated queries (OMQs) consisting of a temporal ontology and a query. By taking account of the temporal operators used in the ontology and distinguishing between ontologies given in full LTL and its core, Krom and Horn fragments, we identify a hierarchy of OMQs with atomic queries by proving rewritability into either FO(<), first-order logic with the built-in linear order, or FO(<,+), which extends FO(<) with the standard arithmetic predicate PLUS, or FO(RPR), which admits PLUS, TIMES and relational primitive recursion. In terms of circuit complexity, FO(<,+)- and FO(RPR)-rewritability guarantee OMQ answering in uniform AC0 and, respectively, NC1. We obtain similar hierarchies for more expressive types of queries: positive LTL-formulas, monotone MFO(<) and arbitrary MFO(<)-formulas. Our results are directly applicable if the temporal data to be accessed is one-dimensional; moreover, they lay foundations for investigating ontology-based access using combinations of temporal and description logics over two-dimensional temporal data.

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