PASOCS: A Parallel Approximate Solver for Probabilistic Logic Programs under the Credal Semantics

05/23/2021 ∙ by David Tuckey, et al. ∙ 0

The Credal semantics is a probabilistic extension of the answer set semantics which can be applied to programs that may or may not be stratified. It assigns to atoms a set of acceptable probability distributions characterised by its lower and upper bounds. Performing exact probabilistic inference in the Credal semantics is computationally intractable. This paper presents a first solver, based on sampling, for probabilistic inference under the Credal semantics called PASOCS (Parallel Approximate SOlver for the Credal Semantics). PASOCS performs both exact and approximate inference for queries given evidence. Approximate solutions can be generated using any of the following sampling methods: naive sampling, Metropolis-Hastings and Gibbs Markov Chain Monte-Carlo. We evaluate the fidelity and performance of our system when applied to both stratified and non-stratified programs. We perform a sanity check by comparing PASOCS to available systems for stratified programs, where the semantics agree, and show that our system is competitive on unstratified programs.

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