Martin Gebser Roland Kaminski Benjamin Kaufmann Marius

Martin Gebser Roland Kaminski Benjamin Kaufmann Marius
Martin Gebser
Roland Kaminski
Benjamin Kaufmann
Marius Lindauer
Max Ostrowski
Javier Romero
Torsten Schaub
Sven Thiele
University of Potsdam
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0
International License.
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0
Abstract
This document provides an introduction to the Answer Set Programming (ASP) tools
gringo, clasp, and clingo, developed at the University of Potsdam. The basic idea of ASP is to express a problem in the form of a logic program so that its
logical models, called answer sets, provide the solutions to the original problem.
The first tool, gringo, is a so-called grounder translating user-provided logic programs (with variables) into equivalent propositional logic programs (without variables). The second tool, clasp, is a so-called solver computing the answer sets of
the propositional programs issued by gringo. The third tool, clingo, combines
the functionalities of gringo and clasp, and additionally integrates the scripting
languages lua and python either through libraries or embedded code. This guide,
for one, aims at enabling ASP novices to make use of the aforementioned tools.
For another, it provides a reference of the tools’ features that ASP adepts might be
tempted to exploit.
The guide generally refers to gringo and clingo series 4 as well as clasp
series 3; full conformity is obtained with gringo 4.5, clingo 4.5 and clasp 3.1.
Please make sure that you have corresponding (or later) versions available.
This document includes many illustrative examples.
For convenience, they can be saved to disk by clicking their file names.
Depending on the viewer, a right or double-click should initiate saving.
Second edition, May 5, 2015
http://potassco.sourceforge.net
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Contents
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Introduction
1.1 Download and Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
1.2 Outline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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2.1 Problem Instance .
2.2 Problem Encoding
2.3 Problem Solution .
2.4 Summary . . . . .
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3.1 Input Language of gringo and clingo . . . . .
3.1.1 Terms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3.1.2 Normal Programs and Integrity Constraints
3.1.3 Classical Negation . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3.1.4 Disjunction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3.1.5 Double Negation and Head Literals . . . .
3.1.6 Boolean Constants . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3.1.7 Built-in Arithmetic Functions . . . . . . .
3.1.8 Built-in Comparison Predicates . . . . . .
3.1.9 Intervals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3.1.10 Pooling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3.1.11 Conditions and Conditional Literals . . . .
3.1.12 Aggregates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3.1.13 Optimization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3.1.14 External Functions . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3.1.15 Meta-Statements . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3.2 Input Language of clasp . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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5.1 n-Coloring . . . . . . . .
5.1.1 Problem Instance .
5.1.2 Problem Encoding
5.1.3 Problem Solution .
5.2 Traveling Salesperson . . .
5.2.1 Problem Instance .
5.2.2 Problem Encoding
5.2.3 Problem Solution .
5.3 Blocks World Planning . .
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Problem Solution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Command Line Options
6.1 gringo Options . . . . . .
6.2 clingo Options . . . . . .
6.3 clasp Options . . . . . . .
6.3.1 General Options . .
6.3.2 Solving Options . .
6.3.3 Fine-Tuning Options
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7.1 Errors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
7.1.1 Parsing Command Line Options . . . . . . .
7.1.2 Parsing and Checking Logic Programs . . . .
7.1.3 Parsing Logic Programs in smodels Format
7.1.4 Multi-shot Solving . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
7.2 Warnings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
7.2.1 File Included Multiple Times . . . . . . . . .
7.2.2 Unbounded CSP Variables . . . . . . . . . .
7.3 Infos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
7.3.1 Undefined Operations . . . . . . . . . . . .
7.3.2 Undefined Atoms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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9.1 Heuristic Programming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
9.1.1 Heuristic modifier sign . . . . . . . . . . . . .
9.1.2 Showing heuristic information . . . . . . . . . .
9.1.3 Heuristic modifier level . . . . . . . . . . . .
9.1.4 Dynamic heuristic modifications . . . . . . . . .
9.1.5 Heuristic modifiers true and false . . . . . .
9.1.6 Priorities among heuristic modifications . . . . .
9.1.7 Heuristic modifiers init and factor . . . . .
9.1.8 Monitoring domain choices . . . . . . . . . . .
9.1.9 Heuristics for Blocks World Planning . . . . . .
9.2 Command Line Structure-oriented Heuristics . . . . . .
9.3 Computing Subset Minimal Answer Sets with Heuristics
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10.1 Multi-objective Optimization with clasp and clingo . . . . . .
10.2 Preference Handling with asprin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
10.2.1 Computing optimal answer sets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Computing multiple optimal answer sets .
Input language of asprin . . . . . . . .
Preference relations and preference types
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11.2 Solving CSPs with aspartame . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
11.3 Constraint Programming with gringo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
12 Solver Configuration
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12.1 Portfolio-Solving with claspfolio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103
12.2 Problem-oriented Configuration of clasp with piclasp . . . . . 104
13 Future Work
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A Complementary Resources
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List of Figures
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Towers of Hanoi: Initial and Goal Situation. . . .
Grammar for Terms. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
A Directed Graph with 6 Nodes and 17 Edges. . .
A 3-Coloring for the Graph in Figure 3. . . . . .
The Graph from Figure 3 along with Edge Costs.
A Minimum-cost Round Trip. . . . . . . . . . .
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examples/toh ins.lp
examples/toh enc.lp
examples/fly.lp . .
examples/bird.lp . .
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examples/define.lp .
examples/unify.lp . .
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examples/pool.lp . .
examples/cond.lp . .
examples/sort.lp . . .
examples/aggr.lp . .
examples/opt.lp . . .
examples/gcd–lua.lp .
examples/gcd–py.lp .
examples/gcd.lp . . .
examples/rng–lua.lp .
examples/rng–py.lp .
examples/rng.lp . . .
examples/term–lua.lp
examples/term–py.lp
examples/term.lp . .
examples/cmp–lua.lp
examples/cmp–py.lp .
examples/cmp.lp . .
examples/showa.lp .
examples/showt.lp . .
examples/const.lp . .
examples/ext.lp . . .
examples/part.lp . . .
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examples/part–py.lp .
examples/include.lp .
examples/graph.lp . .
examples/color.lp . .
examples/costs.lp . .
examples/ham.lp . .
examples/min.lp . . .
examples/world0.lp .
examples/blocks.lp .
examples/psign.lp . .
examples/nsign.lp . .
examples/level.lp . .
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1
1
Introduction
9
Introduction
The “Potsdam Answer Set Solving Collection” (Potassco; [28, 32, 72]) gathers a variety of tools for Answer Set Programming (ASP; [2, 6, 12, 47, 48, 49, 61, 66, 68]),
including grounder gringo, solver clasp, and their combination within the integrated ASP system clingo. Their common goal is to enable users to rapidly solve
computationally difficult problems in ASP, a declarative programming paradigm
based on logic programs and their answer sets.
This guide, for one, aims at enabling ASP novices to make use of the aforementioned tools. For another, it provides a reference of the tools’ features that ASP
adepts might be tempted to exploit. A formal introduction to (a large fragment of) the
input language of gringo (and clingo) and its precise semantics is given in [26].
The foundations and algorithms underlying the grounding and solving technology
used in gringo and clasp is described in detail in [32]. For further aspects of
ASP we refer the interested reader to the literature [6, 48].
In fact, we focus in this guide on ASP and thus the computation of answer sets of
a logic program [50]. Moreover, clasp can be used as a full-fledged SAT, MaxSAT,
or PB solver (see [10]), accepting propositional CNF formulas in (extended) DIMACS format as well as PB formulas in OPB and WBO format.
1.1
Download and Installation
The Potassco tools gringo, clasp, and clingo are written in C++ and published under the GNU General Public License [54]. Source packages as well as
precompiled binaries for Linux, MacOS, and Windows are available at [72]. For
building the tools from sources, please download the most recent source package,
consult the included README file, and make sure that the machine to build on
has all required software installed. If you still encounter problems in the building
process, please consult the support pages at [72] or use the Potassco mailing list:
[email protected]
An alternative way to install the tools is to use a package manager. Currently,
packages and ports are available for Debian, Ubuntu, Arch Linux (AUR), and for
MacOS X (via Homebrew or MacPorts). Note that packages installed this way are
not always up to date; the latest versions are available at our Sourceforge page at [72].
Afterward, one can check whether everything works fine by invoking the tool
with flag --version (to get version information) or with flag --help (to see
the available command line options). For instance, assuming that a binary called
gringo is in the path (similarly with the other tools), you can invoke the following
two commands:
gringo --version
gringo --help
Note that gringo, clasp, and clingo run on the command line (Linux shell,
Windows command prompt, or the like). To invoke them, their binaries can be “in-
1.2
Outline
10
stalled” simply by putting them into some directory in the system path. In an invocation, one usually provides the file names of input (text) files as arguments to either
gringo or clingo, while the output of gringo is typically piped into clasp.
Thus, the standard invocation schemes are as follows:
gringo [ options | files ] | clasp [ options | number ]
clingo [ options | files | number ]
A numerical argument provided to either clasp or clingo determines the maximum number of answer sets to be computed, where 0 means “compute all answer
sets”. By default, only one answer set is computed (if it exists).
1.2
Outline
This guide introduces the fundamentals of using gringo, clasp, and clingo. In
particular, it aims at enabling the reader to benefit from them by significantly reducing the “time to solution” on difficult computational problems. To this end, Section 2
provides an introductory example that serves both as a prototype of problem modeling using logic programs and also as an appetizer of the modeling language of
gringo. The main part of this document, Section 3, is dedicated to the input languages of our tools, where Section 3.1 details the joint input language of gringo
and clingo, while solver formats supported by clasp are not supposed to be
written directly by a user and just briefly described in Section 3.2. Then, the control
capacities of clingo needed for multi-shot solving are detailed in Section 4. For
further illustration, Section 5 describes how three well-known example problems
can be solved with our tools. Practical aspects are also in the focus of Section 6
and 7, where we elaborate and give some hints on the available command line options as well as input-related errors and warnings. The following sections address
adept extensions of the basic modeling language and control capacities. In particular, Section 8 elaborates meta-programming functionalities that allow for reinterpreting logic programs by means of ASP. Techniques for incorporating domain-specific
heuristics into the ASP solving process are presented in Section 9. Section 10 is dedicated to advanced methods for preference handling and optimization. Moreover,
Section 11 provides concepts developed particularly for dealing with multi-valued
variables and quantitative constraints. In order to tune efficiency, Section 12 further
introduces principled approaches to solver configuration. Finally, we conclude with
a summary in Section 13.
For readers familiar with the gringo 3 series, Appendix B lists the most prominent differences to the current series. Otherwise, gringo and clingo series 4
should accept most inputs recognized by gringo 3 (and the seminal grounder
lparse [78]1 ). The input of solver clasp can be generated by all versions of
gringo (as well as lparse). Be aware that there are some syntactic and semantic
changes between the language of the series 3 and 4, so already existing encodings
have to be adapted to be used with series 4. Throughout this document, we provide
1
A grounder that constitutes the traditional front-end of solver smodels [76]
1.2
Outline
11
illustrative examples. Many of them can actually be run. You find instructions on
how to accomplish this (or sometimes meta-remarks) in margin boxes, like the one
on the right. Occurrences of ‘\’ usually mean that text in a command line, broken
for space reasons, is actually continuous.
After all these preliminaries, it is time to start our guided tour through the main
Potassco [72] tools. We hope that you will find it enjoyable and helpful!
I am a margin box. Me and my
friends provide you with hints.
When I write ‘\’, it means that
I break a continuous line to stay
within margins.
2
12
Quickstart
a
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Figure 1: Towers of Hanoi: Initial and Goal Situation.
2
Quickstart
As an introductory example, we consider a simple Towers of Hanoi puzzle, consisting of three pegs and four disks of different size. As shown in Figure 1, the goal is
to move all disks from the left peg to the right one, where only the topmost disk of a
peg can be moved at a time. Furthermore, a disk cannot be moved to a peg already
containing some disk that is smaller. Although there is an efficient algorithm to solve
our simple Towers of Hanoi puzzle, we do not exploit it and below merely specify
conditions for sequences of moves being solutions.
In ASP, it is custom to provide a uniform problem definition [66, 68, 75]. Following this methodology, we separately specify an instance and an encoding (applying
to every instance) of the following problem: given an initial placement of the disks,
a goal situation, and a number n, decide whether there is a sequence of n moves
that achieves the goal. We will see that this problem can be elegantly described in
ASP and solved by domain-independent tools like gringo and clasp. Such a
declarative solution is now exemplified.
2.1
You can save this instance locally by clicking its file name:
toh_ins.lp.
Depending on your viewer, a
right or double-click should do.
Problem Instance
We describe the pegs and disks of a Towers of Hanoi puzzle via facts over the predicates peg/1 and disk/1 (the number denotes the arity of the predicate). Disks are
numbered by consecutive integers starting at 1, where a disk with a smaller number is considered to be bigger than a disk with a greater number. The names of the
pegs can be arbitrary; in our case, we use a, b, and c. Furthermore, the predicates
init_on/2 and goal_on/2 describe the initial and the goal situation, respectively.
Their arguments, the number of a disk and the name of a peg, determine the location
of a disk in the respective situation. Finally, the predicate moves/1 specifies the
number of moves in which the goal must be achieved. When allowing 15 moves,
the Towers of Hanoi puzzle shown in Figure 1 is described by the following facts:
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2
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peg(a;b;c).
disk(1..4).
init_on(1..4,a).
goal_on(1..4,c).
moves(15).
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Problem Encoding
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Note that the ‘;’ in the first line is syntactic sugar (detailed in Section 3.1.10) that
expands the statement into three facts: peg(a)., peg(b)., and peg(c). Similarly, ‘1..4’ used in Line 2–4 refers to an interval (detailed in Section 3.1.9). Here,
it abbreviates distinct facts over four values: 1, 2, 3, and 4. In summary, the facts in
Line 1–5 describe the Towers of Hanoi puzzle in Figure 1 along with the requirement
that the goal ought to be achieved within 15 moves.
2.2
Problem Encoding
We now proceed by encoding Towers of Hanoi via schematic rules, i.e., rules containing variables (whose names start with uppercase letters) that are independent of
a particular instance. Typically, an encoding can be logically partitioned into a Generate, a Define, and a Test part [61]. An additional Display part allows for restricting
the output to a distinguished set of atoms, and thus, for suppressing auxiliary predicates. We follow this methodology and mark the respective parts via comment lines
beginning with ‘%’ in the following encoding:
1 % Generate
2 { move(D,P,T) : disk(D), peg(P) } = 1 :- moves(M),
T = 1..M.
3 % Define
4 move(D,T)
:- move(D,_,T).
5 on(D,P,0)
:- init_on(D,P).
6 on(D,P,T)
:- move(D,P,T).
7 on(D,P,T+1) :- on(D,P,T), not move(D,T+1),
not moves(T).
8 blocked(D-1,P,T+1) :- on(D,P,T), not moves(T).
9 blocked(D-1,P,T)
:- blocked(D,P,T), disk(D).
10 % Test
11 :- move(D,P,T), blocked(D-1,P,T).
12 :- move(D,T), on(D,P,T-1), blocked(D,P,T).
13 :- goal_on(D,P), not on(D,P,M), moves(M).
14 :- { on(D,P,T) } != 1, disk(D), moves(M), T = 1..M.
15 % Display
16 #show move/3.
Note that the variables D, P, T, and M are used to refer to disks, pegs, the number of
a move, and the length of the sequence of moves, respectively.
The Generate part, describing solution candidates, consists of the rule in Line 2.
It expresses that, at each point T in time (other than 0), exactly one move of a disk D
to some peg P must be executed. The head of the rule (left of ‘:-’) is a so-called
cardinality constraint (see Section 3.1.12). It consists of a set of literals, expanded
using the conditions behind the colon (detailed in Section 3.1.11), along with the
guard ‘= 1’. The cardinality constraint is satisfied if the number of true elements
is equal to one, as specified by the guard. Since the cardinality constraint occurs
You can also save the encoding by clicking this file name:
toh_enc.lp.
We below explain how to run the
saved files in order to solve our
Towers of Hanoi puzzle.
2.2
Problem Encoding
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as the head of a rule, it allows for deriving (“guessing”) atoms over the predicate
move/3 to be true. In the body (right of ‘:-’), we define (detailed in Section 3.1.8),
T = 1..M, to refer to each time point T from 1 to the maximum time point M. We
have thus characterized all sequences of M moves as solution candidates for Towers
of Hanoi. Up to now, we have not yet imposed any further conditions, e.g., that a
bigger disk must not be moved on top of a smaller one.
The Define part in Line 4–9 contains rules defining auxiliary predicates, i.e.,
predicates that provide properties of a solution candidate at hand. (Such properties
will be investigated in the Test part described below.) The rule in Line 4 simply
projects moves to disks and time points. The resulting predicate move/2 can be used
whenever the target peg is insignificant, so that one of its atoms actually subsumes
three possible cases. Furthermore, the predicate on/3 captures the state of a Towers
of Hanoi puzzle at each time point. To this end, the rule in Line 5 identifies the
locations of disks at time point 0 with the initial state (given in an instance). State
transitions are modeled by the rules in Line 6 and 7. While the former specifies
the direct effect of a move at time point T, i.e., the affected disk D is relocated to
the target peg P, the latter describes inertia: the location of a disk D carries forward
from time point T to T+1 if D is not moved at T+1. Observe the usage of not
moves(T) in Line 7, which prevents deriving disk locations beyond the maximum
time point. Finally, we define the auxiliary predicate blocked/3 to indicate that
a smaller disk, with a number greater than D-1, is located on a peg P. The rule in
Line 8 derives this condition for time point T+1 from on(D,P,T), provided that T
is not the maximum time point. The rule in Line 9 further propagates the status of
being blocked to all bigger disks on the same peg. Note that we also mark D-1 = 0,
not referring to any disk, as blocked, which is convenient for eliminating redundant
moves in the Test part described next.
The Test part consists of the integrity constraints in Line 11–14, rules that eliminate unintended solution candidates. The first integrity constraint in Line 11 asserts
that a disk D must not be moved to a peg P if D-1 is blocked at time point T. This
excludes moves putting a bigger disk on top of a smaller one and, in view of the definition of blocked/3, also disallows that a disk is put back to its previous location.
Similarly, the integrity constraint in Line 12 expresses that a disk D cannot be moved
at time point T if it is blocked by some smaller disk on the same peg P. Note that we
use move(D,T) here because the target of an illegal move does not matter in this
context. The fact that the goal situation, given in an instance, must be achieved at
maximum time point M is represented by the integrity constraint in Line 13. The final
integrity constraint in Line 14 asserts that, for every disk D and time point T, there is
exactly one peg P such that on(D,P,T) holds. Although this condition is implied
by the definition of on/3 in Line 6 and 7 with respect to the moves in a solution,
making such knowledge explicit via an integrity constraint turns out to improve the
solving efficiency.
Finally, the meta-statement (detailed in Section 3.1.15) of the Display part in
Line 16 indicates that only atoms over the predicate move/3 ought to be printed,
thus suppressing the predicates used to describe an instance as well as the auxiliary
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Problem Solution
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predicates move/2, on/3, and blocked/3. This is for more convenient reading of
a solution, given that it is fully determined by atoms over move/3.
2.3
Problem Solution
We are now ready to solve our Towers of Hanoi puzzle. To compute an answer set
representing a solution, invoke one of the following commands:
clingo toh_ins.lp toh_enc.lp
gringo toh_ins.lp toh_enc.lp | clasp
The output of the solver, clingo in this case, should look somehow like this:
clingo version 4.4.0
Reading from toh_ins.lp ...
Solving...
Answer: 1
move(4,b,1) move(3,c,2) move(4,c,3) move(2,b,4) \
move(4,a,5) move(3,b,6) move(4,b,7) move(1,c,8) \
move(4,c,9) move(3,a,10) move(4,a,11) move(2,c,12) \
move(4,b,13) move(3,c,14) move(4,c,15)
SATISFIABLE
clingo or gringo and
clasp ought to be located in
some directory in the system
path. Also, toh_ins.lp and
toh_enc.lp (click file name
to save) should reside in the
working directory.
Models
Calls
Time
: 1+
: 1
: 0.017s (Solving: 0.01s 1st Model: 0.01s \
Unsat: 0.00s)
CPU Time : 0.010s
The first line shows the clingo version. The following two lines indicate
clingo’s state. clingo should print immediately that it is reading. Once this
is done, it prints Solving... to the command line. The Towers of Hanoi instance
above is so easy to solve that you will not recognize the delay, but for larger problems it can be noticeable. The line starting with Answer: indicates that the (output)
atoms of an answer set follow in the next line. In this example, it contains the true
instances of move/3 in the order of time points, so that we can easily read off the
following solution from them: first move disk 4 to peg b, second move disk 3 to
peg c, third move disk 4 to peg c, and so on. We use ‘\’ to indicate that all atoms
over move/3 actually belong to a single line. Note that the order in which atoms
are printed does not bear any meaning (and the same applies to the order in which
answer sets are found). Below this solution, we find the satisfiability status of the
problem, which is reported as SATISFIABLE by the solver.2 The ‘1+’ in the line
starting with Models tells us that one answer set has been found.3 Calls to the
2
Other possibilities include UNSATISFIABLE and UNKNOWN, the latter in case of an abort.
The ‘+’ indicates that the solver has not exhaustively explored the search space (but stopped upon
finding an answer set), so that further answer sets may exist.
3
The given instance has just one
solution. In fact, the ‘+’ from
‘1+’ disappears if you compute
all solutions by invoking:
clingo toh_ins.lp \
toh_enc.lp 0
or alternatively:
gringo toh_ins.lp \
toh_enc.lp | clasp 0
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solver are of interest in multi-shot solving (see Section 4). The final lines report
statistics including total run-time (wall-clock Time as well as CPU Time) and the
amount of time spent on search (Solving), along with the fractions taken to find
the first solution (1st Model) and to prove unsatisfiability4 (Unsat). More information about available options, e.g., to obtain extended statistics output, can be
found in Section 6.
2.4
Summary
To conclude our quickstart, let us summarize some “take-home messages”. For solving our Towers of Hanoi puzzle, we first provided facts representing an instance.
Although we did not discuss the choice of predicates, an appropriate instance representation is already part of the modeling in ASP and not always as straightforward
as here. Second, we provided an encoding of the problem applying to any instance.
The encoding consisted of parts generating solution candidates, deriving their essential properties, testing that no solution condition is violated, and finally projecting
the output to characteristic atoms. With the encoding at hand, we could use off-theshelf ASP tools to solve our instance, and the encoding can be reused for any further
instance that may arise in the future.
4
No unsatisfiability proof is done here, hence, this time is zero. But for example, when enumerating
all models, this is the time spent between finding the last model and termination.
3
Input Languages
3
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Input Languages
This section provides an overview of the input languages of grounder gringo, combined grounder and solver clingo, and solver clasp. The joint input language of
gringo and clingo is detailed in Section 3.1. Finally, Section 3.2 is dedicated to
the inputs handled by clasp.
3.1
Input Language of gringo and clingo
The tool gringo [46] is a grounder capable of transforming user-defined logic
programs (usually containing variables) into equivalent ground (that is, variablefree) programs. The output of gringo can be piped into solver clasp [38, 43],
which then computes answer sets. System clingo internally couples gringo and
clasp, thus, it takes care of both grounding and solving. In contrast to gringo
outputting ground programs, clingo returns answer sets.
Usually, logic programs are specified in one or more (text) files whose names
are provided as arguments in an invocation of either gringo or clingo. In what
follows, we describe the constructs belonging to the input language of gringo and
clingo.
3.1.1
Terms
Every (non-propositional) logic program includes terms, mainly to specify the arguments of atoms (see below). The grammar for gringo’s (and clingo’s) terms is
shown in Figure 2.
The basic building blocks are simple terms: integers, constants, strings, and
variables as well as the tokens ‘_’, #sup, and #inf. An integer is represented by
means of an arithmetic expression, further explained in Section 3.1.7. Constants and
variables are distinguished by their first letters, which are lowercase and uppercase,
respectively, where leading occurrences of ‘_’ are allowed (may be useful to circumvent name clashes). Furthermore, a string is an arbitrary sequence of characters
enclosed in double quotes ("¨"), where any occurrences of ‘\’, newline, and double
quote must be escaped via ‘\\’, ‘\n’, or ‘\"’, respectively.
While a constant or string represents itself, a variable is a placeholder for all
variable-free terms in the language of a logic program.5 Unlike a variable name
whose recurrences within a rule refer to the same variable, the token ‘_’ (not followed by any letter) stands for an anonymous variable that does not recur anywhere.
(One can view this as if a new variable name is invented on each occurrence of ‘_’.)
In addition, there are the special constants #sup and #inf representing the greatest
and smallest element among all variable-free terms6 , respectively; we illustrate their
use in Section 3.1.12.
5
The set of all terms constructible from the available constants and function symbols is called
Herbrand universe.
6
Their is a total order defined on variable-free terms; for details see Section 3.1.8.
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Input Language of gringo and clingo
term
simpleterm
function
tuple
simpleterm
integer
constant
string
variable
_
#sup
#inf
constant
[a-z]
_
[A-Za-z0-9_’]
string
"
"
[ˆ\"ê]
\
[\"n]
variable
[A-Z]
_
function
constant
[A-Za-z0-9_’]
(
term
)
,
term
tuple
)
(
term
,
,
term
Figure 2: Grammar for Terms.
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Next, (uninterpreted) functions are complex terms composed of a name
(like a constant) and one or more terms as arguments.
For instance,
at(peter,time(12),X) is a function with three arguments: constant peter,
another function time(12) with an integer argument, and variable X. Finally, there
are tuples, which are similar to functions but without a name. Examples for tuples
are: the empty tuple () and the tuple (at,peter,time(12),X) with four elements. Tuples may optionally end in a comma ‘,’ for distinguishing one-elementary
tuples. That is, (t,) is a one-elementary tuple, while a term of form (t) is equivalent to t. For instance, (42,) is a one-elementary tuple, whereas (42) is not, and
the above quadruple is equivalent to (at,peter,time(12),X,).
3.1.2
Normal Programs and Integrity Constraints
Rules of the following forms are admitted in a normal logic program (with integrity
constraints):
Fact: A0 .
Rule: A0 :- L1 ,. . . ,Ln .
Integrity Constraint:
:- L1 ,. . . ,Ln .
The head A0 of a rule or a fact is an atom of the same syntactic form as a constant
or function. In the body of a rule or an integrity constraint, every Lj for 1 ď j ď n
is a literal of the form A or not A, where A is an atom and the connective not
denotes default negation. We say that a literal L is positive if it is an atom, and
negative otherwise. While the head atom A0 of a fact must unconditionally be true,
the intuitive reading of a rule corresponds to an implication: if all positive literals in
the rule’s body are true and all negative literals are satisfied, then A0 must be true.
On the other hand, an integrity constraint is a rule that filters solution candidates,
meaning that the literals in its body must not jointly be satisfied.
A set of (propositional) atoms is called a model of a logic program if it satisfies
all rules, facts, and integrity constraints. Atoms are considered true if and only if
they are in the model. In ASP, a model is called an answer set if every atom in the
model has an (acyclic) derivation from the program. See [50, 47, 62] for formal
definitions of answer sets of logic programs.
To get the idea, let us consider some small examples.
Example 3.1. Consider the following logic program:
a :- b.
b :- a.
When a and b are false, the bodies of both rules are false as well, so that the rules
are satisfied. Furthermore, there is no (true) atom to be derived, which shows that
the empty set is an answer set. On the other hand, if a is true but b is not, then
the first rule is unsatisfied because the body holds but the head does not. Similarly,
the second rule is unsatisfied if b is true and a is not. Hence, an answer set cannot
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contain only one of the atoms a and b. It remains to investigate the set including both
a and b. Although both rules are satisfied, a and b cannot be derived acyclically: a
relies on b, and vice versa. That is, the set including both a and b is not an answer
set. Hence, the empty set is the only answer set of the logic program. We say that
there is a positive cycle through a and b subject to minimization.
Consider the following logic program:
a :- not b.
b :- not a.
Here, the empty set is not a model because both rules are unsatisfied. However, the
sets containing only a or only b are models. To see that each of them is an answer
set, note that a is derived by the rule a :- not b. if b is false; similarly, b is
derived by b :- not a. if a is false. Note that the set including both a and b is not
an answer set because neither atom can be derived if both are assumed to be true:
the bodies of the rules a :- not b. and b :- not a. are false. Hence, we have
that either a or b belongs to an answer set of the logic program.
To illustrate the use of facts and integrity constraints, let us augment the previous
logic program:
a :- not b.
b :- not a.
c.
:- c, not b.
Since c. is a fact, atom c must unconditionally be true, i.e., it belongs to every
model. In view of this, the integrity constraint :- c, not b. tells us that b must be
true as well in order to prevent its body from being satisfied. However, this kind of
reasoning does not provide us with a derivation of b. Rather, we still need to make
sure that the body of the rule b :- not a. is satisfied, so that atom a must be false.
Hence, the set containing b and c is the only answer set of our logic program.
In the above examples, we used propositional logic programs to exemplify the
idea of an answer set: a model of a logic program such that all its true atoms are
(acyclically) derivable. In practice, logic programs are typically non-propositional,
i.e., they include schematic rules with variables. The next example illustrates this.
Example 3.2. Consider a child from the south pole watching cartoons, where it sees
a yellow bird that is not a penguin. The child knows that penguins can definitely not
fly (due to small wingspread), but it is unsure about whether the yellow bird flies.
This knowledge is generalized by the following schematic rules:
1
fly(X) :- bird(X), not neg_fly(X).
2 neg_fly(X) :- bird(X), not
fly(X).
3 neg_fly(X) :- penguin(X).
The first rule expresses that it is generally possible that a bird flies, unless the contrary, subject to the second rule, is the case. The definite knowledge that penguins
cannot fly is specified by the third rule.
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Later on, the child learns that the yellow bird is a chicken called “tweety”, while
its favorite penguin is called “tux”. The knowledge about these two individuals is
represented by the following facts:
4 bird(tweety).
5 bird(tux).
chicken(tweety).
penguin(tux).
When we instantiate the variable X in the three schematic rules with tweety
and tux, we obtain the following ground rules:
fly(tweety)
fly(tux)
neg_fly(tweety)
neg_fly(tux)
neg_fly(tweety)
neg_fly(tux)
::::::-
bird(tweety), not neg_fly(tweety).
bird(tux),
not neg_fly(tux).
bird(tweety), not
fly(tweety).
bird(tux),
not
fly(tux).
penguin(tweety).
penguin(tux).
Further taking into account that tweety and tux are known to be birds, that tux
is a penguin, while tweety is not, and that penguins can definitely not fly, we can
simplify the previous ground rules to obtain the following ones:
fly(tweety) :- not neg_fly(tweety).
neg_fly(tweety) :- not
fly(tweety).
neg_fly(tux).
Now it becomes apparent that tweety may fly or not, while tux surely does not
fly. Thus, there are two answer sets for the three schematic rules above, instantiated
with tweety and tux.
The above example illustrated how variables are used to represent all instances of
rules with respect to the language of a logic program. In fact, grounder gringo (or
the grounding component of clingo) takes care of instantiating variables such that
an equivalent propositional logic program is obtained. To this end, rules are required
to be safe, i.e., all variables in a rule must occur in some positive literal (a literal not
preceded by not) in the body of the rule. For instance, the first two schematic rules
in Example 3.2 are safe because they include bird(X) in their positive bodies.
This tells gringo (or clingo) that the values to be substituted for X are limited to
birds.
Up to now, we have introduced terms, facts, (normal) rules, and integrity constraints. Before we proceed to describe handy extensions to this simple core language, keep in mind that the role of a rule (or fact) is that an atom in the head can be
derived to be true if the body is satisfied. Unlike this, an integrity constraint implements a test, but it cannot be used to derive any atom. This universal meaning still
applies when more sophisticated language constructs, as described in the following,
are used.
The reader can reproduce these
ground rules by invoking:
clingo --text \
bird.lp fly.lp
or alternatively:
gringo --text \
bird.lp fly.lp
To compute both answer sets,
invoke:
clingo bird.lp \
fly.lp 0
or alternatively:
gringo bird.lp \
fly.lp | clasp 0
3.1
3.1.3
Input Language of gringo and clingo
22
Classical Negation
The connective not expresses default negation, i.e., a literal not A is assumed
to hold unless atom A is derived to be true. In contrast, the classical (or strong)
negation of an atom [51] holds only if it can be derived. Classical negation, indicated
by symbol ‘-’, is permitted in front of atoms. That is, if A is an atom, then -A is
an atom representing the complement of A. The semantic relationship between A
and -A is simply that they must not jointly hold. Hence, classical negation can
be understood as a syntactic feature allowing us to impose an integrity constraint
:- A, -A. without explicitly writing it in a logic program. Depending on the
logic program at hand, it may be possible that neither A nor -A is contained in an
answer set, thus representing a state where the truth and the falsity of A are both
unknown.
Example 3.3. Using classical negation, we can rewrite the schematic rules in Example 3.2 in the following way:
1
fly(X) :- bird(X), not -fly(X).
2 -fly(X) :- bird(X), not fly(X).
3 -fly(X) :- penguin(X).
By invoking:
clingo --text \
bird.lp flycn.lp
or alternatively:
gringo --text \
bird.lp flycn.lp
the reader can observe that the
integrity constraint in Line 4 is
indeed part of the grounding.
The second one in Line 5 is not
printed; it becomes obsolete by
a static analysis exhibiting that
tux does surely not fly.
Given the individuals tweety and tux, classical negation is reflected by the following (implicit) integrity constraints:
4 :- fly(tweety), -fly(tweety).
5 :- fly(tux),
-fly(tux).
There are still two answer sets, containing -fly(tux) and either fly(tweety)
or -fly(tweety).
Now assume that we add the following fact to the program:
fly(tux).
Then, fly(tux) must unconditionally be true, and -fly(tux) is still derived by
an instance of the third schematic rule. Since every answer set candidate containing both fly(tux) and -fly(tux) triggers the (implicit) integrity constraint in
Line 5, there is no longer any answer set.
3.1.4
Disjunction
Disjunctive logic programs permit connective ‘;’ between atoms in rule heads.7
Fact:
A0 ;...;Am .
Rule: A0 ;...;Am :- L1 ,. . . ,Ln .
A disjunctive head holds if at least one of its atoms is true. Answer sets of a
disjunctive logic program satisfy a minimality criterion that we do not detail here
7
Note that disjunction in rule heads was not supported by clasp and clingo versions before
series 3 and 4, respectively.
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Input Language of gringo and clingo
23
(see [21, 35] for an implementation methodology in disjunctive ASP). We only mention that the simple disjunctive program a;b. has two answer sets, one containing a
and another one containing b, while both atoms do not jointly belong to an answer
set. After adding the rules of Example 3.1, a single answer set containing both a
and b is obtained. This illustrates that disjunction in ASP is neither strictly exclusive
or inclusive but subject to minimization.
In general, the use of disjunction may increase computational complexity [20].
We thus suggest to use “choice constructs” (detailed in Section 3.1.12) instead of
disjunction, unless the latter is required for complexity reasons.
3.1.5
Double Negation and Head Literals
The input language of gringo also supports double default negated literals, written
not not A. They are satisfied whenever their positive counterparts are. But like
negative literals of form not A, double negated ones are also preceded by not and
do thus not require an (acyclic) derivation from the program; it is sufficient that they
are true in the model at hand.
Consider the logic program:
a :- not not b.
b :- not not a.
This program has an empty answer set, like the program in Example 3.1, as well
as the additional answer set containing both a and b. This is because neither ‘not
not a’ nor ‘not not b’ requires an acyclic derivation from the program. Note
that, in contrast to Example 3.1, the above program does not induce mutual positive
dependencies between a and b. Given this, a and b can thus be both true or false,
just like in classical logic.
Also, negative literals are admitted in the head of rules. When disregarding
disjunction, this offers just another way to write integrity constraints, putting the
emphasis on the head literal. In fact, the rule not A0 :- L1 , . . . ,Ln . is equivalent to :- L1 , . . . ,Ln ,not not A0 ., and with double negation in the head, rule
not not A0 :- L1 , . . . ,Ln . is equivalent to :- L1 , . . . ,Ln ,not A0 .
Example 3.4. Consider the logic program:
1
fly(X) :- bird(X), not not fly(X).
2 not fly(X) :- penguin(X).
The possibility that a bird flies is expressed with a double negation in the first line.
Solutions with flying penguins are filtered out in the second line. Like in Example 3.2 there are two answer sets, but without an explicit atom to indicate that a bird
does not fly. Hence, the answer set where tweety does not fly contains no atoms over
predicate fly/1.
Remark 3.1. Note that negative head literals are also supported in disjunctions. For
more information see [63].
To compute both answer sets,
invoke:
clingo bird.lp \
flynn.lp 0
or alternatively:
gringo bird.lp \
flynn.lp | clasp 0
3.1
Input Language of gringo and clingo
3.1.6
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Boolean Constants
Sometimes it is useful to have literals possessing a constant truth value. Literals over
the two Boolean constants #true and #false, which are always true or false,
respectively, have a constant truth value.
The unique answer set of the
program, can be inspected by invoking:
clingo bool.lp 0
or alternatively:
gringo bool.lp \
| clasp 0
Note that this program simply
produces an empty grounding:
clingo --text \
bool.lp
or alternatively:
gringo --text \
bool.lp
Example 3.5. Consider the following program:
1
2
3
4
5
6
#true.
not #false.
not not #true.
:- #false.
:- not #true.
:- not not #false.
The first rule uses #true in the head. Because this rule is a fact, it is trivially
satisfied. Similarly, the rules in Line 2 and 3 have satisfied heads. The bodies of
the last three integrity constraints are false. Hence, the constraints do not cause a
conflict. Note that neither of the rules above derives any atom. Thus, we obtain the
empty answer set for the program.
See Example 3.14 below for an application of interest.
3.1.7
Built-in Arithmetic Functions
Besides integers (constant arithmetic functions), written as sequences of the digits
0. . . 9 possibly preceded by ‘-’, gringo and clingo support a variety of arithmetic functions that are evaluated during grounding. The following symbols are used
for these functions: + (addition), - (subtraction, unary minus), * (multiplication), /
(integer division), \ (modulo), ** (exponentiation), |¨| (absolute value), & (bitwise
AND), ? (bitwise OR), ˆ (bitwise exclusive OR), and ˜ (bitwise complement).
The unique answer set of the
program, obtained after evaluating all arithmetic functions, can
be inspected by invoking:
clingo --text \
arithf.lp
or alternatively:
gringo --text \
arithf.lp
Example 3.6. The usage of arithmetic functions is illustrated by the program:
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
left
(7).
right
(2).
plus
( L + R )
minus
( L - R )
uminus (
- R )
times
( L * R )
divide ( L / R )
modulo ( L \ R )
absolute(| - R|)
power
( L ** R )
bitand ( L & R )
bitor
( L ? R )
bitxor ( L ˆ R )
„
bitneg (
R )
::::::::::::-
left(L), right(R).
left(L), right(R).
right(R).
left(L), right(R).
left(L), right(R).
left(L), right(R).
right(R).
left(L), right(R).
left(L), right(R).
left(L), right(R).
left(L), right(R).
right(R).
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Note that the variables L and R are instantiated to 7 and 2, respectively, before
arithmetic evaluations. Consecutive and non-separative (e.g., before ‘(’) spaces can
optionally be dropped. The four bitwise functions apply to signed integers, using
two’s complement arithmetic.
Remark 3.2. An occurrence of a variable in the scope of an arithmetic function
only counts as positive in the sense of safety (cf. Page 21) for simple arithmetic
terms. Such simple arithmetic terms are terms with exactly one variable occurrence
composed of the arithmetic functions ‘+’, ‘-’, ‘*’, and integers. Moreover, if multiplication is used, then the constant part must not evaluate to 0 for the variable
occurrence to be considered positive. E.g., the rule q(X) :- p(2*(X+1)). is
considered safe, but the rule q(X) :- p(X+X). is not.
3.1.8
Built-in Comparison Predicates
Grounder gringo (and clingo) feature a total order among variable-free terms
(without arithmetic functions). The built-in predicates to compare terms are =
(equal), != (not equal), < (less than), <= (less than or equal), > (greater than), and >=
(greater than or equal). Comparison literals over the above comparison predicates
are used like other literals (cf. Section 3.1.2) but are evaluated during grounding.
Example 3.7. The application of comparison literals to integers is illustrated by the
following program:
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
num(1).
eq (X,Y)
neq(X,Y)
lt (X,Y)
leq(X,Y)
gt (X,Y)
geq(X,Y)
all(X,Y)
non(X,Y)
num(2).
:- X
=
Y, num(X), num(Y).
:- X
!= Y, num(X), num(Y).
:- X
<
Y, num(X), num(Y).
:- X
<= Y, num(X), num(Y).
:- X
>
Y, num(X), num(Y).
:- X
>= Y, num(X), num(Y).
:- X-1 < X+Y, num(X), num(Y).
:- X/X > Y*Y, num(X), num(Y).
The last two lines hint at the fact that arithmetic functions are evaluated before comparison literals, so that the latter actually compare the results of arithmetic evaluations.
Example 3.8. Comparison literals can also be applied to constants and functions, as
illustrated by the following program:
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
sym(1).
eq (X,Y)
neq(X,Y)
lt (X,Y)
leq(X,Y)
gt (X,Y)
geq(X,Y)
sym(a).
:- X =
:- X !=
:- X <
:- X <=
:- X >
:- X >=
sym(f(a)).
Y, sym(X), sym(Y).
Y, sym(X), sym(Y).
Y, sym(X), sym(Y).
Y, sym(X), sym(Y).
Y, sym(X), sym(Y).
Y, sym(X), sym(Y).
The simplified ground program
obtained by evaluating built-ins
can be inspected by invoking:
clingo --text \
arithc.lp
or alternatively:
gringo --text \
arithc.lp
As above, by invoking:
clingo --text \
symbc.lp
or alternatively:
gringo --text \
symbc.lp
one can inspect the simplified
ground program obtained by
evaluating built-ins.
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Integers are compared in the usual way, constants are ordered lexicographically,
and functions both structurally and lexicographically. Furthermore, all integers are
smaller than constants, which in turn are smaller than functions.
The built-in comparison predicate ‘=’ has another interesting use case. Apart
from just testing whether a relation between two terms holds, it can be used to define
shorthands (via unification) for terms.
The simplified ground program
can be inspected by invoking:
clingo --text \
define.lp
or alternatively:
gringo --text \
define.lp
Example 3.9. This usage is illustrated by the following program:
1 num(1). num(2). num(3). num(4). num(5).
2 squares(XX,YY) :XX = X*X, Y*Y = YY, Y’-1 = Y,
Y’*Y’ = XX+YY, num(X), num(Y), X < Y.
The body of the rule in Line 2 defines four comparison predicates over ‘=’, which
directly or indirectly depend on X and Y. The values of X and Y are obtained via
instances of the predicate num/1. The first comparison predicate depends on X to
provide shortcut XX. Similarly, the second comparison predicate depends on Y to
provide shortcut YY. The third comparison predicate provides variable Y’ because it
occurs in a simple arithmetic term, which is solved during unification. The last comparison predicate provides no variables and, hence, is just a test, checking whether
its left-hand and right-hand sides are equal.
Example 3.10. This example illustrates how to unify with function terms and tuples:
The simplified ground program
can be inspected by invoking:
clingo --text \
unify.lp
or alternatively:
gringo --text \
unify.lp
1
2
3
4
sym(f(a,1,2)). sym(f(a,2,4)). sym(f(a,b)).
sym( (a,1,2)). sym( (a,2,4)). sym( (a,b)).
unify1(X) :- f(a,X,X+1) = F, sym(F).
unify2(X) :- (a,X,X+1) = T, sym(T).
Here, f(a,X,X+1) or (a,X,X+1), respectively, is unified with instances of the
predicate sym/1. To this end, arguments of sym/1 with matching arity are used to
instantiate the variable X occurring as the second argument in terms on the left-hand
sides of =. With a value for X at hand, we can further check whether the arithmetic
evaluation of X+1, occurring as the third argument, coincides with the corresponding
value given on the right-hand side of ‘=’.
Remark 3.3. Note that comparison literals can be preceded by not or not not.
In the first case, this is equivalent to using the complementary comparison literal
(e.g., ‘<’ and ‘>=’ complement each other). In the second case, the prefix has no
effect on the meaning of the literal.
An occurrence of a variable in the scope of a built-in comparison literal
over ‘!=’, ‘<’, ‘<=’,‘>’, or ‘>=’ does not count as a positive occurrence in the
sense of safety (cf. Page 21), i.e., such comparison literals are not considered to be
positive.
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Unlike with the built-in comparison literals above, comparisons predicates
over ‘=’ are considered as positive (body) literals in the sense of safety (cf. Page 21),
so that variables occurring on one side can be instantiated. However, this only works
when unification can be made directionally, i.e., it must be possible to instantiate
one side without knowing the values of variables on the other side. For example,
the rule p(X) :- X = Y, Y = X. is not accepted by gringo (or clingo) because
values for X rely on values for Y, and vice versa. Only simple arithmetic terms can
be unified with (cf. Remark 3.2). Hence, variable X in literal X*X=8 must be bound
by some other positive literal.
3.1.9
Intervals
Line 1 of Example 3.9 contains five facts of the form num(k). over consecutive
integers k. For a more compact representation, gringo and clingo support integer intervals of the form i..j. Such an interval, representing each integer k such
that i ď k ď j, is expanded during grounding. An interval is expanded differently
depending on where it occurs. In the head of a rule, an interval is expanded conjunctively, while in the body of a rule, it is expanded disjunctively. So we could have
simply written num(1..5). to represent the five facts.
Example 3.11. Consider the following program:
1 size(3).
2 grid(1..S,1..S) :- size(S).
Because all intervals in the second rule occur in the rule head, they expand
conjunctively. Furthermore, the two intervals expand into the cross product
(1..3)ˆ(1..3), resulting in the following set of facts:
2 grid(1,1).
grid(2,1).
grid(3,1).
grid(1,2).
grid(2,2).
grid(3,2).
grid(1,3).
grid(2,3).
grid(3,3).
Similarly, intervals can be used in a rule body. Typically, this is done using comparison literals over ‘=’, which expand disjunctively:
2 grid(X,Y) :- X = 1..S, Y = 1..S, size(S).
This rule expands into the same set of facts as before. But intervals in comparison
literals have the advantage that additional constraints can be added. For example,
one could add the comparison literals X-Y!=0 and X+Y-1!=S to the rule body to
exclude the diagonals of the grid.
Remark 3.4. An occurrence of a variable in the specification of the bounds of an
integer interval, like S in Line 2 of Example 3.11, does not count as a positive occurrence in the sense of safety (cf. Page 21). Hence, such a variable must also have
another positive occurrence elsewhere; here in size(S).
The simplified ground program
obtained from intervals can be
inspected by invoking:
clingo --text int.lp
or alternatively:
gringo --text int.lp
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Pooling
The token ‘;’ admits pooling alternative terms to be used as arguments of an atom,
function, or tuple. Argument lists written in the form (. . . ,X;Y,. . . ) abbreviate
multiple options: (. . . ,X), (Y,. . . ). Pools are expanded just like intervals, i.e.,
conjunctively in the head and disjunctively in the body of a rule. In fact, the interval
1..3 is equivalent to the pool (1;2;3).8
The simplified ground program
obtained from pools can be inspected by invoking:
clingo --text \
pool.lp
or alternatively:
gringo --text \
pool.lp
Example 3.12. The following program makes use of pooling. It is similar to Example 3.11 but with the difference that, unlike intervals, pools have a fixed size:
1 grid((1;2;3),(1;2;3)).
Because all pools in this rule occur in the head, they are expanded conjunctively.
Furthermore, the two pools expand into the cross product (1..3)ˆ(1..3), resulting again in the following set of facts:
grid(1,1).
grid(2,1).
grid(3,1).
grid(1,2).
grid(2,2).
grid(3,2).
grid(1,3).
grid(2,3).
grid(3,3).
Like intervals, pools can also be used in the body of a rule, where they are expanded
disjunctively:
1 grid(X,Y) :- X = (1;2;3), Y = (1;2;3).
This rule expands into the same set of facts as before. As in Example 3.11, additional
constraints involving X and Y can be added.
For another example on pooling, featuring non-consecutive elements, see Section 5.1.1.
3.1.11
Conditions and Conditional Literals
A conditional literal is of the form
L0 :L1 ,. . . ,Ln
where every Lj for 0 ď j ď n is a literal, L1 ,. . . ,Ln is called condition, and ‘:’
resembles mathematical set notation. Whenever n “ 0, we get a regular literal and
denote it as usual by L0 .
For example, the rule
a :- b : c.
8
We make use of the fact that one-elementary tuples must be made explicit by a trailing ‘,’ (cf.
Section 3.1.1). E.g., (1;1,) expands into (1) and (1,), where (1) is equal to the integer 1. On
the other hand, note that the rule p(X) :- X = (1,2;3,4). is expanded into p((1,2)). and
p((3,4))., given that (1,2) and (3,4) are proper tuples, and the same facts are also obtained
from p((1,2;3,4)). Unlike that, p(1,2;3,4). yields p(1,2). and p(3,4). because ‘;’
here splits an argument list, rather than a tuple.
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yields a whenever either c is false (and thus no matter whether b holds or not) or
both b and c are true.
Remark 3.5. Logically, L0 and L1 ,. . . ,Ln act as head and body, respectively,
which gives L0 :L1 ,. . . ,Ln the flavor of a nested implication (see [57] for details).
Together with variables, conditions allow for specifying collections of expressions within a single rule or aggregate. This is particularly useful for encoding conjunctions (or disjunctions) over arbitrarily many ground atoms as well as for the
compact representation of aggregates (detailed in Section 3.1.12).
Example 3.13. The following program uses, in Line 5 and 6, conditions in a rule
body and in a rule head, respectively:
1 person(jane). person(john).
2 day(mon). day(tue). day(wed). day(thu).
day(fri).
3 available(jane) :- not on(fri).
4 available(john) :- not on(mon), not on(wed).
5 meet :- available(X) : person(X).
6 on(X) : day(X) :- meet.
The rules in Line 5 and 6 are instantiated as follows:
meet :- available(jane), available(john).
on(mon); on(tue); on(wed); on(thu); on(fri) :- meet.
The conjunction in the body of the first ground rule is obtained by replacing X in
available(X) with all ground terms t such that person(t) holds, namely, with
t “ jane and t “ john. Furthermore, the condition in the head of the rule in Line 6
turns into a disjunction over all ground instances of on(X) such that X is substituted
by terms t for which day(t) holds. That is, conditions in the body and in the head
of a rule are expanded to different basic language constructs.9
Further following set notation, a condition can be composed by separating literals with a comma, viz. ‘,’. Note that commas are used to separate both literals in
rule bodies as well as conditions. To resolve this ambiguity, a condition is terminated
with a semicolon ‘;’ (rather than ‘,’) when further body literals follow.
Example 3.14. The following program uses a literal with a composite condition in
the middle of the rule body. Note the semicolon ‘;’ after the condition:
1 set(1..4).
2 next(X,Z) :- set(X), #false : X < Y, set(Y), Y < Z;
set(Z), X < Z.
9
Recall our suggestion from Section 3.1.4 to use “choice constructs” (detailed in Section 3.1.12)
instead of disjunction, unless the latter is required for complexity reasons. This also means that conditions must not be used outside of aggregates in rule heads if disjunction is unintended.
The reader can reproduce these
ground rules by invoking:
clingo --text \
cond.lp
or alternatively:
gringo --text \
cond.lp
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ground rules by invoking:
clingo --text \
sort.lp
or alternatively:
gringo --text \
sort.lp
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The conditional literal in the second rule evaluates to false whenever there is an
element Y between X and Z. Hence, all rule instantiations where X and Z are not
direct successors are discarded because they have a false body. On the other hand,
whenever X and Z succeed each other, the condition is false for all elements Y. This
means that the literal with condition stands for an empty conjunction, which is true:
set(1). set(2). set(3). set(4).
next(1,2). next(2,3). next(3,4).
We obtain an answer set where the elements of set/1 are ordered via next/2.
Remark 3.6. There are three important issues about the usage of conditions:
1. Any variable occurring within a condition does not count as a positive occurrence outside the condition in the sense of safety (cf. Page 21). Variables occurring in atoms not subject to any condition are global. Each variable within
an atom in front of a condition must be global or have a positive occurrence
on the right-hand side of the condition.
2. During grounding, the instantiation of global variables takes precedence over
non-global ones, that is, the former are instantiated before the latter. As a
consequence, variables that occur globally are substituted by terms before a
condition is further evaluated. Hence, the names of variables in conditions
must be chosen with care, making sure that they do not accidentally match the
names of global variables.
3. We suggest using domain predicates [78] or built-ins (both used in Line 3
of Example 3.14) in conditions. Literals over such predicates are completely
evaluated during grounding. In a logic program, domain predicates can be
recognized by observing that they are neither subject to negative recursion
(through not) nor to disjunction or “choice constructs” (detailed in Section 3.1.12) in the head of any rule. The domain predicates defined in Example 3.14 are set/1 and next/1. Literals with such conditions expand to
arbitrary length disjunctions or conjunctions in the head or body of a rule, respectively. Otherwise, conditions give rise to nested implications. For further
details see [57].
3.1.12
Aggregates
Aggregates are expressive modeling constructs that allow for forming values from
groups of selected items. Together with comparisons they allow for expressing conditions over these terms. For instance, we may state that the sum of a semester’s
course credits must be at least 20, or that the sum of prizes of shopping items should
not exceed 30 Euros.
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More formally, an aggregate is a function on a set of tuples that are normally
subject to conditions. By comparing an aggregated value with given values, we can
extract a truth value from an aggregate’s evaluation, thus obtaining an aggregate
atom. Aggregate atoms come in two variants depending on whether they occur in a
rule head or body.
Body Aggregates The form of an aggregate atom occurring in a rule body is as
follows:
s1 ă1 α { t1 :L1 ;. . . ;tn :Ln } ă2 s2
Here, all ti and Li , forming aggregate elements, are non-empty tuples of terms and
literals (as introduced in Section 3.1.1), respectively. α is the name of some function
that is to be applied to the term tuples ti that remain after evaluating the conditions
expressed by Li . Finally, the result of applying α is compared by means of the
comparison predicates ă1 and ă2 to the terms s1 and s2 , respectively. Note that one
of the guards ‘s1 ă1 ’ or ‘ă2 s2 ’ (or even both) can be omitted; left out comparison
predicates ă1 or ă2 default to ‘<=’, thus interpreting s1 and s2 as lower or upper
bound, respectively.
Currently, gringo (and clingo) support the aggregates #count (the number
of elements; used for expressing cardinality constraints), #sum (the sum of weights;
used for expressing weight constraints), #sum+ (the sum of positive weights), #min
(the minimum weight), and #max (the maximum weight). The weight refers to the
first element of a term tuple. Aggregate atoms, as described above, are obtained by
writing either #count, #sum, #sum+, #min, or #max for α. Note that, unlike the
other aggregates, the #count aggregate does not require weights.
For example, instances of the natural language examples for aggregates given at
the beginning of this section can be expressed as follows.
20 <= #sum { 4 : course(db);
6 : course(ai);
8 : course(project); 3 : course(xml) }
#sum { 3 : bananas; 25 : cigars; 10 : broom } <= 30
Both aggregate atoms can be used in the body of a rule like any other atom, possibly
preceded by negation. Within both aggregate atoms, atoms like course(ai) or
broom are associated with weights. Assuming that course(db), course(ai)
as well as bananas and broom are true, the aggregates inner sets evaluate to t4;6u
and t3;10u, respectively. After applying the #sum aggregate function to both sets,
we get 20 <= 10 and 13 <= 30; hence, in this case, the second aggregate atom
holds while the first one does not.
As indicated by the curly braces, the elements within aggregates are treated as
members of a set. Hence, duplicates are not accounted for twice. For instance, the
following aggregate atoms express the same:
#count { 42 : a;
t : not b
} = 2
#count { 42 : a; 42 : a; t : not b; t : not b } = 2
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That is, if a holds but not b, both inner sets reduce to t42;tu; and so both aggregate
atoms evaluate to true. However, both are different from the aggregate
#count { 42 : a; t : not b; s : not b } = 2
that holds if both a and b are false, yielding #counttt;su = 2.
Likewise, the elements of other aggregates are understood as sets. Consider the
next two summation aggregates:
#sum { 3 : cost(1,2,3); 3 : cost(2,3,3) } = 3
#sum { 3,1,2 : cost(1,2,3);
3,2,3 : cost(2,3,3) } = 6
As done in Section 5.2.1, an atom like cost(1,2,3) can be used to represent
an arc from node 1 to 2 with cost 3. If both cost(1,2,3) and cost(2,3,3)
hold, the first sum evaluates to 3, while the second yields 6. Note that all term
tuples, the singular tuple 3 as well as the ternary tuples 3,1,2 and 3,2,3 share
the same weight, viz. 3. However, the set property makes the first aggregate count
edges with the same cost only once, while the second one accounts for each edge
no matter whether they have the same cost or not. To see this, observe that after
evaluating the conditions in each aggregate, the first one reduces to #sumt3u, while
the second results in #sumt3,1,2;3,2,3u. In other words, associating each cost
with its respective arc enforces a multi-set property; in this way, the same cost can
be accounted for several times.
Head Aggregates Whenever a rule head is a (single) aggregate atom, the derivable
head literals must be distinguished. This is done by appending such atoms (or in
general literals) separated by an additional ‘:’ to the tuples of the aggregate elements:
s1 ă1 α { t1 :L1 :L1 ;. . . ;tn :Ln :Ln } ă2 s2
Here, all Li are literals as introduced in Section 3.1.2, while all other entities are as
described above. The second colon in ti :Li :Li is dropped whenever Li is empty,
yielding ti :Li .
Remark 3.7. Aggregate atoms in the head can be understood as a combination of
unrestricted choices with body aggregates enforcing the constraint expressed by the
original head aggregate. In fact, when producing smodels format, all aggregate
atoms occurring in rule heads are transformed away. For details consult [76, 32]. Shortcuts There are some shorthands that can be used in the syntactic representation of aggregates. The expression
s1 ă1 { L1 :L1 ;. . . ;Ln :Ln } ă2 s2
where all entities are defined as above is a shortcut for
s1 ă1 #count { t1 :L1 :L1 ;. . . ;tn :Ln :Ln } ă2 s2
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if it appears in the head of a rule, and it is a shortcut for
s1 ă1 #count { t1 :L1 ,L1 ;. . . ;tn :Ln ,Ln } ă2 s2
if it appears in the body of a rule. In both cases, all ti are pairwise distinct term tuples
generated by gringo whenever the distinguished (head) literals Li are different.
Just like with aggregates, the guards ‘s1 ă1 ’ and ‘ă2 s2 ’ are optional, and the
symbols ‘ă1 ’ and ‘ă2 ’ default to ‘<=’ if omitted.
For example, the rule
{ a; b }.
is expanded to
#count { 0,a : a; 0,b : b }.
Here, gringo generates two distinct term tuples 0,a and 0,b. With clingo, we
obtain four answer sets representing all sets over a and b.
Recurrences of literals yield identical terms, as we see next. The rule
{ a; a }.
is expanded to
#count { 0,a : a; 0,a : a }.
In fact, within the term tuple produced by gringo, the first term indicates the
number of preceding default negations, and the second reproduces the atom as a term
in order to make the whole term tuple unique. To see this, observe that the integrity
constraint
:- { a; not b; not not c } > 0.
is expanded to
:- #count { 0,a : a;
1,b : not b;
2,c : not not c } > 0.
Remark 3.8. By allowing the omission of #count, so-called “cardinality constraints” [76] can almost be written in their traditional notation (without keyword,
yet different separators), as put forward in the lparse grounder [78].
Having discussed head and body aggregate atoms, let us note that there is a
second way to use body aggregates: they act like positive literals when used together
with comparison predicate ‘=’. For instance, variable X is safe in the following rules:
cnt(X)
sum(X)
pos(X)
min(X)
max(X)
:::::-
X
X
X
X
X
=
=
=
=
=
#count
#sum
#sum+
#min
#max
{
{
{
{
{
2
2
2
2
2
:
:
:
:
:
a;
a;
a;
a;
a;
3
3
3
3
3
:
:
:
:
:
a
a
a
a
a
}.
}.
}.
}.
}.
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Under the assumption that atom a holds, the atoms cnt(2), sum(5), pos(5),
min(2), and max(3) are derived by the above rules. If a does not hold, we derive cnt(0), sum(0), pos(0), min(#sup), and max(#inf). Here, the special constants #sup and #inf (introduced in Section 3.1.1), obtained by applying
#min and #max to the empty set of weights, indicate the neutral elements of the
aggregates. These constants can also be used as weights, subject to #min and #max
(in order to exceed any other ground term):
bot :#min { #inf : a } -1000.
top :- 1000 #max { #sup : a }.
Assuming that atom a holds, the atoms bot and top are derived by the above rules
because both #inf <= -1000 and 1000 <= #sup hold (cf. Section 3.1.8 for
details how terms are ordered).
Remark 3.9. Although it seems convenient to use aggregates together with the
‘=’ predicate, this feature should be used with care. If the literals of an aggregate
belong to domain predicates (see Remark 3.6) or built-ins, the aggregate is evaluated
during grounding to exactly one value. Otherwise, if the literals do not belong to domain predicates, the value of an aggregate is not known during grounding, in which
case gringo or clingo unwraps all possible outcomes of the aggregate’s evaluation. The latter can lead to a space blow-up, which should be avoided whenever
possible. For instance, unwrapping the aggregate in
{ a; b; c }.
:- #sum { 1 : a; 2 : b; 3 : c } = N, N > 3.
yields three integrity constraints:
:- #sum { 1 : a; 2 : b; 3 : c } = 4.
:- #sum { 1 : a; 2 : b; 3 : c } = 5.
:- #sum { 1 : a; 2 : b; 3 : c } = 6.
Such duplication does not happen when we use a comparison predicate instead:
:- #sum { 1 : a; 2 : b; 3 : c } > 3.
Hence, it is advisable to rather apply comparison predicate ‘>’ directly. In general,
aggregates should only be used to bind variables if they refer solely to domain predicates and built-ins.
Non-ground Aggregates After considering the syntax and semantics of ground
aggregate atoms, we now turn our attention to non-ground aggregates. Regarding
contained variables, only variable occurrences in the guards give rise to global variables. Hence, any variable in an aggregate element must be bound by either a positive global occurrence or a variable that occurs positively in its condition Li . Variable names in aggregate elements have to be chosen carefully to avoid clashes with
global variables. Furthermore, pools and intervals in aggregate elements give rise
to multiple aggregate elements; very similar to the disjunctive unpacking of pools
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and intervals in rules. The following example, making exhaustive use of aggregates,
demonstrates a variety of features (note that it ignores Remark 3.9).
Example 3.15. Consider a situation where an informatics student wants to enroll for
a number of courses at the beginning of a new term. In the university calendar, eight
courses are found eligible, and they are represented by the following facts:
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
course(
course(
course(
course(
course(
course(
course(
course(
1,1,5; 1,2,5
2,1,4; 2,2,4
3,1,6;
4,1,3;
5,1,4;
6,2,2;
7,2,4;
3,3,6
4,3,3; 4,4,3
5,4,4
6,3,2
7,3,4; 7,4,4
8,3,5; 8,4,5
).
).
).
).
).
).
).
).
In an instance of course/3, the first argument is a number identifying one of the
eight courses, and the third argument provides the course’s contact hours per week.
The second argument stands for a subject area: 1 corresponding to “theoretical informatics”, 2 to “practical informatics”, 3 to “technical informatics”, and 4 to “applied informatics”. For instance, atom course(1,2,5) expresses that course 1
accounts for 5 contact hours per week that may be credited to subject area 2 (“practical informatics”). Observe that a single course is usually eligible for multiple subject
areas.
After specifying the above facts, the student starts to provide personal constraints
on the courses to enroll. The student’s first condition is to enroll in 3 to 6 courses:
9 3 { enroll(C) : course(C,S,H) } 6.
Instantiating the above #count aggregate yields the following ground rule:
3 <= #count { 0,enroll(1)
0,enroll(2)
0,enroll(3)
0,enroll(4)
0,enroll(5)
0,enroll(6)
0,enroll(7)
0,enroll(8)
:
:
:
:
:
:
:
:
enroll(1);
enroll(2);
enroll(3);
enroll(4);
enroll(5);
enroll(6);
enroll(7);
enroll(8) } <= 6.
Observe that an instance of atom enroll(C) is included for each instantiation of C
such that course(C,S,H) holds for some values of S and H. Duplicates resulting
from distinct values for S are removed, thus obtaining the above set of ground atoms.
The next constraints of the student regard the subject areas of enrolled courses:
10 :#count { C,S :
enroll(C), course(C,S,H) } 10.
11 :- 2 #count { C,2 : not enroll(C), course(C,2,H) }.
12 :- 6 #count { C,3 :
enroll(C), course(C,3,H);
13
C,4 :
enroll(C), course(C,4,H) }.
The full ground program is obtained by invoking:
clingo --text \
aggr.lp
or alternatively:
gringo --text \
aggr.lp
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Each of the three integrity constraints above contains a #count aggregate, in which
‘,’ is used to construct composite conditions (introduced in Section 3.1.11). Recall that aggregates operate on sets and thus duplicates are removed; hence, we use
term tuples to take into account courses together with their subject areas. Thus, the
integrity constraint in Line 10 is instantiated as follows:10
10 :- 10 >= #count { 1,1
2,1
3,1
4,1 : enroll(4); 4,3
5,1
6,2
7,2 : enroll(7); 7,3
8,3
:
:
:
:
:
:
:
:
enroll(1);
enroll(2);
enroll(3);
enroll(4);
enroll(5);
enroll(6);
enroll(7);
enroll(8);
1,2
2,2
3,3
4,4
5,4
6,3
7,4
8,4
:
:
:
:
:
:
:
:
enroll(1);
enroll(2);
enroll(3);
enroll(4);
enroll(5);
enroll(6);
enroll(7);
enroll(8) }.
Note that courses 4 and 7 count three times because they are eligible for three subject areas, viz., there are three distinct instantiations for S in course(4,S,3) and
course(7,S,4), respectively. Comparing the above ground instance, the meaning of the integrity constraint in Line 10 is that the number of eligible subject areas
over all enrolled courses must be more than 10. Similarly, the integrity constraint in
Line 11 expresses the requirement that at most one course of subject area 2 (“practical informatics”) is not enrolled, while Line 12 stipulates that the enrolled courses
amount to less than six nominations of subject area 3 (“technical informatics”) or 4
(“applied informatics”).
The remaining constraints of the student deal with contact hours. To express
them, we first introduce an auxiliary rule and a fact:
14 hours(C,H) :- course(C,S,H).
15 max_hours(20).
The rule in Line 14 projects instances of course/3 to hours/2, thereby, dropping
courses’ subject areas. This is used to not consider the same course multiple times
within the following integrity constraints:11
16 :- not M-2 #sum { H,C : enroll(C), hours(C,H) } M,
max_hours(M).
17 :#min { H,C : enroll(C), hours(C,H) } 2.
18 :- 6 #max { H,C : enroll(C), hours(C,H) }.
As illustrated in Line 16, we may use default negation via ‘not’ in front of aggregate
atoms, and bounds may be specified by terms with variables. In fact, by instantiating M to 20, we obtain the following ground instance of the integrity constraint in
Line 16:
10
Because contact hours are uniquely associated to a course, gringo’s shortcut expansion of
:- { course(C,S,H) : enroll(C) } 10. is equivalent to the rule in Line 10 here. Similar
equivalences hold for the other #count aggregates.
11
Alternatively, we could also use course(C,_,H).
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16 :- not 18 <= #sum {
5,1 : enroll(1);
6,3 : enroll(3);
4,5 : enroll(5);
4,7 : enroll(7);
4,2
3,4
2,6
5,8
:
:
:
:
enroll(2);
enroll(4);
enroll(6);
enroll(8) } <= 20.
The above integrity constraint states that the #sum of contact hours per week must lie
in-between 18 and 20. Note that the #min and #max aggregates in Line 17 and 18,
respectively, work on the same set of aggregate elements as in Line 16. While the
integrity constraint in Line 17 stipulates that any course to enroll must include more
than 2 contact hours, the one in Line 18 prohibits enrolling for courses of 6 or more
contact hours. Of course, the last two requirements could also be formulated as
follows:
17 :- enroll(C), hours(C,H), H <= 2.
18 :- enroll(C), hours(C,H), H >= 6.
Finally, the following rules illustrate the use of aggregates together with comparison predicate ‘=’.
19 courses(N) :- N = #count { C : enroll(C) }.
20 hours(N) :- N = #sum { H,C : enroll(C), hours(C,H) }.
The role of aggregates here is different from before, as they now serve to bind an
integer to variable N. The effect of Line 19 and 20, which do not follow the recommendation in Remark 3.9, is that the student can read off the number of courses to
enroll and the amount of contact hours per week from instances of courses/1 and
hours/1 belonging to an answer set. In fact, running clingo or clasp shows that
a unique collection of 5 courses to enroll satisfies all requirements: the courses 1, 2,
4, 5, and 7, amounting to 20 contact hours per week.
Remark 3.10. Users familiar with gringo 3 may remember that conditions in aggregates had to be either literals over domain predicates or built-ins. This restriction
does not exist anymore in gringo and clingo 4.
3.1.13
Optimization
Optimization statements extend the basic question of whether a set of atoms is an
answer set to whether it is an optimal answer set. To support this reasoning mode,
gringo and clingo adopt dlv’s weak constraints [14]. The form of weak constraints is similar to integrity constraints (cf. Section 3.1.2) being associated with a
term tuple:
:„ L1 ,. . . ,Ln . [[email protected],t1 ,. . . ,tn ]
The priority ‘@p’ is optional. For simplicity, we first consider the non-prioritized
case omitting ‘@p’. Whenever the body of a weak constraint is satisfied, it contributes its term tuple (as with aggregates, each tuple is included at most once) to
To compute the unique answer
set of the program, invoke:
clingo aggr.lp 0
or alternatively:
gringo aggr.lp | \
clasp 0
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a cost function. This cost function accumulates the integer weights w of all contributed tuples just like a #sum aggregate does. The semantics of a program with
weak constraints is intuitive: an answer set is optimal if the obtained cost is minimal
among all answer sets of the given program. Whenever there are different priorities
attached to tuples, we obtain a (possibly zero) cost for each priority. To determine
whether an answer set is optimal, we do not just compare two single costs but lexicographically compare cost tuples whose elements are ordered by priority (greater
is more important). Note that a tuple is always associated with a priority; if it is
omitted, then the priority defaults to zero. A weak constraint is safe if the variables
in its term tuples are bound by the atoms in the body and the safety requirements for
the body itself are the same as for integrity constraints.
As an alternative way to express an optimization problem, there are optimization
statements. A minimize statement of the form
#minimize { w1 @p1 ,t1 :L1 ,. . . ,wn @pn ,tn :Ln }.
represents the following n weak constraints:
:„ L1 . [w1 @p1 ,t1 ]
...
:„ Ln . [wn @pn ,tn ]
Moreover, maximize statements can be viewed as minimize statements with inverse
weights. Hence, a maximize statement of the form
#maximize { w1 @p1 ,t1 :L1 ,. . . ,wn @pn ,tn :Ln }.
represents the following n weak constraints:
:„ L1 . [-w1 @p1 ,t1 ]
...
:„ Ln . [-wn @pn ,tn ]
As with weak constraints, the priorities ‘@pi ’ are optional and default to zero.
Example 3.16. To illustrate optimization, we consider a hotel booking situation
where we want to choose one among five available hotels. The hotels are identified
via numbers assigned in descending order of stars. Of course, the more stars a hotel
has, the more it costs per night. As ancillary information, we know that hotel 4
is located on a main street, which is why we expect its rooms to be noisy. This
knowledge is specified in Line 1–7 of the following program:
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
{ hotel(1..5) } = 1.
star(1,5). cost(1,170).
star(2,4). cost(2,140).
star(3,3). cost(3,90).
star(4,3). cost(4,75). main_street(4).
star(5,2). cost(5,60).
noisy :- hotel(X), main_street(X).
#maximize { [email protected],X : hotel(X), star(X,Y) }.
#minimize { Y/[email protected],X : hotel(X), cost(X,Y), star(X,Z) }.
:„ noisy. [ [email protected] ]
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Line 8–9 contribute optimization statements in inverse order of significance, according to which we want to choose the best hotel to book. The most significant optimization statement in Line 10 states that avoiding noise is our main priority. The
secondary optimization criterion in Line 9 consists of minimizing the cost per star.
Finally, the third optimization statement in Line 8 specifies that we want to maximize the number of stars among hotels that are otherwise indistinguishable. The
optimization statements in Line 8–10 are instantiated as follows:
8 :„
:„
:„
:„
:„
9 :„
:„
:„
:„
:„
10 :„
hotel(1). [[email protected],1]
hotel(2). [[email protected],2]
hotel(3). [[email protected],3]
hotel(4). [[email protected],4]
hotel(5). [[email protected],5]
hotel(1). [[email protected],1]
hotel(2). [[email protected],2]
hotel(3). [[email protected],3]
hotel(4). [[email protected],4]
hotel(5). [[email protected],5]
noisy. [ [email protected] ]
If we now use clasp or clingo to compute an optimal answer set, we find that
hotel 4 is not eligible because it implies noisy. Thus, hotel 3 and 5 remain as
optimal with respect to the second most significant optimization statement in Line 9.
This tie is broken via the least significant optimization statement in Line 8 because
hotel 3 has one star more than hotel 5. We thus decide to book hotel 3 offering 3
stars to cost 90 per night.
3.1.14
External Functions
Utilizing the scripting languages Lua or Python12 , gringo’s input language can
be enriched by arbitrary functions. We focus on functions that are evaluated during grounding here. In Section 4, we explain how to take complete control of the
grounding and solving process using the scripting API. We do not give an introduction to Lua or Python here (there are numerous tutorials on the web), but give
some examples showing the capabilities of this integration. In the following, we
show code snippets for both scripting languages. Note that our precompiled binaries ship with Lua support and can be used to run the Lua examples. To enable Python support, gringo and clingo have to be compiled from source (cf.
Section 1.1). A complete reference for the Python scripting API is available at:
http://potassco.sourceforge.net/gringo.html
Example 3.17. The first example shows how to add a simple arithmetic function:
12
http://lua.org and http://python.org
The full ground program is obtained by invoking:
clingo --text opt.lp
or alternatively:
gringo --text opt.lp
To compute the unique optimal
answer set, invoke:
clingo opt.lp 0
or alternatively:
gringo opt.lp | \
clasp 0
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1 #script (lua)
1 #script (python)
3 function gcd(a, b)
4
if a == 0 then
5
return b
6
else
7
return gcd(b % a, a)
8
end
9 end
3 def gcd(a, b):
4
if a == 0:
5
return b
6
else:
7
return gcd(b % a, a)
11 #end.
To inspect the unique answer set
of the program, invoke:
gringo --text \
gcd.lp gcd-lua.lp
or:
gringo --text \
gcd.lp gcd-py.lp
Calls to clingo are similar.
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11 #end.
In Line 3, we add a function that calculates the greatest common divisor of two
numbers. Integers from a logic program are directly mapped to their Lua and Python
equivalents and can be returned from the function. The gcd function can then be
used in a logic program:
1 p(210,213).
2 p(1365,385).
3 gcd(X,Y,@gcd(X,Y)) :- p(X,Y).
The function is called in Line 3 and the result stored in predicate gcd/3. Note that
external function calls look like function terms but are preceded by ‘@’. As with nonsimple arithmetic terms according to Remark 3.2, variable occurrences in arguments
to external functions do not count as positive in the sense of safety (cf. Page 21). In
Line 3, values for X and Y are thus obtained from p(X,Y) in order to apply the gcd
function to them.
Example 3.18. This example shows how to return multiple values from a function:
1 #script (lua)
1 #script (python)
3 function rng(a, b)
4
ret = {}
5
for i = a,b do
6
table.insert(ret, i)
7
end
8
return ret
9 end
3 def rng(a, b):
4
return range(a, b+1)
11 #end.
To inspect the unique answer set
of the program, invoke:
gringo --text \
rng.lp rng-lua.lp
or:
gringo --text \
rng.lp rng-py.lp
Calls to clingo are similar.
11 #end.
In Line 3, we add a function that emulates an interval. Instead of just returning one
number, this function returns a table of numbers in Lua and a list of numbers in
Python, respectively. The rng function can then be used in a logic program:
1 p(1,3).
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2 p(5,10).
3 rng(X,Y,@rng(X,Y)) :- p(X,Y).
The function is called in Line 3 and the result stored in predicate rng/3. The values
in the table or list returned from a call to rng(X,Y) are then successively inserted.
In fact, this function behaves exactly like the interval X..Y.
An interesting use case for returning multiple values is to pull whole instances
from external sources, like for example a database or some text file not already in
fact format.
As we have seen in the previous example, numbers are mapped to their Lua
and Python equivalents. The same holds for quoted strings. To capture constants
and functions, there are the Id and Fun classes, respectively, in both Python and
Lua.13 Both objects have a function name() to access the string representation of
the constant or the name of the function term, respectively. A Fun object has an
additional function args() returning the table or list of arguments, respectively, in
Lua and Python. Moreover, tuples are mapped to Python’s tuple data structure and
to Fun objects that have an empty name in Lua. Finally, the terms #sup and #inf
are mapped to the constants Sup and Inf.
To construct terms from within the scripting language, the Id and Fun classes
have a constructor to create objects (in Lua it is a global function). The Id(name)
constructor simply takes the string representation of a constant as argument, and
the Fun(name,args) constructor additionally takes a sequence or table of
terms representing the arguments of a function. Furthermore, the global function
Tuple(args) is a shortcut for Fun("",args) to create an object representing
a tuple in Lua.
Example 3.19. This example shows how to inspect and create terms:
1 #script (lua)
1 #script (python)
3 Fun = gringo.Fun
3 from gringo import Fun
5 function g(c, f)
6
n = c:name()
7
r = Fun(n, f:args())
8
return r
9 end
5 def g(c, f):
6
n = c.name()
7
r = Fun(n, f)
8
return r
11 #end.
11 #end.
In Line 5, we add a function g that takes a constant and a tuple as arguments and
returns a function term with the name of the constant and the tuple as arguments.
Note the different handling of tuples in Lua and Python. Whereas in Lua tuples are
13
Strictly speaking there are no classes in Lua, the Userdata type together with a metatable is used
to emulate classes.
3.1
To inspect the unique answer set
of the program, invoke:
gringo --text \
term.lp term-lua.lp
or:
gringo --text \
term.lp term-py.lp
Calls to clingo are similar.
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represented using Fun objects, in Python the tuple can directly be passed to the
Fun constructor. The g function can then be used in a logic program:
1 p(f, (1,2)).
2 p(g, (a,b)).
3 g(X,Y,@g(X,Y)) :- p(X,Y).
The function is called in Line 3 and the result stored in predicate g/3. Using this
scheme, new terms that cannot be constructed by means of plain ASP can be created
during grounding. Another interesting application might be string concatenation. The last function of interest here is the cmp(a,b) function, which compares
two terms a and b like gringo’s built-in comparison predicates (cf. Section 3.1.8)
would do. It returns a negative integer if a < b, zero if a = b, and a positive
integer if a > b.
Example 3.20. This example shows how to implement the max function:
1 #script (lua)
1 #script (python)
3 cmp = gringo.cmp
3 from gringo import cmp
5 function max(a, b)
6
if cmp(a, b) > 0 then
7
return a
8
else
9
return b
10
end
11 end
13 #end.
To inspect the unique answer set
of the program, invoke:
gringo --text \
cmp.lp cmp-lua.lp
or:
gringo --text \
cmp.lp cmp-py.lp
Calls to clingo are similar.
5 def max(a, b):
6
if cmp(a, b) > 0:
7
return a
8
else:
9
return b
13 #end.
In Line 5, we add a function max that takes two terms as arguments and returns the
maximum of both. We are using the cmp function to compare terms here. Note that
the > relation cannot be applied directly because objects can be of different types,
e.g., integers and strings. The max function can then be used in a logic program:
1 p(1,2).
2 p(a,3).
3 max(X,Y,@max(X,Y)) :- p(X,Y).
The function is called in Line 3 and the result stored in predicate max/3. A respective
ground fact exhibits that the constant a is greater than the integer 3.
Remark 3.11.
1. The grounder assumes that all external functions are deterministic. That is,
when a function is called multiple times with the same arguments during
grounding, then it should return the same values. Adding functions that do
not comply with this assumption can lead to undesired results.
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2. If an error occurs during the evaluation of an external function, a warning is
printed and the current instance of a rule or condition is dropped. For example,
this happens when the gcd function from Example 3.17 is applied to noninteger arguments.
3.1.15
Meta-Statements
After considering the language of logic programs, we now introduce features going
beyond the contents of a program.
Comments To annotate the source code of a logic program, a logic program file
may include comments. A comment until the end of a line is initiated by symbol ‘%’,
and a comment within one or over multiple lines is enclosed in ‘%*’ and ‘*%’. As
an abstract example, consider:
tos(jim).
tos(bones).
tos(scotty).
%*
comment over
*%
tos(uhura).
%* enclosed comment *% tos(spock).
% comment till end of line
tos(chekov).
multiple lines
tos(sulu).
Show Statements Usually, only a subset of the atoms belonging to an answer set
characterizes a solution. In order to suppress the atoms of “irrelevant” predicates
from the output or even to show arbitrary terms, the #show directive can be used.
There are three different kinds of such statements:
Show atoms: #show p/n.
Show terms: #show t:L1 ,. . . ,Ln .
Show nothing: #show.
The first #show statement is the most commonly used form. Whenever there is at
least one statement of this form, all atoms are hidden, except for those over predicates p{n given by the respective #show statements. The second form can be used
to show arbitrary terms. The term t is part of the output if the literals in the condition
after the ‘:’ hold. Unlike the previous form, this statement does not automatically
hide all atoms. To hide all atoms in this case and only show selected terms, the
last statement (mnemonic: show nothing) can be added to suppress all atoms in the
output.
Example 3.21. This example illustrates the common use case to selectively show
atoms:
To inspect the output, invoke:
clingo showa.lp 0
or alternatively:
gringo showa.lp | \
clasp 0
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1
2
3
4
5
Input Language of gringo and clingo
p(1). p(2). p(3).
{ q(X) : p(X) }.
a :- q(1).
#show a/0.
#show q/1.
Only atoms over q/1 and a appear in the output here.
To inspect the output, invoke:
clingo showt.lp 0
or alternatively:
gringo showt.lp | \
clasp 0
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Example 3.22. This example illustrates how to show terms:
1
2
3
4
5
p(1). p(2). p(3).
{ holds(q(X)) : p(X) }.
holds(a) :- holds(q(1)).
#show.
#show X : holds(X).
When running this example, the same output as in the previous example is produced. This feature is especially handy when applying meta-programming techniques (cf. Section 8) where the signatures of the reified atoms are not fixed and
holds(¨) atoms would just clutter the output.
Remark 3.12. The second form of #show statements to show terms may contain
variables. Regarding safety (cf. Page 21), it behaves similar to a rule, where the
term t takes the role of the head and the condition after the colon the role of the
body.
Const Statements Constants appearing in a logic program may actually be placeholders for concrete values provided by a user. An example of this is given in Section 5.1. Via the #const directive, one may define a default value to be inserted
for a constant. Such a default value can still be overridden via command line option
--const (cf. Section 6.1). Syntactically, #const must be followed by an assignment having a constant on the left-hand side and a term without variables, pools, and
intervals on the right-hand side.
Example 3.23. This example is about using the grounder as a simple calculator:
1 #const x = 42.
2 #const y = f(x,z).
3 p(x,y).
Try running this example using the following calls:
gringo
gringo
gringo
gringo
--text
--text
--text
--text
const.lp
const.lp -c x=6
-c z=6
const.lp -c x=6+6 -c y=6
const.lp -c x="6+6*6"
Note that quotes have to be added to prevent the shell from expanding the ‘*’ in the
last call or from interpreting parentheses in functions.
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External Statements External statements are used to declare atoms that should
not be subject to certain simplifications. Namely, atoms marked external are not
removed from the bodies of rules, conditions, etc., even if they do not appear in
the head of any rule. The main use case is to implement extensions to plain ASP
solving, like multi-shot solving detailed in Section 4. An #external statement
has the following form:
#external A:L1 ,. . . ,Ln .
Here, A is an atom over some predicate and the part following the ‘:’ is a condition.
The condition is instantiated to obtain a set of external atoms. Note that the condition
is discarded after grounding, hence, it is a good idea to use only domain predicates
or built-ins after the colon.14
Example 3.24. Consider the following example:
1
2
3
4
p(1). p(2). p(3).
#external q(X) : p(X).
q(1).
r(X) :- q(X).
The #external statement in Line 2 gives rise to three external atoms, which appear accordingly in the text output. With these three atoms, the rule in Line 4 yields
three ground instantiations, where atoms q(2) and q(3) appear in the body. Because we have the fact q(1) in Line 3, the atom q(1) is still subject to simplification and removed from the body of the respective instantiation of the rule in Line 4.
The idea here is that no matter how q(1) is supplied externally, there can never be
an answer set that does not contain q(1).
Remark 3.13. External statements that contain variables have very similar requirements regarding safety as rules (cf. Page 21). The atom A takes the role of the head
and the condition after the colon the role of the body.
Program Parts A logic program can be organized in multiple program parts. To
begin a new program part, we write a statement
#program p(s1 ,...,sn ).
where p is the program part name and the parameters si are constants. If n is zero,
then the parentheses can be omitted. All rules, external statements, and show statements for terms up to the next #program statement or the end of the file belong to
the program part p{n. Rules that are not subject to any such directive are included
in the base/0 part.
The default behavior of gringo is to ground (and solve in the case of clingo)
the base/0 part. Using the scripting API (cf. Section 4), we can ground other parts
14
Non-domain predicates are supported too because in some situations it might be inconvenient to
specify domain predicates.
To inspect the instantiation of
externals, invoke:
clingo --text ext.lp
or alternatively:
gringo --text ext.lp
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than base/0 too. Occurrences of constants that are parameters of a part are replaced
with ground terms when instantiating the program part.
Example 3.25. The following example shows how to instantiate program parts:
1
2
3
4
5
To inspect the instantiation of
program parts, invoke:
gringo --text \
part.lp part-lua.lp
or:
gringo --text \
part.lp part-py.lp
Calls to clingo are similar.
a.
#program a(s,t).
b(s,t).
#program base.
c.
The above program is organized in two parts, base/0 and a/2. Note that the fact
in the first line is implicitly in the base/0 part. Solving the program as is results
in answer set ta, cu, because the base/0 part is instantiated by default. Scripts to
instantiate the a/2 part as well are as follows:
1 #script (python)
1 #script (lua)
3 add = table.insert
5 function main(prg)
6
p = {}
7
add(p, {"base",{}})
8
add(p, {"a",{1,3}})
9
prg:ground(p)
10
prg:solve()
11 end
5 def main(prg):
6
p = []
7
p.append(("base",[]))
8
p.append(("a",[1,3]))
9
prg.ground(p)
10
prg.solve()
13 #end.
13 #end.
In Line 9, the script grounds the base/0 part (Line 7) as well as the a/2 part with
parameters 1 and 3 (Line 8). The call in Line 10 is essential to solve the program
with clingo, and even in gringo some post-processing happens, e.g., printing
the symbol table of the smodels format [78].
Remark 3.14. Program parts are mainly interesting for incremental grounding and
solving of logic programs detailed in Section 4. For single-shot solving, program
parts are not needed. The feature is merely listed for completeness here.
Include Statements Include statements allow for including files from within another file. They have the form
#include "file".
where file is a path to another encoding file. When including a file it is first looked
up relative to the current working directory. If it is not found there, then it is looked
up relative to the file it was included from. Note that program part declarations do
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not affect the inclusion of files, that is, including a file is equivalent to passing it on
the command line.
Example 3.26. Suppose that we have a file include.lp with the following statement:
1 #include "bird.lp".
We can simply pass the file on the command line to include file bird.lp from Example 3.2. Since files are included from the current working directory as well
as relative to the file with the include statement, an invocation like ‘clingo
examples/include.lp’ works with either of the following directory layouts:
To inspect the instantiation, invoke:
clingo --text \
include.lp
or alternatively:
gringo --text \
include.lp
.
|-- bird.lp
\-- examples
\-- include.lp
.
\-- examples
|-- bird.lp
\-- include.lp
3.2
Input Language of clasp
Solver clasp [36] (or ‘clingo --mode=clasp’) accepts logic programs
in smodels format [78], SAT and MaxSAT instances in DIMACS-cnf15 and
DIMACS-wcnf16 format, and PB problems in OPB/WBO17 format.
For ASP solving, clasp is typically invoked in a pipe reading a logic program
output by gringo (or clingo):
gringo [ options | files ] | clasp [ options | number ]
clingo [ options | files | number ]
Note that number may be provided to specify a maximum number of answer sets
to be computed, where 0 makes clasp compute all answer sets. This maximum
number can also be set via option --models or its abbreviation -n (cf. Section 6.3).
By default, clasp computes one (optimal) answer set (if it exists).
To solve a problem in one of the supported formats stored in a file, an invocation of clasp looks as follows:
clasp [ options | number ] file
clingo --mode=clasp [ options | number ] file
15
http://www.satcompetition.org/2009/format-benchmarks2009.html
http://www.maxsat.udl.cat/12/requirements/index.html
17
http://www.cril.univ-artois.fr/PB12/format.pdf
16
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In general, clasp autodetects the input format. However, option --opt-sat is
necessary to distinguish a MaxSAT instance in DIMACS-wcnf format from a plain
SAT instance in DIMACS-cnf format.
4
4
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Multi-shot Solving
Multi-shot Solving
This section is not yet ready for publishing and will be included in one of the forthcoming editions of this guide.
Information on multi-shot solving with clingo can be obtained at the following
references.
• [33, 34]
• /examples/scripting/ in gringo/clingo distribution
• API reference
html
http://potassco.sourceforge.net/gringo.
5
Examples
5
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Examples
We exemplarily solve the following problems in ASP: n-coloring (Section 5.1), traveling salesperson (Section 5.2), and blocks world planning (Section 5.3).18 While
the first problem could likewise be solved within neighboring paradigms, the second
one requires checking reachability, something that is quite cumbersome to encode in
either Boolean Satisfiability [10] or Constraint Programming [73]. The third problem coming from the area of planning illustrates incremental solving with clingo.
5.1
n-Coloring
As already mentioned in Section 2, it is custom in ASP to provide a uniform problem
definition [66, 68, 75]. We follow this methodology and separate the encoding from
an instance of the following problem: given a (directed) graph, decide whether each
node can be assigned one of n colors such that any pair of adjacent nodes is colored
differently. Note that this problem is NP-complete for n ě 3 (see, e.g., [70]), and
thus it seems unlikely that a worst-case polynomial time algorithm can be found.
In view of this, it is convenient to encode the particular problem in a declarative
problem solving paradigm like ASP, where efficient off-the-shelf tools like gringo
and clasp are available.
5.1.1
Problem Instance
We consider directed graphs specified via facts over predicates node/1 and
edge/2.19 The graph in Figure 3 is represented by the following set of facts:
1
2
3
4
5
% Nodes
node(1..6).
% (Directed) Edges
edge(1,(2;3;4)). edge(2,(4;5;6)).
edge(4,(1;2)).
edge(5,(3;4;6)).
edge(3,(1;4;5)).
edge(6,(2;3;5)).
Recall from Section 3.1 that ‘..’ and ‘;’ in the head expand to multiple rules, which
are facts here. Thus, the instance contains 6 nodes and 17 directed edges.
5.1.2
Problem Encoding
We now proceed by encoding n-coloring via non-ground rules that are independent
of particular instances. Typically, an encoding consists of a generate, a define, and
a test part [61]. As n-coloring has a rather simple pattern, the following encoding
does not contain any define part:
18
The above examples are also discussed in [32]; you may also like the videos at [72].
Directedness is not an issue in n-coloring, but we will reuse our directed example graph in Section 5.2.
19
5.1 n-Coloring
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3
5
6
1
2
4
Figure 3: A Directed Graph with 6 Nodes and 17 Edges.
1
2
3
4
5
6
% Default
#const n = 3.
% Generate
{ color(X,1..n) } = 1 :- node(X).
% Test
:- edge(X,Y), color(X,C), color(Y,C).
In Line 2, we use the #const directive, described in Section 3.1.15, to install 3
as default value for constant n that is to be replaced with the number n of colors.
(The default value can be overridden by invoking gringo with option --const
n=n.) The generate rule in Line 4 makes use of the shortcut for count aggregates
(cf. Section 3.1.12). For our example graph and 1 substituted for X, we obtain the
following ground rule:
#count { 0,color(1,1) : color(1,1);
0,color(1,2) : color(1,2);
0,color(1,3) : color(1,3) } = 1.
Note that node(1) has been removed from the body, as it is derived via a corresponding fact, and similar ground instances are obtained for the other nodes 2 to 6.
Furthermore, for each instance of edge/2, we obtain n ground instances of the integrity constraint in Line 6, prohibiting that the same color C is assigned to adjacent
nodes. Given n=3, we get the following ground instances due to edge(1,2):
:- color(1,1), color(2,1).
:- color(1,2), color(2,2).
:- color(1,3), color(2,3).
Again note that edge(1,2), derived via a fact, has been removed from the body.
5.1.3
Problem Solution
Provided that a given graph is colorable with n colors, a solution can be read off an
answer set of the program consisting of the instance and the encoding. For the graph
The full ground program is obtained by invoking:
clingo --text \
color.lp graph.lp
or alternatively:
gringo --text \
color.lp graph.lp
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3
5
6
1
2
4
Figure 4: A 3-Coloring for the Graph in Figure 3.
To find an answer set, invoke:
clingo color.lp \
graph.lp
or alternatively:
gringo color.lp \
graph.lp | clasp
in Figure 3, the following answer set can be computed:
Answer: 1
... color(1,2) color(2,1) color(3,1) \
color(4,3) color(5,2) color(6,3)
Note that we have omitted the atoms over node/1 and edge/2 in order to emphasize
the actual solution, which is depicted in Figure 4. Such output projection can also
be specified within a logic program file by using the directive #show, described in
Section 3.1.15.
5.2
Traveling Salesperson
We now consider the well-known traveling salesperson problem (TSP), where the
task is to decide whether there is a round trip that visits each node in a graph exactly
once (viz., a Hamiltonian cycle) and whose accumulated edge costs must not exceed
some budget B. We tackle a slightly more general variant of the problem by not a
priori fixing B to any integer. Rather, we want to compute a minimum budget B
along with a round trip of cost B. This problem is FPNP -complete (cf. [70]), that is,
it can be solved with a polynomial number of queries to an NP-oracle. As with ncoloring, we provide a uniform problem definition by separating the encoding from
instances.
5.2.1
Problem Instance
We reuse graph specifications in terms of predicates node/1 and edge/2 as in Section 5.1.1. In addition, facts over cost/3 are used to define edge costs:
1
2
3
4
% Edge Costs
cost(1,2,2).
cost(2,4,2).
cost(3,1,3).
cost(1,3,3).
cost(2,5,2).
cost(3,4,2).
cost(1,4,1).
cost(2,6,4).
cost(3,5,2).
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2
3
3
5
1
3
2
6
4
2
2
2
1
1
2
2
4
Figure 5: The Graph from Figure 3 along with Edge Costs.
5 cost(4,1,1).
6 cost(5,3,2).
7 cost(6,2,4).
cost(4,2,2).
cost(5,4,2).
cost(6,3,3).
cost(5,6,1).
cost(6,5,1).
Figure 5 shows the graph from Figure 3 along with the associated edge costs. Symmetric edges have the same costs here, but differing costs would also be possible.
5.2.2
Problem Encoding
The first subproblem consists of describing a Hamiltonian cycle, constituting a candidate for a minimum-cost round trip. Using the generate-define-test pattern [61],
we encode this subproblem via the following non-ground rules:
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10
% Generate
{ cycle(X,Y) : edge(X,Y) } = 1 :- node(X).
{ cycle(X,Y) : edge(X,Y) } = 1 :- node(Y).
% Define
reached(Y) :- cycle(1,Y).
reached(Y) :- cycle(X,Y), reached(X).
% Test
:- node(Y), not reached(Y).
% Display
#show cycle/2.
The generate rules in Line 2 and 3 assert that every node must have exactly one
outgoing and exactly one incoming edge, respectively, belonging to the cycle. By
inserting the available edges for node 1, Line 2 and 3 are grounded as follows:
#count { 0,cycle(1,2)
0,cycle(1,3)
0,cycle(1,4)
#count { 0,cycle(3,1)
0,cycle(4,1)
:
:
:
:
:
cycle(1,2),
cycle(1,3),
cycle(1,4) } = 1.
cycle(3,1),
cycle(4,1) } = 1.
The full ground program is obtained by invoking:
clingo --text \
ham.lp min.lp \
costs.lp graph.lp
or alternatively:
gringo --text \
ham.lp min.lp \
costs.lp graph.lp
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5
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2
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4
2
2
2
1
1
2
2
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Figure 6: A Minimum-cost Round Trip.
To compute the Hamiltonian cycles for the graph in Figure 3, invoke:
clingo ham.lp \
graph.lp 0
or alternatively:
gringo ham.lp \
graph.lp | clasp 0
Observe that the first rule groups all outgoing edges of node 1, while the second
one does the same for incoming edges. We proceed by considering the define rules
in Line 5 and 6, which recursively check whether nodes are reached by a cycle
candidate produced via the generate part. Note that the rule in Line 5 builds on the
assumption that the cycle “starts” at node 1, that is, any successor Y of 1 is reached
by the cycle. The second rule in Line 6 states that, from a reached node X, an
adjacent node Y can be reached via a further edge in the cycle. This definition leads
to positive recursion among the ground instances of reached/1, in which case a
ground program is called non-tight [23, 24]. The fact that the atoms of an answer
set must be derivable is here exploited to make sure that all nodes are reached by
a global cycle from node 1, thus, excluding isolated subcycles. In fact, the test in
Line 8 stipulates that every node in the given graph is reached, that is, the instances
of cycle/2 in an answer set must be the edges of a Hamiltonian cycle. Finally,
the additional display part in Line 10 states that answer sets should be projected to
instances of cycle/2, as only they are characteristic for a solution. So far we have
not considered edge costs. Answer sets for the above part of the encoding correspond
to Hamiltonian cycles, that is, candidates for a minimum-cost round trip.
In order to minimize costs, we add the following optimization statement:
11 % Optimize
12 #minimize { C,X,Y : cycle(X,Y), cost(X,Y,C) }.
Here, edges belonging to the cycle are weighted according to their costs. After
grounding, the #minimize statement in Line 12 ranges over the 17 instances of
cycle/2, one for each weighted edge in Figure 5.
5.2.3
Problem Solution
Finally, we explain how the unique minimum cost round trip (depicted in Figure 6)
can be computed. The catch is that we are now interested in optimal answer sets,
rather than in arbitrary ones. In order to determine the optimum, we can start by
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gradually decreasing the costs associated with answer sets until we cannot find a
strictly better one anymore. By default, clasp (or clingo) successively enumerates better answer sets with respect to the provided optimization statements (cf.
Section 3.1.13). Any answer set is printed as soon as it has been computed, and the
last one is optimal. If there are multiple optimal answer sets, an arbitrary one among
them is computed. For the graph in Figure 5, the optimal answer set (cf. Figure 6) is
unique and its computation can proceed as follows:
Answer: 1
cycle(1,3) cycle(2,4)
cycle(4,1) cycle(5,6)
Optimization: 13
Answer: 2
cycle(1,2) cycle(2,5)
cycle(4,1) cycle(5,6)
Optimization: 11
cycle(3,5) \
cycle(6,2)
cycle(3,4) \
cycle(6,3)
Given that no answer is obtained after the second one, we know that 11 is the optimum value, but there might be further optimal answer sets that have not been computed yet. To compute all optimal answer sets, we can change clasp’s optimization mode using option ‘--opt-mode=optN’. In this mode, clasp first prints
the tentative answer sets where optimality is not yet proven and afterwards prints
the optimal answer sets. Note that the first optimal answer set is printed twice in this
mode. To omit tentative answer sets in the output and only print optimal answer sets,
we can add option ‘--quiet=1’.
After obtaining only the second answer given above, we are sure that this is the
unique optimal answer set, whose associated edge costs (cf. Figure 6) correspond
to the reported optimization value 11. Note that, with #maximize statements in
the input, this correlation might be less straightforward because they are compiled
into #minimize statements in the process of generating smodels format [78].
Furthermore, if there are multiple optimization statements or priorities, respectively,
clasp (or clingo) will report separate optimization values ordered by priority.
5.3
Blocks World Planning
The blocks world is a well-known planning domain where finding shortest plans
has received particular attention [56]. With the single-shot grounding and solving
approach we have used in the previous examples, a bound on the plan length must
be fixed before search can proceed. This is usually accomplished by including some
constant t in an encoding, which is then replaced with the actual bound during
grounding. Of course, if the length of a shortest plan is unknown, an ASP system
must repeatedly be queried while varying the bound. With a traditional ASP system,
processing the same planning problem with a different bound involves grounding
and solving from scratch.
In order to reduce such redundancies, clingo’s scripting API (cf. Section 4)
To compute the minimum-cost
round trip for the graph in Figure 5, invoke:
clingo ham.lp \
min.lp costs.lp \
graph.lp
or alternatively:
gringo ham.lp \
min.lp costs.lp \
graph.lp | clasp
The full invocation is:
clingo ham.lp \
min.lp costs.lp \
graph.lp \
--opt-mode=optN \
--quiet=1
or alternatively:
gringo ham.lp \
min.lp costs.lp \
graph.lp | clasp \
--opt-mode=optN \
--quiet=1
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can be used to solve problems in an incremental fashion. Because planning problems where the search horizon is gradually increased are quite common, clingo
provides an easy to use built-in solving and grounding mode for such problems. We
use blocks world planning to illustrate the exploitation of clingo’s incremental
computation mode.
5.3.1
Problem Instance
As with the other two problems above, an instance is given by a set of facts, here
over block/1 (declaring blocks), init/1 (defining the initial state), and goal/1
(specifying the goal state). A well-known blocks world instance is described by:20
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% Sussman Anomaly
%
block(b0).
block(b1).
block(b2).
%
% initial state:
%
% 2
% 0 1
% ------%
init(on(b1,table)).
init(on(b2,b0)).
init(on(b0,table)).
%
% goal state:
%
% 2
% 1
% 0
% ------%
goal(on(b1,b0)).
goal(on(b2,b1)).
goal(on(b0,table)).
Note that the facts in Line 13–15 and 24–26 specify the initial and the goal state
depicted in Line 9-11 and 19–22, respectively. Here we use (uninterpreted) function on/2 to illustrate another important feature available in gringo and clingo,
namely, the possibility of instantiating variables to compound terms.
20
Blocks world instances worldi.lp for i P t0, 1, 2, 3, 4u are adaptations of the instances provided at [22].
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Problem Encoding
Our blocks world planning encoding for clingo makes use of #program directives defining subprograms base, step(t), and check(t), separating the encoding into a static part, a specification of state transitions, and a part for checking
the goal situation and state constraints, respectively. The base part is instantiated
at step zero, the step(t) part is instantiated for steps t ą 0, and the check(t)
part for steps t ě 0.
Each of them can be further refined into generate, define, test, and display constituents, as indicated in the comments below:
1 #include <incmode>.
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#program base.
% Define
location(table).
location(X) :- block(X).
holds(F,0) :- init(F).
#program step(t).
% Generate
{ move(X,Y,t) : block(X), location(Y), X != Y } = 1.
% Test
:- move(X,Y,t), holds(on(A,X),t-1).
:- move(X,Y,t), holds(on(B,Y),t-1), B != X, Y != table.
% Define
moved(X,t) :- move(X,Y,t).
holds(on(X,Y),t) :- move(X,Y,t).
holds(on(X,Z),t) :- holds(on(X,Z),t-1), not moved(X,t).
20 #program check(t).
21 % Test
22 :- query(t), goal(F), not holds(F,t).
24 % Display
25 #show move/3.
The first line enables clingo’s incremental computation mode. Next, the base
part in Line 3–7 defines blocks and the constant table as instances of predicate
location/1. Moreover, we use instances of init/1 to initialize holds/2 for the
initial state at step 0, thus specifying the setup before the first state transition. Note
that variable F is instantiated to compound terms over function on/2.
The step subprogram in Line 9–18 declares constant t as a placeholder for
step numbers in the program part below. Remember that the step(t) part is not
instantiated for t “ 0. Hence, it can always refer to two successive time steps at t
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and t-1. The generate rule in Line 11 states that exactly one block X must be moved
to a location Y (different from X) for each state transition at step t. The integrity
constraints in Line 13 and 14 are used to test whether moving block X to location Y
is possible at step t. The first integrity constraint ensures that block X cannot be
moved if there is another block A on top of it. Furthermore, the second integrity
constraint excludes all moves where the target block Y is occupied by some other
block B. Because the number of blocks that can be put on the table is not limited, the
condition is only checked if Y is a block, viz., ‘Y != table’. Also, this constraint
allows for void moves, that is, it only eliminates solutions where the block X being
moved is different from B, viz., ‘B != X’. The rule in Line 16 marks the block that
is moved via predicate moved/1. Finally, the rule in Line 17 propagates a move to
the state at step t, while the rule in Line 18 states that a block X stays at a location Z
if it is not moved.
The subprogram check in Line 20–22 specifies goal conditions to be checked
for each state. Note the use of atom query(t). This atom, provided in incremental
mode, allows for posting queries; for each incremental step, there is only one atom
over query/1 that is true, namely, query(t) for the current step t.
Note that the #show meta-statement in Line 25 does not belong to any program
part but affects the visibility of atoms in all program parts.21 Furthermore, rules not
subject to a #program directive are associated with the base program by default.
Hence, we do not have to use such directives in instance files because the base part
is exactly where we want the facts from an instance to be included.
Finally, let us stress important prerequisites for obtaining a well-defined incremental computation result from clingo. First, the ground instances of head atoms
of rules in each step must be pairwise disjoint. This is the case for our encoding
because atoms over move/3, moved/2, and those over holds/2 include t as an argument in the heads of rules in Line 11–18. As the smallest step number to replace t
with is 1, there is also no clash with the ground atoms over holds/2 obtained from
the head of the static rule in Line 7. Further details on the sketched requirements and
their formal background can be found in [29]. Arguably, many problems including
a mutable bound can be encoded such that this prerequisite applies. Some attention
should of course be spent on putting rules into the right program parts.
5.3.3
To this end, invoke:
clingo blocks.lp \
world0.lp 0
Furthermore, you can try:
world1.lp, world2.lp,
world3.lp, world4.lp
Problem Solution
We can now use clingo to incrementally compute the shortest sequence of moves
that brings us from the initial to the goal state depicted in the instance in Section 5.3.1:
Answer: 1
move(b2,table,1) move(b1,b0,2) move(b2,b1,3)
This unique answer set tells us that the given problem instance can be solved by
moving block b2 to the table in order to then put b1 on top of b0 and finally b2
21
Not so for #show statements to show terms. These are tied to the program parts they occur in.
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on top of b1. This solution is computed by clingo in four grounding and solving
steps, where, starting from the base and the check part in which t is replaced
with 0, the constant t is successively replaced with step numbers 1, 2, and 3 in
the step and check parts. While the goal conditions in the check part cannot
be fulfilled in steps 0, 1, and 2, clingo stops its incremental computation after
finding an answer set in step 3. The scheme of iterating steps until finding some
answer set is the default behavior of the incremental mode.
Sometimes it might be interesting to inspect the grounding of an incremental
program. This can be achieved using option --lparse-debug=plain. Adding
this option, clingo solves as usual but additionally prints the grounded rules to the
standard error stream. The rules are printed in the same format as the text output but
preceded with ‘%’.
6
Command Line Options
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Command Line Options
In this section, we briefly describe the meaning of some selected command line
options supported by gringo (Section 6.1), clingo (Section 6.2), and clasp
(Section 6.3). Each of these tools display their available options when invoked with
flag --help or -h.22 The approach of distinguishing long options, starting with
‘--’, and short ones of the form ‘-l’, where l is a letter, follows the GNU Coding
Standards [53]. For obvious reasons, short forms are made available only for the
most common (long) options. Some options, also called flags, do not take any argument, while others require arguments. An argument arg is provided to a (long)
option opt by writing ‘--opt=arg’ or ‘--opt arg’, while only ‘-l arg’ is
accepted for a short option l. For each command line option, we below indicate
whether it requires an argument, and if so, we also describe its meaning.
6.1
gringo Options
An abstract invocation of gringo looks as follows:
gringo [ options | files ]
Note that options and filenames do not need to be passed to gringo in any particular
order. If neither a filename nor an option that makes gringo exit (see below) is
provided, gringo reads from the standard input. In the following, we list and
describe the options accepted by gringo along with their particular arguments (if
required):
--help,-h
Print help information and exit.
--version,-v
Print version information and exit.
--verbose[=n],-V
Print additional (progress) information during computation. Verbosity level
one and two are currently not used by gringo. The flag implies level three.
Level three prints internal representations of the logic program.
--const,-c c=t
Replace occurrences (in the input program) of constant c with term t. This
overrides constant definitions in a source file without a warning.
--text,-t
Output ground program in (human-readable) text format.
22
Note that our description of command line options is based on gringo and clingo series 4
as well as clasp series 3. While it is rather unlikely that command line options will disappear in
future versions, additional ones might be introduced. We will try to keep this document up-to-date, but
checking the help information shipped with a new version is always a good idea.
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6.2 clingo Options
--lparse-rewrite
Can be used in conjunction with the --text option to print a program in a
(human-readable) similar to the smodels format, which is otherwise passed
to the solver.
--lparse-debug={none,plain,lparse,all}
This option enables additional debugging output to the standard error stream.
The available arguments are:
none No additional output is printed.
plain Prints rules as with --text but prefixed with %.
lparse Prints rules as with --text and --lparse-rewrite but
prefixed with %%.
all Combines argument plain and lparse.
--warn=[no-]w This option can be used to enable and disable warnings. To
disable a warning, the argument has to prefixed with no-. To enable or disable multiple warnings, this option can be passed multiple times with different
arguments. By default all warnings are enabled. The available values for argument w are:
file-included See Section 7.2.1.
variable-unbounded See Section 7.2.2.
operation-undefined See Section 7.3.1.
atom-undefined See Section 7.3.2.
When calling gringo without options, it outputs a ground program in smodels
format [78], which is a common input language for propositional ASP solvers.
6.2 clingo Options
ASP system clingo combines grounder gringo and solver clasp via an internal
interface. An abstract invocation of clingo looks as follows:
clingo [ options | files | number ]
The optional numerical argument allows for specifying the maximum number of
answer sets to be computed (0 standing for all answer sets). As with gringo, the
number, options, and filenames do not need to be passed to clingo in any particular
order. Given that clingo combines gringo and clasp, it accepts all options
described in the previous section and in Section 6.3. In particular, (long) options
--help and --version make clingo print the desired information and exit,
while --text instructs clingo to output a ground program (rather than solving
it) like gringo. If neither a filename nor an option that makes clingo exit (see
Section 6.1) is provided, clingo reads from the standard input. Beyond the options
described in Section 6.1 and 6.3, clingo has a single additional option:
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--mode=m
Choose the mode in which clingo should run. Available values for m are:
clingo Explicitly select clingo mode (the default).
gringo In this mode clingo behaves like gringo.
lparse In this mode clingo behaves like clasp.
Finally, the default command line when invoking clingo consists of all clasp
defaults (cf. Section 6.3).
6.3
clasp Options
Stand-alone clasp [36] is an ASP solver for ground logic programs that can also
be used as a SAT, MaxSAT, or PB solver (cf. Section 3.2). An abstract invocation of
clasp looks as follows:
clasp [ options | files | number ]
As with clingo and iclingo, a numerical argument specifies the maximum
number of answer sets to be computed, where 0 stands for all answer sets. (The
number of requested answer sets can likewise be set via long option --models or
its short form -n.) If neither a filename nor an option that makes clasp exit (see
below) is provided, clasp reads from the standard input.23 In fact, it is typical to
use clasp in a pipe with gringo in the following way:
gringo [ options | files ] | clasp [ options | number ]
In such a pipe, gringo instantiates an input program and outputs the ground rules
in smodels format, which is then fed to clasp that computes and outputs answer
sets. Note that clasp offers plenty of options to configure its behavior. In the
following, we present only some important options and categorize them according
to their functionalities.
6.3.1
General Options
We below group some general options of clasp, used to configure its global behavior.
--help[=n],-h
Print help information and exit.
Argument n determines the level of detail that is shown. If n is not given or
is equal to 1, only major options are shown. Level n=2 also prints advanced
search options. Finally, n=3 prints the full help information.
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In earlier versions of clasp, filenames had to be given via option --file or its short form -f.
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--version,-v
Print version information and exit. The version information also includes
whether or not clasp was built with support for parallel solving via multithreading.
--verbose[=n],-V
Configure printing of (progress) information during computation. Argument
n=0 disables progress information, while n=1 and n=2 print basic information. Extended information is printed for n>2, where levels 4 and 5 are only
relevant when solving disjunctive logic programs. Finally, the flag -V implies
the largest available verbosity level.
--outf=n
Configure output format. Available values for n include 0 for clasp’s default
output format, 1 for solver competition (ASP, SAT, PB) output, and 2 for
output in JSON24 format.
--quiet[=models[,costs][,calls]],-q
Configure printing of computed models, associated costs (in case of optimization), and individual call statistics (for multi-shot solving). Arguments are
integers in the range 0..2, where 0 means print all, 1 means print last, and 2
means do not print any models, costs, or individual call statistics. If --quiet
or -q is given as a flag, all arguments are implicitly set to 2.
--stats[={1,2}],-s
Maintain and print basic (1) or extended (2) statistic information.
--time-limit=t
Force termination after t seconds.
--solve-limit=n[,m]
Force termination after either n conflicts or m restarts.
--pre
Run ASP preprocessor then print preprocessed input program and exit.
--print-portfolio
Print default portfolio and exit (cf. --parallel-mode).
6.3.2
Solving Options
The options listed below can be used to configure the main solving and reasoning
strategies of clasp.
--models,-n n
Compute at most n models, n=0 standing for compute all models.
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http://json.org/
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--project
Project answer sets to named atoms and only enumerate unique projected solutions [42].
--enum-mode,-e mode
Configure enumeration algorithm applied during solving. Available values for
mode are:
bt Enable backtrack-based enumeration [37].
record Enable enumeration based on solution recording. Note that this
mode is prone to blow up in space in view of an exponential
number of solutions in the worst case.
domRec Enable subset enumeration via domain-based recording (cf. Section 9).
brave Compute the brave consequences (union of all answer sets) of a
logic program.
cautious Compute the cautious consequences (intersection of all answer
sets) of a logic program.
auto Use bt for enumeration and record for optimization.
Note: The option is only meaningful if --models is not equal to 1. Furthermore, modes brave and cautious require --models=0, which is also
the default in that case.
--opt-mode=mode
Configure handling of optimization statements. Available values for mode
are:
opt Compute an optimal model (requires --models=0).
enum Enumerate models with costs less than or equal to some fixed bound
(cf. --opt-bound).
optN Compute optimum, then enumerate optimal models.
ignore Ignore any optimization statements during computation.
--opt-bound=n1[,n2,n3...]
Initialize objective function(s) to minimize with n1[,n2,n3...].
--opt-sat
Treat input in DIMACS-(w)cnf format as MaxSAT optimization problem.
--parallel-mode,-t n[,mode]
Enable parallel solving with n threads [44], where mode can be either
compete for competition-based (portfolio) search or split for splittingbased search via distribution of guiding paths.
6.3 clasp Options
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Fine-Tuning Options
The following incomplete list of options can be used to fine-tune certain aspects of
clasp. For a complete list of options, call clasp with option --help=3.
--configuration=c
Use c as default configuration, where c can be:
frumpy Use conservative defaults similar to those used in earlier clasp
versions.
jumpy Use more aggressive defaults.
tweety Use defaults geared towards typical ASP problems.
trendy Use defaults geared towards industrial problems.
crafty Use defaults geared towards crafted problems.
handy Use defaults geared towards large problems.
<file> Use configuration file to configure solver(s).
Note that using a configuration file enables freely configurable solver portfolios in parallel solving. For an example of such a portfolio, call clasp with
option --print-portfolio.
--opt-strategy={bb,usc}[,n] Configure optimization strategy. Use either branch-and-bound-based optimization [30] (bb) or unsatisfiable-corebased optimization [1] (usc). The optional argument n can be used to finetune the selected strategy. For example, bb,1 enables hierarchical (multicriteria) optimization [30], while usc,1 enables some form of preprocessing
during unsatisfiable-core-based optimization. For further details, call clasp
with option --help=2. Finally, note that the optimization strategy can be
set on a per-solver basis in the context of parallel solving, thus allowing for
optimization portfolios.
--restart-on-model
Restart the search after finding a model. This is mainly useful during optimization because it often ameliorates the convergence to an optimum.
--heuristic={Berkmin,Vmtf,Vsids,Unit,None,Domain}
Use BerkMin-like decision heuristic [55] (with argument Berkmin), Siegelike decision heuristic [74] (with argument Vmtf), Chaff -like decision heuristic [67] (with argument Vsids), Smodels-like decision heuristic [76] (with argument Unit), or (arbitrary) static variable ordering (with argument None).
Finally, argument Domain enables a domain-specific decision heuristic as described in Section 9.
--save-progress[=n]
Enable alternative sign heuristic based on cached truth values [71] if available.
Cache truth values on backjumps ą n.
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--restarts,-r sched
Choose and parameterize a restart policy, where sched can be:
no Disable restarts.
F,n Run fixed sequence, restarting every n conflicts.
i
*,n,f Run a geometric sequence [19], restarting every n ˚ f conflicts,
where i is the number of restarts performed so far.
+,n,m Run an arithmetic sequence, restarting every n ` m ˚ i conflicts,
where i is the number of restarts performed so far.
L,n Restart search after a number of conflicts determined by a universal
sequence [65], where n constitutes the base unit.
D,n,f Use a dynamic policy similar to the one of glucose [4]. Given the
n most recently learned conflict clauses and their average quality
Qn, a restart is triggered if Qn ˚ f ą Q, where Q is the global
average quality.
The geometric and arithmetic sequences take an optional limit lim ą 0 to
enable a nested policy [9]. If given, the sequence is repeated after lim ` j
restarts, where j counts how often the sequence has been repeated so far.
--eq=n
Run equivalence reasoning [39] for n iterations, n “ -1 and n “ 0 standing
for run to fixpoint or do not run equivalence reasoning, respectively.
--trans-ext={choice,card,weight,scc,integ,dynamic,all,no}
Compile extended rules [76] into normal rules (cf. Section 3.1.2). Arguments
choice, card, and weight state that all “choice rules”, “cardinality rules”
or “weight rules”, respectively, are to be compiled into normal rules, while
all means that all extended rules and no that none of them are subject to
compilation. If argument dynamic is given, clasp heuristically decides
whether or not to compile individual “cardinality” and “weight rules”. Finally,
scc limits compilation to recursive “cardinality” and “weight rules”, while
integ only compiles those “cardinality rules” that are integrity constraints.
--sat-prepro[={0,1,2,3}][,x1]...[,x5]
Configure SatElite-like preprocessing [18]. Argument 0 (or no) means that
SatElite-like preprocessing is not to be run at all, while 1 enables basic preprocessing and 2 and 3 successively enable more advanced preprocessing including, for example, blocked clause elimination [60]. If --sat-prepro is
given as a flag, 2 is assumed. The optional arguments x1, . . . , x5 can be used
to set fine grained limits, for example, regarding iterations and runtime. For
further details, call clasp with option --help=2.
Let us note that switching the above options can have dramatic effects (both
positively and negatively) on the search performance of clasp. If performance
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bottlenecks are observed, it is worthwhile to first give the different prefabricated
default configurations a try (cf. --configuration). Furthermore, we suggest
trying different heuristics and restart sequences. For a brief overview on manual
fine-tuning, see [41]. Automatic configuration methods are described in Section 12.
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Errors, Warnings, and Infos
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Errors, Warnings, and Infos
This section explains the most frequent errors, warnings, and info messages related
to inappropriate inputs or command line options. All messages are printed to the
standard error stream. Errors lead to premature termination, while warnings and info
messages provide hints at possibly corrupt input that can still be processed further.
7.1
Errors
Most of the errors in the following start with the prefix:
*** ERROR: (System)
where System is either gringo, clingo, or clasp depending on the system.
In the following sections, we use Error to denote this prefix. All of the errors with
this prefix are fatal and lead to immediate termination.
7.1.1
Parsing Command Line Options
We start with errors emmited during command line parsing, which are handled
equally by gringo, clasp, and clingo. All our tools try to expand incomplete
(long) options to recognized ones. Parsing command line options may nonetheless
fail due to the following three reasons:
Error: In context ’Context’: unknown option: ’Option’
Error: In context ’Context’: \
ambiguous option: ’Option’ could be:
Option1
Option2
...
Error: In context ’<Context>’: \
’Arg’: invalid value for: ’Option’
*** Info : (System): Try ’--help’ for usage information
The first error means that the option Option could not be expanded to one that is
recognized. While the second error expresses that the result of expanding Option
is ambiguous. It is followed by a list of option canditates Option1, Option2, . . . ,
all sharing the same prefix. Finally, the third error occurs if the argument Arg is
invalid for option Option. All three error messages include a context Context
in which the option is parsed. Often, this is simply the system name but can also
be the name of a configuration in a portfolio file or the string tester for errors in
options regarding the disjunctive tester. The last line is printed in all three cases. It
indicates that option --help can be used to display the available options and their
arguments.
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Parsing and Checking Logic Programs
Next, we consider errors emitted durnig the parsing and checking of logic programs.
Unlike the error messages in the previous section, such errors include location information to ease finding and fixing the problem. Each of the error messages below
begins with a location followed by the string error and a short description of the
error in Message:
File:Line:Column-Column: error: Message
Information
File:Line:Column-Column: note: Message
Information
...
The location refers to a string in a source file, specified by file name File, line
number Line, and beginning and ending column number Column (column n refers
to the n-th symbol in a line). Error messages are sometimes followed by further
desriptions in the string Information indented by two spaces. An optional list
of similarly structured notes, discernable via the string note, can follow this part.
Such notes typically refer to locations that are in conflict with the object referred to
in the location of the error message. Multiple error messages of this kind might be
reported; each error message is terminated with two newlines after the notes.
Logic Program Parsing We start our description with errors that may be encountered during parsing, where the following one indicates a syntax error in the input:
Location: error: syntax error, unexpected Token
To correct this error, please investigate the indicated location and check whether
something looks strange there (like a missing period, an unmatched parenthesis,
etc.). Note that the parser tries to recover from a syntax error. This typically means
that everything up to the next period is ignored.
Safety Checking The next error occurs if an input program is not safe:
Location: error: unsafe variables in
Rule
Location: note: ’Var’ is unsafe
...
Along with the error message, the affected rule Rule and a list of all unsafe variable
occurrences Var are reported. The first action to take usually consists of checking
whether variable Var is actually in the scope of any atom (in the positive body of
Rule) that can bind it.25 Also check for variables that occur in aggregate elements
25
Recall from Section 3.1.7 and 3.1.8 that variables in the scope of built-in arithmetic functions are
only bound by their corresponding atoms in some special cases and that built-in comparison predicates
do not bind variables.
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Errors
(cf. Section 3.1.12) or conditional literals (cf. Section 3.1.11); you might have to
bind them with additional positive atoms in the conditions.
Script Execution and Parsing If an error in an embedded script occurs (cf. Section 3.1.14), the following error message is printed:
Location: error: failed to execute script:
Information
...
The information printed depends on the error that occurred when executing the embedded script. This can for example be parse errors or errors that occurred when
executing the script. Typically, the information contains a trace where the error occurred.
Defining Constants
(cf. Section 3.1.15).
There are three errors associated to #const statements
Location: error: cyclic constant definition:
Constant
Location: note: cycle involves definition:
Constant
...
Location: error: redefinition of constant:
Constant
Location: note: constant also defined here:
Constant
...
The strings Constant provide the affected #const statements. The first error is
printed if the statements rely on each other cyclically. Each statement involved in
the cycle is printed in the corresponding notes. The second error message is printed
if a constant is defined more than once. The location of the conflicting definition is
printed in the note.
If at least one of the errors above is reported, then gringo or clingo terminates after parsing and checking with the error message:
Error: grounding stopped because of errors
Remark 7.1. No more than 20 errors are printed. If this limit is exceeded, the
application stops parsing or safety checking and terminates.
7.1.3
Parsing Logic Programs in smodels Format
The following error message is issued by (embedded) clasp:
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Error: parse error in line Line: Message
This error means that the input does not comply with smodels’ numerical format [78]. If you are using gringo to ground logic programs, this error should
never occur.
7.1.4
Multi-shot Solving
The following error is issued by (embedded) clasp if an atom is defined (it appears
in the head of a rule) in two different grounding steps:
Error: redefinition of atom <Atom,Id>
Information
where Atom is the string representation of the atom that is redefined and Id is the
unique identifier of the atom introduced when translating the logic program into
smodels format. If the scripting API (cf. Section 4) is used for grounding, then the
error message is followed by a trace, indicating the source code location where the
program has been grounded.
Remark 7.2. Only the case that an atom is redefined is checked by clasp. The case
when there is a positive cycle over two or more incremental steps is not detected,
which possibly leads to unwanted answer sets.
7.2
Warnings
This section describes warnings that may be reported by gringo or clingo. Unlike errors, warnings do not terminate the application but rather hint at problems,
which should be investigated. A program with warnings might lead to unexpected
results; there are no guarantees regarding the semantics of such programs. Most
warnings have a similar format as the errors described in Sections 7.1.2; the only
difference is that the location is followed by the string warning.
Remark 7.3. No more than 20 warnings are printed. If this limit is exceeded, you
should definitely fix some warnings.
7.2.1
File Included Multiple Times
If a file is included multiple times, either on the command line or with an include
directive, then the following warning is emitted:
Location: warning: already included file:
Filename
Remark 7.4. Only the first include of a file is considered. All additional includes
are ignored.
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Unbounded CSP Variables
In the current implementation, a bound has to be supplied for each CSP variable
(cf. Section 11.1). For variables with bounds, the following warning is issued:
warning: unbounded constraint variable:
domain of Variable is set to Domain
where Variable is the variable lacking a domain specification and Domain is an
(arbitrary) domain chosen for the variable.
7.3
Infos
This section describes information messages that may be reported by gringo or
clingo. Info messages indicate issues in the input that have a well defined semantics but are possibly unintended by the user.
An information message is preceded with the string info.
Remark 7.5. Up to 20 info messages are printed. There might me further issues but
these will be silently ignored.
7.3.1
Undefined Operations
These may occur within an arithmetic evaluation (cf. Section 3.1.7) or if an error
occurs while evaluating an external function (cf. Section 3.1.14):
Location: info: term undefined:
Term
...
It typically means that either a (symbolic) constant or a compound term (over an uninterpreted function) has occurred in the scope of some built-in arithmetic function.
The string Term provides the term that failed to evaluate. The message might be followed by further notes. For example, if the evaluation of an external function failed,
by a trace indicating the location of the error within the source code of the external
function. Typically, it is simple to fix occurrences of this message - for example,
if the term ‘X/Y’ causes a message, it can be silenced by adding the comparison
literal ‘Y!=0’ to the body of a rule (or condition). We suggest to silence all of these
message in this manner and not simply to disable the message.
Remark 7.6. Instantiations of rules, #show statements, #external statements,
weak constraints, aggregate elements, and conditional literals that contain undefined
terms are discarded.
7.3.2
Undefined Atoms
This message is emitted if an atom appears in the body of a rule or condition that is
never defined in the head of a rule or external statement:
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Location: info: atom is undefined:
Atom
where Atom is the atom occurrence without a definition. Often, this error indicates
that a predicate has been misspelled or that an argument has accidentally been omitted.
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Meta-Programming
This section is not yet ready for publishing and will be included in one of the forthcoming editions of this guide.
Information on meta-programming can be obtained at the following references.
• gringo 4 ships with the small tool reify to reify logic programs in lparse
format and some examples
– https://sourceforge.net/p/potassco/code/HEAD/
tree/trunk/gringo/examples/reify/
• see below for information on meta-programming with gringo 3
– [35]
– http://www.cs.uni-potsdam.de/wv/metasp
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Heuristic-driven Solving
clasp and clingo provide means for incorporating domain-specific heuristics
into ASP solving. This allows for modifying the heuristic of the solver from within
a logic program or from the command line. A formal description can be found in
[40].
The framework is implemented as a new heuristic, named Domain, that
extends the Vsids heuristics of clasp and can be activated using option
--heuristic=Domain (cf. Section 6.3.3). In what follows, we first describe
how to modify the solver’s heuristic from within a logic program, and then we explain how to apply modifications from the command line.
9.1
Heuristic Programming
Heuristic information is represented within a logic program my means of the dedicated predicate heuristic. Different types of heuristic information can be controlled with the modifiers sign, level, true, false, init and factor. We
introduce them below step by step.
9.1.1
Heuristic modifier sign
The modifier sign allows for controlling the truth value assigned to variables subject to a choice within the solver.
The Domain heuristic associates with each atom an integer sign value, which
by default is 0. When deciding which truth value to assign to an atom during a
choice, the atom is assigned to true, if its sign value is greater than 0. If the sign
value is less than 0, it is assigned to false. And if it is 0, the sign is determined by
the default sign heuristic.
In order to associate a positive sign with atom a, we can use the heuristic atom
heuristic(a,sign,1). This associates a positive sign with a and tells the
solver that upon deciding the atom a, it should be set to true.
Example 9.1. Consider the following program:
_heuristic(a,sign,1).
{a}.
At the start of the search, the solver propagates the heuristic atom and updates its
heuristic knowledge about atom a. Then, it has to decide on a, making it either true
or false. Following the current heuristic knowledge, the solver makes a true and
returns the answer set { heuristic(a,sign,1),a}.
Remark 9.1. The result would be the same if in the heuristic fact we used instead
of 1 any positive integer.
Example 9.2. In the next program, the heuristic fact gives a a negative sign
and thus asserts that when deciding upon a it should be set to false:
To inspect the output, invoke:
clingo psign.lp \
--heuristic=Domain
or alternatively:
gringo psign.lp \
| clasp
\
--heuristic=Domain
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_heuristic(a,sign,-1).
{a}.
To inspect the output, invoke:
clingo nsign.lp \
--heuristic=Domain
or alternatively:
gringo nsign.lp \
| clasp
\
--heuristic=Domain
As above, the solver starts with propagating the heuristic fact, then updates its heuristic knowledge, decides on atom a making it false, and finally returns the answer set
{ heuristic(a,sign,-1)}.
These two examples illustrate how the heuristic atoms allow for modifying the
decisions of the solver, leading to either finding first the answer set with a or the
one without it. However, as long as heuristic atoms appear only in the head of rules,
the program’s overall answer sets remain the same (modulo heuristic atoms). For
example, if we ask for all answer sets in Example 9.1, we obtain one without a and
one with a, and the same happens with Example 9.2, although in this case the answer
sets are computed in opposite order.
9.1.2
Showing heuristic information
For the heuristic atoms to take effect, they as well as the atoms to which they refer
to must be shown in the logic program.26 For example, if we add to Example 9.2 the
line:
#show a/0.
then the heuristic atom is not shown, and the solver operates as if it would normally
do with the Vsids heuristic. The same would happen if instead we only added:
#show _heuristic/3.
because then the atom a, appearing in the heuristic atom, would not be shown.
Remark 9.2. Printing heuristic atoms in the output of clingo or clasp may often
be a burden. To overcome this issue, the command line option --out-hide-aux
allows us to suppress printing atoms starting with underscore ‘ ’ (without altering
their effect).
9.1.3
Heuristic modifier level
The Domain heuristic assigns to each atom a level, and it decides first upon
atoms of the highest level. The default value for each atom is 0, and both positive
and negative integers are valid.
Example 9.3. In this example, level 10 is assigned to atom a:
_heuristic(a,sign,1).
_heuristic(b,sign,1).
_heuristic(a,level,10).
{a,b}.
:- a, b.
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The first obtained answer set contains a along with all three heuristic atoms. The
solver propagates the heuristic facts, and given that the level of a is greater than
that of b, it decides first on a (with positive sign) and then b is propagated to
false. If we added the fact heuristic(b,level,20), we would first obtain
the answer set containing b instead of a. This would also be the case if we used
heuristic(a,level,-10) instead of heuristic(a,level,10).
To inspect the output, invoke:
clingo level.lp \
--heuristic=Domain
or alternatively:
gringo level.lp \
| clasp
\
--heuristic=Domain
Remark 9.3. The Domain heuristic is an extension of the Vsids heuristic, so
when there are many unassigned atoms with the highest level, the heuristic decides,
among them, on the one with the highest Vsids score.
9.1.4
Dynamic heuristic modifications
Heuristic atoms can be used as any other atom within logic programs, and they only
affect the heuristic of the solver when they are true.
Example 9.4. In the next program, the heuristic atoms for c depend on b:
_heuristic(a,sign,1).
_heuristic(b,sign,1).
_heuristic(a,level,10).
{a,b}.
:- a, b.
{c}.
_heuristic(c,sign,1) :- b.
_heuristic(c,sign,-1) :- not b.
The first obtained answer set contains a and heuristic(c,sign,-1) along
with the three heuristic atoms given as facts. At first, the solver proceeds
as in Example 9.3. Then, after propagating b to false, the heuristic fact
heuristic(c,sign,-1) is propagated. So, when deciding upon c, it gets
assigned to false. If we added the fact heuristic(b,level,20), the obtained
first answer set would contain b and c instead of a.
9.1.5
Heuristic modifiers true and false
The modifiers true and false allow us to refer at the same time to the level
and the sign of an atom. Internally, for the true and false heuristic atoms, the
solver defines new level and sign heuristic atoms following these rules:
_heuristic(X,level,Y)
_heuristic(X,sign,1)
_heuristic(X,level,Y)
_heuristic(X,sign,-1)
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::::-
_heuristic(X,true,Y).
_heuristic(X,true,Y).
_heuristic(X,false,Y).
_heuristic(X,false,Y).
Note that in gringo all atoms are shown, unless #show statements appear in the program.
To inspect the output, invoke:
clingo dynamic.lp \
--heuristic=Domain
or alternatively:
gringo dynamic.lp \
| clasp
\
--heuristic=Domain
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For instance, the program of Example 9.4 can be rewritten as:
_heuristic(b,sign,1).
_heuristic(a,true,10).
{a,b}.
:- a, b.
{c}.
_heuristic(c,sign,1) :- b.
_heuristic(c,sign,-1) :- not b.
In this case, the fact heuristic(a,true,10) stands for the previous facts
heuristic(a,level,10) and heuristic(a,sign,1).
9.1.6
Priorities among heuristic modifications
The Domain heuristic allows for representing priorities between different heuristic atoms that refer to the same atom. The priority is optionally represented by a
positive integer as a fourth argument. The higher the integer, the higher the priority of the heuristic atom. For example, heuristic(c,sign,1,10) and
heuristic(c,sign,-1,20) are valid heuristic atoms. If both are true, then
the sign assigned to c is -1 (because priority 20 overrules 10).
Example 9.5. Consider the following program:
_heuristic(b,sign,1).
_heuristic(a,true,10).
{a,b}.
:- a, b.
{c}.
_heuristic(c,sign,1, 10).
_heuristic(c,sign,-1,20) :- not b.
To inspect the output, invoke:
clingo priority.lp \
--heuristic=Domain
or alternatively:
gringo priority.lp \
| clasp
\
--heuristic=Domain
The first obtained answer set contains a and heuristic(c,sign,-1,20)
along with the three heuristic atoms given as facts. First the solver proceeds as
in Example 9.3. Then, after setting b to false by propagation, the heuristic atom
heuristic(c,sign,-1,20) is propagated. Given that priority 20 is greater
than 10, the sign value of atom c is -1. So, when deciding upon c, it is assigned
to false. If we added the fact heuristic(c,sign,1,30), the first answer set
would also contain atom c.
Remark 9.4. Whenever we only use ternary heuristic atoms, the assigned
priority is the absolute value of the modifiers’ values. For example, if both
heuristic(c,level,-10) and heuristic(c,level,5) are true, the
level of c is -10 because |-10| ą |5|.
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Heuristic modifiers init and factor
The modifiers init and factor allow for modifying the scores assigned to atoms
by the underlying Vsids heuristic. Unlike the level modifier, init and factor
allow us to bias the search without establishing a strict ranking among the atoms.
With init, we can add a value to the initial heuristic score of an atom. For
example, if heuristic(a,init,2) is true, then a value of 2 is added to the
initial score that the heuristic assigns to atom a. Note that as the search proceeds,
the initial score of an atom decays, so init only affects the beginning of the search.
To bias the whole search, we can use the factor modifier that multiplies the heuristic score of an atom by a given value. For example, if
heuristic(a,factor,2) is true, then the heuristic score for atom a is multiplied by 2.
9.1.8
Monitoring domain choices
The Domain heuristic extends clasp and clingo’s search statistics produced
with command line option --stats. After ‘Domain:’, it prints how many decisions where made on atoms appearing inside heuristic atoms. For instance, the
statistics obtained in Example 9.4 read as follows.
...
Models
Time
CPU Time
Choices
Conflicts
Restarts
...
:
:
:
:
:
:
1+
0.000s (Solving: 0.00s ...)
0.000s
2
(Domain: 2)
0
0
The line about Choices tells us that two decisions were made and that both where
made on atoms contained in heuristic atoms.
9.1.9
Heuristics for Blocks World Planning
We now apply the Domain heuristic to Blocks World Planning. For simplicity, we
adapt the encoding of Section 5.3.2 for one-shot solving27 :
time(1..lasttime).
location(table).
location(X) :- block(X).
holds(F,0) :- init(F).
% Generate
27
Heuristics may also be applied in the incremental setting of Section 5.3.2, but we introduce them
this way for clarity.
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{ move(X,Y,T) : block(X), location(Y), X != Y } = 1
:- time(T).
% Test
:- move(X,Y,T), holds(on(A,X),T-1).
:- move(X,Y,T), holds(on(B,Y),T-1), B != X, Y != table.
% Define
moved(X,T) :- move(X,Y,T).
holds(on(X,Y),T) :- move(X,Y,T).
holds(on(X,Z),T) :- holds(on(X,Z),T-1), not moved(X,T).
% Test
:- goal(F), not holds(F,lasttime).
% Display
#show move/3.
Constant lasttime bounds the plan length, and we assume it is provided by command line (for example, with option -c lasttime=3). In this encoding, once all
the values for predicate move/3 are given, the values of moved/2 and holds/2
are determined and may be propagated by the solver. This suggests that deciding
only on move/3 may be a good strategy. We can do that with the Domain heuristic
adding the following heuristic rule:
_heuristic(move(B,L,T),level,1) :- block(B),location(L),time(T).
Given that the level of move/3 is higher, the solver decides first on atoms of that
predicate, and the values of the other predicates are propagated.
We may prefer to soften the heuristic modification to simply bias the search
towards the move/3 predicate, without establishing a strict preference towards it.
For that, we can use, for example, the rule
_heuristic(move(B,L,T),init,
2) :- block(B),location(L),time(T).
or
_heuristic(move(B,L,T),factor,2) :- block(B),location(L),time(T).
or the combination of both. The first rule adds 2 to the initial score of move/3
atoms, while the second multiplies the heuristic score of move/3 by 2.
Whenever we decide on making a move/3 atom true, the other move/3 atoms
for the same time/1 are determined to be false, and can be propagated by the
solver. So, deciding on true move/3 atoms may be a good idea. For that, we can
either use the true modifier to express a strict preference
_heuristic(move(B,L,T),true,1) :- block(B),location(L),time(T).
or just bias the search with init and sign
_heuristic(move(B,L,T),init,2) :- block(B),location(L),time(T).
_heuristic(move(B,L,T),sign,1) :- block(B),location(L),time(T).
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or with factor and sign
_heuristic(move(B,L,T),factor,2) :- block(B),location(L),time(T).
_heuristic(move(B,L,T),sign, 1) :- block(B),location(L),time(T).
So far, we have given the same heuristic values to all move/3 atoms, but other
options may be interesting. For example, we may prefer to decide first on earlier
move/3 atoms, so that the solver performs a forward search. This can be represented with the following rule:
_heuristic(move(B,L,T),true,lasttime-T+1) :block(B), location(L), time(T).
For lasttime=3, the rule ranks move/3 atoms at time 1 at level 3, those at time
2 at level 2, and those at time 3 at level 1, while always assigning a positive sign.
In this manner, the solver decides first on setting a move/3 atom at time 1 to true,
then one at time 2, and so on.
Another strategy is to perform a backwards search on move/3 from the last to
the first time instant, directed by the goals. For this purpose, we can use the following
dynamic heuristic rule:
_heuristic(move(B,L,T),true,T) :- holds(on(B,L),T).
As before, the rule can be softened using sign with init or factor. At the
start of the search, the goal’s holds/2 atoms are true at the last time step. With
this rule, the solver decides on a move/3 atom that makes one of them true. Then,
some holds/2 atoms are propagated to the previous time step, and the process is
repeated until reaching the first time instant.
We can also choose to promote atoms of the holds/2 predicate. For example,
this can be achieved with any of the following rules.
_heuristic(holds(on(B,L),T),level,1) :block(B),location(L),time(T).
_heuristic(holds(on(B,L),T),init,2)
:block(B),location(L),time(T).
_heuristic(holds(on(B,L),T),factor,3) :block(B),location(L),time(T).
Another interesting alternative is the following heuristic rule, that proved to be
very useful in practice (see [40]):
_heuristic(holds(on(B,L),T-1),true,lasttime-T+1) :holds(on(B,L),T).
The idea is to make the goal’s holds/2 atoms persist backwards, one by one, from
the last time step to the first one. Note that a higher level is given to atoms at earlier
time instants. First, the solver decides on one of the goal’s holds/2 atoms at the
last but one time step, then it decides to make it persist to the previous situation,
and so on. Later, it makes persist backwards another holds/2 atom from the goal.
With this heuristic, the idea is not to decide on atoms that lead to much propagation
(as with move/3 atoms) but rather to make correct decisions, given that usually the
values of holds/2 atoms persist by inertia.
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Command Line Structure-oriented Heuristics
9.2
Command Line Structure-oriented Heuristics
The Domain heuristic also allows us to modify the heuristic of the solver from the
command line. For this, it is also activated with option --heuristic=Domain,
but now the heuristic modifications are specified by option:
--dom-mod=<mod>[,<pick>]
where <mod> ranges from 0 to 5 and specifies the modifier:
<mod>
0
2
4
Modifier
None
sign (positive)
sign (negative)
<mod>
1
3
5
Modifier
level
true
false
<pick> specifies bit-wisely the atoms to which the modification is applied:
0
1
2
4
8
16
Atoms only
Atoms that belong to strongly connected components
Atoms that belong to head cycle components
Atoms that appear in disjunctions
Atoms that appear in optimization statements
Atoms that are shown
Whenever <mod> equals 1, 3 or 5, the level of the selected atoms depends
on <pick>. For example, with option --dom-mod=2,8, we apply a positive sign to atoms appearing in optimization statements, and with option
--dom-mod=1,20, we apply modifier level to both atoms appearing in disjunctions as well as shown atoms. In this case, atoms satisfying both conditions are
assigned a higher level than those that are only shown, and these get a higher level
than those only appearing in optimization statements.
Compared to programmed heuristics, the command line heuristics do not allow
for applying modifiers init or factor and cannot represent dynamic heuristics.
On the other hand, they allow us to directly refer to structural components of the
program and do not require any additional grounding. When both methods are combined, the atoms modified by the heuristic predicate are not affected by the
command line heuristics.
9.3
Computing Subset Minimal Answer Sets with Heuristics
Apart from boosting solver performance, domain specific heuristics can also be used
for computing subset minimal answer sets (cf. [16, 17]). This can be achieved by
assigning false with value 1 to the atoms to minimize.
Example 9.6. Consider the following program:
1 {a(1..3)}.
#show a/1.
a(2) :- a(3).
a(3) :- a(2).
{b(1)}.
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Both the command line option ‘--dom-mod=5,16’ as well as the addition of the
heuristic fact ‘_heuristic(a(1..3),false,1).’ guarantee that the first answer set produced is subset minimal with respect to the atoms of predicate a/1.
Moreover, both allow for enumerating all subset minimal solutions in conjunction
with option --enum-mod=domRec. In our example, we obtain the answer sets
ta(1)u and ta(2), a(3)u. Note that in this case solutions are projected on shown
atoms.
It is worth mentioning that the enumeration mode domRec relies on solution
recording and is thus prone to an exponential blow-up in space. In practice, however, this often turns out to be superior to enumerating subset minimal model via
disjunctive logic programs, which is guaranteed to run in polynomial space.
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Optimization and Preference Handling
10
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Optimization and Preference Handling
This section shows how quantitative and qualitative preferences can be used for computing optimal answer sets. While Section 10.1 summarizes the standard optimization capacities of clasp, gringo, and clingo dealing with lexicographic optimization of linear objective functions, Section 10.2 provides a tutorial introduction
to asprin’s general preference handling framework.
10.1
Multi-objective Optimization with clasp and clingo
This subsection is not yet ready for publishing and will be included in one of the
forthcoming editions of this guide.
Some information on multi-objective optimization can be obtained at the following references.
• Optimization [31, 30, 35, 1]
• Video series on clasp’s optimization capacities http://potassco.
sourceforge.net/videos.html
• Consult Section 3.1.13 for language constructs expressing multi-criteria optimization.
• Consult Section 6.3.2 and 6.3.3 for relevant clasp options configurating the
optimization process.
10.2
Preference Handling with asprin
asprin provides a general framework for optimizing qualitative and quantitative
preferences in ASP. It allows for computing optimal answer sets of logic programs
with preferences. While asprin comes with a library of predefined preference
types (subset, pareto, etc.), it is readily extensible by new customized preference types. For a formal description of asprin, please consult [11].
The following description conforms with asprin 1.1.
10.2.1
Computing optimal answer sets
Similar to common optimization in ASP, where objective functions are added to logic
programs via minimize statements or weak constraints, a preference specification is
added to a logic program to single out the optimal answer sets with respect to the
given preferences. However, as with minimize statements, such a specification is not
part of the program but rather a meta statement referring to its answer sets. Hence,
preference specifications are directives and thus preceded by #. For clarity, we also
refer to the underlying program as the base program (also in view of distinguishing it
from the preference program, implementing the preference specification; see below).
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To begin with, let us consider a simple example providing a holistic view on
preference handling with asprin.
Example 10.1. Consider the following base program.
To inspect the output, invoke:
clingo base.lp 0
or alternatively:
gringo base.lp \
| clasp 0
dom(1..3).
{ m(1..3) } = 1.
a(1)
:- m(1).
b(1..3) :- m(1).
a(1..2) :- m(2).
b(1)
:- m(2).
a(3)
:- m(3).
b(2..3) :- m(3).
#show m/1. #show a/1. #show b/1.
We obtain three answer sets, one with m(1), m(2), and m(3), respectively, and
refer to them as X1 , X2 , and X3 .
Remark 10.1. Base programs are gringo and clingo programs as specified in
Section 3.1, except that atoms names may not start with the underscore symbol ‘_’
and weak constraint and minimize and maximize statements are not allowed.
For a first example, we can use asprin to compute the answer sets of the base
program that are subset minimal with respect to atoms of predicate a{1. This can be
done with the following preference specification (available in preference1.lp):
1 #preference(p1,subset){ a(X) : dom(X) }.
2 #optimize(p1).
Line 1 contains a preference statement of name p1 and type subset that contains
a single (non-ground) preference element. Intuitively, the preference statement p1
defines a preference of type subset over atoms of predicate a/1. Line 2 contains
an optimization directive that instructs asprin to compute answer sets that are
optimal with respect to p1.
Remark 10.2. Unlike gringo’s native optimization statements and weak constraints (cf. Section 3.1.13), asprin separates the declaration of preferences from
the actual optimization directive.
To compute an answer set of the base program that is optimal with respect to
p1, an implementation of the preference type subset must be provided. This is
comprised in asprin’s preference library, contained in file asprin.lib. With
it, the computation can be performed by the following command:
asprin base.lp preference1.lp asprin.lib
This command produces the following output:
asprin version 1.0
Answer: 1
m(2) a(2) a(1) b(1)
clingo, asprin and the related files asprin.parser,
asprin.py
and
asprin.lib ought to be
located in some directory in the
system path.
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Answer: 2
m(1) a(1) b(3) b(2) b(1)
OPTIMUM FOUND
Models
: 1
Enumerated : 2
At first, asprin finds the answer set X2 of the base program. Then, it looks for an
answer set that is preferred to X2 and it finds X1 . In the last step, asprin looks for
an answer set that is preferred to X1 , and given that none is found the optimality of
X1 is established. In total, two answer sets were enumerated in the computation of
an optimal solution.
Alternatively, we can minimize the extension of predicates a/1 and b/1 with
the following preference specification.
#preference(p2,subset){ a(X) : dom(X); b(X) : dom(X) }.
#optimize(p2).
To inspect the output, invoke:
asprin base.lp
\
\
preference2.lp
asprin.lib
Now, we obtain that X2 is already an optimal answer set:
Answer: 1
m(2) a(2) a(1) b(1)
OPTIMUM FOUND
10.2.2
Computing multiple optimal answer sets
In analogy to clasp and clingo, asprin allows for computing n optimal answer
sets by adding the number n to the command line; as well, 0 is used to compute all
optimal answer sets.
Example 10.2. For instance, the command
asprin base.lp preference1.lp asprin.lib 0
results in the output:
Answer: 1
m(2) a(2) a(1) b(1)
Answer: 2
m(1) a(1) b(3) b(2) b(1)
OPTIMUM FOUND
Answer: 3
m(3) a(3) b(3) b(2)
OPTIMUM FOUND
The computation of the first optimal answer set, X1 , is the same as above. Then,
asprin searches for an answer set of the base program that is not worse than X1 ,
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finds X3 , and proves that it is optimal. In the last step, asprin looks for some answer set that is not worse than X1 and X3 , and given that there is none, it terminates.
Adding the following choice rule (via file c1.lp) to the above optimization
process
{c(1)}.
#show c/1.
yields two additional optimal answer sets, both containing c(1):
Answer: 1
m(2) a(2) a(1) b(1)
Answer: 2
m(1) a(1) b(3) b(2) b(1)
OPTIMUM FOUND
Answer: 3
m(1) a(1) b(3) b(2) b(1) c(1)
OPTIMUM FOUND *
Answer: 4
m(3) a(3) b(3) b(2)
OPTIMUM FOUND
Answer: 5
m(3) a(3) b(3) b(2) c(1)
OPTIMUM FOUND *
When asprin looks for an answer set that is not worse than X1 , it first looks for
answer sets that interpret atoms appearing in the preference statements in the same
way as X1 . In this way, it finds the second optimal model, that contains cp1q, and
prints it followed by the line ‘OPTIMUM FOUND *’. Then, it continues searching,
finds X3 and the process continues.
Finally, we can project optimal answer sets on the atoms in preference statements
by asprin’s option --project. This yields only the three optimal answer sets
not containing c(1).
10.2.3
Input language of asprin
asprin’s input language extends the one described in Section 3 by constructs for
expressing qualitative and quantitative preferences.
A weighted formula is of the form
t::F
where t is a term tuple 28 and F is a either a Boolean formula or a naming atom. We
may drop :: and simply write F whenever t is empty. Boolean formulas are formed
28
Term tuples in the current asprin implementation are defined following Figure 2, except that
terms cannot contain functions, and simpleterms cannot contain constants. Moreover, neither intervals
(Section 3.1.9) nor pools (Section 3.1.10) are allowed in weighted formulas. These limitations will be
To inspect the output, invoke:
asprin base.lp
\
\
preference1.lp
c1.lp
\
asprin.lib 0
To inspect the output, invoke:
asprin base.lp
\
\
preference1.lp
c1.lp
\
asprin.lib 0
\
--project
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from atoms, possibly preceded by classical negation (‘-’), using the connectives not
(default negation), & (conjunction) and | (disjunction). Parentheses can be written
as usual, and when omitted, negation has precedence over conjunction, and conjunction over disjunction. Naming atoms of form name(s) refer to the preference
associated with preference statement s (see below). Examples of weighted formulas are ‘42::a’, ‘a(X)’, ‘C::edge(X,Y,C)’, ‘W,(X,Y):: not a(W,X)
& b(Y)’, and ‘X::name(p(X))’.
If F1 , . . . , Fn are weighted formulas, then
{F1 ; . . . ;Fm }
is a set of weighted formulas. We may drop the curly braces if m “ 1.
A preference element is of the form
F 1 ą . . . ą F m || F : B
where each F r is a set of weighted formulas, F is a non-weighted Boolean formula and B is a rule body where all literals belong to domain predicates (see
Page 30) or built-ins. We may drop ‘>’ if m “ 1, and ‘|| F ’ and ‘: B’ whenever F and/or B are empty, respectively. Intuitively, r gives the rank of the respective set of weighted formulas. This can be made subject to condition F by using
the conditional ‘||’. Preference elements provide a (possible) structure to a set
of weighted formulas by giving a means of conditionalization and a symbolic way
of defining pre-orders (in addition to using weights). Examples of preference elements are ‘42::a’, ‘a(X)’, ‘1::name(p);2::name(q)’, ‘{a(X);b(X)} >
{c(X);d(X)}’, and ‘a(X) > b(X) || c(X) : dom(X)’.
Remark 10.3. Here and below, the rule body B is intended exclusively to provide
instantiations for the variables appearing in the expressions to its left. Accordingly,
the literals in B must be built-ins or belong to domain predicates of the accompanying logic program. This ensures that B can be fully evaluated during grounding.
Remark 10.4. Preference elements are required to be safe, i.e., all variables in a
preference element must occur in some positive literal in its body or in the body of
the preference statement containing it (see below).
A preference statement is of the form
#preference(s,t){e1 ; . . . ;en } : B.
where s is a term giving the preference name, t is a ground29 term providing the
preference type, and each ej is a preference element. The rule body B has the same
removed in future releases. By now, as a workaround, these elements can be represented as follows: in
the weighted formula, write a variable (e.g., V) instead of the prohibited element (e.g., a(X)), and in
the body (see below) assign the variable to the element (e.g., V = a(X)).
29
This is a pragmatic restriction, enabling asprin to only include the relevant parts of its library.
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form and purpose as above. That is, the body B of a preference statement is used to
instantiate the variables of s, t and each ei . For safety, all variables appearing in s
must also appear in a positive literal in B.
Example 10.3. Given the logic program
dom(1..2).
{ a(X,Y) : dom(X), dom(Y)}.
the preference statement
#preference(p(X),subset){ a(X,Y) : dom(Y) } : dom(X).
stands for the following two ground preference statements:
#preference(p(1),subset){ a(1,1) ; a(1,2) }.
#preference(p(2),subset){ a(2,1) ; a(2,2) }.
Preference statements are accompanied by optimization directives such as
#optimize(s) : B.
where B is as above, telling asprin to restrict its reasoning mode to the preference
relation declared by s.
A preference specification is a set of preference statements along with an optimization directive. It is valid, if grounding results in acyclic and closed naming
dependencies along with a single optimization directive (see [11] for details). Whenever these conditions do not hold, asprin reports an error and exits. As mentioned,
the purpose of such a specification is to define the optimal answer sets of an underlying base logic program.
Example 10.4. Consider a preference specification about leisure activities (without
base program).
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
#preference(costs,less(weight)){
C :: sauna : cost(sauna,C);
C :: dive : cost(dive,C)
}.
#preference(fun,superset){ sauna; dive; hike; not bunji }.
#preference(temps,aso){
dive > sauna ||
hot;
sauna > dive || not hot
}.
#preference(all,pareto){name(costs); name(fun); name(temps)}.
12 #optimize(all).
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Intuitively, the relation expressed by the preference statement costs in Line 1
aims at optimizing the sum of weights of its preference elements, viz.
C::sauna:cost(sauna,C) and C::dive:cost(dive,C). The preference
type less(weight) is very similar to the one used by native minimization directives (cf. Section 3.1.13). The preference type superset provides a set inclusion
based relation and the one refereed to as aso amounts to answer set optimization
as put forward in [13]. These three basic preference relations are combined according to the pareto principle in Line 10. And this combined preference relation is
declared subject to optimization in Line 12.
Remark 10.5. All four preference types in Example 10.4 are predefined in
asprin’s preference library and take different syntactic restrictions of preference
elements as arguments.
10.2.4
Preference relations and preference types
A ground preference statement declares a strict partial order over answer sets.30 This
order is called a preference relation.
Example 10.5. The preference statement of Example 10.1 stands for the following
ground preference statement:
#preference(p1,subset){ a(1); a(2); a(3) }.
It declares the following preference relation:
X ąp1 Y
iff
te P ta(1), a(2), a(3)u | X |ù eu
Ă te P ta(1), a(2), a(3)u | Y |ù eu
In Example 10.1, we get X1 ąp1 X2 because {a(1)} Ă {a(1),a(2),a(3)}
and X3 ąp1 X2 given that {a(2),a(3)} Ă {a(1),a(2),a(3)}; however, we
have X1 čp1 X3 since {a(1)} Ć {a(2),a(3)}.
An answer set X of a base program P is optimal with respect to a preference
relation ą if there is no other answer set Y of P such that Y ą X. In Example 10.1,
X1 and X3 are optimal, whereas X2 is not because X1 ąp1 X2 (and X3 ąp1 X2 ).
asprin computes answer sets of the base program that are optimal with respect to
the preference relation defined by the preference statement selected for optimization.
Hence, in the example it produces X1 and X3 .
But how does a preference statement declare a preference relation? This is accomplished by the preference type that maps a set E of ground preference elements
into a preference relation. For example, the type subset maps E into
X ą Y iff te P E | X |ù eu Ă te P E | Y |ù eu
And when applied to the preference elements of p1 in Example 10.1, we obtain ąp1 .
30
A strict partial order is a transitive and irreflexive relation.
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The full generality of preference elements is not always needed. For example,
for subset we are only interested in preference elements that are Boolean formulas. For this reason, we specify for each preference type its domain, i.e., the ground
preference elements for which the preference type is well defined. Hence, the domain of subset consists of Boolean formulas. Furthermore, a ground preference
statement
#preference(s,t){e1 ; . . . ;en }.
is admissible if every ei belongs to the domain of t. If a ground preference statement
is not admissible, asprin reports an error and exits.
Example 10.6. In Example 10.1, the preference statement p1 is admissible because
a(1), a(2), and a(3) are Boolean formulas and thus belong to the domain of
subset. If we added the preference elements 1::a(1) or name(p2), the statement would not be admissible any more.
10.2.5
asprin library
asprin’s preference library implements the following basic preference types:
• subset and superset
• less(cardinality) and more(cardinality)
• less(weight) and more(weight)
• aso (Answer Set Optimization, [13])
• poset (Qualitative Preferences, [17])
We have already given the definition of subset. The preference types
superset, less(cardinality), and more(cardinality) share the domain of subset. Given a set of ground preference elements E, their semantics is
defined as follows:
• superset maps E to the preference relation
X ą Y iff te P E | X |ù eu Ą te P E | Y |ù eu
• less(cardinality) maps E to the preference relation
X ą Y iff te P E | X |ù eu ă te P E | Y |ù eu
• more(cardinality) maps E to the preference relation
X ą Y iff te P E | X |ù eu ą te P E | Y |ù eu
An example of preference type superset is given in Line 5 of Example 10.4.
10.2
To inspect the output, invoke:
asprin base.lp
\
preference3.lp
\
asprin.lib
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Example 10.7. We can use the type less(cardinality) to minimize the cardinality of the atoms of predicate b/1 in Example 10.1 as follows.
#preference(p3,less(cardinality)){ b(X) : dom(X) }.
#optimize(p3).
This yields the unique optimal answer set X2 .
Preference types less(weight) and more(weight) are similar to
#minimize and #maximize statements. However, they do not comprise priorities but apply to general Boolean formulas. Their common domain consists of
sets of ground preference elements of the form:
w,t::F
Here, w is an integer, t a term tuple, and F a Boolean formula. Their meaning is
defined with respect to a set E of ground preference elements:
• less(weight) maps E to the preference relation
ÿ
X ą Y iff
wă
pw,tqPtw,t|w,t::F PE,X|ùF u
w
pw,tqPtw,t|w,t::F PE,Y |ùF u
• more(weight) maps E to the preference relation
ÿ
X ą Y iff
wą
pw,tqPtw,t|w,t::F PE,X|ùF u
ÿ
ÿ
w
pw,tqPtw,t|w,t::F PE,Y |ùF u
For illustrating the similarity to optimization statements, consider the following
#minimize statement from Section 5.2.2.
#minimize { C,X,Y : cycle(X,Y), cost(X,Y,C) }.
With preference type less(weight), this can be expressed as follows.
#preference(myminimize,less(weight))
{ C,(X,Y) :: cycle(X,Y) : cost(X,Y,C) }.
#optimize(myminimize).
The similarity between preference type more(weight) and #maximize statements is analogous. Recall also Remark 10.2 from above. Another example of
preference type less(weight) is given in Lines 1-4 of Example 10.4.
The preference type aso implements answer set optimization [13] and relies
upon ground preference elements of the form:
F1 > . . . > Fm || B.
where each Fi and B are Boolean formulas. Preference elements of this form are
called aso rules. The semantics of aso is based on satisfaction degrees. In a nutshell, the satisfaction degree of an aso rule r in an answer set X, written vX prq,
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is 1 if X does not satisfy the body B, or if X does not satisfy any Fi , and it
is mintk | X |ù Fk , 1 ď k ď nu otherwise. Then, a set of aso rules E is
mapped to the preference relation defined as follows: X ľ Y if for all rules r P E,
vX prq ď vY prq, and X ą Y if X ľ Y but Y ń X. See [13] for a more detailed
introduction.
Example 10.8. The following preference statement of type aso expresses a preference for atoms of predicate a/1 over atoms of predicate b/1.
To inspect the output, invoke:
asprin base.lp
\
preference4.lp
\
asprin.lib
#preference(p4,aso){ a(X) > b(X) : dom(X) }.
#optimize(p4).
Together with the base program in Example 10.1, this yields the unique optimal
answer set X2 .
Another example of preference type aso is given in Lines 6-9 of Example 10.4.
The preference type poset implements the approach to qualitative preferences
put forward in [52]. Such preferences are modeled as a strict partially ordered set
pS, ąq of literals. The literals in S represent propositions that are preferably satisfied
and the strict partial order ą on S gives their relative importance. The asprin
implementation of poset extends the original approach by allowing preferences
over Boolean formulas. The domain of poset consists of the sets E of ground
preference elements of the form
F.
or
F > F 1.
where F and F 1 are Boolean formulas. To give a glimpse of the formal underpinnings, consider a set E of such ground preference statements. The set SE consists
of all Boolean formulas appearing in E and the partial order ąE is the transitive
closure of the order specified by the preference elements of the second type. Then,
X ą Y holds if there is some formula F P SE such that X |ù F and Y ­|ù F , and
for every formula F P SE such that Y |ù F and X ­|ù F , there is a formula F 1 P S
such that F 1 ą F and X |ù F 1 but Y ­|ù F 1 . The interested reader is referred to [52]
for full details.
Example 10.9. We apply the preference type poset to the preference statement of
Example 10.8:
#preference(p5,poset){ a(X) > b(X) : dom(X) }.
#optimize(p5).
This expresses a preference for the truth of both a/1 and b/1, preferring a/1 over
b/1. With the base program in Example 10.1, we obtain three optimal answer sets
X1 , X2 and X3 .
The library of asprin implements furthermore the following composite preference types, which amount to the ones defined in [77]:
To inspect the output, invoke:
asprin base.lp
\
\
preference5.lp
asprin.lib
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• neg
• and
• pareto
• lexico
Preference types and and pareto deal with sets of ground naming atoms
name(s)
For neg, these sets must be singleton. And for lexico, each naming atom has an
attached tuple w:
w::name(s)
Given a naming atom name(s), let ąs , ľs , “s , ĺs , ăs be the strict, non-strict,
equal, and inverse preference relations associated with preference statement s. Then,
the semantics of each composite preference type is defined as follows:
• neg maps E “ {name(s)} to the preference relation
X ą Y iff Y ăs X
• and maps E “{name(s1 );. . .;name(sn )} to the preference relation
ľ
X ą Y iff
pX ąs Y q
name(s)PE
• pareto maps E “{name(s1 );. . .;name(sn )} to the preference relation
ľ
ł
X ą Y iff
pX ľs Y q ^
pX ąs Y q
name(s)PE
name(s)PE
• lexico maps E “{w1 ::name(s1 );. . .;wn ::name(sn )} to the preference relation
ł
ľ
X ą Y iff
ppX ąs Y q^
pX “s’ Y qq
w::name(s)PE
v::name(s’)PE,văw
Example 10.10. Consider the following preference specification, where p1 and p3
are defined as before:
#preference(p1,subset){
a(X) : dom(X)
#preference(p3,less(cardinality)){ b(X) : dom(X)
#preference(p6,neg){
name(p1)
#preference(p7,and){
name(p1);
name(p3)
#preference(p8,pareto){
name(p1);
name(p3)
#preference(p9,lexico){ 1::name(p1); 2::name(p3)
To inspect the output, invoke:
asprin base.lp
\
cpreference.lp
\
asprin.lib 0
}.
}.
}.
}.
}.
}.
Along with the base program of Example 10.1 and adding the fact
#optimize(p6), asprin produces answer sets X2 and X3 . If instead we optimize over p7 or p8, we obtain the three answer sets X1 , X2 and X3 , while optimizing on p9 we get only X2 .
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Implementing preference types
In asprin, preference types are implemented by logic programs called preference
programs. In a nutshell, a preference type decides if, given a preference statement
s, an answer set X is better than another answer set Y . To represent that decision by
a preference program, the three involved elements s, X, and Y are translated into
facts and rules. Let us first look at some simple translations of preference statements.
Example 10.11. Recall the preference statement p1 of Example 10.1:
#preference(p1,subset){ a(X) : dom(X) }.
This is translated into:
1 preference(p1,subset).
2 preference(p1,(1,(X)),1,for(a(X)),()) :- dom(X).
Line 1 states the name and the type of the preference statement. Line 2 can be read
as follows: in the preference statement p1, the first element has variables tXu, and in
the first position of the element there is a Boolean formula a(X) that has an empty
list of associated weights. The translation of
#preference(p2,subset){ a(X) : dom(X); b(X) : dom(X) }.
replaces p1 with p2 in Line 1 and 2, and adds:
preference(p2,(2,(X)),1,for(b(X)),()) :- dom(X).
Number 2 in (2,(X)) tells us that this is the second preference element.
Example 10.12. The preference statement of Example 10.3:
#preference(p(X),subset){ a(X,Y) : dom(Y) } : dom(X).
is translated into the rules:
preference(p(X),subset) :- dom(X).
preference(p(X),(1,(X,Y)),1,for(a(X,Y)),()) :- dom(Y), dom(X).
Observe how dom(X) is appended to both rules.
In general, a weighted formula t::F occurs in some set
F i “ {F1 ; . . . ;Fm }
of a preference element ej of the form
F 1 ą . . . ą F n || F0 : Bj
that belongs itself to a preference statement s of the form
#preference(s,t){e1 ; . . . ;eo } : B.
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Accordingly, the weighted formula is translated into a rule of the form
preference(s,(j,v),i,for(tF ),t) :- Bj , B.
where i and j are the indexes of F i and ej , respectively, v is a term tuple containing all variables appearing in the rule, and tF is a term representing the Boolean
formula F by using function symbols not/1, and/2, and or/2 in prefix notation. For example, the formula (not a(X) | b(X)) & c(X) is translated into
and(c(X), or( not(a(X)),b(X))). For representing the condition F0 , i is
set to 0. A naming atom name(s) is represented analogously, except that for(tF )
is replaced by name(s). The translation of a preference statement of the form mentioned above comprises the translation of all weighted formulas appearing in it along
with the rule:
preference(s,t) :- B.
Optimization directives are translated similarly:
#optimize(s) :
B.
becomes:
optimize(s) :- B.
Remark 10.6. All bodies Bj and B consist of domain predicates or built-ins. Hence,
after grounding, all rules generated in the translation become facts.
Example 10.13. The preference specification of Example 10.4 is translated into the
following rules:
preference(costs, (1, (C)), 1, for(sauna), (C))
:- cost(sauna,C).
preference(costs, (2, (C)), 1, for(dive), (C))
:- cost(dive,C).
preference(costs, less(weight)).
preference(fun,
preference(fun,
preference(fun,
preference(fun,
preference(fun,
(1, ()), 1,
(2, ()), 1,
(3, ()), 1,
(4, ()), 1,
superset).
preference(temps,
preference(temps,
preference(temps,
preference(temps,
preference(temps,
preference(temps,
preference(temps,
(1, ()),
(1, ()),
(1, ()),
(2, ()),
(2, ()),
(2, ()),
aso).
for(sauna), ()).
for(dive), ()).
for(hike), ()).
for(_not(bunji)), ()).
0,
1,
2,
0,
1,
2,
for(hot), ()).
for(dive), ()).
for(sauna), ()).
for(_not(hot)), ()).
for(sauna), ()).
for(dive), ()).
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preference(all,
preference(all,
preference(all,
preference(all,
97
(1, ()), 1, name(costs), ()).
(2, ()), 1, name(fun), ()).
(3, ()), 1, name(temps), ()).
pareto).
optimize(all).
A preference program implementing a preference type t compares two answer
sets X and Y given a preference statement s of type t. To allow for this comparison,
asprin provides for every term for(tF ) appearing in the translation of s the fact
holds(tF ) whenever X satisfies the Boolean formula F . Analogously, asprin
provides the fact holds’(tF ), if Y satisfies F .
Example 10.14. For the preference statement p1 of Example 10.1, translated in Example 10.11, asprin provides the following facts. For deciding whether X1 ąp1 X2 is true, asprin adds the facts holds(a(1)),
holds’(a(1)), holds’(a(2)), and holds’(a(3)).
Similarly, for
testing X3 ąp1 X2 , asprin provides holds(a(2)), holds(a(3)),
holds’(a(1)), holds’(a(2)) and holds’(a(3)). And for X1 ąp1 X3 ,
atoms holds(a(1)), holds’(a(2)) and holds’(a(3)) are established. We have seen how asprin provides the translation of the preference statement
s of type t and the facts of predicates holds/1 and holds’/1 for every pair of
answer sets X and Y that may be compared. Then the preference program implementing t has two parts. In the first part, we define the predicate better/1 in such
a way that better(s) is true iff X ąs Y . In the second part, we add a constraint
stating that if s is optimized then better(s) must be true.
Example 10.15. The preference type subset can be implemented as follows (see
file subset.lp).
#program preference(subset).
better(S) :- preference(S,subset),
not holds(A),
holds’(A), preference(S,_,_,for(A),_),
not holds(B) : not holds’(B), preference(S,_,_,for(B),_).
Consider that we want to compare two answer sets X and Y for which we have the
corresponding holds/1 and holds’/1 facts. Intuitively, better(s) is true if
X better than Y with respect to a preference statement s of type subset. More
formally, better(s) is true if there is one formula A appearing in s that is false
in X and true in Y , and every formula B in s that is false in Y is also false in X.
In addition, the following integrity constraint enforces the optimization with respect to a given optimization directive: (included in file basic.lp):
#program preference.
:- not better(P), optimize(P).
10.2
To inspect the output, invoke:
asprin base.lp
\
preference1.lp
\
subset.lp
\
basic.lp 0
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This cardinality constraint makes sure that better(P) holds whenever P is optimized. Given that this rule is shared by many preference programs, it is included in
a preference-type independent program named preference.
Instead of using asprin’s library, viz. asprin.lib, we can now directly use
the above preference program as follows:
asprin base.lp preference1.lp subset.lp basic.lp 0
As before, we obtain X1 and X3 as optimal answer sets.
Remark 10.7. asprin relies on the correctness of preference programs. In other
words, if a preference program correctly implements the corresponding preference
type, then asprin also functions correctly. Otherwise, the behavior of asprin is
undefined.
For implementing composite preference types we also define predicate
better/1, but in this case the implementation relies on predicates that must be
defined by other preference types.
Example 10.16. The preference type pareto is implemented by the following
preference program:
#program preference(pareto).
better(P) :- preference(P,pareto),
better(Q),
preference(P,_,_,name(Q),_),
bettereq(R) : preference(P,_,_,name(R),_).
The program uses predicates better/1 and bettereq/1, representing the relations ą and ľ, respectively. They must be defined by the implementations of the
preference types of the named preference statements. To illustrate this, recall the
preference statements p1, p3 and p8 of Example 10.10, that we put together in the
file preference8.lp along with an optimization directive for p8:
#preference(p1,subset){
a(X) : dom(X) }.
#preference(p3,less(cardinality)){ b(X) : dom(X) }.
#preference(p8,pareto){
name(p1);
name(p3) }.
#optimize(p8).
Given that p8 refers to p1 and p3, which are of type subset and
less(cardinality), the implementations of these preference types must define better/1 and bettereq/1. For subset, we already have the definition of better/1 from Example 10.15, so we just have to add to the program
preference(subset) the following rule:
bettereq(S) :- preference(S,subset),
not holds(B) : not holds’(B), preference(S,_,_,for(B),_).
For less(cardinality), the following preference program provides the implementation:
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#program preference(less(cardinality)).
better(P) :- preference(P,less(cardinality)),
1 #sum { -1,X : holds(X), preference(P,_,_,for(X),_);
1,X : holds’(X), preference(P,_,_,for(X),_)}.
bettereq(P) :- preference(P,less(cardinality)),
0 #sum { -1,X : holds(X), preference(P,_,_,for(X),_);
1,X : holds’(X), preference(P,_,_,for(X),_)}.
Putting all this together, we can compute the optimal answer sets of the program
with the following command:
asprin base.lp preference8.lp basic.lp \
subset.lp less-cardinality.lp pareto.lp 0
As in Example 10.10 (optimizing p8), we obtain X1 , X2 and X3 .
Remark 10.8. The correctness of the implementation of a composite preference type
relies on the correctness of the implementations of the preference types to which it
relates via naming atoms. For the preference types that the asprin library implements, it provides correct definitions of predicates better/1, bettereq/1,
eq/1, worseeq/1, and worse/1, representing relations ą, ľ, “, ĺ, and ă,
respectively.
Remark 10.9. Preference programs of type t start with a directive
#program preference(t).
and end with another program directive or at the end of a file (cf. Section 3.1.15).
For every preference type t appearing in a preference statement s, there must be a
preference program block starting with:
#program preference(t).
If there is no such block, asprin prints an error and exits. Additionally, “generic”
preference program blocks starting with the directive
#program preference.
can be used. These are intended to provide rules shared by all preference programs.
asprin loads all “generic” preference programs along with the preference programs for the types appearing in the preference statements of the program.
Remark 10.10. There are some syntax restrictions to the form of preference programs:
• They may not contain atoms starting with an underscore ‘ ’.
• Atoms of predicates preference/2, preference/5, holds/1,
holds’ and optimize/1 may not appear in the heads of rules.
To inspect the output, invoke:
asprin base.lp
preference8.lp
basic.lp
subset.lp
less-cardinality.lp
pareto.lp 0
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Remark 10.11. When using asprin to compute many optimal answer sets the
syntax of preference programs is limited to that of stratified logic programs [3]. This
excludes preference programs with disjunctions, choices, or aggregates in rule heads.
Recall from the previous section that we define a set of admissible preference
elements for each preference type. The respective notion of admissibility is defined
in asprin using predicate error/1. That is, error(X) is true whenever the
preference statement is not admissible. In this case, asprin exits and prints the
error message bound to X.31 For coherence, the corresponding rules are also included
in the corresponding preference program.
Example 10.17. The preference program (subset.lp) includes the following
rules to define the admissibility of subset preference statements:
_error(M) :M = @cat("subset: ’name(",X,")’ is not allowed."),
preference(S,subset),
preference(S,(N,_),_,name(X),_).
_error(M) :M = @cat("subset: weight ’",W,"’ is not allowed."),
preference(S,subset),
preference(S,(N,_),_,X,W), W != ().
_error(M) :M = @cat("subset: element ’",X,"’ is not allowed."),
preference(S,subset),
preference(S,(N,_),R,for(X),_), R != 1.
The first rule checks preference elements containing naming atoms, the second the
ones containing weights, and the third one those that contain more than one Boolean
formula. Function @cat(*args) is provided by asprin and simply concatenates
the terms passed as arguments.
Remark 10.12. The predicate error/1 must be defined using domain predicates, built-ins or the special predicates preference/2, preference/5 and
optimize/1 (not using holds/1 or holds’/1).
31
In the current asprin implementation, the system only exits after finding a first answer set of the
base program.
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Constraint Programming
11
101
Constraint Programming
11.1
ASP modulo CSP solving with clingcon
This section is not yet ready for publishing and will be included in one of the forthcoming editions of this guide.
Information on constraint programming with clingcon can be obtained at the
following references.
• http://potassco.sourceforge.net#clingcon
• [45, 69] (clingcon, based upon gringo 3.0.92 and clasp 1.3.10)
11.2
Solving CSPs with aspartame
This section is not yet ready for publishing and will be included in one of the forthcoming editions of this guide.
Information on constraint programming with aspartame can be obtained at
the following references.
• http://potassco.sourceforge.net/labs.html
• http://www.cs.uni-potsdam.de/aspartame
• [5] describes aspartame and how it allows for solving finite linear CSPs in
ASP
11.3
Constraint Programming with gringo
Grounder gringo features some experimental means for expressing finite linear
constraint satisfaction problems within ASP’s modeling language. The linear constraints are compiled into normal rules following the order encoding [79, 5]. Hence,
off-the-shelf ASP solvers like clasp can be used to solve such problems.
CSP constraints in gringo are build over constraint terms, which have form
c1 $* $v1 $+ ¨ ¨ ¨ $+ cn $* $vn
where n ą 0, and each ci (integer factor) and vi (name of a constraint variable) are
terms. If a factor is one, then the ‘ci $*’ part can be omitted. Similarly, it is possible
to just add a factor in which case the ‘$* vi ’ part can be omitted.
Linear constraints in gringo are syntactically similar to built-in comparison
predicates (cf. Section 3.1.8) but relation symbols have to be preceded with a $
symbol
t0 $ă1 ¨ ¨ ¨ $ăn tn
where n ą 0, each ăi is a comparison predicate, and each ti is a constraint term.
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102
In addition, there is the global disjoint constraint
#disjoint { t1 :c1 :L1 ;. . . ;tn :cn :Ln }
where n ě 0, ti and Li are given as in Section 3.1.12, and each ci is a constraint
term. The idea is that sets of values labeled with the same term(s) must be disjoint.
To compute both answer sets,
invoke:
clingo queensC.lp \
-c n=30
or alternatively:
gringo queensC.lp \
-c n=30 | clasp 0
Example 11.1. For illustration, consider the following encoding of the n-queens
puzzle:
1 1 $<= $queen(1..n) $<= n.
3 $queen(X) $!= $queen(Y) :- X=1..n, Y=1..n, X<Y.
4 X $+ $queen(Y) $!= Y $+ $queen(X) :- X=1..n, Y=1..n, X<Y.
5 X $+ $queen(X) $!= Y $+ $queen(Y) :- X=1..n, Y=1..n, X<Y.
The first line fixes the domain of the integer variables $queen(1) to
$queen(n). Line 3 forbids queens on the same columns and the last two lines
address queens on the same diagonals.
To compute both answer sets,
invoke:
clingo queensCa.lp \
-c n=300
or alternatively:
gringo queensCa.lp \
-c n=300 | clasp 0
Example 11.2. The next encoding uses the global #disjoint constraint:
1 1 $<= $queen(1..n) $<= n.
3 #disjoint { X : $queen(X)
: X=1..n }.
4 #disjoint { X : $queen(X) $+ X : X=1..n }.
5 #disjoint { X : $queen(X) $- X : X=1..n }.
Remark 11.1. The current implementation of constraints in gringo requires that
all constraint variables appearing in a program must have finite domains inferable
from the grounded program. Hence, rules like in Line 1 of Example 11.1 fixing the
domain of a constraint variable have to be added for each constraint variable.
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Solver Configuration
clasp has more than 80 performance relevant parameters, some of which are shown
in Section 6.3. Even if only a discrete subset of all possible parameter settings is considered, this amounts to approximately 1059 configurations. In such a huge configuration space, it is a tedious and time-consuming task to manually determine a wellperforming configuration. Two complementary ways to automatically address this
issue for clasp are the automatic configuration selection solver claspfolio [58]
and the automatic configuration tool piclasp.
The following description conforms with claspfolio 2.2 and piclasp 1.2,
respectively.
12.1
Portfolio-Solving with claspfolio
The targeted use-case of claspfolio is to solve a set of heterogeneous problem
instances. In such a case, there is no single well-performing configuration for all
instances but a well-performing configuration has to be selected for each individual
instance. Therefore, claspfolio should be used either in scenarios involving
instances with different characteristics, e.g., due to different encodings, different
sizes or changing constraints, or simply to get a first impression of a well-performing
configuration on a (homogeneous) benchmark set.
The basic idea of claspfolio consists of using numerical characteristics
of instances to select a well-performing configuration from a given set of preselected configurations by using machine learning techniques in order to solve a
given (ground) logic program at hand. These so-called instance features are computed by claspre.
For illustration, consider to use claspfolio to solve an instance of the ricochet robots problem [27], i.e., examples/ricochet robots.lp.gz. To
invoke claspfolio, we have simply to pass the instance via stdin and tell
claspfolio to read from sdtin (-I -).
$ zcat examples/ricochet_robots.lp.gz | \
python ./src/claspfolio.py -I [...]
Time
: 3.288s
Comparing the performance of clasp’s default configuration and the configuration selected by claspfolio shows a 9.1-fold speedup.
$ zcat examples/ricochet_robots.lp.gz | clasp
[...]
Time
: 30.080s
Another way to use claspfolio is to select a configuration for a given set
of instances. In such a setting, claspfolio scores each configuration on each
instance and averages over the scores of each configuration. Such a robust and
Both tools are written in
python 2.7 and require some
external packages – please see
README.
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well-performing configuration of clasp can than be used without further use of
claspfolio which saves some overhead produced by claspfolio (e.g., computing the instance features).
$
%
%
%
%
%
%
%
python ./src/claspfolio.py --oracle_dir <INSTANCE_DIR>
[...]
>>> Algorithm Scores <<<
1-th ranked solver:
Call:
Score:
...
<CONFIGURATION NAME>
<CMD CALL>
<SCORE>
claspfolio lists all configuration sorted by its performance score — starting with
predicted best-performing configuration. Please note that claspfolio minimizes
<SCORE>.
Remark 12.1. claspfolio is trained for a runtime cutoff of 600 seconds. It
will most likely perform well for smaller runtime cutoffs but performance could get
worse with larger runtime cutoffs.
Remark 12.2. claspfolio is trained only on decision problems. Therefore,
claspfolio does not cover enumeration and optimization related parameters in
its selected configurations.
claspfolio provides also an interface to retrain machine learning models on
other problem instances (e.g., to get an claspfolio for enumeration applications).
To this end, claspfolio supports the Algorithm Selection Library format.32 To
determine a well-performing training configuration of claspfolio, we recommend the use of autofolio [64].
12.2
Problem-oriented Configuration of clasp with piclasp
piclasp allows for identifying a single well-performing parameter configuration
in the complete parameter configuration space of clasp. To this end, piclasp
optimizes clasp’s configuration with the automatic algorithm configuration framework SMAC [59]. In the process of determining a configuration, piclasp has to
assess the performance of different clasp configurations on different instances.
Therefore, piclasp needs a lot more computational resources than claspfolio
but has the advantage of adapting clasp even better to a given application.
piclasp has two required parameters:
--instances,-I a directory containing a set of grounded instances on which
the performance of clasp will be optimized.
32
www.aslib.net
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105
--cutoff,-c defines the runtime cutoff of each run of clasp.
We recommend that clasp’s default configuration solves at least 50% of the
given instances with this cutoff. The runtime of piclasp (i.e., the configuration budget) will be approx. 200 times this runtime cutoff to determine a
well-performing configuration of clasp.
To install all required packages of piclasp, please run ‘bash
install.sh’. This locally installs clasp, SMAC, runsolver and claspre.
For illustration, consider to use piclasp to determine a wellperforming configuration again for the ricochet robots problem, you have
to provide a directory with the grounded instances, e.g., a directory with
examples/ricochet robots.lp.gz
Running piclasp with a budget of 3300 seconds (-b 3300) and a runtime
cutoff of 33 seconds per clasp run on this one instance yields the following result.
$ python piclasp.py -b 3300 -c 33 -I <INSTANCE_DIR>
Found 1 instances
[...]
Result of piclasp:
Performance: 0.094000
--backprop --eq=0 --no-gamma --trans-ext=all
--sat-prepro=0 --init-watches=2
--heuristic=Domain --score-other=1
--sign-def=0 --rand-freq=0.05
--strengthen=local,1 --lookahead=no
--otfs=2 --reverse-arcs=3 --dom-mod=5,0
--save-progress=129 --restarts=no
--partial-check=50 --score-res=1
--update-lbd=0 --deletion=no
--loops=common --del-grow=0
--init-moms --contraction=no
Comparing the performance of clasp’s default configuration and the configuration determined by piclasp shows a 295-fold speedup.
$ zcat examples/ricochet_robots.lp.gz | clasp
[...]
Time
: 30.080s
$ zcat examples/ricochet_robots.lp.gz | \
clasp <PICLASP CONFIGURATION>
[...]
Time
: 0.102s
Interestingly, the configuration determined by piclasp changes nearly all parameters of clasp. However, we do not know which of these changes (resp. which
combination) is necessary for the performance improvement.
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106
Remark 12.3. To improve the performance of piclasp, we recommend to run
piclasp with at least 10 independent SMAC runs (option --repetition,-R).
More SMAC runs or a larger configuration budget (option --budget,-B) should
always lead to better results.
Remark 12.4. Algorithm configuration and hence also piclasp works especially
well on homogeneous instance sets (e.g., [27]), that is, there is one configuration that
performs well on all given instances. On heterogeneous instance sets, piclasp will
most likely need a lot more SMAC runs and a larger configuration budget, and it will
still find only configurations with small performance improvements, since clasp’s
default configuration is already optimized to have a robust performance on a large
variety of instances.
Remark 12.5. Using piclasp, the performance of clasp on the given instance
set will improve. However ultimately, the performance of clasp should improve on
new (unseen) instances. Therefore, we strongly recommend to use another (disjoint)
set of instances to assess the performance of the obtained clasp configuration. Remark 12.6. We recommend that piclasp optimizes the performance of clasp
on at least 100 instances (in contrast to our mini example above). On smaller instance
sets, the determined configuration may not perform well on yet unseen instances. 13
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Future Work
We conclude this guide with a brief outlook on the future development of
gringo [46], clasp [43], and clingo [33]. An important goal of future releases will be improving usability by adding functionalities that make some errors
and warnings obsolete. In particular, we consider adding support for arbitrary positive loops as well as language constructs that allow for redefining atoms in incremental logic programs. Aggregates in clasp that are involved in non-HCF components
are currently compiled into normal rules, adding support for native treatment of such
aggregates is an interesting topic. Systems like clingcon [45, 69] support multivalued variables and constraints that cannot be encoded efficiently in plain ASP in a
straightforward manner. This will be addressed in the near future by including constraint processing capacities into grounding as well as solving. The asprin system [11] supports complex preferences that go beyond simple cardinality or subset
minimization. We are planning to extend the input language of gringo to be able to
express general aggregate-like language constructs, which allow for representing the
multitude of constraints available in Constraint Programming [73] as well as complex preferences, as treated by asprin. For the representation of ground programs,
we are working on a new intermediate language format to fix some shortcomings of
the smodels format and also to represent general language constructs.
A
A
Complementary Resources
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Complementary Resources
Books [7, 32, 48]
Language Standard [15]
Semantics of gringo’s input language [26, 57]
Potassco publications
Articles http://www.cs.uni-potsdam.de/wv/publications/
index.html
Potassco book http://potassco.sourceforge.net/book.
html
Potassco mailing lists
potassco-users http://sourceforge.net/p/potassco/
mailman/potassco-users
potassco-announce http://sourceforge.net/p/
potassco/mailman/potassco-announce
Potassco videos http://potassco.sourceforge.net/videos.html
Potassco teaching material http://potassco.sourceforge.net/
teaching.html
Potassco FAQ http://potassco.sourceforge.net/faq.html
Potassco sourceforge resources
Bug tracker http://sourceforge.net/p/potassco/bugs
Feature requests http://sourceforge.net/p/potassco/bugs
Wiki http://sourceforge.net/p/potassco/wiki
Further resources http://potassco.sourceforge.net/links.html
B
B
Differences to the Language of gringo 3
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Differences to the Language of gringo 3
This section is not yet ready for publishing and will be included in one of the forthcoming editions of this guide.
Information on differences between the languages of gringo 3 and 4 can be
obtained here:
• NOTES in gringo/clingo distribution
Removed features
• #hide statements
• #domain statements
• #compute statements
• aggregates
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– #avg
– #even/#odd
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Index
Index
aggregate, 30
average, #avg, 109
body, 31
condition, 28
count, #count, 31
even, #even, 109
head, 32
maximum, #max, 31
minimum, #min, 31
odd, #odd, 109
sum plus, #sum+, 31
sum, #sum, 31
arithmetic function, 24
absolute value, |¨|, 24
addition, +, 24
bitwise and, &, 24
bitwise complement, ˜, 24
bitwise or, ?, 24
bitwise xor, ˆ, 24
division, /, 24
exponentiation, **, 24
modulo, \, 24
multiplication, *, 24
subtraction, -, 24
unary minus, -, 24
atom, see also literal, 19
see aggregate
Boolean constant, 24
see comparison predicate
see pooling
heuristic predicate, 75
factor, 79
false, 77
init, 79
level, 76
sign, 75
true, 77
literal, see also atom, 19
conditional, 28
head, 23
logic program, 19
disjunctive, 22
normal, 19
lua, 39
meta-statement, 43
comment, 43
const, #const, 44
external, #external, 45
see optimization
program part, #program, 45
show, #show, 43
negation, see also literal
classical, 22
default, 19
double, 23
domain predicate, 30
optimization, 37
maximize, #maximize, 37
minimize, #minimize, 37
optimization directive, 87
preference program, 95
preference specification, 87
preference element, 87
preference statement, 87
weighted formula, 87
see preference type
weak constraint, 37
external function, 39
pooling, ;, 28
comparison predicate, 25
greater or equal, >=, 25
greater, >, 25
inequality, !=, 25
less or equal, <=, 25
less, <, 25
conditional literal, 28
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Index
preference type, 90
and, 93
aso, 91
less(cardinality), 91
less(weight), 91
lexico, 93
more(cardinality), 91
more(weight), 91
neg, 93
pareto, 93
poset, 91
subset, 91
superset, 91
python, 39
rule
disjunctive, 22
fact, 19
integrity constraint, 19
normal, 19
safety, 21
aggregate, 34
arithmetic function, 25
comparison predicate, 27
external, #external, 45
interval, 27
maximize, #maximize, 38
minimize, #minimize, 38
preference statement, 88
show, #show, 44
weak constraint, 38
term, 17
#inf, 17
#sup, 17
anonymous variable, 17
see arithmetic function
constant, 17
see external function
function, 17
integer, 17, 24
interval, 27
see pooling
string, 17
variable, 17
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