Reactive rules are used for programming rule-based Web agents, which have the ability to detect events and respond to them automatically and can have complex structure and unpredictable behavior. The aim of this paper is to provide an appropriate formal framework for analyzing such rules.
To achieve this goal, the authors give two alternative semantics for the basic reactive rules’ families which allow us to specify reactive rule-based agents and verify their intended behavior. The first approach expresses the functionality of production and event condition action rules in terms of equations, whereas the second methodology is based in the formalism of rewriting logic. Both semantics can be expressed within the framework of CafeOBJ algebraic specification language, which then offers the verification support and have their advantages and downsides.
The authors report on experiences gained by applying those methodologies in a reactive rule-based system and compare the two methodologies.
Finally, the authors demonstrate a tool that translates a set of reactive rules into CafeOBJ rewrite rules, thus making the verification of reactive rules possible for inexperienced users.
Ksystra, K. and Stefaneas, P. (2016), "Formal analysis and verification support for reactive rule-based Web agents", International Journal of Web Information Systems, Vol. 12 No. 4, pp. 418-447. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJWIS-04-2016-0024Download as .RIS
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