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PhD projects available

The Group is active in the Mind, Brain and Reasoning doctoral programme, which is now advertising for 4 fully funded three-year PhD scholarships. If you are interested in applying to work with us, please note that we have a list of projects for which we are offering supervision.

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La matematica della filosofia (Pi Day 2021)

In occasione della giornata internazionale della matematica, conosciuta da tempo come come Pi Day, il Gruppo di Logica del Dipartimento di Filosofia “Piero Martinetti” dell’Università degli studi di Milano, in collaborazione con MaddMaths!, organizza un incontro rivolto alle studenti, agli studenti e al pubblico generale centrato sul contributo della matematica alla filosofia. Ospite dell’incontro sarà Marco Malvaldi, autore di gialli e romanzi storici di grande successo, oltre a saggi di divulgazione scientifica, tra cui il più recente è La direzione del pensiero. Matematica e filosofia per distinguere cause e conseguenze (Raffaello Cortina, 2020).

L’incontro, dal titolo Andare nel pallone: La causalità applicata al gioco del calcio sarà trasmesso in streaming domenica 14 marzo alle ore 18 sul canale YouTube del Gruppo di Logica

ANDARE NEL PALLONE:
LA CAUSALITÀ APPLICATA AL GIOCO DEL CALCIO
Un incontro sulla matematica della filosofia con Marco Malvaldi.
14 marzo 2021, ore 18

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Boolean algebras of conditionals, probability and logic

This paper presents an investigation on the structure of conditional events and on the probability measures which arise naturally in this context. In particular we introduce a construction which defines a (finite) Boolean algebra of conditionals from any (finite) Boolean algebra of events. By doing so we distinguish the properties of conditional events which depend on probability and those which are intrinsic to the logico-algebraic structure of conditionals. Our main result provides a way to regard standard two-place conditional probabilities as one-place probability functions on conditional events. We also consider a logical counterpart of our Boolean algebras of conditionals with links to preferential consequence relations for non-monotonic reasoning. The overall framework of this paper provides a novel perspective on the rich interplay between logic and probability in the representation of conditional knowledge.

KEYWORDS Conditional probability; conditional events; Boolean algebras; preferential consequence relations

T. Flaminio, L. Godo and  H. Hosni. (2020). “Boolean algebras of conditionals, probability and logic” Artificial Intelligence.  doi.org/10.1016/j.artint.2020.103347 (Open Access)

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Logic Supergroup

The Milano Logic Group joined the Logic Supergroup. It all started as a worldwide alliance of logicians in quarantine. But it’s so much more now!

We’ll soon release our plans for our 2020/2021 logic seminar.

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new paper publications

A Fully Rational Account of Structured Argumentation Under Resource Bounds

ASPIC+ is an established general framework for argumentation and non-monotonic reasoning. However ASPIC+ does not satisfy the non-contamination rationality postulates, and moreover, tacitly assumes unbounded resources when demonstrating satisfaction of the consistency postulates. In this paper we present a new version of ASPIC+ – Dialectical ASPIC+ – that is fully rational under resource bounds.

M. D’Agostino and S. Modgil. A Fully Rational Account of Structured Argumentation Under Resource Bounds. Proceedings of the Twenty-Ninth International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-20)

IJCAI, the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, is the premier conference for the international AI community to communicate the advances and achievements of AI research. 
IJCAI-PRICAI20 received  4717 valid submissions, of which only 592 have been accepted, for a record-low overall acceptance rate of 12.6%.

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Depth-Bounded Approximations of Probability

Logica Milano

We introduce measures of uncertainty that are based on Depth-Bounded Logics and resemble belief functions. We show that our measures can be seen as approximation of classical probability measures over classical logic, and that a variant of the PSAT problem for them is solvable in polynomial time.

Baldi P., D’Agostino M., Hosni H. (2020) “Depth-Bounded Approximations of Probability”. In: Lesot MJ. et al. (eds) Information Processing and Management of Uncertainty in Knowledge-Based Systems. IPMU 2020. Communications in Computer and Information Science, vol 1239. Springer, Cham DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-50153-2_45

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seminar

Rasmus Rendsvig – Logics for Social Networks

11 June 2020 – 5pm on Teams

In this talk, I will discuss logics for social networks, their epistemic extensions, and dynamics in such structure, including diffusion as modeled by threshold models. I will present a selection of recent models for social networks and their epistemics, with a focus on how these may be represented using dynamic term-modal logic (DTML)—a dynamic, quantified
modal/epistemic logic, where the subscripts of operators are first-order terms, allowing formulas such as $\exist x K_x N(x,b)$: there exists and agent that knows that it is networked with agent b. DTML is based on an enriched version of action models of dynamic epistemic logic fame, and comes with a complete set of reduction axioms. Modelling social network dynamics in DTML thus directly provide sound and complete logics. Additionally, such logics are decidable when only a finite set of agents is considered.

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Rasmus K. Rendsvig is Postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Information and Bubble Studies,University of Copenhagen

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Depth-bounded Belief Functions

This paper introduces and investigates Depth-bounded Belief functions, a logic-based representation of quantified uncertainty. Depth-bounded Belief functions are based on the framework of Depth-bounded Boolean logics, which provide a hierarchy of approximations to classical logic. Similarly, Depth-bounded Belief functions give rise to a hierarchy of increasingly tighter lower and upper bounds over classical measures of uncertainty. This has the rather welcome consequence that “higher logical abilities” lead to sharper uncertainty quantification. In particular, our main results identify the conditions under which Dempster-Shafer Belief functions and probability functions can be represented as a limit of a suitable sequence of Depth-bounded Belief functions.

KEYWORDS: Belief functions; Uncertain reasoning; Depth-bounded logics; Probability.

P. Baldi and H. Hosni. (2020). “Depth-bounded Belief FunctionsInternatonal Journal of Approximate Reasoning, Volume 123, August 2020, Pages 26-40. doi.org/10.1016/j.ijar.2020.05.001 (Open Access)

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2nd Workshop on Logic and Information

The event will take place on November 28 in Aula Paci. For more details, see here.

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New Paper

A new paper by Hykel Hosni and co-author Enrico Marchioni titled “Possibilistic randomisation in strategic-form games” has been published. Details here.