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Reasoning about knowledge--particularly the knowledge of agents who reason about the world and each other's knowledge--was once the exclusive province of philosophers and puzzle solvers. More recently, this type of reasoning has been shown to play a key role in a surprising number of contexts, from understanding conversations to the analysis of distributed computer algorithms.Reasoning About Knowledge is the first book to provide a general discussion of approaches to reasoning about knowledge and its applications to distributed systems, artificial intelligence, and game theory. It brings eight years of work by the authors into a cohesive framework for understanding and analyzing reasoning about knowledge that is intuitive, mathematically well founded, useful in practice, and widely applicable. The book is almost completely self-contained and should be accessible to readers in a variety of disciplines, including computer science, artificial intelligence, linguistics, philosophy, cognitive science, and game theory. Each chapter includes exercises and bibliographic notes.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780262562003
ISBN-10: 0262562006
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 178mm x 25mm)
Pages: 536
Imprint: Bradford Books
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 6-Feb-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Ronald Fagin

Moshe Y. Vardi is Karen Ostrum George Professor in Computational Engineering and Chair of the Computer Science Department, Rice University.