Commonsense Reasoning

Commonsense Reasoning

An Event Calculus Based Approach

2nd Edition - October 16, 2014

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  • Author: Erik T. Mueller
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128014165
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128016473

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To endow computers with common sense is one of the major long-term goals of artificial intelligence research. One approach to this problem is to formalize commonsense reasoning using mathematical logic. Commonsense Reasoning: An Event Calculus Based Approach is a detailed, high-level reference on logic-based commonsense reasoning. It uses the event calculus, a highly powerful and usable tool for commonsense reasoning, which Erik Mueller demonstrates as the most effective tool for the broadest range of applications. He provides an up-to-date work promoting the use of the event calculus for commonsense reasoning, and bringing into one place information scattered across many books and papers. Mueller shares the knowledge gained in using the event calculus and extends the literature with detailed event calculus solutions that span many areas of the commonsense world. The Second Edition features new chapters on commonsense reasoning using unstructured information including the Watson system, commonsense reasoning using answer set programming, and techniques for acquisition of commonsense knowledge including crowdsourcing.

Key Features

  • Understand techniques for automated commonsense reasoning
  • Incorporate commonsense reasoning into software solutions
  • Acquire a broad understanding of the field of commonsense reasoning
  • Gain comprehensive knowledge of the human capacity for commonsense reasoning


Researchers and graduate students in the areas of cognitive science and artificial intelligence.

Table of Contents

  • Part I: Foundations

    Part II: Commonsense Phenomena

    Part III: Commonsense Domains

    Part IV: Default Reasoning

    Part V: Programs and Applications

    Part VI: Logical and Non-logical Methods

    Part VII: Knowledge Acquisition

    Part VIII: Conclusion

    Part IX: Appendices

Product details

  • No. of pages: 516
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Morgan Kaufmann 2014
  • Published: October 16, 2014
  • Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128014165
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128016473

About the Author

Erik T. Mueller

Affiliations and Expertise

IBM Watson Group and IBM Research, New York, USA

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