Title

Generalized Distance Functions in the Theory of Computation

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-1-2010

Abstract

We discuss a number of distance functions encountered in the theory of computation, including metrics, ultra-metrics, quasi-metrics, generalized ultrametrics, partial metrics, d-ultra-metrics, and generalized metrics. We consider their properties, associated fixed-point theorems, and some general applications they have within the theory of computation. We consider in detail the applications of generalized distance functions in giving a uniform treatment of several important semantics for logic programs, including acceptable programs and natural generalizations of them, and also the supported model and the stable model in the context of locally stratified extended disjunctive logic programs and databases.

DOI

10.1093/comjnl/bxm108