# sorts

2013

Howson[1997] mentions this in Chapter 5, under 'mixed domains'.

There is detailed explanation elsewhere.

And here are the exercises in the 'Howson' syntax.

Type notation for the Universal Quantifier.

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12/19/09

### Extending the notation

At first site, having an equivalence between types (lower case letters a..v) and monadic predicates (upper case A..V) might seem limiting. But it can be extending to a degree by introducing definitions for more complex single variable predicates. For example, say you have

(Mx∧Dx)⊃Nx (*notice the free variable x*)

as a fancier category (those things which if they are M and D are also N), then you could introduce a monadic predicate definition for this, via an equivalence eg

12/13/09 under construction

### Order Sorted Logic

### Reading

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A Oberschelp [1990] 'Order-Sorted Predicate Logic' in K.H.Blasius et al. eds.[1990] *Sorts and Types in Artificial Intelligence*

### Tutorial

We have seen that sorted logic is more natural in most settings (for example, we don't want to be concerning ourselves with whether Julius Caesar is or is not a prime number).

And the sorts may well be disjoint: people are one sort, numbers are another sort, and nothing is both.

12/13/09

### Sorted Logic

(Many) sorted logic, with sorts or sort labels, is very similar in concept and execution to the types and type labels just discussed (in fact, many texts use the two terms interchangeably). There is, though, a conceptual difference. It is that whereas both ordinary logic and logic with type labels use one (homogenous) domain or universe, sorted logic uses a (usually stratified, heterogenous) domain which consists of two or more sub-domains.

An example will help.

2013

Type labels are one way to approach what seem to be different domains in use in the same reasoning. What we are going to do here is to tag the variables with a type to indicate that they are subject to a particular monadic (one-place) predicate applying to what they pick out. An example will help, say 'All men die' is symbolized

(∀x)(Mx⊃Dx)

8/30/09

### Prerequisities

You need to know predicate logic to be able to understand this. Checking through Easy Deriver or Deriver would put would put you about where you need to be.

### Skills to be acquired in this section:

To become familiar with type labeled and sorted logic.

### Reading

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### The Henkin-Hintikka Game: Endorse-Deny

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