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Order Independent Temporal Properties


The paper investigates temporal properties that are invariant with respect to the temporal ordering and that are expressible by temporal query languages either explicit like FO(≤) or implicit like TL. In the case of an explicit time representation, these "order invariant" temporal properties are simply those expressible in the language FO(=). In the case of an implicit time representation, we introduce a new language, TL(E i) that captures exactly these properties. The expressive power of the language TL(E i) is characterized via a gameà la Ehrenfeucht-Fraïssé. This provides another proof, using a more classical technique, that the implicit temporal language TL is strictly less expressive than the explicit temporal language FO(≤). This alternative proof is interesting by itself and opens new perspectives in the investigation of results of the same kind for more expressive implicit temporal languages than TL.
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hal-02887779 , version 1 (02-07-2020)



Nicole Bidoit, Sandra de Amo, Luc Segoufin. Order Independent Temporal Properties. Journal of Logic and Computation, 2004, 14 (2), pp.277-298. ⟨10.1093/logcom/14.2.277⟩. ⟨hal-02887779⟩
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