[DL] Campactness

Carsten Lutz clu at tcs.inf.tu-dresden.de
Tue Jan 23 09:57:51 CET 2007

On Fri, 19 Jan 2007, Marcio Moretto Ribeiro wrote:
> I would like to ask about the compactness of the description logics. Which
> dls are compact?  Or what characteristic makes a dl compact? Is every dl
> compact?
> I have searched the literature and the web, but I haven't found any work
> mentioning the compatness of the description logics.

All DLs which are fragments of first-order logic inherit compactness, 
which includes e.g. EL, ALC, SHIQ, and OWL-DL. However, it is not true 
that all DLs are compact. Take for example ALC_reg, i.e., ALC extended
with the role operators union, composition, and reflexive-transitive
closure. This DL is a notational variant of PDL (Propositional Dynamic
Logic), and the latter is well-known to be not compact (c.f. for example
the monograph on PDL by HarelKozenTiuryn).


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