## Abstract

In this paper, we propose a Petri nets formalism for the verification of rule based systems. Typical structural errors in a rule based system are redundancy, inconsistency, incompleteness, and circularity. Since our verification is based on Petri nets and their incidence matrix, so we need to transform rules into a Petri net first, then derive an incidence matrix from the net. In order to let a rule based system immune from the above described structural errors, we have observed that for all columns in the matrix, all positive entries must be on the above of all negative entries; and for all rows in the matrix, all positive entries must be at the right of all negative entries. If it is not the case, the rule based system may commit errors. Based on this concept, we have developed a tool consisting of the following four phases: rule normalization, rule ordering, rule-to-Petri-net transformation, and rule verification. In phase one, we normalize the rules into Horn clauses. We rearrange the ordering of these normalized rules in phase two, then transform the reordered rules into a Petri net and its corresponding incidence matrix in phase three. In phase four, we perform the rule verification based on the incidence matrix.

Original language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | 476-481 |

Number of pages | 6 |

Journal | Proceedings - IEEE Computer Society's International Computer Software and Applications Conference |

State | Published - 1998 |

Event | Proceedings of the 1998 IEEE 22nd Annual International Computer Software & Applications Conference - Vienna, Austria Duration: 19 Aug 1998 → 21 Aug 1998 |