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Behavioral Petri nets: a model for diagnostic knowledge representation and reasoning

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1 Author(s)
Portinale, L. ; Dipartimento di Inf., Torino Univ., Italy

Some of the most popular approaches to model-based diagnosis consist of reasoning about a model of the behaviour of the system to be diagnosed by considering a set of observations about such a system and by explaining it in terms of a set of initial causes. This process has been widely modeled via logical formalisms essentially taking into account declarative aspects. In this paper, a new approach is proposed, where the diagnostic process is captured within a framework based on the formalism of Petri nets. We introduce a particular net model, called Behavioral Petri Net (BPN), We show how the formalization of the diagnostic process can be obtained in terms of reachability in a BPN and can be implemented by exploiting classical analysis techniques of Petri nets like reachability graph analysis and P-invariant computation. Advantages of the proposed methods, like suitability to parallel processing and exploitation of linear algebra techniques, are then pointed out

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Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Part B: Cybernetics, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:27 ,  Issue: 2 )