Valda Seminar: Michaël Thomazo

Postponed.

ENS, S16

Capturing Homomorphism-Closed Decidable Queries with Existential Rules

Existential rules are a well studied ontology-mediated query language for which the chase represents a generic computational approach for query answering. It is straightforward that existential rule queries exhibiting chase termination are decidable and can only recognize properties that are preserved under homomorphisms. In this paper, we show the converse: every decidable query that is closed under homomorphism can be expressed by an existential rule set for which the standard chase universally terminates. Membership in this fragment is not decidable, but we show via a diagonalisation argument that this is unavoidable.

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