The expressiveness of spider diagrams augmented with constants

Gem Stapleton, John Taylor, Simon Thompson, John Howse

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Abstract

Spider diagrams are a visual language for expressing logical statements or constraints. Several sound and complete spider diagram systems have been developed and it has been shown that they are equivalent in expressive power to monadic first order logic with equality. However, these sound and complete spider diagram systems do not contain syntactic elements analogous to constants in first order predicate logic. We extend the spider diagram language to include constant spiders which represent specific individuals. Formal semantics are given for the extended diagram language. We prove that this extended system is equivalent in expressive power to the language of spider diagrams without constants and, hence, equivalent to monadic first order logic with equality..
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-98
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Visual Languages and Computing
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2009

Keywords

  • Diagrammatic logic
  • Visual formalism
  • Formal methods

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