DIMACS - Series in Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science
Volume: 31; 1997; 248 pp; Hardcover
MSC: Primary 68; 03;
Print ISBN: 978-0-8218-0517-6
Product Code: DIMACS/31
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Descriptive Complexity and Finite ModelsShare this page
Edited by Neil Immerman; Phokion G. Kolaitis
A co-publication of the AMS and DIMACS
“We hope that this small volume will suggest directions of synergy and contact for future researchers to build upon, creating connections and making discoveries that will help explain some of the many mysteries of computation.”
—from the Preface
Finite model theory can be succinctly described as the study of logics on finite structures. It is an area of research existing between mathematical logic and computer science. This area has been developing through continuous interaction with computational complexity, database theory, and combinatorics.
The volume presents articles by leading researchers who delivered talks at the “Workshop on Finite Models and Descriptive Complexity” at Princeton in January 1996 during a DIMACS-sponsored Special Year on Logic and Algorithms. Each article is self-contained and provides a valuable introduction to the featured research areas connected with finite model theory.
Co-published with the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science beginning with Volume 8. Volumes 1–7 were co-published with the Association for Computer Machinery (ACM).