An Interval-Based Temporal Algebra Based On Binary Encoding Of Point Relations
This paper presents a method for representing temporal interval relations using a bit-encoded form of the relationships between interval end points. The set of bit patterns for each interval relationship yields a unique, single-byte signature that forms the basis of a binary temporal algebra. Also presented is a matrix multiplication algorithm for computing transitive relations based on the definition of sum and product operations for the bit-encoded relation signatures. This bit-encoding encompasses the representation of unknown relations between end points of two intervals and captures ambiguities within a temporal system while providing an efficient binary algebra. Finally, an algorithm to compute the transitive closure over a set of intervals forming a temporal system is presented. The algorithm's complexity is analyzed and is O(n3), worst case, where n is the number of temporal intervals within the system. Empirical observations indicate that the closure algorithm completes in O(n2) time, on average. The small memory footprint for the bit-code, the algorithmic transitive relation calculation, and the closure algorithm, together, form an efficient method for providing machine-based temporal reasoning capabilities. © 2000 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
International Journal of Intelligent Systems
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Kovarik, Vincent J. and Gonzalez, Avelino J., "An Interval-Based Temporal Algebra Based On Binary Encoding Of Point Relations" (2000). Scopus Export 2000s. 1014.