Effective Integration of Declarative Rules with External Evaluations for Semantic-Web Reasoning

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Towards providing a suitable tool for building the Rule Layer of the Semantic Web, hex-programs have been introduced as a special kind of logic programs featuring capabilities for higher-order reasoning, interfacing with external sources of computation, and default negation. Their semantics is based on the notion of answer sets, providing a transparent interoperability with the Ontology Layer of the Semantic Web and full declarativity. In this paper, we identify classes of hex-programs feasible for implementation yet keeping the desirable advantages of the full language. A general method for combining and evaluating sub-programs belonging to arbitrary classes is introduced, thus enlarging the variety of programs whose execution is practicable. Implementation activity on the current prototype is also reported.