From Simplified Kripke-Style Semantics to Simplified Analytic Tableaux for Some Normal Modal Logics

  • Yaroslav Petrukhin
  • Michał ZawidzkiEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11946)


Modal logics \(\mathsf{K45}\), \(\mathsf{KB4}\), \(\mathsf{KD45}\) and \(\mathsf{S5}\) are of particular interest in knowledge representation, especially in the context of knowledge and belief modelling. Pietruszczak showed that these logics are curious for another reason, namely for the fact that their Kripke-style semantics can be simplified. A simplified frame has the form \(\langle W,A\rangle \), where \(A\subseteq W\). A reachability relation R may be defined as \(R=W\times A\), which, however, makes it superfluous to explicitly refer to it. It is well-known that \(\mathsf{S5}\) is determined by Kripke frames with \(R=W\times W\), i.e., \(A=W\). Pietruszczak showed what classes of simplified frames determine \(\mathsf{K45}\), \(\mathsf{KD45}\), and \(\mathsf{KB4}\). These results were generalized to the extensions of these logics by Segerberg’s formulas. In this paper, we devise sound, complete and terminating prefixed tableau algorithms based on simplified semantics for these logics. Since no separate rules are needed to handle the reachability relation and prefixes do not store any extra information, the calculi are accessible and conceptually simple and the process of countermodel-construction out of an open tableau branch is straightforward. Moreover, we obtain a nice explanation of why these logics are computationally easier than most modal logics, in particular \(\textsc {NP}\)-complete.


Modal logic Automated reasoning Decision procedures Analytic tableaux Simplified Kripke-style semantics 



We would like to thank the anonymous reviewers whose comments helped substantially improve this paper.


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  1. 1.Department of LogicUniversity of ŁódźŁódźPoland

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