By Patrick Cousot (auth.), Berthe Y. Choueiry, Toby Walsh (eds.)
This quantity comprises the court cases of SARA 2000, the fourth Symposium on Abstraction, Reformulations, and Approximation (SARA). The convention was once held at Horseshoe Bay hotel and convention membership, Lake LBJ, Texas, July 26– 29, 2000, simply sooner than the AAAI 2000 convention in Austin. prior SARA meetings came about at Jackson gap in Wyoming (1994), Ville d’Est´erel in Qu´ebec (1995), and Asilomar in California (1998). The symposium grewout of a chain of workshops on abstraction, approximation, and reformulation that had taken position along AAAI considering that 1989. This year’s symposium used to be truly scheduled to occur at Lago Vista golf equipment & lodge on Lake Travis yet, end result of the resort’s failure to pay taxes, the convention needed to be moved past due within the day. This mischance engendered eleventh-hour reformulations, abstractions, and source re-allocations of its personal. Such are the perils of organizing a convention. this can be the ?rst SARA for which the lawsuits were released within the LNAI sequence of Springer-Verlag. we are hoping that it is a re?ection of the elevated adulthood of the ?eld and that the elevated visibility introduced through the booklet of this quantity may also help the self-discipline develop even additional. Abstractions, reformulations, and approximations (AR&A) have came upon - plications in a number of disciplines and difficulties together with computerized progr- ming, constraint delight, layout, prognosis, laptop studying, making plans, qu- itative reasoning, scheduling, source allocation, and theorem proving. The - pers during this quantity seize a cross-section of those software domains.
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