On point-duration networks for temporal reasoning
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We present here a point-duration network formalism which extends the point algebra model to include additional variables that represent durations between points of time. Thereafter the new qualitative model is enlarged for allowing unary metric constraints on points and durations, subsuming in this way several point-based approaches to temporal reasoning. We deal with some reasoning tasks within the new models and we show that the main problem, deciding consistency, is NP-complete. However, tractable special cases are identified and we show efficient algorithms for checking consistency, finding a solution and obtaining the minimal network.