Knowledge Interchange Format


Knowledge Interchange Format (KIF) is a computer-oriented language for the interchange of knowledge among disparate programs. It has declarative semantics (i.e. the meaning of expressions in the representation can be understood without appeal to an interpreter for manipulating those expressions); it is logically comprehensive (i.e. it provides for the expression of arbitrary sentences in the first-order predicate calculus); it provides for the representation of knowledge about knowledge.

This document is a working draft for an American National Standard for KIF. It represents the consensus of the X3T2 Ad Hoc Group on KIF as of March 1995.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Syntax
  3. Logic
  4. Numbers
  5. Lists
  6. Characters and Strings
  7. Metaknowledge

Michael R. Genesereth