In this paper we introduce RankPL, a modeling language that can be thought of
as a qualitative variant of a probabilistic programming language with a
semantics based on Spohn's ranking theory. Broadly speaking, RankPL can be used
to represent and reason about processes that exhibit uncertainty expressible by
distinguishing "normal" from" surprising" events...
RankPL allows (iterated)
revision of rankings over alternative program states and supports various types
of reasoning, including abduction and causal inference. We present the
language, its denotational semantics, and a number of practical examples. We
also discuss an implementation of RankPL that is available for download.