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Quantitative languages
"... Quantitative generalizations of classical languages, which assign to each word a real number instead of a boolean value, have applications in modeling resourceconstrained computation. We use weighted automata (finite automata with transition weights) to define several natural classes of quantitativ ..."
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Quantitative generalizations of classical languages, which assign to each word a real number instead of a boolean value, have applications in modeling resourceconstrained computation. We use weighted automata (finite automata with transition weights) to define several natural classes of quantitative languages over finite and infinite words; in particular, the real value of an infinite run is computed as the maximum, limsup, liminf, limit average, or discounted sum of the transition weights. We define the classical decision problems of automata theory (emptiness, universality, language inclusion, and language equivalence) in the quantitative setting and study their computational complexity. As the decidability of the languageinclusion problem remains open for some classes of weighted automata, we introduce a notion of quantitative simulation that is decidable and implies language inclusion. We also give a complete characterization of the expressive power of the various classes of weighted automata. In particular, we show that most classes of weighted
Better quality in synthesis through quantitative objectives
 In CoRR, abs/0904.2638
, 2009
"... Abstract. Most specification languages express only qualitative constraints. However, among two implementations that satisfy a given specification, one may be preferred to another. For example, if a specification asks that every request is followed by a response, one may prefer an implementation tha ..."
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Abstract. Most specification languages express only qualitative constraints. However, among two implementations that satisfy a given specification, one may be preferred to another. For example, if a specification asks that every request is followed by a response, one may prefer an implementation that generates responses quickly but does not generate unnecessary responses. We use quantitative properties to measure the “goodness ” of an implementation. Using games with corresponding quantitative objectives, we can synthesize “optimal ” implementations, which are preferred among the set of possible implementations that satisfy a given specification. In particular, we show how automata with lexicographic meanpayoff conditions can be used to express many interesting quantitative properties for reactive systems. In this framework, the synthesis of optimal implementations requires the solution of lexicographic meanpayoff games (for safety requirements), and the solution of games with both lexicographic meanpayoff and parity objectives (for liveness requirements). We present algorithms for solving both kinds of novel graph games. 1
Weighted automata and weighted logics
 In Automata, Languages and Programming – 32nd International Colloquium, ICALP 2005
, 2005
"... Abstract. Weighted automata are used to describe quantitative properties in various areas such as probabilistic systems, image compression, speechtotext processing. The behaviour of such an automaton is a mapping, called a formal power series, assigning to each word a weight in some semiring. We g ..."
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Abstract. Weighted automata are used to describe quantitative properties in various areas such as probabilistic systems, image compression, speechtotext processing. The behaviour of such an automaton is a mapping, called a formal power series, assigning to each word a weight in some semiring. We generalize Büchi’s and Elgot’s fundamental theorems to this quantitative setting. We introduce a weighted version of MSO logic and prove that, for commutative semirings, the behaviours of weighted automata are precisely the formal power series definable with our weighted logic. We also consider weighted firstorder logic and show that aperiodic series coincide with the firstorder definable ones, if the semiring is locally finite, commutative and has some aperiodicity property. 1
Linear and Branching Metrics for Quantitative Transition Systems
 In Proceedings of the 31st International Colloquium on Automata, Languages and Programming
, 2004
"... We extend the basic system relations of trace inclusion, trace equivalence, simulation, and bisimulation to a quantitative setting in which propositions are interpreted not as boolean values, but as real values in the interval [0; 1]. Trace inclusion and equivalence give rise to asymmetrical and ..."
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We extend the basic system relations of trace inclusion, trace equivalence, simulation, and bisimulation to a quantitative setting in which propositions are interpreted not as boolean values, but as real values in the interval [0; 1]. Trace inclusion and equivalence give rise to asymmetrical and symmetrical linear distances, while simulation and bisimulation give rise to asymmetrical and symmetrical branching distances. We study the relationships among these distances, and we provide a full logical characterization of the distances in terms of quantitative versions of LTL and calculus. We show that, while trace inclusion (resp. equivalence) coincides with simulation (resp. bisimulation) for deterministic boolean transition systems, linear and branching distances do not coincide for deterministic quantitative transition systems. Finally, we provide algorithms for computing the distances, together with matching lower and upper complexity bounds.
Games where you can play optimally without any memory
 In CONCUR 2005, LNCS
, 2005
"... Abstract. Reactive systems are often modelled as two person antagonistic games where one player represents the system while his adversary represents the environment. Undoubtedly, the most popular games in this context are parity games and their cousins (Rabin, Streett and Muller games). Recently how ..."
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Abstract. Reactive systems are often modelled as two person antagonistic games where one player represents the system while his adversary represents the environment. Undoubtedly, the most popular games in this context are parity games and their cousins (Rabin, Streett and Muller games). Recently however also games with other types of payments, like discounted or meanpayoff [5,6], previously used only in economic context, entered into the area of system modelling and verification. The most outstanding property of parity, meanpayoff and discounted games is the existence of optimal positional (memoryless) strategies for both players. This observation raises two questions: (1) can we characterise the family of payoff mappings for which there always exist optimal positional strategies for both players and (2) are there other payoff mappings with practical or theoretical interest and admitting optimal positional strategies. This paper provides a complete answer to the first question by presenting a simple necessary and sufficient condition on payoff mapping guaranteeing the existence of optimal positional strategies. As a corollary to this result we show the following remarkable property of payoff mappings: if both players have optimal positional strategies when playing solitary oneplayer games then also they have optimal positional strategies for twoplayer games.
Expressiveness and closure properties for quantitative languages
 In Proc. of LICS: Logic in Computer Science. IEEE Comp. Soc
, 2009
"... Abstract. Weighted automata are nondeterministic automata with numerical weights on transitions. They can define quantitative languages L that assign to each word w a real number L(w). In the case of infinite words, the value of a run is naturally computed as the maximum, limsup, liminf, limit avera ..."
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Abstract. Weighted automata are nondeterministic automata with numerical weights on transitions. They can define quantitative languages L that assign to each word w a real number L(w). In the case of infinite words, the value of a run is naturally computed as the maximum, limsup, liminf, limit average, or discounted sum of the transition weights. We study expressiveness and closure questions about these quantitative languages. We first show that the set of words with value greater than a threshold can be nonωregular for deterministic limitaverage and discountedsum automata, while this set is always ωregular when the threshold is isolated (i.e., some neighborhood around the threshold contains no word). In the latter case, we prove that the ωregular language is robust against small perturbations of the transition weights. We next consider automata with transition weights 0 or 1 and show that they are as expressive as general weighted automata in the limitaverage case, but not in the discountedsum case. Third, for quantitative languages L1 and L2, we consider the operations max(L1, L2), min(L1, L2), and 1−L1, which generalize the boolean operations on languages, as well as the sum L1 +L2. We establish the closure properties of all classes of quantitative languages with respect to these four operations. 1
Measuring and synthesizing systems in probabilistic environments
 CoRR
"... Abstract. Often one has a preference order among the different systems that satisfy a given specification. Under a probabilistic assumption about the possible inputs, such a preference order is naturally expressed by a weighted automaton, which assigns to each word a value, such that a system is pre ..."
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Abstract. Often one has a preference order among the different systems that satisfy a given specification. Under a probabilistic assumption about the possible inputs, such a preference order is naturally expressed by a weighted automaton, which assigns to each word a value, such that a system is preferred if it generates a higher expected value. We solve the following optimalsynthesis problem: given an omegaregular specification, a Markov chain that describes the distribution of inputs, and a weighted automaton that measures how well a system satisfies the given specification under the given input assumption, synthesize a system that optimizes the measured value. For safety specifications and measures that are defined by meanpayoff automata, the optimalsynthesis problem amounts to finding a strategy in a Markov decision process (MDP) that is optimal for a longrun average reward objective, which can be done in polynomial time. For general omegaregular specifications, the solution rests on a new, polynomialtime algorithm for computing optimal strategies in MDPs with meanpayoff parity objectives. We present some experimental results showing optimal systems that were automatically generated in this way. 1
When can you play positionally
 In Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science 2004, volume 3153 of LNCS
, 2004
"... Abstract. We consider infinite antagonistic games over finite graphs. We present conditions that, whenever satisfied by the payoff mapping, assure for both players positional (memoryless) optimal strategies. To verify the robustness of our conditions we show that all popular payoff mappings, such as ..."
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Abstract. We consider infinite antagonistic games over finite graphs. We present conditions that, whenever satisfied by the payoff mapping, assure for both players positional (memoryless) optimal strategies. To verify the robustness of our conditions we show that all popular payoff mappings, such as mean payoff, discounted, parity as well as several other payoffs satisfy them. 1