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Reasoning about Infinite Computations
 Information and Computation
, 1994
"... We investigate extensions of temporal logic by connectives defined by finite automata on infinite words. We consider three different logics, corresponding to three different types of acceptance conditions (finite, looping and repeating) for the automata. It turns out, however, that these logics all ..."
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We investigate extensions of temporal logic by connectives defined by finite automata on infinite words. We consider three different logics, corresponding to three different types of acceptance conditions (finite, looping and repeating) for the automata. It turns out, however, that these logics all have the same expressive power and that their decision problems are all PSPACEcomplete. We also investigate connectives defined by alternating automata and show that they do not increase the expressive power of the logic or the complexity of the decision problem. 1 Introduction For many years, logics of programs have been tools for reasoning about the input/output behavior of programs. When dealing with concurrent or nonterminating processes (like operating systems) there is, however, a need to reason about infinite computations. Thus, instead of considering the first and last states of finite computations, we need to consider the infinite sequences of states that the program goes through...
An automatatheoretic approach to linear temporal logic
 Logics for Concurrency: Structure versus Automata, volume 1043 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science
, 1996
"... Abstract. The automatatheoretic approach to linear temporal logic uses the theory of automata as a unifying paradigm for program specification, verification, and synthesis. Both programs and specifications are in essence descriptions of computations. These computations can be viewed as words over s ..."
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Abstract. The automatatheoretic approach to linear temporal logic uses the theory of automata as a unifying paradigm for program specification, verification, and synthesis. Both programs and specifications are in essence descriptions of computations. These computations can be viewed as words over some alphabet. Thus,programs and specificationscan be viewed as descriptions of languagesover some alphabet. The automatatheoretic perspective considers the relationships between programs and their specifications as relationships between languages.By translating programs and specifications to automata, questions about programs and their specifications can be reduced to questions about automata. More specifically, questions such as satisfiability of specifications and correctness of programs with respect to their specifications can be reduced to questions such as nonemptiness and containment of automata. Unlike classical automata theory, which focused on automata on finite words, the applications to program specification, verification, and synthesis, use automata on infinite words, since the computations in which we are interested are typically infinite. This paper provides an introduction to the theory of automata on infinite words and demonstrates its applications to program specification, verification, and synthesis. 1
Realtime logics: complexity and expressiveness
 INFORMATION AND COMPUTATION
, 1993
"... The theory of the natural numbers with linear order and monadic predicates underlies propositional linear temporal logic. To study temporal logics that are suitable for reasoning about realtime systems, we combine this classical theory of in nite state sequences with a theory of discrete time, via ..."
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The theory of the natural numbers with linear order and monadic predicates underlies propositional linear temporal logic. To study temporal logics that are suitable for reasoning about realtime systems, we combine this classical theory of in nite state sequences with a theory of discrete time, via a monotonic function that maps every state to its time. The resulting theory of timed state sequences is shown to be decidable, albeit nonelementary, and its expressive power is characterized by! regular sets. Several more expressive variants are proved to be highly undecidable. This framework allows us to classify a wide variety of realtime logics according to their complexity and expressiveness. Indeed, it follows that most formalisms proposed in the literature cannot be decided. We are, however, able to identify two elementary realtime temporal logics as expressively complete fragments of the theory of timed state sequences, and we present tableaubased decision procedures for checking validity. Consequently, these two formalisms are wellsuited for the speci cation and veri cation of realtime systems.
Timed Regular Expressions
 Journal of the ACM
, 2001
"... In this paper we define timed regular expressions, a formalism for specifying discrete behaviors augmented with timing information, and prove that its expressive power is equivalent to the timed automata of Alur and Dill. This result is the timed analogue of Kleene Theorem and, similarly to that re ..."
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In this paper we define timed regular expressions, a formalism for specifying discrete behaviors augmented with timing information, and prove that its expressive power is equivalent to the timed automata of Alur and Dill. This result is the timed analogue of Kleene Theorem and, similarly to that result, the hard part in the proof is the translation from automata to expressions. This result is extended from finite to infinite (in the sense of B uchi) behaviors. In addition to these fundamental results, we give a clean algebraic framework for two commonlyaccepted formalism for timed behaviors, timeevent sequences and piecewiseconstant signals. 1
From nondeterministic Büchi and Streett automata to deterministic parity automata
 In 21st Symposium on Logic in Computer Science (LICS’06
, 2006
"... Determinization and complementation are fundamental notions in computer science. When considering finite automata on finite words determinization gives also a solution to complementation. Given a nondeterministic finite automaton there exists an exponential construction that gives a deterministic au ..."
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Determinization and complementation are fundamental notions in computer science. When considering finite automata on finite words determinization gives also a solution to complementation. Given a nondeterministic finite automaton there exists an exponential construction that gives a deterministic automaton for the same language. Dualizing the set of accepting states gives an automaton for the complement language. In the theory of automata on infinite words, determinization and complementation are much more involved. Safra provides determinization constructions for Büchi and Streett automata that result in deterministic Rabin automata. For a Büchi automaton with n states, Safra constructs a deterministic Rabin automaton with n O(n) states and n pairs. For a Streett automaton with n states and k pairs, Safra constructs a deterministic Rabin automaton with (nk) O(nk) states and n(k + 1) pairs. Here, we reconsider Safra’s determinization constructions. We show how to construct automata with fewer states and, most importantly, parity acceptance condition. Specifically, starting from a nondeterministic Büchi automaton with n states our construction yields a deterministic parity automaton with n 2n+2 states and index 2n (instead of a Rabin automaton with (12) n n 2n states and n pairs). Starting from a nondeterministic Streett automaton with n states and k pairs our construction yields a deterministic parity automaton with n n(k+2)+2 (k+1) 2n(k+1) states and index 2n(k + 1) (instead of a Rabin automaton with (12) n(k+1) n n(k+2) (k+1) 2n(k+1) states and n(k+1) pairs). The parity condition is much simpler than the Rabin condition. In applications such as solving games and emptiness of tree automata handling the Rabin condition involves an additional multiplier of n 2 n! (or (n(k + 1)) 2 (n(k + 1))! in the case of Streett) which is saved using our construction.
Dynamic Linear Time Temporal Logic
 IN ANNALS OF PURE AND APPLIED LOGIC
, 1997
"... A simple extension of the propositional temporal logic of linear time is proposed. The extension consists of strengthening the until operator by indexing it with the regular programs of propositional dynamic logic (PDL). It is shown that DLTL, the resulting logic, is expressively equivalent to S ..."
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A simple extension of the propositional temporal logic of linear time is proposed. The extension consists of strengthening the until operator by indexing it with the regular programs of propositional dynamic logic (PDL). It is shown that DLTL, the resulting logic, is expressively equivalent to S1S, the monadic secondorder theory of !sequences. In fact a sublogic of DLTL which corresponds to propositional dynamic logic with a linear time semantics is already as expressive as S1S. We pin down in an obvious manner the sublogic of DLTL which correponds to the first order fragment of S1S. We show that DLTL has an exponential time decision procedure. We also obtain an axiomatization of DLTL. Finally, we point to some natural extensions of the approach presented here for bringing together propositional dynamic and temporal logics in a linear time setting.
Automated Temporal Reasoning about Reactive Systems
, 1996
"... . There is a growing need for reliable methods of designing correct reactive systems such as computer operating systems and air traffic control systems. It is widely agreed that certain formalisms such as temporal logic, when coupled with automated reasoning support, provide the most effective a ..."
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. There is a growing need for reliable methods of designing correct reactive systems such as computer operating systems and air traffic control systems. It is widely agreed that certain formalisms such as temporal logic, when coupled with automated reasoning support, provide the most effective and reliable means of specifying and ensuring correct behavior of such systems. This paper discusses known complexity and expressiveness results for a number of such logics in common use and describes key technical tools for obtaining essentially optimal mechanical reasoning algorithms. However, the emphasis is on underlying intuitions and broad themes rather than technical intricacies. 1 Introduction There is a growing need for reliable methods of designing correct reactive systems. These systems are characterized by ongoing, typically nonterminating and highly nondeterministic behavior. Examples include operating systems, network protocols, and air traffic control systems. There is w...
Logical Specifications of Infinite Computations
 A Decade of Concurrency: Reflections and Perspectives, volume 803 of LNCS
, 1993
"... . Starting from an identification of infinite computations with ! words, we present a framework in which different classification schemes for specifications are naturally compared. Thereby we connect logical formalisms with hierarchies of descriptive set theory (e.g., the Borel hierarchy), of recu ..."
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. Starting from an identification of infinite computations with ! words, we present a framework in which different classification schemes for specifications are naturally compared. Thereby we connect logical formalisms with hierarchies of descriptive set theory (e.g., the Borel hierarchy), of recursion theory, and with the hierarchy of acceptance conditions of !automata. In particular, it is shown in which sense these hierarchies can be viewed as classifications of logical formulas by the complexity measure of quantifier alternation. In this context, the automaton theoretic approach to logical specifications over !words turns out to be a technique to reduce quantifier complexity of formulas. Finally, we indicate some perspectives of this approach, discuss variants of the logical framework (firstorder logic, temporal logic), and outline the effects which arise when branching computations are considered (i.e., when infinite trees instead of !words are taken as model of computation)...
Exponential Determinization for ωAutomata with StrongFairness Acceptance Condition
"... In [Saf88] an exponential determinization procedure for Buchi automata was shown, yielding tight bounds for decision procedures of some logics ([EJ88, Saf88, SV89, KT89]). In [SV89] the complexity of determinization and complementation of ωautomata was further investigated, leaving as an open q ..."
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In [Saf88] an exponential determinization procedure for Buchi automata was shown, yielding tight bounds for decision procedures of some logics ([EJ88, Saf88, SV89, KT89]). In [SV89] the complexity of determinization and complementation of ωautomata was further investigated, leaving as an open question the complexity of the determinization of a single class of ωautomata. For this class of ωautomata with strong fairness as acceptance condition (Streett automata), [SV89] managed to show an exponential complementation procedure, however the blowup of translating these automata, to any of the classes known to admit exponential determinization, is inherently exponential. This might suggest that the blowup of the determinization of Streett automata is inherently doubly exponential. This paper shows an exponential determinization construction for Streett automata. In fact, the complexity of our construction is roughly the same as the complexity achieved in [Saf88] for Büchi ...