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The Metric Analogue of Weak Bisimulation for Probabilistic Processes
, 2002
"... We observe that equivalence is not a robust concept in the presence of numerical information  such as probabilities  in the model. We develop a metric analogue of weak bisimulation in the spirit of our earlier work on metric analogues for strong bisimulation. We give a fixed point characterization ..."
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We observe that equivalence is not a robust concept in the presence of numerical information  such as probabilities  in the model. We develop a metric analogue of weak bisimulation in the spirit of our earlier work on metric analogues for strong bisimulation. We give a fixed point characterization of the metric. This makes available coinductive reasoning principles and allows us to prove metric analogues of the usual algebraic laws for process combinators. We also show that quantitative properties of interest are continuous with respect to the metric, which says that if two processes are close in the metric then observable quantitative properties of interest are indeed close. As an important example of this we show that nearby processes have nearby channel capacities  a quantitative measure of their propensity to leak information.
Probabilistic Automata: System Types, Parallel Composition and Comparison
 In Validation of Stochastic Systems: A Guide to Current Research
, 2004
"... We survey various notions of probabilistic automata and probabilistic bisimulation, accumulating in an expressiveness hierarchy of probabilistic system types. The aim of this paper is twofold: On the one hand it provides an overview of existing types of probabilistic systems and, on the other ha ..."
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We survey various notions of probabilistic automata and probabilistic bisimulation, accumulating in an expressiveness hierarchy of probabilistic system types. The aim of this paper is twofold: On the one hand it provides an overview of existing types of probabilistic systems and, on the other hand, it explains the relationship between these models.
Axioms for Probability and Nondeterminism
 ENTCS
, 2003
"... This paper presents a domain model for a process algebra featuring both probabilistic and nondeterministic choice. The former is modelled using the probabilistic powerdomain of Jones and Plotkin, while the latter is modelled by a geometrically convex variant of the Plotkin powerdomain. The main resu ..."
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This paper presents a domain model for a process algebra featuring both probabilistic and nondeterministic choice. The former is modelled using the probabilistic powerdomain of Jones and Plotkin, while the latter is modelled by a geometrically convex variant of the Plotkin powerdomain. The main result is to show that the expected laws for probability and nondeterminism are sound and complete with respect to the model. We also present an operational semantics for the process algebra, and we show that the domain model is fully abstract with respect to probabilistic bisimilarity.
Equational axioms for probabilistic bisimilarity
 IN PROCEEDINGS OF 9TH AMAST, LECTURE NOTES IN COMPUTER SCIENCE
, 2002
"... This paper gives an equational axiomatization of probabilistic bisimulation equivalence for a class of finitestate agents previously studied by Stark and Smolka ((2000) Proof, Language, and Interaction: Essays in Honour of Robin Milner, pp. 571595). The axiomatization is obtained by extending ..."
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This paper gives an equational axiomatization of probabilistic bisimulation equivalence for a class of finitestate agents previously studied by Stark and Smolka ((2000) Proof, Language, and Interaction: Essays in Honour of Robin Milner, pp. 571595). The axiomatization is obtained by extending the general axioms of iteration theories (or iteration algebras), which characterize the equational properties of the fixed point operator on (#)continuous or monotonic functions, with three axiom schemas that express laws that are specific to probabilistic bisimilarity.
Compositional reasoning for probabilistic finitestate behaviors
 In Processes, Terms and Cycles: Steps on the Road to Infinity, Essays Dedicated to Jan Willem Klop, on the Occasion of His 60th Birthday, LNCS 3838
, 2005
"... Abstract. We study a process algebra which combines both nondeterministic and probabilistic behavior in the style of Segala and Lynch’s simple probabilistic automata. We consider strong bisimulation and observational equivalence, and provide complete axiomatizations for a language that includes para ..."
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Abstract. We study a process algebra which combines both nondeterministic and probabilistic behavior in the style of Segala and Lynch’s simple probabilistic automata. We consider strong bisimulation and observational equivalence, and provide complete axiomatizations for a language that includes parallel composition and (guarded) recursion. The presence of the parallel composition introduces various technical difficulties and some restrictions are necessary in order to achieve complete axiomatizations. 1
Making random choices invisible to the scheduler
 In Proc. of CONCUR’07). To appear
, 2007
"... Abstract. When dealing with process calculi and automata which express both nondeterministic and probabilistic behavior, it is customary to introduce the notion of scheduler to resolve the nondeterminism. It has been observed that for certain applications, notably those in security, the scheduler ne ..."
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Abstract. When dealing with process calculi and automata which express both nondeterministic and probabilistic behavior, it is customary to introduce the notion of scheduler to resolve the nondeterminism. It has been observed that for certain applications, notably those in security, the scheduler needs to be restricted so not to reveal the outcome of the protocol’s random choices, or otherwise the model of adversary would be too strong even for “obviously correct ” protocols. We propose a processalgebraic framework in which the control on the scheduler can be specified in syntactic terms, and we show how to apply it to solve the problem mentioned above. We also consider the definition of (probabilistic) may and must preorders, and we show that they are precongruences with respect to the restricted schedulers. Furthermore, we show that all the operators of the language, except replication, distribute over probabilistic summation, which is a useful property for verification. 1
Weak Bisimulation is Sound and Complete for PCTL
, 2002
"... We investigate weak bisimulation of probabilistic systems in the presence of nondeterminism, i.e. labelled concurrent Markov chains (LCMC) with silent transitions. We build on the work of Philippou, Lee and Sokolsky [1] for finite state LCMCs. Their denition of weak bisimulation destroys the additiv ..."
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We investigate weak bisimulation of probabilistic systems in the presence of nondeterminism, i.e. labelled concurrent Markov chains (LCMC) with silent transitions. We build on the work of Philippou, Lee and Sokolsky [1] for finite state LCMCs. Their denition of weak bisimulation destroys the additivity property of the probability distributions, yielding instead capacities. The mathematics behind capacities naturally captures the intuition that when we deal with nondeterminism we must work with estimates on the possible probabilities. Our analysis leads to three...
Characterising testing preorders for finite probabilistic processes
 In LICS’07: Proceedings of the 22nd Annual IEEE Symposium on Logic in Computer Science. IEEE Computer Society Press, Los Alamitos, CA
"... In 1992 Wang & Larsen extended the may and must preorders of De Nicola and Hennessy to processes featuring probabilistic as well as nondeterministic choice. They concluded with two problems that have remained open throughout the years, namely to find complete axiomatisations and alternative charact ..."
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In 1992 Wang & Larsen extended the may and must preorders of De Nicola and Hennessy to processes featuring probabilistic as well as nondeterministic choice. They concluded with two problems that have remained open throughout the years, namely to find complete axiomatisations and alternative characterisations for these preorders. This paper solves both problems for finite processes with silent moves. It characterises the may preorder in terms of simulation, and the must preorder in terms of failure simulation. It also gives a characterisation of both preorders using a modal logic. Finally it axiomatises both preorders over a probabilistic version of CSP. 1.
Probabilistic Temporal Logics via the Modal MuCalculus
 In Foundations of Software Science and Computation Structures (FOSSACS 99
, 1999
"... This paper presents a mucalculusbased modal logic for describing properties of probabilistic labeled transition systems (PLTSs) and develops a modelchecking algorithm for determining whether or not states in finitestate PTLSs satisfy formulas in the logic. The logic is based on the distinction b ..."
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This paper presents a mucalculusbased modal logic for describing properties of probabilistic labeled transition systems (PLTSs) and develops a modelchecking algorithm for determining whether or not states in finitestate PTLSs satisfy formulas in the logic. The logic is based on the distinction between (probabilistic) "systems" and (nonprobabilistic) "observations": using the modal mucalculus, one may specify sets of observations, and the semantics of our logic then enable statements to be made about the measures of such sets at various system states. The logic may be used to encode a variety of probabilistic modal and temporal logics; in addition, the modelchecking problem for it may be reduced to the calculation of solutions to systems of nonlinear equations. 1 Introduction Classical temporallogic model checking [CES86, McM93] provides a basis for automatically checking the correctness of finitestate systems such as hardware designs and communication protocols. In this fram...