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Bisimulation for Probabilistic Transition Systems: A Coalgebraic Approach
, 1998
"... . The notion of bisimulation as proposed by Larsen and Skou for discrete probabilistic transition systems is shown to coincide with a coalgebraic definition in the sense of Aczel and Mendler in terms of a set functor. This coalgebraic formulation makes it possible to generalize the concepts to a ..."
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. The notion of bisimulation as proposed by Larsen and Skou for discrete probabilistic transition systems is shown to coincide with a coalgebraic definition in the sense of Aczel and Mendler in terms of a set functor. This coalgebraic formulation makes it possible to generalize the concepts to a continuous setting involving Borel probability measures. Under reasonable conditions, generalized probabilistic bisimilarity can be characterized categorically. Application of the final coalgebra paradigm then yields an internally fully abstract semantical domain with respect to probabilistic bisimulation. Keywords. Bisimulation, probabilistic transition system, coalgebra, ultrametric space, Borel measure, final coalgebra. 1 Introduction For discrete probabilistic transition systems the notion of probabilistic bisimilarity of Larsen and Skou [LS91] is regarded as the basic process equivalence. The definition was given for reactive systems. However, Van Glabbeek, Smolka and Steffen s...
Geometry of Interaction and Linear Combinatory Algebras
, 2000
"... this paper was quite di#erent, stemming from the axiomatics of categories of tangles (although the authors were aware of possible connections to iteration theories. In fact, similar axiomatics in the symmetric case, motivated by flowcharts and "flownomials" had been developed some years ea ..."
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this paper was quite di#erent, stemming from the axiomatics of categories of tangles (although the authors were aware of possible connections to iteration theories. In fact, similar axiomatics in the symmetric case, motivated by flowcharts and "flownomials" had been developed some years earlier by Stefanescu (Stefanescu 2000).) However, the first author realized, following a stimulating discussion with Gordon Plotkin, that traced monoidal categories provided a common denominator for the axiomatics of both the Girardstyle and AbramskyJagadeesanstyle versions of the Geometry of Interaction, at the basic level of the multiplicatives. This insight was presented in (Abramsky 1996), in which Girardstyle GoI was dubbed "particlestyle", since it concerns information particles or tokens flowing around a network, while the AbramskyJagadeesan style GoI was dubbed "wavestyle", since it concerns the evolution of a global information state or "wave". Formally, this distinction is based on whether the tensor product (i.e. the symmetric monoidal structure) in the underlying category is interpreted as a coproduct (particle style) or as a product (wave style). This computational distinction between coproduct and product interpretations of the same underlying network geometry turned out to have been partially anticipated, in a rather di#erent context, in a pioneering paper by E. S. Bainbridge (Bainbridge 1976), as observed by Dusko Pavlovic. These two forms of interpretation, and ways of combining them, have also been studied recently in (Stefanescu 2000). He uses the terminology "additive" for coproductbased (i.e. our "particlestyle") and "multiplicative" for productbased (i.e. our "wavestyle"); this is not suitable for our purposes, because of the clash with Linear Logic term...
A probabilistic language based upon sampling functions
 In Conference Record of the 32nd Annual ACM Symposium on Principles of Programming Languages
, 2005
"... As probabilistic computations play an increasing role in solving various problems, researchers have designed probabilistic languages which treat probability distributions as primitive datatypes. Most probabilistic languages, however, focus only on discrete distributions and have limited expressive p ..."
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As probabilistic computations play an increasing role in solving various problems, researchers have designed probabilistic languages which treat probability distributions as primitive datatypes. Most probabilistic languages, however, focus only on discrete distributions and have limited expressive power. This paper presents a probabilistic language, called λ○, whose expressive power is beyond discrete distributions. Rich expressiveness of λ ○ is due to its use of sampling functions, i.e., mappings from the unit interval (0.0, 1.0] to probability domains, in specifying probability distributions. As such, λ ○ enables programmers to formally express and reason about sampling methods developed in simulation theory. The use of λ ○ is demonstrated with three applications in robotics: robot localization, people tracking, and robotic mapping. All experiments have been carried out with real robots.
Nuclear and Trace Ideals in Tensored *Categories
, 1998
"... We generalize the notion of nuclear maps from functional analysis by defining nuclear ideals in tensored categories. The motivation for this study came from attempts to generalize the structure of the category of relations to handle what might be called "probabilistic relations". The comp ..."
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We generalize the notion of nuclear maps from functional analysis by defining nuclear ideals in tensored categories. The motivation for this study came from attempts to generalize the structure of the category of relations to handle what might be called "probabilistic relations". The compact closed structure associated with the category of relations does not generalize directly, instead one obtains nuclear ideals. Most tensored categories have a large class of morphisms which behave as if they were part of a compact closed category, i.e. they allow one to transfer variables between the domain and the codomain. We introduce the notion of nuclear ideals to analyze these classes of morphisms. In compact closed tensored categories, all morphisms are nuclear, and in the tensored category of Hilbert spaces, the nuclear morphisms are the HilbertSchmidt maps. We also introduce two new examples of tensored categories, in which integration plays the role of composition. In the first, mor...
An Intrinsic Characterization of Approximate Probabilistic Bisimilarity
 In: Proceedings of FOSSACS 03. LNCS
, 2003
"... Abstract. In previous work we have investigated a notion of approximate bisimilarity for labelled Markov processes. We argued that such a notion is more realistic and more feasible to compute than (exact) bisimilarity. The main technical tool used in the underlying theory was the Hutchinson metric o ..."
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Abstract. In previous work we have investigated a notion of approximate bisimilarity for labelled Markov processes. We argued that such a notion is more realistic and more feasible to compute than (exact) bisimilarity. The main technical tool used in the underlying theory was the Hutchinson metric on probability measures. This paper gives a more fundamental characterization of approximate bisimilarity in terms of the notion of (exact) similarity. In particular, we show that the topology of approximate bisimilarity is the Lawson topology with respect to the simulation preorder. To complement this abstract characterization we give a statistical account of similarity, and by extension, of approximate bisimilarity, in terms of the process testing formalism of Larsen and Skou. 1
Stochastic transition systems for continuous state spaces and nondeterminism
 In FoSSaCS’05, LNCS 3441
, 2005
"... Abstract. We study the interaction between nondeterministic and probabilistic behaviour in systems with continuous state spaces, arbitrary probability distributions and uncountable branching. Models of such systems have been proposed previously. Here, we introduce a model that extends probabilistic ..."
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Abstract. We study the interaction between nondeterministic and probabilistic behaviour in systems with continuous state spaces, arbitrary probability distributions and uncountable branching. Models of such systems have been proposed previously. Here, we introduce a model that extends probabilistic automata to the continuous setting. We identify the class of schedulers that ensures measurability properties on executions, and show that such measurability properties are preserved by parallel composition. Finally, we demonstrate how these results allow us to define an alternative notion of weak bisimulation in our model. 1
A Monadic Probabilistic Language
 In Proceedings of the 2003 ACM SIGPLAN international workshop on Types in languages design and implementation
, 2003
"... Motivated by many practical applications that have to compute in the presence of uncertainty, we propose a monadic probabilistic language based upon the mathematical notion of sampling function. Our language provides a unified representation scheme for probability distributions, enjoys rich expressi ..."
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Motivated by many practical applications that have to compute in the presence of uncertainty, we propose a monadic probabilistic language based upon the mathematical notion of sampling function. Our language provides a unified representation scheme for probability distributions, enjoys rich expressiveness, and o#ers high versatility in encoding probability distributions. We also develop a novel style of operational semantics called a horizontal operational semantics, under which an evaluation returns not a single outcome but multiple outcomes. We have preliminary evidence that the horizontal operational semantics improves the ordinary operational semantics with respect to both execution time and accuracy in representing probability distributions.
A probabilistic language based on sampling functions
 ACM Transactions on Programming Languages and Systems
, 2006
"... As probabilistic computations play an increasing role in solving various problems, researchers have designed probabilistic languages which treat probability distributions as primitive datatypes. Most probabilistic languages, however, focus only on discrete distributions and have limited expressive p ..."
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As probabilistic computations play an increasing role in solving various problems, researchers have designed probabilistic languages which treat probability distributions as primitive datatypes. Most probabilistic languages, however, focus only on discrete distributions and have limited expressive power. This article presents a probabilistic language, called λ○, whose expressive power is beyond discrete distributions. Rich expressiveness of λ ○ is due to its use of sampling functions, that is, mappings from the unit interval (0.0, 1.0] to probability domains, in specifying probability distributions. As such, λ ○ enables programmers to formally express and reason about sampling methods developed in simulation theory. The use of λ ○ is demonstrated with three applications in robotics: robot localization, people tracking, and robotic mapping. All experiments have been carried out with real robots.
Probabilistic Relations
 School of Computer Science, McGill University, Montreal
, 1998
"... The notion of binary relation is fundamental in logic. What is the correct analogue of this concept in the probabilistic case? I will argue that the notion of conditional probability distribution (Markov kernel, stochastic kernel) is the correct generalization. One can define a category based on sto ..."
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The notion of binary relation is fundamental in logic. What is the correct analogue of this concept in the probabilistic case? I will argue that the notion of conditional probability distribution (Markov kernel, stochastic kernel) is the correct generalization. One can define a category based on stochastic kernels which has many of the formal properties of the ordinary category of relations. Using this concept I will show how to define iteration in this category and give a simple treatment of Kozen's language of while loops and probabilistic choice. I will use the concept of stochastic relation to introduce some of the ongoing joint work with Edalat and Desharnais on Labeled Markov Processes. In my talk I will assume that people do not know what partially additive categories are but that they do know basic category theory and basic notions like measure and probability. This work is mainly due to Kozen, Giry, Lawvere and others. 1 Introduction The notion of binary relation and relation...
Just do it: Simple monadic equational reasoning
 In Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Functional Programming (ICFP’11
, 2011
"... One of the appeals of pure functional programming is that it is so amenable to equational reasoning. One of the problems of pure functional programming is that it rules out computational effects. Moggi and Wadler showed how to get round this problem by using monads to encapsulate the effects, leadin ..."
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One of the appeals of pure functional programming is that it is so amenable to equational reasoning. One of the problems of pure functional programming is that it rules out computational effects. Moggi and Wadler showed how to get round this problem by using monads to encapsulate the effects, leading in essence to a phase distinction—a pure functional evaluation yielding an impure imperative computation. Still, it has not been clear how to reconcile that phase distinction with the continuing appeal of functional programming; does the impure imperative part become inaccessible to equational reasoning? We think not; and to back that up, we present a simple axiomatic approach to reasoning about programs with computational effects.