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Bisimulation for Labelled Markov Processes
 Information and Computation
, 1997
"... In this paper we introduce a new class of labelled transition systems  Labelled Markov Processes  and define bisimulation for them. ..."
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In this paper we introduce a new class of labelled transition systems  Labelled Markov Processes  and define bisimulation for them.
Fair testing
 Concur ’95: Concurrency Theory, volume 962 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science
, 1995
"... In this paper we present a solution to the longstanding problem of characterising the coarsest livenesspreserving precongruence with respect to a full (TCSPinspired) process algebra. In fact, we present two distinct characterisations, which give rise to the same relation: an operational one base ..."
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In this paper we present a solution to the longstanding problem of characterising the coarsest livenesspreserving precongruence with respect to a full (TCSPinspired) process algebra. In fact, we present two distinct characterisations, which give rise to the same relation: an operational one based on a De NicolaHennessylike testing modality which we call shouldtesting, and a denotational one based on a refined notion of failures. One of the distinguishing characteristics of the shouldtesting precongruence is that it abstracts from divergences in the same way as Milner’s observation congruence, and as a consequence is strictly coarser than observation congruence. In other words, shouldtesting has a builtin fairness assumption. This is in itself a property long soughtafter; it is in notable contrast to the wellknown musttesting of De Nicola and Hennessy (denotationally characterised by a combination of failures and divergences), which treats divergence as catrastrophic and hence is incompatible with observation congruence. Due to these characteristics, shouldtesting supports modular reasoning and allows to use the proof techniques of observation congruence, but also supports additional laws and techniques.
Weak Bisimulation for Fully Probabilistic Processes
, 1999
"... Bisimulations that abstract from internal computation have proven to be useful for verification of compositionally defined transition systems. In the literature of probabilistic extensions of such transition systems, similar bisimulations are rare. In this paper, we introduce weak and branching bisi ..."
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Bisimulations that abstract from internal computation have proven to be useful for verification of compositionally defined transition systems. In the literature of probabilistic extensions of such transition systems, similar bisimulations are rare. In this paper, we introduce weak and branching bisimulation for fully probabilistic systems, transition systems where nondeterministic branching is replaced by probabilistic branching. In contrast to the nondeterministic case, both relations coincide. We give an algorithm to decide weak (and branching) bisimulation with a time complexity cubic in the number of states of the fully probabilistic system. This meets the worst case complexity for deciding branching bisimulation in the nondeterministic case. In addition, the relation is shown to be a congruence with respect to the operators of PLSCCS , a lazy synchronous probabilistic variant of CCS. We illustrate that due to these properties, weak bisimulation provides all the crucial ingredients...
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.
Metrics for Labelled Markov Systems
, 2001
"... The notion of process equivalence of probabilistic processes is sensitive to the exact probabilities of transitions. Thus, a slight change in the transition probabilities will result in two equivalent processes being deemed no longer equivalent. This instability is due to the quantitative nature of ..."
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The notion of process equivalence of probabilistic processes is sensitive to the exact probabilities of transitions. Thus, a slight change in the transition probabilities will result in two equivalent processes being deemed no longer equivalent. This instability is due to the quantitative nature of probabilistic processes. In a situation where the process behaviour has a quantitative aspect there should be a more robust approach to process equivalence. This paper studies a metric between labelled Markov processes. This metric has the property that processes are at zero distance if and only if they are bisimilar. The metric is inspired by earlier work on logics for characterizing bisimulation and is related, in spirit, to the Hutchinson metric.
Metrics for Labelled Markov Processes
, 2003
"... The notion of process equivalence of probabilistic processes is sensitive to the exact probabilities of transitions. Thus, a slight change in the transition probabilities will result in two equivalent processes being deemed no longer equivalent. This instability is due to the quantitative nature ..."
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The notion of process equivalence of probabilistic processes is sensitive to the exact probabilities of transitions. Thus, a slight change in the transition probabilities will result in two equivalent processes being deemed no longer equivalent. This instability is due to the quantitative nature of probabilistic processes. In a situation where the process behaviour has a quantitative aspect there should be a more robust approach to process equivalence. This paper studies a metric between labelled Markov processes. This metric has the property that processes are at zero distance if and only if they are bisimilar. The metric is inspired by earlier work on logics for characterizing bisimulation and is related, in spirit, to the Kantorovich metric.
Weak bisimulation for probabilistic systems
 CONCURRENCY THEORY, LNCS
, 2000
"... In this paper, we introduce weak bisimulation in the framework of Labeled Concurrent Markov Chains, that is, probabilistic transition systems which exhibit both probabilistic and nondeterministic behavior. By resolving the nondeterminism present, these models can be decomposed into a possibly infini ..."
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In this paper, we introduce weak bisimulation in the framework of Labeled Concurrent Markov Chains, that is, probabilistic transition systems which exhibit both probabilistic and nondeterministic behavior. By resolving the nondeterminism present, these models can be decomposed into a possibly infinite number of computation trees. We show that in order to compute weak bisimulation it is sufficient to restrict attention to only a finite number of these computations. Finally, we present an algorithm for deciding weak bisimulation which has polynomialtime complexity in the number of states of the transition system.
How to Specify and Verify the LongRun Average Behavior of Probabilistic Systems
 In Proc. LICS'98
, 1998
"... Longrun average properties of probabilistic systems refer to the average behavior of the system, measured over a period of time whose length diverges to infinity. These properties include many relevant performance and reliability indices, such as system throughput, average response time, and mean t ..."
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Longrun average properties of probabilistic systems refer to the average behavior of the system, measured over a period of time whose length diverges to infinity. These properties include many relevant performance and reliability indices, such as system throughput, average response time, and mean time between failures. In this paper, we argue that current formal specification methods cannot be used to specify longrun average properties of probabilistic systems. To enable the specification of these properties, we propose an approach based on the concept of experiments. Experiments are labeled graphs that can be used to describe behavior patterns of interest, such as the request for a resource followed by either a grant or a rejection. Experiments are meant to be performed infinitely often, and it is possible to specify their longrun average outcome or duration. We propose simple extensions of temporal logics based on experiments, and we present modelchecking algorithms for the verif...
A Logical Characterization of Bisimulation for Labeled Markov Processes
, 1998
"... This paper gives a logical characterization of probabilistic bisimulation for Markov processes introduced in [BDEP97]. The thrust of that work was an extension of the notion of bisimulation to systems with continuous state spaces; for example for systems where the state space is the real numbers. In ..."
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This paper gives a logical characterization of probabilistic bisimulation for Markov processes introduced in [BDEP97]. The thrust of that work was an extension of the notion of bisimulation to systems with continuous state spaces; for example for systems where the state space is the real numbers. In the present paper we study the logical characterization of probabilistic bisimulation for such general systems. This study revealed some unexpected results even for discrete probabilistic systems. ffl Bisimulation can be characterized by a very weak modal logic. The most striking feature is that one has no negation or any kind of negative proposition. ffl Bisimulation can be characterized by several inequivalent logics; we report five in this paper. ffl We do not need any finite branching assumption yet there is no need of infinitary conjunction. ffl The proofs that we give are of an entirely different character than the typical proofs of these results. They use quite subtle facts abou...
Stochastic processes as concurrent constraint programs
 In Symposium on Principles of Programming Languages
, 1999
"... ) Vineet Gupta Radha Jagadeesan Prakash Panangaden y vgupta@mail.arc.nasa.gov radha@cs.luc.edu prakash@cs.mcgill.ca Caelum Research Corporation Dept. of Math. and Computer Sciences School of Computer Science NASA Ames Research Center Loyola UniversityLake Shore Campus McGill University Moffe ..."
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) Vineet Gupta Radha Jagadeesan Prakash Panangaden y vgupta@mail.arc.nasa.gov radha@cs.luc.edu prakash@cs.mcgill.ca Caelum Research Corporation Dept. of Math. and Computer Sciences School of Computer Science NASA Ames Research Center Loyola UniversityLake Shore Campus McGill University Moffett Field CA 94035, USA Chicago IL 60626, USA Montreal, Quebec, Canada Abstract This paper describes a stochastic concurrent constraint language for the description and programming of concurrent probabilistic systems. The language can be viewed both as a calculus for describing and reasoning about stochastic processes and as an executable language for simulating stochastic processes. In this language programs encode probability distributions over (potentially infinite) sets of objects. We illustrate the subtleties that arise from the interaction of constraints, random choice and recursion. We describe operational semantics of these programs (programs are run by sampling random choices), deno...