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A Logic for Reasoning about Time and Reliability
 Formal Aspects of Computing
, 1994
"... We present a logic for stating properties such as, "after a request for service there is at least a 98% probability that the service will be carried out within 2 seconds". The logic extends the temporal logic CTL by Emerson, Clarke and Sistla with time and probabilities. Formulas are interpreted ove ..."
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We present a logic for stating properties such as, "after a request for service there is at least a 98% probability that the service will be carried out within 2 seconds". The logic extends the temporal logic CTL by Emerson, Clarke and Sistla with time and probabilities. Formulas are interpreted over discrete time Markov chains. We give algorithms for checking that a given Markov chain satisfies a formula in the logic. The algorithms require a polynomial number of arithmetic operations, in size of both the formula and This research report is a revised and extended version of a paper that has appeared under the title "A Framework for Reasoning about Time and Reliability" in the Proceeding of the 10 th IEEE Realtime Systems Symposium, Santa Monica CA, December 1989. This work was partially supported by the Swedish Board for Technical Development (STU) as part of Esprit BRA Project SPEC, and by the Swedish Telecommunication Administration. the Markov chain. A simple example is inc...
A Logic for Reasoning about Probabilities
 Information and Computation
, 1990
"... We consider a language for reasoning about probability which allows us to make statements such as “the probability of E, is less than f ” and “the probability of E, is at least twice the probability of E,, ” where E, and EZ are arbitrary events. We consider the case where all events are measurable ( ..."
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We consider a language for reasoning about probability which allows us to make statements such as “the probability of E, is less than f ” and “the probability of E, is at least twice the probability of E,, ” where E, and EZ are arbitrary events. We consider the case where all events are measurable (i.e., represent measurable sets) and the more general case, which is also of interest in practice, where they may not be measurable. The measurable case is essentially a formalization of (the propositional fragment of) Nilsson’s probabilistic logic. As we show elsewhere, the general (nonmeasurable) case corresponds precisely to replacing probability measures by DempsterShafer belief functions. In both cases, we provide a complete axiomatization and show that the problem of deciding satistiability is NPcomplete, no worse than that of propositional logic. As a tool for proving our complete axiomatizations, we give a complete axiomatization for reasoning about Boolean combinations of linear inequalities, which is of independent interest. This proof and others make crucial use of results from the theory of linear programming. We then extend the language to allow reasoning about conditional probability and show that the resulting logic is decidable and completely axiomatizable, by making use of the theory of real closed fields. ( 1990 Academic Press. Inc 1.
Reasoning about Knowledge and Probability
 Journal of the ACM
, 1994
"... : We provide a model for reasoning about knowledge and probability together. We allow explicit mention of probabilities in formulas, so that our language has formulas that essentially say "according to agent i, formula ' holds with probability at least b." The language is powerful enough to allow r ..."
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: We provide a model for reasoning about knowledge and probability together. We allow explicit mention of probabilities in formulas, so that our language has formulas that essentially say "according to agent i, formula ' holds with probability at least b." The language is powerful enough to allow reasoning about higherorder probabilities, as well as allowing explicit comparisons of the probabilities an agent places on distinct events. We present a general framework for interpreting such formulas, and consider various properties that might hold of the interrelationship between agents' probability assignments at different states. We provide a complete axiomatization for reasoning about knowledge and probability, prove a small model property, and obtain decision procedures. We then consider the effects of adding common knowledge and a probabilistic variant of common knowledge to the language. A preliminary version of this paper appeared in the Proceedings of the Second Conference on T...
Reasoning about knowledge and probability: preliminary report
 Proc. Second Conference on Theoretical Aspects of Reasoning about Knowledge
, 1988
"... Abstract: We provide a model for reasoning about knowledge anti probability together. We a.llow explicit mention of probabilities in formulas, so that our language has formulas tha.t essentia.lly say "a.ccording to agent i, formula. (p holds with probability a.t least o~. " The language i ..."
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Abstract: We provide a model for reasoning about knowledge anti probability together. We a.llow explicit mention of probabilities in formulas, so that our language has formulas tha.t essentia.lly say "a.ccording to agent i, formula. (p holds with probability a.t least o~. " The language is powerfid enough to allow reasoning a~bout higherorder probabilities, as well as allowing explicit comparisons of the probabilities an agent places on distinct events. We present a general framework for interpreting such formulas, a.nd consider various properties that might hold of the interrelationship between agents ' subjective probability spaces at different states. We provide a. complete a.xiomatiza.tion for rea.soning about knowledge a.nd probability, prove a. small model property, and obtain decision procedures. We then consider the effects of adding common knowledge and a. probabilistic va.ria.nt of common knowledge to the language.
Probabillstic Temporal Logics for Finite and Bounded Models
"... We present two (closelyrelated) propositional probabilistic temporal logics based on temporal logics of branching time as introduced by BenAft, Pnueli and Manna and by Clarke and Emerson. The first logic, PTLf, is interpreted over finite models, while the second logic, PTLb, which is an extension ..."
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We present two (closelyrelated) propositional probabilistic temporal logics based on temporal logics of branching time as introduced by BenAft, Pnueli and Manna and by Clarke and Emerson. The first logic, PTLf, is interpreted over finite models, while the second logic, PTLb, which is an extension of the first one, is interpreted over infinite models with transition probabilities bounded away from 0. The logic PTLf allows us to reason about finitestate sequential probabilistic programs, and the logic PTL b allows us to reason about (finitestate) concurrent probabilistic programs, without any explicit reference to the actual values of their statetransition probabilities. A generalization of the tableau method yields exponentialtime decision procedures for our logics, and complete axiomatizations of them are given. Several metaresults, including the absence of a finitemodel property for PTL~, and the connection between satisfiable formulae of PTL b and finite state concurrent prohabilistic programs, are also discussed.
Printed in Belgium Probabilistic Propositional Temporal Logics*
"... We present two (closelyrelated) propositional probabilistic temporal logics based on temporal logics of branching time as introduced by BenAri, Pnueli, and ..."
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We present two (closelyrelated) propositional probabilistic temporal logics based on temporal logics of branching time as introduced by BenAri, Pnueli, and