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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.
Reachability analysis of probabilistic systems by successive refinements
 Proc. 1st Joint International Workshop on Process Algebra and Probabilistic Methods, Performance Modeling and Veri (PAPM/PROBMIV'01), volume 2165 of LNCS
, 2001
"... Abstract. We report on a novel development to model check quantitative reachability properties on Markov decision processes together with its prototype implementation. The innovation of the technique is that the analysis is performed on an abstraction of the model under analysis. Such an abstraction ..."
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Abstract. We report on a novel development to model check quantitative reachability properties on Markov decision processes together with its prototype implementation. The innovation of the technique is that the analysis is performed on an abstraction of the model under analysis. Such an abstraction is significantly smaller than the original model and may safely refute or accept the required property. Otherwise, the abstraction is refined and the process repeated. As the numerical analysis necessary to determine the validity of the property is more costly than the refinement process, the technique profits from applying such numerical analysis on smaller state spaces.
A Hierarchy of Probabilistic System Types
, 2003
"... We study various notions of probabilistic bisimulation from a coalgebraic point of view, accumulating in a hierarchy of probabilistic system types. In general, a natural transformation between two Setfunctors straightforwardly gives rise to a transformation of coalgebras for the respective functors ..."
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We study various notions of probabilistic bisimulation from a coalgebraic point of view, accumulating in a hierarchy of probabilistic system types. In general, a natural transformation between two Setfunctors straightforwardly gives rise to a transformation of coalgebras for the respective functors. This latter transformation preserves homomorphisms and thus bisimulations. For comparison of probabilistic system types we also need reflection of bisimulation. We build the hierarchy of probabilistic systems by exploiting the new result that the transformation also reflects bisimulation in case the natural transformation is componentwise injective and the first functor preserves weak pullbacks. Additionally, we illustrate the correspondence of concrete and coalgebraic bisimulation in the case of general Segalatype systems.
Probabilistic event structures and domains
 Concurrency Theory: 15th International Conference, CONCUR ’04 Proceedings, LNCS
, 2004
"... This paper investigates probability in the presence of causal dependence. More precisely, it studies the process model of probabilistic event structures. In their simplest form probabilistic choice is localised to cells at which immediate conflict arises; in which case probabilistic independence coi ..."
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This paper investigates probability in the presence of causal dependence. More precisely, it studies the process model of probabilistic event structures. In their simplest form probabilistic choice is localised to cells at which immediate conflict arises; in which case probabilistic independence coincides with causal independence. An event structure is associated with a domain—that of its configurations ordered by inclusion. In domain theory probabilistic processes are denoted by continuous valuations on a domain. A key result of this paper is a representation theorem showing how continuous valuations on the domain of a confusion free event structure correspond to the probabilistic event structures it supports. Via a notion of tests, probabilistic event structures are related to another approach to probabilistic processes, viz. Markov decision processes. Tests and morphisms of event structures point the way to a more general theory in which, for example, event structures need not be confusion free. 1
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.
K.: Rapture: A tool for verifying Markov Decision Processes
 University Brno
, 2002
"... Abstract. We present a tool that performs verification of quantified reachability properties over Markov decision processes (or probabilistic transition system). The originality of the tool is to provide two reduction techniques that limit the state space explosion problem: automatic abstraction an ..."
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Abstract. We present a tool that performs verification of quantified reachability properties over Markov decision processes (or probabilistic transition system). The originality of the tool is to provide two reduction techniques that limit the state space explosion problem: automatic abstraction and refinement algorithms, and a socalled essential states reduction. We present several casestudies to illustrate the usefulness of these techniques. 1
GSOS for Probabilistic Transition Systems
, 2002
"... We introduce PGSOS, an operator specification format for (reactive) probabilistic transition systems which bears similarity to the known GSOS format for labelled (nondeterministic) transition systems. Like the standard one, the format is well behaved in the sense that on all models bisimilarity is a ..."
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We introduce PGSOS, an operator specification format for (reactive) probabilistic transition systems which bears similarity to the known GSOS format for labelled (nondeterministic) transition systems. Like the standard one, the format is well behaved in the sense that on all models bisimilarity is a congruence and the uptocontext proof principle is valid. Moreover, guarded recursive equations involving the specified operators have unique solutions up to bisimilarity. These results generalize wellbehavedness results given in the literature for specific operators that turn out to be definable by our format. PGSOS arose from the following procedure: Turi and Plotkin proposed to model specifications in the (standard) GSOS format as natural transformations of a type they call abstract GSOS. This formulation allows for simple proofs of several wellbehavedness properties, such as bisimilarity being a congruence on all models of such a specification. First, we give a full proof of Turi and Plotkin's claim about the correspondence of abstract GSOS and standard GSOS for labelled transition systems. Next, we instantiate their categorical framework to yield a specification format for probabilistic transition systems. The main contribution of the present paper is the derivation of the PGSOS format as a rulestyle representation of the natural transformations obtained this way. We benefit from the fact that some parts of our argument for the nondeterministic case can be reused. The wellbehavedness results for abstract GSOS immediately carry over to the new concrete format.
Modular algorithms for heterogeneous modal logics
 IN AUTOMATA, LANGUAGES AND PROGRAMMING, ICALP 07, VOL. 4596 OF LNCS
, 2007
"... Statebased systems and modal logics for reasoning about them often heterogeneously combine a number of features such as nondeterminism and probabilities. Here, we show that the combination of features can be reflected algorithmically and develop modular decision procedures for heterogeneous modal ..."
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Statebased systems and modal logics for reasoning about them often heterogeneously combine a number of features such as nondeterminism and probabilities. Here, we show that the combination of features can be reflected algorithmically and develop modular decision procedures for heterogeneous modal logics. The modularity is achieved by formalising the underlying statebased systems as multisorted coalgebras and associating both a logical and an algorithmic description to a number of basic building blocks. Our main result is that logics arising as combinations of these building blocks can be decided in polynomial space provided that this is the case for the components. By instantiating the general framework to concrete cases, we obtain PSPACE decision procedures for a wide variety of structurally different logics, describing e.g. Segala systems and games with uncertain information.
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