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IFIP WG1.3 Foundations of System Specification

Talk "Measure-Theoretic Semantics for Quantitative Parity Automata"

by Corina Cirstea

Mon, 24 April 2023 at 11:10 am in Paris, France

Joint work with: Clemens Kupke

Abstract: Quantitative parity automata (QPAs) generalise non-deterministic parity automata (NPAs) by adding weights from a certain semiring to transitions. QPAs run on infinite word/tree-like structures, modelled as coalgebras of a polynomial functor F. They can also arise as certain products between a quantitative model (with branching modelled via the same semiring of quantities, and linear behaviour described by the functor F) and an NPA (modelling a qualitative property of F-coalgebras). We build on recent work on semiring-valued measures to define a way to measure the set of paths through a quantitative branching model which satisfy a qualitative property (captured by an unambiguous NPA running on F-coalgebras). Our main result shows that the notion of extent of a QPA (which generalises non-emptiness of an NPA, and is defined as the solution of a nested system of equations) provides an equivalent characterisation of the measure of the accepting paths through the QPA. This result makes recently-developed methods for computing nested fixpoints available for model checking qualitative, linear-time properties against quantitative branching models.