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Reasoning about Infinite Computations
 Information and Computation
, 1994
"... We investigate extensions of temporal logic by connectives defined by finite automata on infinite words. We consider three different logics, corresponding to three different types of acceptance conditions (finite, looping and repeating) for the automata. It turns out, however, that these logics all ..."
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We investigate extensions of temporal logic by connectives defined by finite automata on infinite words. We consider three different logics, corresponding to three different types of acceptance conditions (finite, looping and repeating) for the automata. It turns out, however, that these logics all have the same expressive power and that their decision problems are all PSPACEcomplete. We also investigate connectives defined by alternating automata and show that they do not increase the expressive power of the logic or the complexity of the decision problem. 1 Introduction For many years, logics of programs have been tools for reasoning about the input/output behavior of programs. When dealing with concurrent or nonterminating processes (like operating systems) there is, however, a need to reason about infinite computations. Thus, instead of considering the first and last states of finite computations, we need to consider the infinite sequences of states that the program goes through...
The monadic secondorder logic of graphs I. Recognizable sets of Finite Graphs
 Information and Computation
, 1990
"... The notion of a recognizable sef offinite graphs is introduced. Every set of finite graphs, that is definable in monadic secondorder logic is recognizable, but not vice versa. The monadic secondorder theory of a contextfree set of graphs is decidable. 0 19W Academic Press. Inc. This paper begins ..."
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The notion of a recognizable sef offinite graphs is introduced. Every set of finite graphs, that is definable in monadic secondorder logic is recognizable, but not vice versa. The monadic secondorder theory of a contextfree set of graphs is decidable. 0 19W Academic Press. Inc. This paper begins an investigation of the monadic secondorder logic of graphs and of sets of graphs, using techniques from universal algebra, and the theory of formal languages. (By a graph, we mean a finite directed hyperedgelabelled hypergraph, equipped with a sequence of distinguished vertices.) A survey of this research can be found in Courcelle [ 111. An algebraic structure on the set of graphs (in the above sense) has been proposed by Bauderon and Courcelle [2,7]. The notion of a recognizable set of finite graphs follows, as an instance of the general notion of recognizability introduced by Mezei and Wright in [25]. A graph can also be considered as a logical structure of a certain type. Hence, properties of graphs can be written in firstorder logic or in secondorder logic. It turns out that monadic secondorder logic, where quantifications over sets of vertices and sets of edges are used, is a reasonably powerful logical language (in which many usual graph properties can be written), for which one can obtain decidability results. These decidability results do not hold for secondorder logic, where quantifications over binary relations can also be used. Our main theorem states that every definable set of finite graphs (i.e., every set that is the set of finite graphs satisfying a graph property expressible in monadic secondorder logic) is recognizable. * This work has been supported by the “Programme de Recherches Coordonntes: Mathematiques et Informatique.”
The Benefits of Relaxing Punctuality
, 1996
"... The most natural, compositional, way of modeling realtime systems uses a dense domain for time. The satis ability of timing constraints that are capable of expressing punctuality in this model, however, is known to be undecidable. We introduce a temporal language that can constrain the time differe ..."
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The most natural, compositional, way of modeling realtime systems uses a dense domain for time. The satis ability of timing constraints that are capable of expressing punctuality in this model, however, is known to be undecidable. We introduce a temporal language that can constrain the time difference between events only with finite, yet arbitrary, precision and show the resulting logic to be EXPSPACEcomplete. This result allows us to develop an algorithm for the verification of timing properties of realtime systems with a dense semantics.
Realtime logics: complexity and expressiveness
 INFORMATION AND COMPUTATION
, 1993
"... The theory of the natural numbers with linear order and monadic predicates underlies propositional linear temporal logic. To study temporal logics that are suitable for reasoning about realtime systems, we combine this classical theory of in nite state sequences with a theory of discrete time, via ..."
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The theory of the natural numbers with linear order and monadic predicates underlies propositional linear temporal logic. To study temporal logics that are suitable for reasoning about realtime systems, we combine this classical theory of in nite state sequences with a theory of discrete time, via a monotonic function that maps every state to its time. The resulting theory of timed state sequences is shown to be decidable, albeit nonelementary, and its expressive power is characterized by! regular sets. Several more expressive variants are proved to be highly undecidable. This framework allows us to classify a wide variety of realtime logics according to their complexity and expressiveness. Indeed, it follows that most formalisms proposed in the literature cannot be decided. We are, however, able to identify two elementary realtime temporal logics as expressively complete fragments of the theory of timed state sequences, and we present tableaubased decision procedures for checking validity. Consequently, these two formalisms are wellsuited for the speci cation and veri cation of realtime systems.
Logics and Models of Real Time: A Survey
"... We survey logicbased and automatabased languages and techniques for the specification and verification of realtime systems. In particular, we discuss three syntactic extensions of temporal logic: timebounded operators, freeze quantification, and time variables. We also discuss the extension of ..."
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We survey logicbased and automatabased languages and techniques for the specification and verification of realtime systems. In particular, we discuss three syntactic extensions of temporal logic: timebounded operators, freeze quantification, and time variables. We also discuss the extension of finitestate machines with clocks and the extension of transition systems with time bounds on the transitions. All of the resulting notations can be interpreted over a variety of different models of time and computation, including linear and branching time, interleaving and true concurrency, discrete and continuous time. For each choice of syntax and semantics, we summarize the results that are known about expressive power, algorithmic finitestate verification, and deductive verification.
Visibly pushdown languages
, 2004
"... Abstract. We study congruences on words in order to characterize the class of visibly pushdown languages (Vpl), a subclass of contextfree languages. For any language L, we define a natural congruence on words that resembles the syntactic congruence for regular languages, such that this congruence i ..."
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Abstract. We study congruences on words in order to characterize the class of visibly pushdown languages (Vpl), a subclass of contextfree languages. For any language L, we define a natural congruence on words that resembles the syntactic congruence for regular languages, such that this congruence is of finite index if, and only if, L is a Vpl. We then study the problem of finding canonical minimal deterministic automata for Vpls. Though Vpls in general do not have unique minimal automata, we consider a subclass of VPAs called kmodule singleentry VPAs that correspond to programs with recursive procedures without input parameters, and show that the class of wellmatched Vpls do indeed have unique minimal kmodule singleentry automata. We also give a polynomial time algorithm that minimizes such kmodule singleentry VPAs. 1 Introduction The class of visibly pushdown languages (Vpl), introduced in [1], is a subclassof contextfree languages accepted by pushdown automata in which the input letter determines the type of operation permitted on the stack. Visibly pushdown languages are closed under all boolean operations, and problems such as inclusion, that are undecidable for contextfree languages, are decidable for Vpl. Vpls are relevant to several applications that use contextfree languages suchas the modelchecking of software programs using their pushdown models [13]. Recent work has shown applications in other contexts: in modeling semanticsof effects in processing XML streams [4], in game semantics for programming languages [5], and in identifying larger classes of pushdown specifications thatadmit decidable problems for infinite games on pushdown graphs [6].
Typechecking for XML Transformers
 IN PROCEEDINGS OF THE NINETEENTH ACM SIGMODSIGACTSIGART SYMPOSIUM ON PRINCIPLES OF DATABASE SYSTEMS
, 2000
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Reasoning about The Past with TwoWay Automata
 In 25th International Colloqium on Automata, Languages and Programming, ICALP ’98
, 1998
"... Abstract. The pcalculus can be viewed as essentially the "ultimate" program logic, as it expressively subsumes all propositional program logics, including dynamic logics, process logics, and temporal logics. It is known that the satisfiability problem for the pcalculus is EXPTIMEcomplete ..."
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Abstract. The pcalculus can be viewed as essentially the "ultimate" program logic, as it expressively subsumes all propositional program logics, including dynamic logics, process logics, and temporal logics. It is known that the satisfiability problem for the pcalculus is EXPTIMEcomplete. This upper bound, however, is known for a version of the logic that has only forward modalities, which express weakest preconditions, but not backward modalities, which express strongest postconditions. Our main result in this paper is an exponential time upper bound for the satisfiability problem of the pcalculus with both forward and backward modalities. To get this result we develop a theory of twoway alternating automata on infinite trees. 1
MONA: Monadic SecondOrder Logic in Practice
 IN PRACTICE, IN TOOLS AND ALGORITHMS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION AND ANALYSIS OF SYSTEMS, FIRST INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP, TACAS '95, LNCS 1019
, 1995
"... The purpose of this article is to introduce Monadic Secondorder Logic as a practical means of specifying regularity. The logic is a highly succinct alternative to the use of regular expressions. We have built a tool MONA, which acts as a decision procedure and as a translator to finitestate au ..."
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The purpose of this article is to introduce Monadic Secondorder Logic as a practical means of specifying regularity. The logic is a highly succinct alternative to the use of regular expressions. We have built a tool MONA, which acts as a decision procedure and as a translator to finitestate automata. The tool is based on new algorithms for minimizing finitestate automata that use binary decision diagrams (BDDs) to represent transition functions in compressed form. A byproduct of this work is a new bottomup algorithm to reduce BDDs in linear time without hashing. The potential
Adding nesting structure to words
 In Developments in Language Theory, LNCS 4036
, 2006
"... We propose the model of nested words for representation of data with both a linear ordering and a hierarchically nested matching of items. Examples of data with such dual linearhierarchical structure include executions of structured programs, annotated linguistic data, and HTML/XML documents. Neste ..."
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We propose the model of nested words for representation of data with both a linear ordering and a hierarchically nested matching of items. Examples of data with such dual linearhierarchical structure include executions of structured programs, annotated linguistic data, and HTML/XML documents. Nested words generalize both words and ordered trees, and allow both word and tree operations. We define nested word automata—finitestate acceptors for nested words, and show that the resulting class of regular languages of nested words has all the appealing theoretical properties that the classical regular word languages enjoys: deterministic nested word automata are as expressive as their nondeterministic counterparts; the class is closed under union, intersection, complementation, concatenation, Kleene*, prefixes, and language homomorphisms; membership, emptiness, language inclusion, and language equivalence are all decidable; and definability in monadic second order logic corresponds exactly to finitestate recognizability. We also consider regular languages of infinite nested words and show that the closure properties, MSOcharacterization, and decidability of decision problems carry over. The linear encodings of nested words give the class of visibly pushdown languages of words, and this class lies between balanced languages and deterministic contextfree languages. We argue that for algorithmic verification of structured programs, instead of viewing the program as a contextfree language over words, one should view it as a regular language of nested words (or equivalently, a visibly pushdown language), and this would allow model checking of many properties (such as stack inspection, prepost conditions) that are not expressible in existing specification logics. We also study the relationship between ordered trees and nested words, and the corresponding automata: while the analysis complexity of nested word automata is the same as that of classical tree automata, they combine both bottomup and topdown traversals, and enjoy expressiveness and succinctness benefits over tree automata. 1