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A Bayesian Approach to Model Checking Biological Systems ⋆
"... Abstract. Recently, there has been considerable interest in the use of Model Checking for Systems Biology. Unfortunately, the state space of stochastic biological models is often too large for classical Model Checking techniques. For these models, a statistical approach to Model Checking has been sh ..."
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Abstract. Recently, there has been considerable interest in the use of Model Checking for Systems Biology. Unfortunately, the state space of stochastic biological models is often too large for classical Model Checking techniques. For these models, a statistical approach to Model Checking has been shown to be an effective alternative. Extending our earlier work, we present the first algorithm for performing statistical Model Checking using Bayesian Sequential Hypothesis Testing. We show that our Bayesian approach outperforms current statistical Model Checking techniques, which rely on tests from Classical (aka Frequentist) statistics, by requiring fewer system simulations. Another advantage of our approach is the ability to incorporate prior Biological knowledge about the model being verified. We demonstrate our algorithm on a variety of models from the Systems Biology literature and show that it enables faster verification than stateoftheart techniques, even when no prior knowledge is available. 1
On statistical model checking of stochastic systems
 In Etessami, K., Rajamani, S.K., eds.: CAV. Volume 3576 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science
, 2005
"... Abstract. Statistical methods to model check stochastic systems have been, thus far, developed only for a sublogic of continuous stochastic logic (CSL) that does not have steady state operator and unbounded until formulas. In this paper, we present a statistical model checking algorithm that also ve ..."
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Abstract. Statistical methods to model check stochastic systems have been, thus far, developed only for a sublogic of continuous stochastic logic (CSL) that does not have steady state operator and unbounded until formulas. In this paper, we present a statistical model checking algorithm that also verifies CSL formulas with unbounded untils. The algorithm is based on Monte Carlo simulation of the model and hypothesis testing of the samples, as opposed to sequential hypothesis testing. We have implemented the algorithm in a tool called VESTA, and found it to be effective in verifying several examples. 1
Bayesian Statistical Model Checking with Application to Stateflow/Simulink Verification
, 2010
"... We address the problem of model checking stochastic systems, i.e. checking whether a stochastic system satisfies a certain temporal property with a probability greater (or smaller) than a fixed threshold. In particular, we present a novel Statistical Model Checking (SMC) approach based on Bayesian s ..."
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We address the problem of model checking stochastic systems, i.e. checking whether a stochastic system satisfies a certain temporal property with a probability greater (or smaller) than a fixed threshold. In particular, we present a novel Statistical Model Checking (SMC) approach based on Bayesian statistics. We show that our approach is feasible for hybrid systems with stochastic transitions, a generalization of Simulink/Stateflow models. Standard approaches to stochastic (discrete) systems require numerical solutions for large optimization problems and quickly become infeasible with larger state spaces. Generalizations of these techniques to hybrid systems with stochastic effects are even more challenging. The SMC approach was pioneered by Younes and Simmons in the discrete and nonBayesian case. It solves the verification problem by combining randomized sampling of system traces (which is very efficient for Simulink/Stateflow) with hypothesis testing or estimation. We believe SMC is essential for scaling up to large Stateflow/Simulink models. While the answer to the verification problem is not guaranteed to be correct, we prove that Bayesian SMC can make the probability of giving a wrong answer arbitrarily small. The advantage is that answers can usually be obtained much faster than with standard, exhaustive model checking
PMaude: Rewritebased specification language for probabilistic object systems
 In Proc. 3rd Workshop on Quantitative Aspects of Programming Languages (QAPL’05
, 2005
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Statistical model checking: An overview
 RV 2010
, 2010
"... Quantitative properties of stochastic systems are usually specified in logics that allow one to compare the measure of executions satisfying certain temporal properties with thresholds. The model checking problem for stochastic systems with respect to such logics is typically solved by a numerical a ..."
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Quantitative properties of stochastic systems are usually specified in logics that allow one to compare the measure of executions satisfying certain temporal properties with thresholds. The model checking problem for stochastic systems with respect to such logics is typically solved by a numerical approach [31,8,35,22,21,5] that iteratively computes (or approximates) the exact measure of paths satisfying relevant subformulas; the algorithms themselves depend on the class of systems being analyzed as well as the logic used for specifying the properties. Another approach to solve the model checking problem is to simulate the system for finitely many executions, and use hypothesis testing to infer whether the samples provide a statistical evidence for the satisfaction or violation of the specification. In this tutorial, we survey the statistical approach, and outline its main advantages in terms of efficiency, uniformity, and simplicity.
How Fast and Fat Is Your Probabilistic Model Checker? an experimental performance comparison ⋆
"... Abstract. This paper studies the efficiency of several probabilistic model checkers by comparing verification times and peak memory usage for a set of standard case studies. The study considers the model checkers ETMCC, MRMC, PRISM (sparse and hybrid mode), YMER and VESTA, and focuses on fully proba ..."
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Abstract. This paper studies the efficiency of several probabilistic model checkers by comparing verification times and peak memory usage for a set of standard case studies. The study considers the model checkers ETMCC, MRMC, PRISM (sparse and hybrid mode), YMER and VESTA, and focuses on fully probabilistic systems. Several of our experiments show significantly different run times and memory consumptions between the tools—up to various orders of magnitude—without, however, indicating a clearly dominating tool. For statistical model checking YMER clearly prevails whereas for the numerical tools MRMC and PRISM (sparse) are rather close.
Formal Analysis Techniques for Gossiping Protocols
 ACM SIGOPS Oper. Syst. Rev.
, 2007
"... We give a survey of formal verification techniques that can be used to corroborate existing experimental results for gossiping protocols in a rigorous manner. We present properties of interest for gossiping protocols and discuss how various formal evaluation techniques can be employed to predict the ..."
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We give a survey of formal verification techniques that can be used to corroborate existing experimental results for gossiping protocols in a rigorous manner. We present properties of interest for gossiping protocols and discuss how various formal evaluation techniques can be employed to predict them.
Formal modeling and analysis of DoS using probabilistic rewrite theories
 in Proc. IEEE Workshop on Foundations of Computer Security
, 2005
"... Existing models for analyzing the integrity and confidentiality of protocols need to be extended to enable the analysis of availability. Prior work on such extensions shows promising applications to the development of new DoS countermeasures. Ideally it should be possible to apply these countermeasu ..."
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Existing models for analyzing the integrity and confidentiality of protocols need to be extended to enable the analysis of availability. Prior work on such extensions shows promising applications to the development of new DoS countermeasures. Ideally it should be possible to apply these countermeasures systematically in a way that preserves desirable properties already established. This paper investigates a step toward achieving this ideal by describing a way to expand term rewriting theories to include probabilistic aspects that can show the effectiveness of DoS countermeasures. In particular, we consider the shared channel model, in which adversaries and valid participants share communication bandwidth according to a probabilistic interleaving model, and a countermeasure known as selective verification applied to the handshake steps of the TCP reliable transport protocol. These concepts are formulated in a probabilistic extension of the Maude term rewriting system, called PMAUDE. Furthermore, we formally verified the desired properties of the countermeasures through automatic statistical modelchecking techniques. 1