On a Semantic Definition of Data Independence

  • Ranko Lazić
  • David Nowak
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2701)


A variety of results which enable model checking of important classes of infinite-state systems are based on exploiting the property of data independence. The literature contains a number of definitions of variants of data independence, which are given by syntactic restrictions in particular formalisms. More recently, data independence was defined for labelled transition systems using logical relations, enabling results about data independent systems to be proved without reference to a particular syntax. In this paper, we show that the semantic definition is sufficiently strong for this purpose. More precisely, it was known that any syntactically data independent symbolic LTS denotes a semantically data independent family of LTSs, but here we show that the converse also holds.


Data independence definability logical relations nondeterminism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ranko Lazić
    • 1
  • David Nowak
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of WarwickUK
  2. 2.LSV, CNRS & ENS CachanFrance

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