Fly-Automata, Their Properties and Applications

  • Bruno Courcelle
  • Irène A. Durand
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6807)


We address the concrete problem of implementing huge bottom-up term automata. Such automata arise from the verification of Monadic Second Order propositions on graphs of bounded tree-width or clique-width. This applies to graphs of bounded tree-width because bounded tree-width implies bounded clique-width. An automaton which has so many transitions that they cannot be stored in a transition table is represented be a fly-automaton in which the transition function is represented by a finite set of meta-rules.

Fly-automata have been implemented inside the Autowrite software and experiments have been run in the domain of graph model checking.


Transition Function Graph Property Tree Automaton Direct Construction Transition Table 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruno Courcelle
    • 1
  • Irène A. Durand
    • 1
  1. 1.LaBRI, CNRSUniversité de BordeauxTalenceFrance

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