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The Density of Linear-Time Properties

  • Bernd Finkbeiner
  • Hazem Torfah
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10482)

Abstract

Finding models for linear-time properties is a central problem in verification and planning. We study the distribution of linear-time models by investigating the density of linear-time properties over the space of ultimately periodic words. The density of a property over a bound n is the ratio of the number of lasso-shaped words of length n, that satisfy the property, to the total number of lasso-shaped words of length n. We investigate the problem of computing the density for both linear-time properties in general and for the important special case of \(\omega \)-regular properties. For general linear-time properties, the density is not necessarily convergent and can oscillates indefinitely for certain properties. However, we show that the oscillation is bounded by the growth of the sets of bad- and good-prefix of the property. For \(\omega \)-regular properties, we show that the density is always convergent and provide a general algorithm for computing the density of \(\omega \)-regular properties as well as more specialized algorithms for certain sub-classes and their combinations.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Saarland UniversitySaarbrückenGermany

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