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Branching bisimulation for probabilistic systems: Characteristics and decidability

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Eindhoven, North Brabant, Netherlands
Theoretical Computer Science (Impact Factor: 0.52). 05/2006; 356(3):325-355. DOI: 10.1016/j.tcs.2006.02.010
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ABSTRACT We address the concept of abstraction in the setting of probabilistic reactive systems, and study its formal underpinnings for the strictly alternating model of Hansson. In particular, we define the notion of branching bisimilarity and study its properties by studying two other equivalence relations, viz. coloured trace equivalence and branching bisimilarity using maximal probabilities. We show that both alternatives coincide with branching bisimilarity. The alternative characterisations have their own merits and focus on different aspects of branching bisimilarity. Coloured trace equivalence can be understood without knowledge of probability theory and is independent of the notion of a scheduler. Branching bisimilarity, rephrased in terms of maximal probabilities gives rise to an algorithm of polynomial complexity for deciding the equivalence. Together they give a better understanding of branching bisimilarity. Furthermore, we show that the notions of branching bisimilarity in the alternating model of Hansson and in the nonalternating model of Segala differ: branching bisimilarity in the latter setting turns out to discriminate between systems that are intuitively branching bisimilar.

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    • "We have proved our notion to be compatible with parallel composition without synchronization . We have also shown that our bisimulation is the coarsest congruence included in the branching bisimulation of [2] (when restricted to the alternating model), thus properly solving the congruence problem of [2]. Although we have only considered the merge operator, it is easy to extend the theory with the rest of the standard operators. "
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    • "The same authors also provided a metric analogue of weak bisimulation [13]. Recently, Andova and Willemse studied branching bisimulation for the alternating model [4] [5], and together with Baeten [3] provided a complete axiomatization of this process equivalence in a process algebra setting. However, the alternating probabilistic automata are not coalgebras (see [40]) and therefore do not qualify for our definition. "
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    • "We have proved our notion to be compatible with parallel composition without synchronization . We have also shown that our bisimulation is the coarsest congruence included in the branching bisimulation of [2] (when restricted to the alternating model), thus properly solving the congruence problem of [2]. Although we have only considered the merge operator, it is easy to extend the theory with the rest of the standard operators. "
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