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DECISIVE MARKOV CHAINS PAROSH ABDULLA, NOOMENE BEN HENDA, AND RICHARD MAYR
 

Summary: DECISIVE MARKOV CHAINS
PAROSH ABDULLA, NOOMENE BEN HENDA, AND RICHARD MAYR
Uppsala University, Department of Information Technology, Box 337, SE­751 05 Uppsala, Sweden
e­mail address: parosh@it.uu.se
Uppsala University, Department of Information Technology, Box 337, SE­751 05 Uppsala, Sweden
e­mail address: noomene.benhenda@it.uu.se
North Carolina State University, Department of Computer Science, Campus Box 8206, Raleigh, NC 27695,
USA
e­mail address: mayr@csc.ncsu.edu
ABSTRACT. We consider qualitative and quantitative verification problems for infinite­state Markov
chains. We call a Markov chain decisive w.r.t. a given set of target states F if it almost certainly
eventually reaches either F or a state from which F can no longer be reached. While all finite
Markov chains are trivially decisive (for every set F ), this also holds for many classes of infinite
Markov chains.
Infinite Markov chains which contain a finite attractor are decisive w.r.t. every set F . In particular,
all Markov chains induced by probabilistic lossy channel systems (PLCS) contain a finite attractor
and are thus decisive. Furthermore, all globally coarse Markov chains are decisive. The class of
globally coarse Markov chains includes, e.g., those induced by probabilistic vector addition systems
(PVASS) with upward­closed sets F , and all Markov chains induced by probabilistic noisy Turing
machines (PNTM) (a generalization of the noisy Turing machines (NTM) of Asarin and Collins).

  

Source: Abdulla, Parosh Aziz - Department of Information Technology, Uppsala Universitet

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences