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A finite state Markov chain M is often viewed as a probabilistic transition system. An alternative view - which we follow here - is to regard M as a linear transform operating on the space of probability distributions over its set of nodes. The novel idea here is to discretize the probability value space [0,1] into a finite set of intervals. A concrete… (More)

We consider the following decision problem: given a finite Markov chain with distinguished source and target states, and given a rational number r, does there exist an integer n such that the probability to reach the target from the source in n steps is r? This problem, which is not known to be decidable, lies at the heart of many model checking questions… (More)

Motivations Aim Study the expressive power of local clocks as a synchronization mechanism in a distributed system.

We consider message sequence charts enriched with timing constraints between pairs of events. As in the untimed setting, an infinite family of time-constrained message sequence charts (TC-MSCs) is generated using an HMSC—a finite-state automaton whose nodes are labelled by TC-MSCs. A timed MSC is an MSC in which each event is assigned an explicit… (More)

We consider the problem of model checking message-passing systems with real-time requirements. As behavioural specifications, we use message sequence charts (MSCs) annotated with timing constraints. Our system model is a network of communicating finite state machines with local clocks, whose global behaviour can be regarded as a timed automaton. Our goal is… (More)

We provide a framework for distributed systems that impose timing constraints on their executions. We propose a timed model of communicating finite-state machines, which communicate by exchanging messages through channels and use event clocks to generate collections of timed message sequence charts (T-MSCs). As a specification language, we propose a monadic… (More)

Dynamic Bayesian Networks (DBNs) can serve as succinct models of large biochemical networks [19]. To analyze these models, one must compute the probability distribution over system states at a given time point. Doing this exactly is infeasible for large models and hence approximate methods are needed. The Factored Frontier algorithm (FF) is a simple and… (More)

Zielonka's theorem, established 25 years ago, states that any regular language closed under com-mutation is the language of an asynchronous automaton (a tuple of automata, one per process, exchanging information when performing common actions). Since then, constructing asynchron-ous automata has been simplified and We first survey these constructions and… (More)

Rapport de recherche n° 7823 — November 2011 — 15 pages Résumé : Il est notoirement difficile d'analyser les comportements de systémes décrits par des modèles qui comportentà la fois du temps et de la concurrence. Des résultats de décidabilité existent pour des modèles dans lesquels les valeurs des horloges sur différents processus ne peuvent pasêtre… (More)

Robustness of timed systems aims at studying whether infinitesimal perturbations in clock values can result in new discrete behaviors. A model is robust if the set of discrete behaviors is preserved under arbitrarily small (but positive) perturbations. We tackle this problem for Time Petri Nets (TPNs for short) by considering the model of parametric guard… (More)