Weakest Precondition Reasoning for Expected Run-Times of Probabilistic Programs

@inproceedings{Kaminski2016WeakestPR,
  title={Weakest Precondition Reasoning for Expected Run-Times of Probabilistic Programs},
  author={Benjamin Lucien Kaminski and Joost-Pieter Katoen and Christoph Matheja and Federico Olmedo},
  booktitle={ESOP},
  year={2016}
}
This paper presents a wp–style calculus for obtaining bounds on the expected run–time of probabilistic programs. Its application includes determining the (possibly infinite) expected termination time of a probabilistic program and proving positive almost–sure termination— does a program terminate with probability one in finite expected time? We provide several proof rules for bounding the run–time of loops, and prove the soundness of the approach with respect to a simple operational model. We… CONTINUE READING
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