Accelerating tree-automatic relations

Author Anthony Widjaja Lin

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Anthony Widjaja Lin. Accelerating tree-automatic relations. In IARCS Annual Conference on Foundations of Software Technology and Theoretical Computer Science (FSTTCS 2012). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 18, pp. 313-324, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2012)


We study the problem of computing the transitive closure of tree-automatic (binary) relations, which are represented by tree automata. Such relations include classes of infinite systems generated by pushdown systems (PDS), ground tree rewrite systems (GTRS), PA-processes, and Turing machines, to name a few. Although this problem is unsolvable in general, we provide a semi-algorithm for the problem and prove completeness guarantee for PDS, GTRS, and PA-processes. The semi-algorithm is an extension of a known semi-algorithm for structure-preserving tree-automatic relations, for which completeness is guaranteed for several interesting parameterized systems over tree topology. Hence, there is a single generic procedure that solves reachability for PDS, GTRS, PA-processes, and several parameterized systems in a uniform way. As an application, we provide a single generic semi-algorithm for checking repeated reachability over tree-automatic relations, for which completeness is guaranteed for the aforementioned classes.
  • Semi-algorithm
  • Model Checking
  • Infinite Systems
  • Automata


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