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On Average-Case Hardness of Higher-Order Model Checking

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Abstract

We study a mixture between the average case and worst case complexities of higher-order model checking, the problem of deciding whether the tree generated by a given λ Y-term (or equivalently, a higher-order recursion scheme) satisfies the property expressed by a given tree automaton. Higher-order model checking has recently been studied extensively in the context of higher-order program verification. Although the worst-case complexity of the problem is k-EXPTIME complete for order-k terms, various higher-order model checkers have been developed that run efficiently for typical inputs, and program verification tools have been constructed on top of them. One may, therefore, hope that higher-order model checking can be solved efficiently in the average case, despite the worst-case complexity. We provide a negative result, by showing that, under certain assumptions, for almost every term, the higher-order model checking problem specialized for the term is k-EXPTIME hard with respect to the size of automata. The proof is based on a novel intersection type system that characterizes terms that do not contain any useless subterms.

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@InProceedings{nakamura_et_al:LIPIcs:2020:12343,
  author =	{Yoshiki Nakamura and Kazuyuki Asada and Naoki Kobayashi and Ryoma Sin'ya and Takeshi Tsukada},
  title =	{{On Average-Case Hardness of Higher-Order Model Checking}},
  booktitle =	{5th International Conference on Formal Structures for Computation and Deduction (FSCD 2020)},
  pages =	{21:1--21:23},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-155-9},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2020},
  volume =	{167},
  editor =	{Zena M. Ariola},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl--Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{https://drops.dagstuhl.de/opus/volltexte/2020/12343},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-123439},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.FSCD.2020.21},
  annote =	{Keywords: Higher-order model checking, average-case complexity, intersection type system}
}

Keywords: Higher-order model checking, average-case complexity, intersection type system
Seminar: 5th International Conference on Formal Structures for Computation and Deduction (FSCD 2020)
Issue date: 2020
Date of publication: 28.06.2020


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