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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 243, 33rd International Conference on Concurrency Theory (CONCUR 2022)

We consider the model-checking problem for parametric probabilistic dynamical systems, formalised as Markov chains with parametric transition functions, analysed under the distribution-transformer semantics (in which a Markov chain induces a sequence of distributions over states).
We examine the problem of synthesising the set of parameter valuations of a parametric Markov chain such that the orbits of induced state distributions satisfy a prefix-independent ω-regular property.
Our main result establishes that in all non-degenerate instances, the feasible set of parameters is (up to a null set) semialgebraic, and can moreover be computed (in polynomial time assuming that the ambient dimension, corresponding to the number of states of the Markov chain, is fixed).

Christel Baier, Florian Funke, Simon Jantsch, Toghrul Karimov, Engel Lefaucheux, Joël Ouaknine, David Purser, Markus A. Whiteland, and James Worrell. Parameter Synthesis for Parametric Probabilistic Dynamical Systems and Prefix-Independent Specifications. In 33rd International Conference on Concurrency Theory (CONCUR 2022). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 243, pp. 10:1-10:16, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2022)

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@InProceedings{baier_et_al:LIPIcs.CONCUR.2022.10, author = {Baier, Christel and Funke, Florian and Jantsch, Simon and Karimov, Toghrul and Lefaucheux, Engel and Ouaknine, Jo\"{e}l and Purser, David and Whiteland, Markus A. and Worrell, James}, title = {{Parameter Synthesis for Parametric Probabilistic Dynamical Systems and Prefix-Independent Specifications}}, booktitle = {33rd International Conference on Concurrency Theory (CONCUR 2022)}, pages = {10:1--10:16}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-246-4}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2022}, volume = {243}, editor = {Klin, Bartek and Lasota, S{\l}awomir and Muscholl, Anca}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.CONCUR.2022.10}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-170732}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.CONCUR.2022.10}, annote = {Keywords: Model checking, parametric Markov chains, distribution transformer semantics} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 241, 47th International Symposium on Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science (MFCS 2022)

Generalizing the notion of the boundary sequence introduced by Chen and Wen, the nth term of the 𝓁-boundary sequence of an infinite word is the finite set of pairs (u,v) of prefixes and suffixes of length 𝓁 appearing in factors uyv of length n+𝓁 (n ≥ 𝓁 ≥ 1). Otherwise stated, for increasing values of n, one looks for all pairs of factors of length 𝓁 separated by n-𝓁 symbols.
For the large class of addable numeration systems U, we show that if an infinite word is U-automatic, then the same holds for its 𝓁-boundary sequence. In particular, they are both morphic (or generated by an HD0L system). We also provide examples of numeration systems and U-automatic words with a boundary sequence that is not U-automatic. In the second part of the paper, we study the 𝓁-boundary sequence of a Sturmian word. We show that it is obtained through a sliding block code from the characteristic Sturmian word of the same slope. We also show that it is the image under a morphism of some other characteristic Sturmian word.

Michel Rigo, Manon Stipulanti, and Markus A. Whiteland. On Extended Boundary Sequences of Morphic and Sturmian Words. In 47th International Symposium on Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science (MFCS 2022). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 241, pp. 79:1-79:16, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2022)

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@InProceedings{rigo_et_al:LIPIcs.MFCS.2022.79, author = {Rigo, Michel and Stipulanti, Manon and Whiteland, Markus A.}, title = {{On Extended Boundary Sequences of Morphic and Sturmian Words}}, booktitle = {47th International Symposium on Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science (MFCS 2022)}, pages = {79:1--79:16}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-256-3}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2022}, volume = {241}, editor = {Szeider, Stefan and Ganian, Robert and Silva, Alexandra}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.MFCS.2022.79}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-168776}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.MFCS.2022.79}, annote = {Keywords: Boundary sequences, Sturmian words, Numeration systems, Automata, Graph of addition} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 202, 46th International Symposium on Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science (MFCS 2021)

An infinite sequence ⟨u_n⟩_n of real numbers is holonomic (also known as P-recursive or P-finite) if it satisfies a linear recurrence relation with polynomial coefficients. Such a sequence is said to be positive if each u_n ≥ 0, and minimal if, given any other linearly independent sequence ⟨v_n⟩_n satisfying the same recurrence relation, the ratio u_n/v_n → 0 as n → ∞.
In this paper we give a Turing reduction of the problem of deciding positivity of second-order holonomic sequences to that of deciding minimality of such sequences. More specifically, we give a procedure for determining positivity of second-order holonomic sequences that terminates in all but an exceptional number of cases, and we show that in these exceptional cases positivity can be determined using an oracle for deciding minimality.

George Kenison, Oleksiy Klurman, Engel Lefaucheux, Florian Luca, Pieter Moree, Joël Ouaknine, Markus A. Whiteland, and James Worrell. On Positivity and Minimality for Second-Order Holonomic Sequences. In 46th International Symposium on Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science (MFCS 2021). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 202, pp. 67:1-67:15, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2021)

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@InProceedings{kenison_et_al:LIPIcs.MFCS.2021.67, author = {Kenison, George and Klurman, Oleksiy and Lefaucheux, Engel and Luca, Florian and Moree, Pieter and Ouaknine, Jo\"{e}l and Whiteland, Markus A. and Worrell, James}, title = {{On Positivity and Minimality for Second-Order Holonomic Sequences}}, booktitle = {46th International Symposium on Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science (MFCS 2021)}, pages = {67:1--67:15}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-201-3}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2021}, volume = {202}, editor = {Bonchi, Filippo and Puglisi, Simon J.}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.MFCS.2021.67}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-145071}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.MFCS.2021.67}, annote = {Keywords: Holonomic sequences, Minimal solutions, Positivity Problem} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 203, 32nd International Conference on Concurrency Theory (CONCUR 2021)

We study a parametric version of the Kannan-Lipton Orbit Problem for linear dynamical systems. We show decidability in the case of one parameter and Skolem-hardness with two or more parameters.
More precisely, consider a d-dimensional square matrix M whose entries are algebraic functions in one or more real variables. Given initial and target vectors u,v ∈ ℚ^d, the parametric point-to-point orbit problem asks whether there exist values of the parameters giving rise to a concrete matrix N ∈ ℝ^{d× d}, and a positive integer n ∈ ℕ, such that N^{n} u = v.
We show decidability for the case in which M depends only upon a single parameter, and we exhibit a reduction from the well-known Skolem Problem for linear recurrence sequences, suggesting intractability in the case of two or more parameters.

Christel Baier, Florian Funke, Simon Jantsch, Toghrul Karimov, Engel Lefaucheux, Florian Luca, Joël Ouaknine, David Purser, Markus A. Whiteland, and James Worrell. The Orbit Problem for Parametric Linear Dynamical Systems. In 32nd International Conference on Concurrency Theory (CONCUR 2021). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 203, pp. 28:1-28:17, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2021)

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@InProceedings{baier_et_al:LIPIcs.CONCUR.2021.28, author = {Baier, Christel and Funke, Florian and Jantsch, Simon and Karimov, Toghrul and Lefaucheux, Engel and Luca, Florian and Ouaknine, Jo\"{e}l and Purser, David and Whiteland, Markus A. and Worrell, James}, title = {{The Orbit Problem for Parametric Linear Dynamical Systems}}, booktitle = {32nd International Conference on Concurrency Theory (CONCUR 2021)}, pages = {28:1--28:17}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-203-7}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2021}, volume = {203}, editor = {Haddad, Serge and Varacca, Daniele}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.CONCUR.2021.28}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-144053}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.CONCUR.2021.28}, annote = {Keywords: Orbit problem, parametric, linear dynamical systems} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 182, 40th IARCS Annual Conference on Foundations of Software Technology and Theoretical Computer Science (FSTTCS 2020)

We consider reachability in dynamical systems with discrete linear updates, but with fixed digital precision, i.e., such that values of the system are rounded at each step. Given a matrix M ∈ ℚ^{d × d}, an initial vector x ∈ ℚ^{d}, a granularity g ∈ ℚ_+ and a rounding operation [⋅] projecting a vector of ℚ^{d} onto another vector whose every entry is a multiple of g, we are interested in the behaviour of the orbit 𝒪 = ⟨[x], [M[x]],[M[M[x]]],… ⟩, i.e., the trajectory of a linear dynamical system in which the state is rounded after each step. For arbitrary rounding functions with bounded effect, we show that the complexity of deciding point-to-point reachability - whether a given target y ∈ ℚ^{d} belongs to 𝒪 - is PSPACE-complete for hyperbolic systems (when no eigenvalue of M has modulus one). We also establish decidability without any restrictions on eigenvalues for several natural classes of rounding functions.

Christel Baier, Florian Funke, Simon Jantsch, Toghrul Karimov, Engel Lefaucheux, Joël Ouaknine, Amaury Pouly, David Purser, and Markus A. Whiteland. Reachability in Dynamical Systems with Rounding. In 40th IARCS Annual Conference on Foundations of Software Technology and Theoretical Computer Science (FSTTCS 2020). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 182, pp. 36:1-36:17, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2020)

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@InProceedings{baier_et_al:LIPIcs.FSTTCS.2020.36, author = {Baier, Christel and Funke, Florian and Jantsch, Simon and Karimov, Toghrul and Lefaucheux, Engel and Ouaknine, Jo\"{e}l and Pouly, Amaury and Purser, David and Whiteland, Markus A.}, title = {{Reachability in Dynamical Systems with Rounding}}, booktitle = {40th IARCS Annual Conference on Foundations of Software Technology and Theoretical Computer Science (FSTTCS 2020)}, pages = {36:1--36:17}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-174-0}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2020}, volume = {182}, editor = {Saxena, Nitin and Simon, Sunil}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.FSTTCS.2020.36}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-132778}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.FSTTCS.2020.36}, annote = {Keywords: dynamical systems, rounding, reachability} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 170, 45th International Symposium on Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science (MFCS 2020)

We consider repetitions in infinite words by making a novel inquiry to the maximum eventual growth rate of the exponents of abelian powers occurring in an infinite word. Given an increasing, unbounded function f: ℕ → ℝ, we construct an infinite binary word whose abelian exponents have limit superior growth rate f. As a consequence, we obtain that every nonnegative real number is the critical abelian exponent of some infinite binary word.

Jarkko Peltomäki and Markus A. Whiteland. All Growth Rates of Abelian Exponents Are Attained by Infinite Binary Words. In 45th International Symposium on Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science (MFCS 2020). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 170, pp. 79:1-79:10, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2020)

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@InProceedings{peltomaki_et_al:LIPIcs.MFCS.2020.79, author = {Peltom\"{a}ki, Jarkko and Whiteland, Markus A.}, title = {{All Growth Rates of Abelian Exponents Are Attained by Infinite Binary Words}}, booktitle = {45th International Symposium on Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science (MFCS 2020)}, pages = {79:1--79:10}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-159-7}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2020}, volume = {170}, editor = {Esparza, Javier and Kr\'{a}l', Daniel}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.MFCS.2020.79}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-127481}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.MFCS.2020.79}, annote = {Keywords: abelian equivalence, abelian power, abelian critical exponent} }

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