Convex language semantics for nondeterministic probabilistic automata

Gerco van Heerdt, Justin Hsu, Joël Ouaknine, and Alexandra Silva

We explore language semantics for automata combining probabilistic and nondeterministic behaviors. We first show that there are precisely two natural semantics for probabilistic automata with nondeterminism. For both choices, we show that these automata are strictly more expressive than deterministic probabilistic automata, and we prove that the problem of checking language equivalence is undecidable by reduction from the threshold problem. However, we provide a discounted metric that can be computed to arbitrarily high precision.

Proceedings of ICTAC 18, LNCS 11187, 2018. 20 pages.

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