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1 LIAFA - Laboratoire d-informatique Algorithmique : Fondements et Applications 2 FIT - Faculty of Information Technology Brno

Abstract : Regular model checking is a method for verifying infinite-state systems based on coding their configurations as words over a finite alphabet, sets of configurations as finite automata, and transitions as finite transducers. We introduce a new general approach to regular model checking based on inference of regular languages. The method builds upon the observation that for infinite-state systems whose behaviour can be modelled using length-preserving transducers, there is a finite computation for obtaining all reachable configurations up to a certain length n. These configurations are a positive sample of the reachable configurations of the given system, whereas all other words up to length n are a negative sample. Then, methods of inference of regular languages can be used to generalize the sample to the full reachability set or an overapproximation of it. We have implemented our method in a prototype tool which shows that our approach is competitive on a number of concrete examples. Furthermore, in contrast to all other existing regular model checking methods, termination is guaranteed in general for all systems with regular sets of reachable configurations. The method can be applied in a similar way to dealing with reachability relations instead of reachability sets too.

Author: Peter Habermehl - Tomas Vojnar -



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