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Chatterjee, Krishnendu ; Henzinger, Thomas A. ; Otop, Jan

Bidirectional Nested Weighted Automata

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Nested weighted automata (NWA) present a robust and convenient automata-theoretic formalism for quantitative specifications.
Previous works have considered NWA that processed input words only in the forward direction. It is natural to allow the automata to process input words backwards as well, for example, to measure the maximal or average time between a response and the preceding request. We therefore introduce and study bidirectional NWA that can process input
words in both directions. First, we show that bidirectional NWA can express interesting quantitative properties that are not expressible by forward-only NWA. Second, for the fundamental decision problems of emptiness and universality, we establish decidability and complexity results for the new framework which match the best-known results for the special case of forward-only NWA. Thus, for NWA, the increased expressiveness of bidirectionality is achieved at no additional computational complexity. This is in stark contrast to the unweighted case, where bidirectional finite automata are no more expressive but exponentially more succinct than their forward-only counterparts.

BibTeX - Entry

  author =	{Krishnendu Chatterjee and Thomas A. Henzinger and Jan Otop},
  title =	{{Bidirectional Nested Weighted Automata}},
  booktitle =	{28th International Conference on Concurrency Theory (CONCUR 2017)},
  pages =	{5:1--5:16},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-048-4},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2017},
  volume =	{85},
  editor =	{Roland Meyer and Uwe Nestmann},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl--Leibniz-Zentrum fuer Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-77763},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.CONCUR.2017.5},
  annote =	{Keywords: weighted automata, nested weighted automata, complexity, bidirectional}

Keywords: weighted automata, nested weighted automata, complexity, bidirectional
Collection: 28th International Conference on Concurrency Theory (CONCUR 2017)
Issue Date: 2017
Date of publication: 01.09.2017

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