Probabilistic verification of discrete event systems using acceptance sampling

Håkan L. S. Younes Reid G. Simmons


We propose a model independent procedure for verifying properties of discrete event systems. The dynamics of such systems can be very complex, making them hard to analyze, so we resort to methods based on Monte Carlo simulation and statistical hypothesis testing. The verification is probabilistic in two senses. First, the properties, expressed as CSL formulas, can be probabilistic. Second, the result of the verification is probabilistic, and the probability of error is bounded by two parameters passed to the verification procedure. The verification of properties can be carried out in an anytime manner by starting off with loose error bounds, and gradually tightening these bounds.

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Håkan L. S. Younes and Reid G. Simmons. 2002. Probabilistic verification of discrete event systems using acceptance sampling. In Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Computer Aided Verification, edited by Ed Brinksma and Kim Guldstrand Larsen, vol. 2404 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 223–235, Copenhagen, Denmark. Springer.

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