Topologies, Continuity and Bisimulations

J. M. Davoren

RAIRO - Theoretical Informatics and Applications (2010)

  • Volume: 33, Issue: 4-5, page 357-381
  • ISSN: 0988-3754

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The notion of a bisimulation relation is of basic importance in many areas of computation theory and logic. Of late, it has come to take a particular significance in work on the formal analysis and verification of hybrid control systems, where system properties are expressible by formulas of the modal μ-calculus or weaker temporal logics. Our purpose here is to give an analysis of the concept of bisimulation, starting with the observation that the zig-zag conditions are suggestive of some form of continuity. We give a topological characterization of bisimularity for preorders, and then use the topology as a route to examining the algebraic semantics for the µ-calculus, developed in recent work of Kwiatkowska et al., and its relation to the standard set-theoretic semantics. In our setting, μ-calculus sentences evaluate as clopen sets of an Alexandroff topology, rather than as clopens of a (compact, Hausdorff) Stone topology, as arises in the Stone space representation of Boolean algebras (with operators). The paper concludes by applying the topological characterization to obtain the decidability of μ-calculus properties for a class of first-order definable hybrid dynamical systems, slightly extending and considerably simplifying the proof of a recent result of Lafferriere et al.

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Davoren, J. M.. "Topologies, Continuity and Bisimulations." RAIRO - Theoretical Informatics and Applications 33.4-5 (2010): 357-381. <http://eudml.org/doc/222075>.

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author = {Davoren, J. M.},
journal = {RAIRO - Theoretical Informatics and Applications},
keywords = {Modal logic; μ-calculus; bisimulation; set-valued maps; semi-continuity; Alexandroff topology; hybrid systems; decidability.; modal -calculus; bisimulation relation; formal analysis and verification of hybrid control systems; algebraic semantics; Alexandroff topology; decidability; first-order definable hybrid dynamical systems},
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