@inproceedings{8089,
abstract = {We consider the classical problem of invariant generation for programs with polynomial assignments and focus on synthesizing invariants that are a conjunction of strict polynomial inequalities. We present a sound and semi-complete method based on positivstellensaetze, i.e. theorems in semi-algebraic geometry that characterize positive polynomials over a semi-algebraic set.
On the theoretical side, the worst-case complexity of our approach is subexponential, whereas the worst-case complexity of the previous complete method (Kapur, ACA 2004) is doubly-exponential. Even when restricted to linear invariants, the best previous complexity for complete invariant generation is exponential (Colon et al, CAV 2003). On the practical side, we reduce the invariant generation problem to quadratic programming (QCLP), which is a classical optimization problem with many industrial solvers. We demonstrate the applicability of our approach by providing experimental results on several academic benchmarks. To the best of our knowledge, the only previous invariant generation method that provides completeness guarantees for invariants consisting of polynomial inequalities is (Kapur, ACA 2004), which relies on quantifier elimination and cannot even handle toy programs such as our running example.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Fu, Hongfei and Goharshady, Amir Kafshdar and Goharshady, Ehsan Kafshdar},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 41st ACM SIGPLAN Conference on Programming Language Design and Implementation},
isbn = {9781450376136},
location = {London, United Kingdom},
pages = {672--687},
publisher = {Association for Computing Machinery},
title = {{Polynomial invariant generation for non-deterministic recursive programs}},
doi = {10.1145/3385412.3385969},
year = {2020},
}
@inproceedings{6175,
abstract = {We consider the problem of expected cost analysis over nondeterministic probabilistic programs,
which aims at automated methods for analyzing the resource-usage of such programs.
Previous approaches for this problem could only handle nonnegative bounded costs.
However, in many scenarios, such as queuing networks or analysis of cryptocurrency protocols,
both positive and negative costs are necessary and the costs are unbounded as well.
In this work, we present a sound and efficient approach to obtain polynomial bounds on the
expected accumulated cost of nondeterministic probabilistic programs.
Our approach can handle (a) general positive and negative costs with bounded updates in
variables; and (b) nonnegative costs with general updates to variables.
We show that several natural examples which could not be
handled by previous approaches are captured in our framework.
Moreover, our approach leads to an efficient polynomial-time algorithm, while no
previous approach for cost analysis of probabilistic programs could guarantee polynomial runtime.
Finally, we show the effectiveness of our approach using experimental results on a variety of programs for which we efficiently synthesize tight resource-usage bounds.},
author = {Wang, Peixin and Fu, Hongfei and Goharshady, Amir Kafshdar and Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Qin, Xudong and Shi, Wenjun},
booktitle = {PLDI 2019: Proceedings of the 40th ACM SIGPLAN Conference on Programming Language Design and Implementation},
keywords = {Program Cost Analysis, Program Termination, Probabilistic Programs, Martingales},
location = {Phoenix, AZ, United States},
pages = {204--220},
publisher = {Association for Computing Machinery},
title = {{Cost analysis of nondeterministic probabilistic programs}},
doi = {10.1145/3314221.3314581},
year = {2019},
}
@inproceedings{5977,
abstract = {We consider the stochastic shortest path (SSP)problem for succinct Markov decision processes(MDPs), where the MDP consists of a set of vari-ables, and a set of nondeterministic rules that up-date the variables. First, we show that several ex-amples from the AI literature can be modeled assuccinct MDPs. Then we present computationalapproaches for upper and lower bounds for theSSP problem: (a) for computing upper bounds, ourmethod is polynomial-time in the implicit descrip-tion of the MDP; (b) for lower bounds, we present apolynomial-time (in the size of the implicit descrip-tion) reduction to quadratic programming. Our ap-proach is applicable even to infinite-state MDPs.Finally, we present experimental results to demon-strate the effectiveness of our approach on severalclassical examples from the AI literature.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Fu, Hongfei and Goharshady, Amir and Okati, Nastaran},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the Twenty-Seventh International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence},
isbn = {978-099924112-7},
issn = {10450823},
location = {Stockholm, Sweden},
pages = {4700--4707},
publisher = {IJCAI},
title = {{Computational approaches for stochastic shortest path on succinct MDPs}},
doi = {10.24963/ijcai.2018/653},
volume = {2018},
year = {2018},
}
@article{5993,
abstract = {In this article, we consider the termination problem of probabilistic programs with real-valued variables. Thequestions concerned are: qualitative ones that ask (i) whether the program terminates with probability 1(almost-sure termination) and (ii) whether the expected termination time is finite (finite termination); andquantitative ones that ask (i) to approximate the expected termination time (expectation problem) and (ii) tocompute a boundBsuch that the probability not to terminate afterBsteps decreases exponentially (con-centration problem). To solve these questions, we utilize the notion of ranking supermartingales, which isa powerful approach for proving termination of probabilistic programs. In detail, we focus on algorithmicsynthesis of linear ranking-supermartingales over affine probabilistic programs (Apps) with both angelic anddemonic non-determinism. An important subclass of Apps is LRApp which is defined as the class of all Appsover which a linear ranking-supermartingale exists.Our main contributions are as follows. Firstly, we show that the membership problem of LRApp (i) canbe decided in polynomial time for Apps with at most demonic non-determinism, and (ii) isNP-hard and inPSPACEfor Apps with angelic non-determinism. Moreover, theNP-hardness result holds already for Appswithout probability and demonic non-determinism. Secondly, we show that the concentration problem overLRApp can be solved in the same complexity as for the membership problem of LRApp. Finally, we show thatthe expectation problem over LRApp can be solved in2EXPTIMEand isPSPACE-hard even for Apps withoutprobability and non-determinism (i.e., deterministic programs). Our experimental results demonstrate theeffectiveness of our approach to answer the qualitative and quantitative questions over Apps with at mostdemonic non-determinism.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Fu, Hongfei and NovotnÃ½, Petr and Hasheminezhad, Rouzbeh},
issn = {0164-0925},
journal = {ACM Transactions on Programming Languages and Systems},
number = {2},
publisher = {Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)},
title = {{Algorithmic analysis of qualitative and quantitative termination problems for affine probabilistic programs}},
doi = {10.1145/3174800},
volume = {40},
year = {2018},
}
@inproceedings{1386,
abstract = {We consider nondeterministic probabilistic programs with the most basic liveness property of termination. We present efficient methods for termination analysis of nondeterministic probabilistic programs with polynomial guards and assignments. Our approach is through synthesis of polynomial ranking supermartingales, that on one hand significantly generalizes linear ranking supermartingales and on the other hand is a counterpart of polynomial ranking-functions for proving termination of nonprobabilistic programs. The approach synthesizes polynomial ranking-supermartingales through Positivstellensatz's, yielding an efficient method which is not only sound, but also semi-complete over a large subclass of programs. We show experimental results to demonstrate that our approach can handle several classical programs with complex polynomial guards and assignments, and can synthesize efficient quadratic ranking-supermartingales when a linear one does not exist even for simple affine programs.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Fu, Hongfei and Goharshady, Amir},
location = {Toronto, Canada},
pages = {3 -- 22},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Termination analysis of probabilistic programs through Positivstellensatz's}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-319-41528-4_1},
volume = {9779},
year = {2016},
}
@inproceedings{1438,
abstract = {In this paper, we consider termination of probabilistic programs with real-valued variables. The questions concerned are: (a) qualitative ones that ask (i) whether the program terminates with probability 1 (almost-sure termination) and (ii) whether the expected termination time is finite (finite termination); (b) quantitative ones that ask (i) to approximate the expected termination time (expectation problem) and (ii) to compute a bound B such that the probability to terminate after B steps decreases exponentially (concentration problem). To solve these questions, we utilize the notion of ranking supermartingales which is a powerful approach for proving termination of probabilistic programs. In detail, we focus on algorithmic synthesis of linear ranking-supermartingales over affine probabilistic programs (APP's) with both angelic and demonic non-determinism. An important subclass of APP's is LRAPP which is defined as the class of all APP's over which a linear ranking-supermartingale exists. Our main contributions are as follows. Firstly, we show that the membership problem of LRAPP (i) can be decided in polynomial time for APP's with at most demonic non-determinism, and (ii) is NP-hard and in PSPACE for APP's with angelic non-determinism; moreover, the NP-hardness result holds already for APP's without probability and demonic non-determinism. Secondly, we show that the concentration problem over LRAPP can be solved in the same complexity as for the membership problem of LRAPP. Finally, we show that the expectation problem over LRAPP can be solved in 2EXPTIME and is PSPACE-hard even for APP's without probability and non-determinism (i.e., deterministic programs). Our experimental results demonstrate the effectiveness of our approach to answer the qualitative and quantitative questions over APP's with at most demonic non-determinism.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Fu, Hongfei and Novotny, Petr and Hasheminezhad, Rouzbeh},
location = {St. Petersburg, FL, USA},
pages = {327 -- 342},
publisher = {ACM},
title = {{Algorithmic analysis of qualitative and quantitative termination problems for affine probabilistic programs}},
doi = {10.1145/2837614.2837639},
volume = {20-22},
year = {2016},
}