@article{6918,
abstract = {We consider the classic problem of Network Reliability. A network is given together with a source vertex, one or more target vertices, and probabilities assigned to each of the edges. Each edge of the network is operable with its associated probability and the problem is to determine the probability of having at least one source-to-target path that is entirely composed of operable edges. This problem is known to be NP-hard.
We provide a novel scalable algorithm to solve the Network Reliability problem when the treewidth of the underlying network is small. We also show our algorithm’s applicability for real-world transit networks that have small treewidth, including the metro networks of major cities, such as London and Tokyo. Our algorithm leverages tree decompositions to shrink the original graph into much smaller graphs, for which reliability can be efficiently and exactly computed using a brute force method. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first exact algorithm for Network Reliability that can scale to handle real-world instances of the problem.},
author = {Goharshady, Amir Kafshdar and Mohammadi, Fatemeh},
issn = {09518320},
journal = {Reliability Engineering and System Safety},
publisher = {Elsevier},
title = {{An efficient algorithm for computing network reliability in small treewidth}},
doi = {10.1016/j.ress.2019.106665},
volume = {193},
year = {2020},
}
@inproceedings{6490,
abstract = {Smart contracts are programs that are stored and executed on the Blockchain and can receive, manage and transfer money (cryptocurrency units). Two important problems regarding smart contracts are formal analysis and compiler optimization. Formal analysis is extremely important, because smart contracts hold funds worth billions of dollars and their code is immutable after deployment. Hence, an undetected bug can cause significant financial losses. Compiler optimization is also crucial, because every action of a smart contract has to be executed by every node in the Blockchain network. Therefore, optimizations in compiling smart contracts can lead to significant savings in computation, time and energy.
Two classical approaches in program analysis and compiler optimization are intraprocedural and interprocedural analysis. In intraprocedural analysis, each function is analyzed separately, while interprocedural analysis considers the entire program. In both cases, the analyses are usually reduced to graph problems over the control flow graph (CFG) of the program. These graph problems are often computationally expensive. Hence, there has been ample research on exploiting structural properties of CFGs for efficient algorithms. One such well-studied property is the treewidth, which is a measure of tree-likeness of graphs. It is known that intraprocedural CFGs of structured programs have treewidth at most 6, whereas the interprocedural treewidth cannot be bounded. This result has been used as a basis for many efficient intraprocedural analyses.
In this paper, we explore the idea of exploiting the treewidth of smart contracts for formal analysis and compiler optimization. First, similar to classical programs, we show that the intraprocedural treewidth of structured Solidity and Vyper smart contracts is at most 9. Second, for global analysis, we prove that the interprocedural treewidth of structured smart contracts is bounded by 10 and, in sharp contrast with classical programs, treewidth-based algorithms can be easily applied for interprocedural analysis. Finally, we supplement our theoretical results with experiments using a tool we implemented for computing treewidth of smart contracts and show that the treewidth is much lower in practice. We use 36,764 real-world Ethereum smart contracts as benchmarks and find that they have an average treewidth of at most 3.35 for the intraprocedural case and 3.65 for the interprocedural case.
},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Goharshady, Amir Kafshdar and Goharshady, Ehsan Kafshdar},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 34th ACM Symposium on Applied Computing},
isbn = {9781450359337},
location = {Limassol, Cyprus},
pages = {400--408},
publisher = {ACM},
title = {{The treewidth of smart contracts}},
doi = {10.1145/3297280.3297322},
volume = {Part F147772},
year = {2019},
}
@inproceedings{6887,
abstract = {The fundamental model-checking problem, given as input a model and a specification, asks for the algorithmic verification of whether the model satisfies the specification. Two classical models for reactive systems are graphs and Markov decision processes (MDPs). A basic specification formalism in the verification of reactive systems is the strong fairness (aka Streett) objective, where given different types of requests and corresponding grants, the requirement is that for each type, if the request event happens infinitely often, then the corresponding grant event must also happen infinitely often. All omega-regular objectives can be expressed as Streett objectives and hence they are canonical in verification. Consider graphs/MDPs with n vertices, m edges, and a Streett objectives with k pairs, and let b denote the size of the description of the Streett objective for the sets of requests and grants. The current best-known algorithm for the problem requires time O(min(n^2, m sqrt{m log n}) + b log n). In this work we present randomized near-linear time algorithms, with expected running time O~(m + b), where the O~ notation hides poly-log factors. Our randomized algorithms are near-linear in the size of the input, and hence optimal up to poly-log factors. },
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Dvorák, Wolfgang and Henzinger, Monika and Svozil, Alexander},
booktitle = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics},
location = {Amsterdam, Netherlands},
publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik},
title = {{Near-linear time algorithms for Streett objectives in graphs and MDPs}},
doi = {10.4230/LIPICS.CONCUR.2019.7},
volume = {140},
year = {2019},
}
@inproceedings{7183,
abstract = {A probabilistic vector addition system with states (pVASS) is a finite state Markov process augmented with non-negative integer counters that can be incremented or decremented during each state transition, blocking any behaviour that would cause a counter to decrease below zero. The pVASS can be used as abstractions of probabilistic programs with many decidable properties. The use of pVASS as abstractions requires the presence of nondeterminism in the model. In this paper, we develop techniques for checking fast termination of pVASS with nondeterminism. That is, for every initial configuration of size n, we consider the worst expected number of transitions needed to reach a configuration with some counter negative (the expected termination time). We show that the problem whether the asymptotic expected termination time is linear is decidable in polynomial time for a certain natural class of pVASS with nondeterminism. Furthermore, we show the following dichotomy: if the asymptotic expected termination time is not linear, then it is at least quadratic, i.e., in Ω(n2).},
author = {Brázdil, Tomás and Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Kucera, Antonín and Novotný, Petr and Velan, Dominik},
booktitle = {International Symposium on Automated Technology for Verification and Analysis},
isbn = {9783030317836},
issn = {16113349},
location = {Taipei, Taiwan},
pages = {462--478},
publisher = {Springer Nature},
title = {{Deciding fast termination for probabilistic VASS with nondeterminism}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-030-31784-3_27},
volume = {11781},
year = {2019},
}
@article{7210,
abstract = {The rate of biological evolution depends on the fixation probability and on the fixation time of new mutants. Intensive research has focused on identifying population structures that augment the fixation probability of advantageous mutants. But these amplifiers of natural selection typically increase fixation time. Here we study population structures that achieve a tradeoff between fixation probability and time. First, we show that no amplifiers can have an asymptotically lower absorption time than the well-mixed population. Then we design population structures that substantially augment the fixation probability with just a minor increase in fixation time. Finally, we show that those structures enable higher effective rate of evolution than the well-mixed population provided that the rate of generating advantageous mutants is relatively low. Our work sheds light on how population structure affects the rate of evolution. Moreover, our structures could be useful for lab-based, medical, or industrial applications of evolutionary optimization.},
author = {Tkadlec, Josef and Pavlogiannis, Andreas and Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Nowak, Martin A.},
issn = {2399-3642},
journal = {Communications Biology},
publisher = {Springer Nature},
title = {{Population structure determines the tradeoff between fixation probability and fixation time}},
doi = {10.1038/s42003-019-0373-y},
volume = {2},
year = {2019},
}
@inproceedings{5948,
abstract = {We study the termination problem for nondeterministic probabilistic programs. We consider the bounded termination problem that asks whether the supremum of the expected termination time over all schedulers is bounded. First, we show that ranking supermartingales (RSMs) are both sound and complete for proving bounded termination over nondeterministic probabilistic programs. For nondeterministic probabilistic programs a previous result claimed that RSMs are not complete for bounded termination, whereas our result corrects the previous flaw and establishes completeness with a rigorous proof. Second, we present the first sound approach to establish lower bounds on expected termination time through RSMs.},
author = {Fu, Hongfei and Chatterjee, Krishnendu},
booktitle = {International Conference on Verification, Model Checking, and Abstract Interpretation},
location = {Cascais, Portugal},
pages = {468--490},
publisher = {Springer Nature},
title = {{Termination of nondeterministic probabilistic programs}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-030-11245-5_22},
volume = {11388},
year = {2019},
}
@article{7014,
abstract = {We study the problem of developing efficient approaches for proving
worst-case bounds of non-deterministic recursive programs. Ranking functions
are sound and complete for proving termination and worst-case bounds of
nonrecursive programs. First, we apply ranking functions to recursion,
resulting in measure functions. We show that measure functions provide a sound
and complete approach to prove worst-case bounds of non-deterministic recursive
programs. Our second contribution is the synthesis of measure functions in
nonpolynomial forms. We show that non-polynomial measure functions with
logarithm and exponentiation can be synthesized through abstraction of
logarithmic or exponentiation terms, Farkas' Lemma, and Handelman's Theorem
using linear programming. While previous methods obtain worst-case polynomial
bounds, our approach can synthesize bounds of the form $\mathcal{O}(n\log n)$
as well as $\mathcal{O}(n^r)$ where $r$ is not an integer. We present
experimental results to demonstrate that our approach can obtain efficiently
worst-case bounds of classical recursive algorithms such as (i) Merge-Sort, the
divide-and-conquer algorithm for the Closest-Pair problem, where we obtain
$\mathcal{O}(n \log n)$ worst-case bound, and (ii) Karatsuba's algorithm for
polynomial multiplication and Strassen's algorithm for matrix multiplication,
where we obtain $\mathcal{O}(n^r)$ bound such that $r$ is not an integer and
close to the best-known bounds for the respective algorithms.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Fu, Hongfei and Goharshady, Amir Kafshdar},
journal = {ACM Transactions on Programming Languages and Systems},
number = {4},
publisher = {ACM},
title = {{Non-polynomial worst-case analysis of recursive programs}},
doi = {10.1145/3339984},
volume = {41},
year = {2019},
}
@article{7158,
abstract = {
Interprocedural analysis is at the heart of numerous applications in programming languages, such as alias analysis, constant propagation, and so on. Recursive state machines (RSMs) are standard models for interprocedural analysis. We consider a general framework with RSMs where the transitions are labeled from a semiring and path properties are algebraic with semiring operations. RSMs with algebraic path properties can model interprocedural dataflow analysis problems, the shortest path problem, the most probable path problem, and so on. The traditional algorithms for interprocedural analysis focus on path properties where the starting point is fixed as the entry point of a specific method. In this work, we consider possible multiple queries as required in many applications such as in alias analysis. The study of multiple queries allows us to bring in an important algorithmic distinction between the resource usage of the one-time preprocessing vs for each individual query. The second aspect we consider is that the control flow graphs for most programs have constant treewidth.
Our main contributions are simple and implementable algorithms that support multiple queries for algebraic path properties for RSMs that have constant treewidth. Our theoretical results show that our algorithms have small additional one-time preprocessing but can answer subsequent queries significantly faster as compared to the current algorithmic solutions for interprocedural dataflow analysis. We have also implemented our algorithms and evaluated their performance for performing on-demand interprocedural dataflow analysis on various domains, such as for live variable analysis and reaching definitions, on a standard benchmark set. Our experimental results align with our theoretical statements and show that after a lightweight preprocessing, on-demand queries are answered much faster than the standard existing algorithmic approaches.
},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Goharshady, Amir Kafshdar and Goyal, Prateesh and Ibsen-Jensen, Rasmus and Pavlogiannis, Andreas},
issn = {0164-0925},
journal = {ACM Transactions on Programming Languages and Systems},
number = {4},
publisher = {ACM},
title = {{Faster algorithms for dynamic algebraic queries in basic RSMs with constant treewidth}},
doi = {10.1145/3363525},
volume = {41},
year = {2019},
}
@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 = {40th ACM Conference on Programming Language Design and Implementation (PLDI 2019)},
keyword = {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{6884,
abstract = {In two-player games on graphs, the players move a token through a graph to produce a finite or infinite path, which determines the qualitative winner or quantitative payoff of the game. We study bidding games in which the players bid for the right to move the token. Several bidding rules were studied previously. In Richman bidding, in each round, the players simultaneously submit bids, and the higher bidder moves the token and pays the other player. Poorman bidding is similar except that the winner of the bidding pays the "bank" rather than the other player. Taxman bidding spans the spectrum between Richman and poorman bidding. They are parameterized by a constant tau in [0,1]: portion tau of the winning bid is paid to the other player, and portion 1-tau to the bank. While finite-duration (reachability) taxman games have been studied before, we present, for the first time, results on infinite-duration taxman games. It was previously shown that both Richman and poorman infinite-duration games with qualitative objectives reduce to reachability games, and we show a similar result here. Our most interesting results concern quantitative taxman games, namely mean-payoff games, where poorman and Richman bidding differ significantly. A central quantity in these games is the ratio between the two players' initial budgets. While in poorman mean-payoff games, the optimal payoff of a player depends on the initial ratio, in Richman bidding, the payoff depends only on the structure of the game. In both games the optimal payoffs can be found using (different) probabilistic connections with random-turn games in which in each turn, instead of bidding, a coin is tossed to determine which player moves. While the value with Richman bidding equals the value of a random-turn game with an un-biased coin, with poorman bidding, the bias in the coin is the initial ratio of the budgets. We give a complete classification of mean-payoff taxman games that is based on a probabilistic connection: the value of a taxman bidding game with parameter tau and initial ratio r, equals the value of a random-turn game that uses a coin with bias F(tau, r) = (r+tau * (1-r))/(1+tau). Thus, we show that Richman bidding is the exception; namely, for every tau <1, the value of the game depends on the initial ratio. Our proof technique simplifies and unifies the previous proof techniques for both Richman and poorman bidding. },
author = {Avni, Guy and Henzinger, Thomas A and Zikelic, Dorde},
location = {Aachen, Germany},
publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik},
title = {{Bidding mechanisms in graph games}},
doi = {10.4230/LIPICS.MFCS.2019.11},
volume = {138},
year = {2019},
}
@inproceedings{6889,
abstract = {We study Markov decision processes and turn-based stochastic games with parity conditions. There are three qualitative winning criteria, namely, sure winning, which requires all paths to satisfy the condition, almost-sure winning, which requires the condition to be satisfied with probability 1, and limit-sure winning, which requires the condition to be satisfied with probability arbitrarily close to 1. We study the combination of two of these criteria for parity conditions, e.g., there are two parity conditions one of which must be won surely, and the other almost-surely. The problem has been studied recently by Berthon et al. for MDPs with combination of sure and almost-sure winning, under infinite-memory strategies, and the problem has been established to be in NP cap co-NP. Even in MDPs there is a difference between finite-memory and infinite-memory strategies. Our main results for combination of sure and almost-sure winning are as follows: (a) we show that for MDPs with finite-memory strategies the problem is in NP cap co-NP; (b) we show that for turn-based stochastic games the problem is co-NP-complete, both for finite-memory and infinite-memory strategies; and (c) we present algorithmic results for the finite-memory case, both for MDPs and turn-based stochastic games, by reduction to non-stochastic parity games. In addition we show that all the above complexity results also carry over to combination of sure and limit-sure winning, and results for all other combinations can be derived from existing results in the literature. Thus we present a complete picture for the study of combinations of two qualitative winning criteria for parity conditions in MDPs and turn-based stochastic games. },
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Piterman, Nir},
location = {Amsterdam, Netherlands},
publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik},
title = {{Combinations of Qualitative Winning for Stochastic Parity Games}},
doi = {10.4230/LIPICS.CONCUR.2019.6},
volume = {140},
year = {2019},
}
@inproceedings{6942,
abstract = {Graph games and Markov decision processes (MDPs) are standard models in reactive synthesis and verification of probabilistic systems with nondeterminism. The class of 𝜔 -regular winning conditions; e.g., safety, reachability, liveness, parity conditions; provides a robust and expressive specification formalism for properties that arise in analysis of reactive systems. The resolutions of nondeterminism in games and MDPs are represented as strategies, and we consider succinct representation of such strategies. The decision-tree data structure from machine learning retains the flavor of decisions of strategies and allows entropy-based minimization to obtain succinct trees. However, in contrast to traditional machine-learning problems where small errors are allowed, for winning strategies in graph games and MDPs no error is allowed, and the decision tree must represent the entire strategy. In this work we propose decision trees with linear classifiers for representation of strategies in graph games and MDPs. We have implemented strategy representation using this data structure and we present experimental results for problems on graph games and MDPs, which show that this new data structure presents a much more efficient strategy representation as compared to standard decision trees.},
author = {Ashok, Pranav and Brázdil, Tomáš and Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Křetínský, Jan and Lampert, Christoph and Toman, Viktor},
booktitle = {16th International Conference on Quantitative Evaluation of Systems},
isbn = {9783030302801},
issn = {0302-9743},
location = {Glasgow, United Kingdom},
pages = {109--128},
publisher = {Springer Nature},
title = {{Strategy representation by decision trees with linear classifiers}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-030-30281-8_7},
volume = {11785},
year = {2019},
}
@unpublished{7212,
abstract = {The fixation probability of a single mutant invading a population of
residents is among the most widely-studied quantities in evolutionary dynamics.
Amplifiers of natural selection are population structures that increase the
fixation probability of advantageous mutants, compared to well-mixed
populations. Extensive studies have shown that many amplifiers exist for the
Birth-death Moran process, some of them substantially increasing the fixation
probability or even guaranteeing fixation in the limit of large population
size. On the other hand, no amplifiers are known for the death-Birth Moran
process, and computer-assisted exhaustive searches have failed to discover
amplification. In this work we resolve this disparity, by showing that any
amplification under death-Birth updating is necessarily \emph{bounded} and
\emph{transient}. Our boundedness result states that even if a population
structure does amplify selection, the resulting fixation probability is close
to that of the well-mixed population. Our transience result states that for any
population structure there exists a threshold $r^*$ such that the population
structure ceases to amplify selection if the mutant fitness advantage $r$ is
larger than $r^\star$. Finally, we also extend the above results to
$\delta$-death-Birth updating, which is a combination of Birth-death and
death-Birth updating. On the positive side, we identify population structures
that maintain amplification for a wide range of values $r$ and $\delta$. These
results demonstrate that amplification of natural selection depends on the
specific mechanisms of the evolutionary process.},
author = {Tkadlec, Josef and Pavlogiannis, Andreas and Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Nowak, Martin A.},
booktitle = {arXiv:1906.02785},
title = {{Limits on amplifiers of natural selection under death-Birth updating}},
year = {2019},
}
@inproceedings{6056,
abstract = {In today's programmable blockchains, smart contracts are limited to being deterministic and non-probabilistic. This lack of randomness is a consequential limitation, given that a wide variety of real-world financial contracts, such as casino games and lotteries, depend entirely on randomness. As a result, several ad-hoc random number generation approaches have been developed to be used in smart contracts. These include ideas such as using an oracle or relying on the block hash. However, these approaches are manipulatable, i.e. their output can be tampered with by parties who might not be neutral, such as the owner of the oracle or the miners.We propose a novel game-theoretic approach for generating provably unmanipulatable pseudorandom numbers on the blockchain. Our approach allows smart contracts to access a trustworthy source of randomness that does not rely on potentially compromised miners or oracles, hence enabling the creation of a new generation of smart contracts that are not limited to being non-probabilistic and can be drawn from the much more general class of probabilistic programs.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Goharshady, Amir Kafshdar and Pourdamghani, Arash},
booktitle = {IEEE International Conference on Blockchain and Cryptocurrency},
location = {Seoul, Korea},
publisher = {IEEE},
title = {{Probabilistic smart contracts: Secure randomness on the blockchain}},
doi = {10.1109/BLOC.2019.8751326},
year = {2019},
}
@inproceedings{6462,
abstract = {A controller is a device that interacts with a plant. At each time point,it reads the plant’s state and issues commands with the goal that the plant oper-ates optimally. Constructing optimal controllers is a fundamental and challengingproblem. Machine learning techniques have recently been successfully applied totrain controllers, yet they have limitations. Learned controllers are monolithic andhard to reason about. In particular, it is difficult to add features without retraining,to guarantee any level of performance, and to achieve acceptable performancewhen encountering untrained scenarios. These limitations can be addressed bydeploying quantitative run-timeshieldsthat serve as a proxy for the controller.At each time point, the shield reads the command issued by the controller andmay choose to alter it before passing it on to the plant. We show how optimalshields that interfere as little as possible while guaranteeing a desired level ofcontroller performance, can be generated systematically and automatically usingreactive synthesis. First, we abstract the plant by building a stochastic model.Second, we consider the learned controller to be a black box. Third, we mea-surecontroller performanceandshield interferenceby two quantitative run-timemeasures that are formally defined using weighted automata. Then, the problemof constructing a shield that guarantees maximal performance with minimal inter-ference is the problem of finding an optimal strategy in a stochastic2-player game“controller versus shield” played on the abstract state space of the plant with aquantitative objective obtained from combining the performance and interferencemeasures. We illustrate the effectiveness of our approach by automatically con-structing lightweight shields for learned traffic-light controllers in various roadnetworks. The shields we generate avoid liveness bugs, improve controller per-formance in untrained and changing traffic situations, and add features to learnedcontrollers, such as giving priority to emergency vehicles.},
author = {Avni, Guy and Bloem, Roderick and Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Henzinger, Thomas A and Konighofer, Bettina and Pranger, Stefan},
booktitle = {31st International Conference on Computer-Aided Verification},
isbn = {9783030255398},
issn = {0302-9743},
location = {New York, NY, United States},
pages = {630--649},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Run-time optimization for learned controllers through quantitative games}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-030-25540-4_36},
volume = {11561},
year = {2019},
}
@inproceedings{6378,
abstract = {In today's cryptocurrencies, Hashcash proof of work is the most commonly-adopted approach to mining. In Hashcash, when a miner decides to add a block to the chain, she has to solve the difficult computational puzzle of inverting a hash function. While Hashcash has been successfully adopted in both Bitcoin and Ethereum, it has attracted significant and harsh criticism due to its massive waste of electricity, its carbon footprint and environmental effects, and the inherent lack of usefulness in inverting a hash function. Various other mining protocols have been suggested, including proof of stake, in which a miner's chance of adding the next block is proportional to her current balance. However, such protocols lead to a higher entry cost for new miners who might not still have any stake in the cryptocurrency, and can in the worst case lead to an oligopoly, where the rich have complete control over mining. In this paper, we propose Hybrid Mining: a new mining protocol that combines solving real-world useful problems with Hashcash. Our protocol allows new miners to join the network by taking part in Hashcash mining without having to own an initial stake. It also allows nodes of the network to submit hard computational problems whose solutions are of interest in the real world, e.g.~protein folding problems. Then, miners can choose to compete in solving these problems, in lieu of Hashcash, for adding a new block. Hence, Hybrid Mining incentivizes miners to solve useful problems, such as hard computational problems arising in biology, in a distributed manner. It also gives researchers in other areas an easy-to-use tool to outsource their hard computations to the blockchain network, which has enormous computational power, by paying a reward to the miner who solves the problem for them. Moreover, our protocol provides strong security guarantees and is at least as resilient to double spending as Bitcoin.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Goharshady, Amir Kafshdar and Pourdamghani, Arash},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 34th ACM Symposium on Applied Computing},
isbn = {9781450359337},
location = {Limassol, Cyprus},
pages = {374--381},
publisher = {ACM},
title = {{Hybrid Mining: Exploiting blockchain’s computational power for distributed problem solving}},
doi = {10.1145/3297280.3297319},
volume = {Part F147772},
year = {2019},
}
@article{6380,
abstract = {There is a huge gap between the speeds of modern caches and main memories, and therefore cache misses account for a considerable loss of efficiency in programs. The predominant technique to address this issue has been Data Packing: data elements that are frequently accessed within time proximity are packed into the same cache block, thereby minimizing accesses to the main memory. We consider the algorithmic problem of Data Packing on a two-level memory system. Given a reference sequence R of accesses to data elements, the task is to partition the elements into cache blocks such that the number of cache misses on R is minimized. The problem is notoriously difficult: it is NP-hard even when the cache has size 1, and is hard to approximate for any cache size larger than 4. Therefore, all existing techniques for Data Packing are based on heuristics and lack theoretical guarantees. In this work, we present the first positive theoretical results for Data Packing, along with new and stronger negative results. We consider the problem under the lens of the underlying access hypergraphs, which are hypergraphs of affinities between the data elements, where the order of an access hypergraph corresponds to the size of the affinity group. We study the problem parameterized by the treewidth of access hypergraphs, which is a standard notion in graph theory to measure the closeness of a graph to a tree. Our main results are as follows: We show there is a number q* depending on the cache parameters such that (a) if the access hypergraph of order q* has constant treewidth, then there is a linear-time algorithm for Data Packing; (b)the Data Packing problem remains NP-hard even if the access hypergraph of order q*-1 has constant treewidth. Thus, we establish a fine-grained dichotomy depending on a single parameter, namely, the highest order among access hypegraphs that have constant treewidth; and establish the optimal value q* of this parameter. Finally, we present an experimental evaluation of a prototype implementation of our algorithm. Our results demonstrate that, in practice, access hypergraphs of many commonly-used algorithms have small treewidth. We compare our approach with several state-of-the-art heuristic-based algorithms and show that our algorithm leads to significantly fewer cache-misses. },
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Goharshady, Amir Kafshdar and Okati, Nastaran and Pavlogiannis, Andreas},
issn = {2475-1421},
journal = {Proceedings of the ACM on Programming Languages},
number = {POPL},
publisher = {ACM},
title = {{Efficient parameterized algorithms for data packing}},
doi = {10.1145/3290366},
volume = {3},
year = {2019},
}
@inproceedings{6885,
abstract = {A vector addition system with states (VASS) consists of a finite set of states and counters. A configuration is a state and a value for each counter; a transition changes the state and each counter is incremented, decremented, or left unchanged. While qualitative properties such as state and configuration reachability have been studied for VASS, we consider the long-run average cost of infinite computations of VASS. The cost of a configuration is for each state, a linear combination of the counter values. In the special case of uniform cost functions, the linear combination is the same for all states. The (regular) long-run emptiness problem is, given a VASS, a cost function, and a threshold value, if there is a (lasso-shaped) computation such that the long-run average value of the cost function does not exceed the threshold. For uniform cost functions, we show that the regular long-run emptiness problem is (a) decidable in polynomial time for integer-valued VASS, and (b) decidable but nonelementarily hard for natural-valued VASS (i.e., nonnegative counters). For general cost functions, we show that the problem is (c) NP-complete for integer-valued VASS, and (d) undecidable for natural-valued VASS. Our most interesting result is for (c) integer-valued VASS with general cost functions, where we establish a connection between the regular long-run emptiness problem and quadratic Diophantine inequalities. The general (nonregular) long-run emptiness problem is equally hard as the regular problem in all cases except (c), where it remains open. },
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Henzinger, Thomas A and Otop, Jan},
location = {Amsterdam, Netherlands},
publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik},
title = {{Long-run average behavior of vector addition systems with states}},
doi = {10.4230/LIPICS.CONCUR.2019.27},
volume = {140},
year = {2019},
}
@inproceedings{6780,
abstract = {In this work, we consider the almost-sure termination problem for probabilistic programs that asks whether a
given probabilistic program terminates with probability 1. Scalable approaches for program analysis often
rely on modularity as their theoretical basis. In non-probabilistic programs, the classical variant rule (V-rule)
of Floyd-Hoare logic provides the foundation for modular analysis. Extension of this rule to almost-sure
termination of probabilistic programs is quite tricky, and a probabilistic variant was proposed in [16]. While the
proposed probabilistic variant cautiously addresses the key issue of integrability, we show that the proposed
modular rule is still not sound for almost-sure termination of probabilistic programs.
Besides establishing unsoundness of the previous rule, our contributions are as follows: First, we present a
sound modular rule for almost-sure termination of probabilistic programs. Our approach is based on a novel
notion of descent supermartingales. Second, for algorithmic approaches, we consider descent supermartingales
that are linear and show that they can be synthesized in polynomial time. Finally, we present experimental
results on a variety of benchmarks and several natural examples that model various types of nested while
loops in probabilistic programs and demonstrate that our approach is able to efficiently prove their almost-sure
termination property},
author = {Huang, Mingzhang and Fu, Hongfei and Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Goharshady, Amir Kafshdar},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 34th ACM International Conference on Object-Oriented Programming, Systems, Languages, and Applications },
location = {Athens, Greece},
publisher = {ACM},
title = {{Modular verification for almost-sure termination of probabilistic programs}},
year = {2019},
}
@article{6836,
abstract = {Direct reciprocity is a powerful mechanism for the evolution of cooperation on the basis of repeated interactions1,2,3,4. It requires that interacting individuals are sufficiently equal, such that everyone faces similar consequences when they cooperate or defect. Yet inequality is ubiquitous among humans5,6 and is generally considered to undermine cooperation and welfare7,8,9,10. Most previous models of reciprocity do not include inequality11,12,13,14,15. These models assume that individuals are the same in all relevant aspects. Here we introduce a general framework to study direct reciprocity among unequal individuals. Our model allows for multiple sources of inequality. Subjects can differ in their endowments, their productivities and in how much they benefit from public goods. We find that extreme inequality prevents cooperation. But if subjects differ in productivity, some endowment inequality can be necessary for cooperation to prevail. Our mathematical predictions are supported by a behavioural experiment in which we vary the endowments and productivities of the subjects. We observe that overall welfare is maximized when the two sources of heterogeneity are aligned, such that more productive individuals receive higher endowments. By contrast, when endowments and productivities are misaligned, cooperation quickly breaks down. Our findings have implications for policy-makers concerned with equity, efficiency and the provisioning of public goods.},
author = {Hauser, Oliver P. and Hilbe, Christian and Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Nowak, Martin A.},
issn = {14764687},
journal = {Nature},
number = {7770},
pages = {524--527},
publisher = {Springer Nature},
title = {{Social dilemmas among unequals}},
doi = {10.1038/s41586-019-1488-5},
volume = {572},
year = {2019},
}
@inproceedings{143,
abstract = {Vector Addition Systems with States (VASS) provide a well-known and fundamental model for the analysis of concurrent processes, parameterized systems, and are also used as abstract models of programs in resource bound analysis. In this paper we study the problem of obtaining asymptotic bounds on the termination time of a given VASS. In particular, we focus on the practically important case of obtaining polynomial bounds on termination time. Our main contributions are as follows: First, we present a polynomial-time algorithm for deciding whether a given VASS has a linear asymptotic complexity. We also show that if the complexity of a VASS is not linear, it is at least quadratic. Second, we classify VASS according to quantitative properties of their cycles. We show that certain singularities in these properties are the key reason for non-polynomial asymptotic complexity of VASS. In absence of singularities, we show that the asymptotic complexity is always polynomial and of the form Θ(nk), for some integer k d, where d is the dimension of the VASS. We present a polynomial-time algorithm computing the optimal k. For general VASS, the same algorithm, which is based on a complete technique for the construction of ranking functions in VASS, produces a valid lower bound, i.e., a k such that the termination complexity is (nk). Our results are based on new insights into the geometry of VASS dynamics, which hold the potential for further applicability to VASS analysis.},
author = {Brázdil, Tomáš and Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Kučera, Antonín and Novotny, Petr and Velan, Dominik and Zuleger, Florian},
isbn = {978-1-4503-5583-4},
location = {Oxford, United Kingdom},
pages = {185 -- 194},
publisher = {IEEE},
title = {{Efficient algorithms for asymptotic bounds on termination time in VASS}},
doi = {10.1145/3209108.3209191},
volume = {F138033},
year = {2018},
}
@article{198,
abstract = {We consider a class of students learning a language from a teacher. The situation can be interpreted as a group of child learners receiving input from the linguistic environment. The teacher provides sample sentences. The students try to learn the grammar from the teacher. In addition to just listening to the teacher, the students can also communicate with each other. The students hold hypotheses about the grammar and change them if they receive counter evidence. The process stops when all students have converged to the correct grammar. We study how the time to convergence depends on the structure of the classroom by introducing and evaluating various complexity measures. We find that structured communication between students, although potentially introducing confusion, can greatly reduce some of the complexity measures. Our theory can also be interpreted as applying to the scientific process, where nature is the teacher and the scientists are the students.},
author = {Ibsen-Jensen, Rasmus and Tkadlec, Josef and Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Nowak, Martin},
journal = {Journal of the Royal Society Interface},
number = {140},
publisher = {Royal Society},
title = {{Language acquisition with communication between learners}},
doi = {10.1098/rsif.2018.0073},
volume = {15},
year = {2018},
}
@inproceedings{35,
abstract = {We consider planning problems for graphs, Markov decision processes (MDPs), and games on graphs. While graphs represent the most basic planning model, MDPs represent interaction with nature and games on graphs represent interaction with an adversarial environment. We consider two planning problems where there are k different target sets, and the problems are as follows: (a) the coverage problem asks whether there is a plan for each individual target set; and (b) the sequential target reachability problem asks whether the targets can be reached in sequence. For the coverage problem, we present a linear-time algorithm for graphs, and quadratic conditional lower bound for MDPs and games on graphs. For the sequential target problem, we present a linear-time algorithm for graphs, a sub-quadratic algorithm for MDPs, and a quadratic conditional lower bound for games on graphs. Our results with conditional lower bounds establish (i) model-separation results showing that for the coverage problem MDPs and games on graphs are harder than graphs and for the sequential reachability problem games on graphs are harder than MDPs and graphs; and (ii) objective-separation results showing that for MDPs the coverage problem is harder than the sequential target problem.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Dvorák, Wolfgang and Henzinger, Monika and Svozil, Alexander},
booktitle = {28th International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling },
location = {Delft, Netherlands},
publisher = {AAAI Press},
title = {{Algorithms and conditional lower bounds for planning problems}},
year = {2018},
}
@inbook{59,
abstract = {Graph-based games are an important tool in computer science. They have applications in synthesis, verification, refinement, and far beyond. We review graphbased games with objectives on infinite plays. We give definitions and algorithms to solve the games and to give a winning strategy. The objectives we consider are mostly Boolean, but we also look at quantitative graph-based games and their objectives. Synthesis aims to turn temporal logic specifications into correct reactive systems. We explain the reduction of synthesis to graph-based games (or equivalently tree automata) using synthesis of LTL specifications as an example. We treat the classical approach that uses determinization of parity automata and more modern approaches.},
author = {Bloem, Roderick and Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Jobstmann, Barbara},
booktitle = {Handbook of Model Checking},
editor = {Henzinger, Thomas A and Clarke, Edmund M. and Veith, Helmut and Bloem, Roderick},
isbn = {978-3-319-10574-1},
pages = {921 -- 962},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Graph games and reactive synthesis}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-319-10575-8_27},
year = {2018},
}
@inproceedings{66,
abstract = {Crypto-currencies are digital assets designed to work as a medium of exchange, e.g., Bitcoin, but they are susceptible to attacks (dishonest behavior of participants). A framework for the analysis of attacks in crypto-currencies requires (a) modeling of game-theoretic aspects to analyze incentives for deviation from honest behavior; (b) concurrent interactions between participants; and (c) analysis of long-term monetary gains. Traditional game-theoretic approaches for the analysis of security protocols consider either qualitative temporal properties such as safety and termination, or the very special class of one-shot (stateless) games. However, to analyze general attacks on protocols for crypto-currencies, both stateful analysis and quantitative objectives are necessary. In this work our main contributions are as follows: (a) we show how a class of concurrent mean-payo games, namely ergodic games, can model various attacks that arise naturally in crypto-currencies; (b) we present the first practical implementation of algorithms for ergodic games that scales to model realistic problems for crypto-currencies; and (c) we present experimental results showing that our framework can handle games with thousands of states and millions of transitions.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Goharshady, Amir and Ibsen-Jensen, Rasmus and Velner, Yaron},
isbn = {978-3-95977-087-3},
location = {Beijing, China},
publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik},
title = {{Ergodic mean-payoff games for the analysis of attacks in crypto-currencies.}},
doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.CONCUR.2018.11},
volume = {118},
year = {2018},
}
@inproceedings{24,
abstract = {Partially-observable Markov decision processes (POMDPs) with discounted-sum payoff are a standard framework to model a wide range of problems related to decision making under uncertainty. Traditionally, the goal has been to obtain policies that optimize the expectation of the discounted-sum payoff. A key drawback of the expectation measure is that even low probability events with extreme payoff can significantly affect the expectation, and thus the obtained policies are not necessarily risk-averse. An alternate approach is to optimize the probability that the payoff is above a certain threshold, which allows obtaining risk-averse policies, but ignores optimization of the expectation. We consider the expectation optimization with probabilistic guarantee (EOPG) problem, where the goal is to optimize the expectation ensuring that the payoff is above a given threshold with at least a specified probability. We present several results on the EOPG problem, including the first algorithm to solve it.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Elgyütt, Adrian and Novotny, Petr and Rouillé, Owen},
location = {Stockholm, Sweden},
pages = {4692 -- 4699},
publisher = {IJCAI},
title = {{Expectation optimization with probabilistic guarantees in POMDPs with discounted-sum objectives}},
doi = {10.24963/ijcai.2018/652},
volume = {2018},
year = {2018},
}
@inproceedings{310,
abstract = {A model of computation that is widely used in the formal analysis of reactive systems is symbolic algorithms. In this model the access to the input graph is restricted to consist of symbolic operations, which are expensive in comparison to the standard RAM operations. We give lower bounds on the number of symbolic operations for basic graph problems such as the computation of the strongly connected components and of the approximate diameter as well as for fundamental problems in model checking such as safety, liveness, and coliveness. Our lower bounds are linear in the number of vertices of the graph, even for constant-diameter graphs. For none of these problems lower bounds on the number of symbolic operations were known before. The lower bounds show an interesting separation of these problems from the reachability problem, which can be solved with O(D) symbolic operations, where D is the diameter of the graph. Additionally we present an approximation algorithm for the graph diameter which requires Õ(n/D) symbolic steps to achieve a (1 +ϵ)-approximation for any constant > 0. This compares to O(n/D) symbolic steps for the (naive) exact algorithm and O(D) symbolic steps for a 2-approximation. Finally we also give a refined analysis of the strongly connected components algorithms of [15], showing that it uses an optimal number of symbolic steps that is proportional to the sum of the diameters of the strongly connected components.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Dvorák, Wolfgang and Henzinger, Monika and Loitzenbauer, Veronika},
location = {New Orleans, Louisiana, USA},
pages = {2341 -- 2356},
publisher = {ACM},
title = {{Lower bounds for symbolic computation on graphs: Strongly connected components, liveness, safety and diameter}},
doi = {10.1137/1.9781611975031.151},
year = {2018},
}
@article{454,
abstract = {Direct reciprocity is a mechanism for cooperation among humans. Many of our daily interactions are repeated. We interact repeatedly with our family, friends, colleagues, members of the local and even global community. In the theory of repeated games, it is a tacit assumption that the various games that a person plays simultaneously have no effect on each other. Here we introduce a general framework that allows us to analyze “crosstalk” between a player’s concurrent games. In the presence of crosstalk, the action a person experiences in one game can alter the person’s decision in another. We find that crosstalk impedes the maintenance of cooperation and requires stronger levels of forgiveness. The magnitude of the effect depends on the population structure. In more densely connected social groups, crosstalk has a stronger effect. A harsh retaliator, such as Tit-for-Tat, is unable to counteract crosstalk. The crosstalk framework provides a unified interpretation of direct and upstream reciprocity in the context of repeated games.},
author = {Reiter, Johannes and Hilbe, Christian and Rand, David and Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Nowak, Martin},
journal = {Nature Communications},
number = {1},
publisher = {Nature Publishing Group},
title = {{Crosstalk in concurrent repeated games impedes direct reciprocity and requires stronger levels of forgiveness}},
doi = {10.1038/s41467-017-02721-8},
volume = {9},
year = {2018},
}
@article{6009,
abstract = {We study algorithmic questions wrt algebraic path properties in concurrent systems, where the transitions of the system are labeled from a complete, closed semiring. The algebraic path properties can model dataflow analysis problems, the shortest path problem, and many other natural problems that arise in program analysis. We consider that each component of the concurrent system is a graph with constant treewidth, a property satisfied by the controlflow graphs of most programs. We allow for multiple possible queries, which arise naturally in demand driven dataflow analysis. The study of multiple queries allows us to consider the tradeoff between the resource usage of the one-time preprocessing and for each individual query. The traditional approach constructs the product graph of all components and applies the best-known graph algorithm on the product. In this approach, even the answer to a single query requires the transitive closure (i.e., the results of all possible queries), which provides no room for tradeoff between preprocessing and query time.
Our main contributions are algorithms that significantly improve the worst-case running time of the traditional approach, and provide various tradeoffs depending on the number of queries. For example, in a concurrent system of two components, the traditional approach requires hexic time in the worst case for answering one query as well as computing the transitive closure, whereas we show that with one-time preprocessing in almost cubic time, each subsequent query can be answered in at most linear time, and even the transitive closure can be computed in almost quartic time. Furthermore, we establish conditional optimality results showing that the worst-case running time of our algorithms cannot be improved without achieving major breakthroughs in graph algorithms (i.e., improving the worst-case bound for the shortest path problem in general graphs). Preliminary experimental results show that our algorithms perform favorably on several benchmarks.
},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Ibsen-Jensen, Rasmus and Goharshady, Amir Kafshdar and Pavlogiannis, Andreas},
issn = {0164-0925},
journal = {ACM Transactions on Programming Languages and Systems},
number = {3},
publisher = {Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)},
title = {{Algorithms for algebraic path properties in concurrent systems of constant treewidth components}},
doi = {10.1145/3210257},
volume = {40},
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 Novotný, 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{5967,
abstract = {The Big Match is a multi-stage two-player game. In each stage Player 1 hides one or two pebbles in his hand, and his opponent has to guess that number; Player 1 loses a point if Player 2 is correct, and otherwise he wins a point. As soon as Player 1 hides one pebble, the players cannot change their choices in any future stage.
Blackwell and Ferguson (1968) give an ε-optimal strategy for Player 1 that hides, in each stage, one pebble with a probability that depends on the entire past history. Any strategy that depends just on the clock or on a finite memory is worthless. The long-standing natural open problem has been whether every strategy that depends just on the clock and a finite memory is worthless. We prove that there is such a strategy that is ε-optimal. In fact, we show that just two states of memory are sufficient.
},
author = {Hansen, Kristoffer Arnsfelt and Ibsen-Jensen, Rasmus and Neyman, Abraham},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 2018 ACM Conference on Economics and Computation - EC '18},
isbn = {9781450358293},
location = {Ithaca, NY, United States},
pages = {149--150},
publisher = {ACM Press},
title = {{The Big Match with a clock and a bit of memory}},
doi = {10.1145/3219166.3219198},
year = {2018},
}
@inproceedings{6340,
abstract = {We present a secure approach for maintaining andreporting credit history records on the Blockchain. Our ap-proach removes third-parties such as credit reporting agen-cies from the lending process and replaces them with smartcontracts. This allows customers to interact directly with thelenders or banks while ensuring the integrity, unmalleabilityand privacy of their credit data. Additionally, each customerhas full control over complete or selective disclosure of hercredit records, eliminating the risk of privacy violations or databreaches. Moreover, our approach provides strong guaranteesfor the lenders as well. A lender can check both correctness andcompleteness of the credit data disclosed to her. This is the firstapproach that can perform all credit reporting tasks withouta central authority or changing the financial mechanisms*.},
author = {Goharshady, Amir Kafshdar and Behrouz, Ali and Chatterjee, Krishnendu},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Blockchain},
isbn = {978-1-5386-7975-3 },
location = {Halifax, Canada},
pages = {1343--1348},
publisher = {IEEE},
title = {{Secure Credit Reporting on the Blockchain}},
year = {2018},
}
@article{738,
abstract = {This paper is devoted to automatic competitive analysis of real-time scheduling algorithms for firm-deadline tasksets, where only completed tasks con- tribute some utility to the system. Given such a taskset T , the competitive ratio of an on-line scheduling algorithm A for T is the worst-case utility ratio of A over the utility achieved by a clairvoyant algorithm. We leverage the theory of quantitative graph games to address the competitive analysis and competitive synthesis problems. For the competitive analysis case, given any taskset T and any finite-memory on- line scheduling algorithm A , we show that the competitive ratio of A in T can be computed in polynomial time in the size of the state space of A . Our approach is flexible as it also provides ways to model meaningful constraints on the released task sequences that determine the competitive ratio. We provide an experimental study of many well-known on-line scheduling algorithms, which demonstrates the feasibility of our competitive analysis approach that effectively replaces human ingenuity (required Preliminary versions of this paper have appeared in Chatterjee et al. ( 2013 , 2014 ). B Andreas Pavlogiannis pavlogiannis@ist.ac.at Krishnendu Chatterjee krish.chat@ist.ac.at Alexander Kößler koe@ecs.tuwien.ac.at Ulrich Schmid s@ecs.tuwien.ac.at 1 IST Austria (Institute of Science and Technology Austria), Am Campus 1, 3400 Klosterneuburg, Austria 2 Embedded Computing Systems Group, Vienna University of Technology, Treitlstrasse 3, 1040 Vienna, Austria 123 Real-Time Syst for finding worst-case scenarios) by computing power. For the competitive synthesis case, we are just given a taskset T , and the goal is to automatically synthesize an opti- mal on-line scheduling algorithm A , i.e., one that guarantees the largest competitive ratio possible for T . We show how the competitive synthesis problem can be reduced to a two-player graph game with partial information, and establish that the compu- tational complexity of solving this game is Np -complete. The competitive synthesis problem is hence in Np in the size of the state space of the non-deterministic labeled transition system encoding the taskset. Overall, the proposed framework assists in the selection of suitable scheduling algorithms for a given taskset, which is in fact the most common situation in real-time systems design. },
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Pavlogiannis, Andreas and Kößler, Alexander and Schmid, Ulrich},
journal = {Real-Time Systems},
number = {1},
pages = {166 -- 207},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Automated competitive analysis of real time scheduling with graph games}},
doi = {10.1007/s11241-017-9293-4},
volume = {54},
year = {2018},
}
@inbook{86,
abstract = {Responsiveness—the requirement that every request to a system be eventually handled—is one of the fundamental liveness properties of a reactive system. Average response time is a quantitative measure for the responsiveness requirement used commonly in performance evaluation. We show how average response time can be computed on state-transition graphs, on Markov chains, and on game graphs. In all three cases, we give polynomial-time algorithms.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Henzinger, Thomas A and Otop, Jan},
booktitle = {Principles of Modeling},
editor = {Lohstroh, Marten and Derler, Patricia and Sirjani, Marjan},
pages = {143 -- 161},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Computing average response time}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-319-95246-8_9},
volume = {10760},
year = {2018},
}
@inproceedings{79,
abstract = {Markov Decision Processes (MDPs) are a popular class of models suitable for solving control decision problems in probabilistic reactive systems. We consider parametric MDPs (pMDPs) that include parameters in some of the transition probabilities to account for stochastic uncertainties of the environment such as noise or input disturbances. We study pMDPs with reachability objectives where the parameter values are unknown and impossible to measure directly during execution, but there is a probability distribution known over the parameter values. We study for the first time computing parameter-independent strategies that are expectation optimal, i.e., optimize the expected reachability probability under the probability distribution over the parameters. We present an encoding of our problem to partially observable MDPs (POMDPs), i.e., a reduction of our problem to computing optimal strategies in POMDPs. We evaluate our method experimentally on several benchmarks: a motivating (repeated) learner model; a series of benchmarks of varying configurations of a robot moving on a grid; and a consensus protocol.},
author = {Arming, Sebastian and Bartocci, Ezio and Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Katoen, Joost P and Sokolova, Ana},
location = {Beijing, China},
pages = {53--70},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Parameter-independent strategies for pMDPs via POMDPs}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-319-99154-2_4},
volume = {11024},
year = {2018},
}
@article{157,
abstract = {Social dilemmas occur when incentives for individuals are misaligned with group interests 1-7 . According to the 'tragedy of the commons', these misalignments can lead to overexploitation and collapse of public resources. The resulting behaviours can be analysed with the tools of game theory 8 . The theory of direct reciprocity 9-15 suggests that repeated interactions can alleviate such dilemmas, but previous work has assumed that the public resource remains constant over time. Here we introduce the idea that the public resource is instead changeable and depends on the strategic choices of individuals. An intuitive scenario is that cooperation increases the public resource, whereas defection decreases it. Thus, cooperation allows the possibility of playing a more valuable game with higher payoffs, whereas defection leads to a less valuable game. We analyse this idea using the theory of stochastic games 16-19 and evolutionary game theory. We find that the dependence of the public resource on previous interactions can greatly enhance the propensity for cooperation. For these results, the interaction between reciprocity and payoff feedback is crucial: neither repeated interactions in a constant environment nor single interactions in a changing environment yield similar cooperation rates. Our framework shows which feedbacks between exploitation and environment - either naturally occurring or designed - help to overcome social dilemmas.},
author = {Hilbe, Christian and Šimsa, Štepán and Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Nowak, Martin},
journal = {Nature},
number = {7713},
pages = {246 -- 249},
publisher = {Nature Publishing Group},
title = {{Evolution of cooperation in stochastic games}},
doi = {10.1038/s41586-018-0277-x},
volume = {559},
year = {2018},
}
@inproceedings{25,
abstract = {Partially observable Markov decision processes (POMDPs) are the standard models for planning under uncertainty with both finite and infinite horizon. Besides the well-known discounted-sum objective, indefinite-horizon objective (aka Goal-POMDPs) is another classical objective for POMDPs. In this case, given a set of target states and a positive cost for each transition, the optimization objective is to minimize the expected total cost until a target state is reached. In the literature, RTDP-Bel or heuristic search value iteration (HSVI) have been used for solving Goal-POMDPs. Neither of these algorithms has theoretical convergence guarantees, and HSVI may even fail to terminate its trials. We give the following contributions: (1) We discuss the challenges introduced in Goal-POMDPs and illustrate how they prevent the original HSVI from converging. (2) We present a novel algorithm inspired by HSVI, termed Goal-HSVI, and show that our algorithm has convergence guarantees. (3) We show that Goal-HSVI outperforms RTDP-Bel on a set of well-known examples.},
author = {Horák, Karel and Bošanský, Branislav and Chatterjee, Krishnendu},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the Twenty-Seventh International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence},
location = {Stockholm, Sweden},
pages = {4764 -- 4770},
publisher = {IJCAI},
title = {{Goal-HSVI: Heuristic search value iteration for goal-POMDPs}},
doi = {10.24963/ijcai.2018/662 },
volume = {2018-July},
year = {2018},
}
@inproceedings{311,
abstract = {Smart contracts are computer programs that are executed by a network of mutually distrusting agents, without the need of an external trusted authority. Smart contracts handle and transfer assets of considerable value (in the form of crypto-currency like Bitcoin). Hence, it is crucial that their implementation is bug-free. We identify the utility (or expected payoff) of interacting with such smart contracts as the basic and canonical quantitative property for such contracts. We present a framework for such quantitative analysis of smart contracts. Such a formal framework poses new and novel research challenges in programming languages, as it requires modeling of game-theoretic aspects to analyze incentives for deviation from honest behavior and modeling utilities which are not specified as standard temporal properties such as safety and termination. While game-theoretic incentives have been analyzed in the security community, their analysis has been restricted to the very special case of stateless games. However, to analyze smart contracts, stateful analysis is required as it must account for the different program states of the protocol. Our main contributions are as follows: we present (i)~a simplified programming language for smart contracts; (ii)~an automatic translation of the programs to state-based games; (iii)~an abstraction-refinement approach to solve such games; and (iv)~experimental results on real-world-inspired smart contracts.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Goharshady, Amir and Velner, Yaron},
location = {Thessaloniki, Greece},
pages = {739 -- 767},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Quantitative analysis of smart contracts}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-319-89884-1_26},
volume = {10801},
year = {2018},
}
@inproceedings{141,
abstract = {Given a model and a specification, the fundamental model-checking problem asks for algorithmic verification of whether the model satisfies the specification. We consider graphs and Markov decision processes (MDPs), which are fundamental models for reactive systems. One of the very basic specifications that arise in verification of reactive systems is the strong fairness (aka Streett) objective. Given different types of requests and corresponding grants, the objective requires that for each type, if the request event happens infinitely often, then the corresponding grant event must also happen infinitely often. All ω -regular objectives can be expressed as Streett objectives and hence they are canonical in verification. To handle the state-space explosion, symbolic algorithms are required that operate on a succinct implicit representation of the system rather than explicitly accessing the system. While explicit algorithms for graphs and MDPs with Streett objectives have been widely studied, there has been no improvement of the basic symbolic algorithms. The worst-case numbers of symbolic steps required for the basic symbolic algorithms are as follows: quadratic for graphs and cubic for MDPs. In this work we present the first sub-quadratic symbolic algorithm for graphs with Streett objectives, and our algorithm is sub-quadratic even for MDPs. Based on our algorithmic insights we present an implementation of the new symbolic approach and show that it improves the existing approach on several academic benchmark examples.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Henzinger, Monika and Loitzenbauer, Veronika and Oraee, Simin and Toman, Viktor},
location = {Oxford, United Kingdom},
pages = {178--197},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Symbolic algorithms for graphs and Markov decision processes with fairness objectives}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-319-96142-2_13},
volume = {10982},
year = {2018},
}
@article{2,
abstract = {Indirect reciprocity explores how humans act when their reputation is at stake, and which social norms they use to assess the actions of others. A crucial question in indirect reciprocity is which social norms can maintain stable cooperation in a society. Past research has highlighted eight such norms, called “leading-eight” strategies. This past research, however, is based on the assumption that all relevant information about other population members is publicly available and that everyone agrees on who is good or bad. Instead, here we explore the reputation dynamics when information is private and noisy. We show that under these conditions, most leading-eight strategies fail to evolve. Those leading-eight strategies that do evolve are unable to sustain full cooperation.Indirect reciprocity is a mechanism for cooperation based on shared moral systems and individual reputations. It assumes that members of a community routinely observe and assess each other and that they use this information to decide who is good or bad, and who deserves cooperation. When information is transmitted publicly, such that all community members agree on each other’s reputation, previous research has highlighted eight crucial moral systems. These “leading-eight” strategies can maintain cooperation and resist invasion by defectors. However, in real populations individuals often hold their own private views of others. Once two individuals disagree about their opinion of some third party, they may also see its subsequent actions in a different light. Their opinions may further diverge over time. Herein, we explore indirect reciprocity when information transmission is private and noisy. We find that in the presence of perception errors, most leading-eight strategies cease to be stable. Even if a leading-eight strategy evolves, cooperation rates may drop considerably when errors are common. Our research highlights the role of reliable information and synchronized reputations to maintain stable moral systems.},
author = {Hilbe, Christian and Schmid, Laura and Tkadlec, Josef and Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Nowak, Martin},
journal = {PNAS},
number = {48},
pages = {12241--12246},
publisher = {National Academy of Sciences},
title = {{Indirect reciprocity with private noisy and incomplete information}},
doi = {10.1073/pnas.1810565115 },
volume = {115},
year = {2018},
}
@inproceedings{297,
abstract = {Graph games played by two players over finite-state graphs are central in many problems in computer science. In particular, graph games with ω -regular winning conditions, specified as parity objectives, which can express properties such as safety, liveness, fairness, are the basic framework for verification and synthesis of reactive systems. The decisions for a player at various states of the graph game are represented as strategies. While the algorithmic problem for solving graph games with parity objectives has been widely studied, the most prominent data-structure for strategy representation in graph games has been binary decision diagrams (BDDs). However, due to the bit-level representation, BDDs do not retain the inherent flavor of the decisions of strategies, and are notoriously hard to minimize to obtain succinct representation. In this work we propose decision trees for strategy representation in graph games. Decision trees retain the flavor of decisions of strategies and allow entropy-based minimization to obtain succinct trees. However, decision trees work in settings (e.g., probabilistic models) where errors are allowed, and overfitting of data is typically avoided. In contrast, for strategies in graph games no error is allowed, and the decision tree must represent the entire strategy. We develop new techniques to extend decision trees to overcome the above obstacles, while retaining the entropy-based techniques to obtain succinct trees. We have implemented our techniques to extend the existing decision tree solvers. We present experimental results for problems in reactive synthesis to show that decision trees provide a much more efficient data-structure for strategy representation as compared to BDDs.},
author = {Brázdil, Tomáš and Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Kretinsky, Jan and Toman, Viktor},
location = {Thessaloniki, Greece},
pages = {385 -- 407},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Strategy representation by decision trees in reactive synthesis}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-319-89960-2_21},
volume = {10805},
year = {2018},
}
@article{293,
abstract = {People sometimes make their admirable deeds and accomplishments hard to spot, such as by giving anonymously or avoiding bragging. Such ‘buried’ signals are hard to reconcile with standard models of signalling or indirect reciprocity, which motivate costly pro-social behaviour by reputational gains. To explain these phenomena, we design a simple game theory model, which we call the signal-burying game. This game has the feature that senders can bury their signal by deliberately reducing the probability of the signal being observed. If the signal is observed, however, it is identified as having been buried. We show under which conditions buried signals can be maintained, using static equilibrium concepts and calculations of the evolutionary dynamics. We apply our analysis to shed light on a number of otherwise puzzling social phenomena, including modesty, anonymous donations, subtlety in art and fashion, and overeagerness.},
author = {Hoffman, Moshe and Hilbe, Christian and Nowak, Martin},
journal = {Nature Human Behaviour},
pages = {397 -- 404},
publisher = {Nature Publishing Group},
title = {{The signal-burying game can explain why we obscure positive traits and good deeds}},
doi = {10.1038/s41562-018-0354-z},
volume = {2},
year = {2018},
}
@inproceedings{325,
abstract = {Probabilistic programs extend classical imperative programs with real-valued random variables and random branching. The most basic liveness property for such programs is the termination property. The qualitative (aka almost-sure) termination problem asks whether a given program program terminates with probability 1. While ranking functions provide a sound and complete method for non-probabilistic programs, the extension of them to probabilistic programs is achieved via ranking supermartingales (RSMs). Although deep theoretical results have been established about RSMs, their application to probabilistic programs with nondeterminism has been limited only to programs of restricted control-flow structure. For non-probabilistic programs, lexicographic ranking functions provide a compositional and practical approach for termination analysis of real-world programs. In this work we introduce lexicographic RSMs and show that they present a sound method for almost-sure termination of probabilistic programs with nondeterminism. We show that lexicographic RSMs provide a tool for compositional reasoning about almost-sure termination, and for probabilistic programs with linear arithmetic they can be synthesized efficiently (in polynomial time). We also show that with additional restrictions even asymptotic bounds on expected termination time can be obtained through lexicographic RSMs. Finally, we present experimental results on benchmarks adapted from previous work to demonstrate the effectiveness of our approach.},
author = {Agrawal, Sheshansh and Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Novotny, Petr},
location = {Los Angeles, CA, USA},
number = {POPL},
publisher = {ACM},
title = {{Lexicographic ranking supermartingales: an efficient approach to termination of probabilistic programs}},
doi = {10.1145/3158122},
volume = {2},
year = {2018},
}
@inproceedings{34,
abstract = {Partially observable Markov decision processes (POMDPs) are widely used in probabilistic planning problems in which an agent interacts with an environment using noisy and imprecise sensors. We study a setting in which the sensors are only partially defined and the goal is to synthesize “weakest” additional sensors, such that in the resulting POMDP, there is a small-memory policy for the agent that almost-surely (with probability 1) satisfies a reachability objective. We show that the problem is NP-complete, and present a symbolic algorithm by encoding the problem into SAT instances. We illustrate trade-offs between the amount of memory of the policy and the number of additional sensors on a simple example. We have implemented our approach and consider three classical POMDP examples from the literature, and show that in all the examples the number of sensors can be significantly decreased (as compared to the existing solutions in the literature) without increasing the complexity of the policies.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Chemlík, Martin and Topcu, Ufuk},
location = {Delft, Netherlands},
pages = {47 -- 55},
publisher = {AAAI Press},
title = {{Sensor synthesis for POMDPs with reachability objectives}},
volume = {2018},
year = {2018},
}
@article{419,
abstract = {Reciprocity is a major factor in human social life and accounts for a large part of cooperation in our communities. Direct reciprocity arises when repeated interactions occur between the same individuals. The framework of iterated games formalizes this phenomenon. Despite being introduced more than five decades ago, the concept keeps offering beautiful surprises. Recent theoretical research driven by new mathematical tools has proposed a remarkable dichotomy among the crucial strategies: successful individuals either act as partners or as rivals. Rivals strive for unilateral advantages by applying selfish or extortionate strategies. Partners aim to share the payoff for mutual cooperation, but are ready to fight back when being exploited. Which of these behaviours evolves depends on the environment. Whereas small population sizes and a limited number of rounds favour rivalry, partner strategies are selected when populations are large and relationships stable. Only partners allow for evolution of cooperation, while the rivals’ attempt to put themselves first leads to defection. Hilbe et al. synthesize recent theoretical work on zero-determinant and ‘rival’ versus ‘partner’ strategies in social dilemmas. They describe the environments under which these contrasting selfish or cooperative strategies emerge in evolution.},
author = {Hilbe, Christian and Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Nowak, Martin},
journal = {Nature Human Behaviour},
pages = {469–477},
publisher = {Nature Publishing Group},
title = {{Partners and rivals in direct reciprocity}},
doi = {10.1038/s41562-018-0320-9},
volume = {2},
year = {2018},
}
@inproceedings{5679,
abstract = {We study the almost-sure termination problem for probabilistic programs. First, we show that supermartingales with lower bounds on conditional absolute difference provide a sound approach for the almost-sure termination problem. Moreover, using this approach we can obtain explicit optimal bounds on tail probabilities of non-termination within a given number of steps. Second, we present a new approach based on Central Limit Theorem for the almost-sure termination problem, and show that this approach can establish almost-sure termination of programs which none of the existing approaches can handle. Finally, we discuss algorithmic approaches for the two above methods that lead to automated analysis techniques for almost-sure termination of probabilistic programs.},
author = {Huang, Mingzhang and Fu, Hongfei and Chatterjee, Krishnendu},
editor = {Ryu, Sukyoung},
isbn = {9783030027674},
issn = {03029743},
location = {Wellington, New Zealand},
pages = {181--201},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{New approaches for almost-sure termination of probabilistic programs}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-030-02768-1_11},
volume = {11275},
year = {2018},
}
@unpublished{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 = {ArXiv},
publisher = {ArXiv},
title = {{Computational Approaches for Stochastic Shortest Path on Succinct MDPs}},
year = {2018},
}
@article{5751,
abstract = {Because of the intrinsic randomness of the evolutionary process, a mutant with a fitness advantage has some chance to be selected but no certainty. Any experiment that searches for advantageous mutants will lose many of them due to random drift. It is therefore of great interest to find population structures that improve the odds of advantageous mutants. Such structures are called amplifiers of natural selection: they increase the probability that advantageous mutants are selected. Arbitrarily strong amplifiers guarantee the selection of advantageous mutants, even for very small fitness advantage. Despite intensive research over the past decade, arbitrarily strong amplifiers have remained rare. Here we show how to construct a large variety of them. Our amplifiers are so simple that they could be useful in biotechnology, when optimizing biological molecules, or as a diagnostic tool, when searching for faster dividing cells or viruses. They could also occur in natural population structures.},
author = {Pavlogiannis, Andreas and Tkadlec, Josef and Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Nowak, Martin A.},
issn = {2399-3642},
journal = {Communications Biology},
number = {1},
publisher = {Springer Nature},
title = {{Construction of arbitrarily strong amplifiers of natural selection using evolutionary graph theory}},
doi = {10.1038/s42003-018-0078-7},
volume = {1},
year = {2018},
}
@article{1065,
abstract = {We consider the problem of reachability in pushdown graphs. We study the problem for pushdown graphs with constant treewidth. Even for pushdown graphs with treewidth 1, for the reachability problem we establish the following: (i) the problem is PTIME-complete, and (ii) any subcubic algorithm for the problem would contradict the k-clique conjecture and imply faster combinatorial algorithms for cliques in graphs.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Osang, Georg F},
issn = {00200190},
journal = {Information Processing Letters},
pages = {25 -- 29},
publisher = {Elsevier},
title = {{Pushdown reachability with constant treewidth}},
doi = {10.1016/j.ipl.2017.02.003},
volume = {122},
year = {2017},
}
@article{1407,
abstract = {We consider the problem of computing the set of initial states of a dynamical system such that there exists a control strategy to ensure that the trajectories satisfy a temporal logic specification with probability 1 (almost-surely). We focus on discrete-time, stochastic linear dynamics and specifications given as formulas of the Generalized Reactivity(1) fragment of Linear Temporal Logic over linear predicates in the states of the system. We propose a solution based on iterative abstraction-refinement, and turn-based 2-player probabilistic games. While the theoretical guarantee of our algorithm after any finite number of iterations is only a partial solution, we show that if our algorithm terminates, then the result is the set of all satisfying initial states. Moreover, for any (partial) solution our algorithm synthesizes witness control strategies to ensure almost-sure satisfaction of the temporal logic specification. While the proposed algorithm guarantees progress and soundness in every iteration, it is computationally demanding. We offer an alternative, more efficient solution for the reachability properties that decomposes the problem into a series of smaller problems of the same type. All algorithms are demonstrated on an illustrative case study.},
author = {Svoreňová, Mária and Kretinsky, Jan and Chmelik, Martin and Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Cěrná, Ivana and Belta, Cǎlin},
journal = {Nonlinear Analysis: Hybrid Systems},
number = {2},
pages = {230 -- 253},
publisher = {Elsevier},
title = {{Temporal logic control for stochastic linear systems using abstraction refinement of probabilistic games}},
doi = {10.1016/j.nahs.2016.04.006},
volume = {23},
year = {2017},
}
@article{465,
abstract = {The edit distance between two words w 1 , w 2 is the minimal number of word operations (letter insertions, deletions, and substitutions) necessary to transform w 1 to w 2 . The edit distance generalizes to languages L 1 , L 2 , where the edit distance from L 1 to L 2 is the minimal number k such that for every word from L 1 there exists a word in L 2 with edit distance at most k . We study the edit distance computation problem between pushdown automata and their subclasses. The problem of computing edit distance to a pushdown automaton is undecidable, and in practice, the interesting question is to compute the edit distance from a pushdown automaton (the implementation, a standard model for programs with recursion) to a regular language (the specification). In this work, we present a complete picture of decidability and complexity for the following problems: (1) deciding whether, for a given threshold k , the edit distance from a pushdown automaton to a finite automaton is at most k , and (2) deciding whether the edit distance from a pushdown automaton to a finite automaton is finite. },
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Henzinger, Thomas A and Ibsen-Jensen, Rasmus and Otop, Jan},
issn = {18605974},
journal = {Logical Methods in Computer Science},
number = {3},
publisher = {International Federation of Computational Logic},
title = {{Edit distance for pushdown automata}},
doi = {10.23638/LMCS-13(3:23)2017},
volume = {13},
year = {2017},
}
@article{681,
abstract = {Two-player games on graphs provide the theoretical framework for many important problems such as reactive synthesis. While the traditional study of two-player zero-sum games has been extended to multi-player games with several notions of equilibria, they are decidable only for perfect-information games, whereas several applications require imperfect-information. In this paper we propose a new notion of equilibria, called doomsday equilibria, which is a strategy profile where all players satisfy their own objective, and if any coalition of players deviates and violates even one of the players' objective, then the objective of every player is violated. We present algorithms and complexity results for deciding the existence of doomsday equilibria for various classes of ω-regular objectives, both for imperfect-information games, and for perfect-information games. We provide optimal complexity bounds for imperfect-information games, and in most cases for perfect-information games.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Doyen, Laurent and Filiot, Emmanuel and Raskin, Jean},
issn = {08905401},
journal = {Information and Computation},
pages = {296 -- 315},
publisher = {Elsevier},
title = {{Doomsday equilibria for omega-regular games}},
doi = {10.1016/j.ic.2016.10.012},
volume = {254},
year = {2017},
}
@article{744,
abstract = {In evolutionary game theory interactions between individuals are often assumed obligatory. However, in many real-life situations, individuals can decide to opt out of an interaction depending on the information they have about the opponent. We consider a simple evolutionary game theoretic model to study such a scenario, where at each encounter between two individuals the type of the opponent (cooperator/defector) is known with some probability, and where each individual either accepts or opts out of the interaction. If the type of the opponent is unknown, a trustful individual accepts the interaction, whereas a suspicious individual opts out of the interaction. If either of the two individuals opt out both individuals remain without an interaction. We show that in the prisoners dilemma optional interactions along with suspicious behaviour facilitates the emergence of trustful cooperation.},
author = {Priklopil, Tadeas and Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Nowak, Martin},
issn = {00225193},
journal = { Journal of Theoretical Biology},
pages = {64 -- 72},
publisher = {Elsevier},
title = {{Optional interactions and suspicious behaviour facilitates trustful cooperation in prisoners dilemma}},
doi = {10.1016/j.jtbi.2017.08.025},
volume = {433},
year = {2017},
}
@phdthesis{821,
abstract = {This dissertation focuses on algorithmic aspects of program verification, and presents modeling and complexity advances on several problems related to the
static analysis of programs, the stateless model checking of concurrent programs, and the competitive analysis of real-time scheduling algorithms.
Our contributions can be broadly grouped into five categories.
Our first contribution is a set of new algorithms and data structures for the quantitative and data-flow analysis of programs, based on the graph-theoretic notion of treewidth.
It has been observed that the control-flow graphs of typical programs have special structure, and are characterized as graphs of small treewidth.
We utilize this structural property to provide faster algorithms for the quantitative and data-flow analysis of recursive and concurrent programs.
In most cases we make an algebraic treatment of the considered problem,
where several interesting analyses, such as the reachability, shortest path, and certain kind of data-flow analysis problems follow as special cases.
We exploit the constant-treewidth property to obtain algorithmic improvements for on-demand versions of the problems,
and provide data structures with various tradeoffs between the resources spent in the preprocessing and querying phase.
We also improve on the algorithmic complexity of quantitative problems outside the algebraic path framework,
namely of the minimum mean-payoff, minimum ratio, and minimum initial credit for energy problems.
Our second contribution is a set of algorithms for Dyck reachability with applications to data-dependence analysis and alias analysis.
In particular, we develop an optimal algorithm for Dyck reachability on bidirected graphs, which are ubiquitous in context-insensitive, field-sensitive points-to analysis.
Additionally, we develop an efficient algorithm for context-sensitive data-dependence analysis via Dyck reachability,
where the task is to obtain analysis summaries of library code in the presence of callbacks.
Our algorithm preprocesses libraries in almost linear time, after which the contribution of the library in the complexity of the client analysis is (i)~linear in the number of call sites and (ii)~only logarithmic in the size of the whole library, as opposed to linear in the size of the whole library.
Finally, we prove that Dyck reachability is Boolean Matrix Multiplication-hard in general, and the hardness also holds for graphs of constant treewidth.
This hardness result strongly indicates that there exist no combinatorial algorithms for Dyck reachability with truly subcubic complexity.
Our third contribution is the formalization and algorithmic treatment of the Quantitative Interprocedural Analysis framework.
In this framework, the transitions of a recursive program are annotated as good, bad or neutral, and receive a weight which measures
the magnitude of their respective effect.
The Quantitative Interprocedural Analysis problem asks to determine whether there exists an infinite run of the program where the long-run ratio of the bad weights over the good weights is above a given threshold.
We illustrate how several quantitative problems related to static analysis of recursive programs can be instantiated in this framework,
and present some case studies to this direction.
Our fourth contribution is a new dynamic partial-order reduction for the stateless model checking of concurrent programs. Traditional approaches rely on the standard Mazurkiewicz equivalence between traces, by means of partitioning the trace space into equivalence classes, and attempting to explore a few representatives from each class.
We present a new dynamic partial-order reduction method called the Data-centric Partial Order Reduction (DC-DPOR).
Our algorithm is based on a new equivalence between traces, called the observation equivalence.
DC-DPOR explores a coarser partitioning of the trace space than any exploration method based on the standard Mazurkiewicz equivalence.
Depending on the program, the new partitioning can be even exponentially coarser.
Additionally, DC-DPOR spends only polynomial time in each explored class.
Our fifth contribution is the use of automata and game-theoretic verification techniques in the competitive analysis and synthesis of real-time scheduling algorithms for firm-deadline tasks.
On the analysis side, we leverage automata on infinite words to compute the competitive ratio of real-time schedulers subject to various environmental constraints.
On the synthesis side, we introduce a new instance of two-player mean-payoff partial-information games, and show
how the synthesis of an optimal real-time scheduler can be reduced to computing winning strategies in this new type of games.},
author = {Pavlogiannis, Andreas},
pages = {418},
publisher = {IST Austria},
title = {{Algorithmic advances in program analysis and their applications}},
doi = {10.15479/AT:ISTA:th_854},
year = {2017},
}
@inproceedings{1009,
abstract = {A standard objective in partially-observable Markov decision processes (POMDPs) is to find a policy that maximizes the expected discounted-sum payoff. However, such policies may still permit unlikely but highly undesirable outcomes, which is problematic especially in safety-critical applications. Recently, there has been a surge of interest in POMDPs where the goal is to maximize the probability to ensure that the payoff is at least a given threshold, but these approaches do not consider any optimization beyond satisfying this threshold constraint. In this work we go beyond both the “expectation” and “threshold” approaches and consider a “guaranteed payoff optimization (GPO)” problem for POMDPs, where we are given a threshold t and the objective is to find a policy σ such that a) each possible outcome of σ yields a discounted-sum payoff of at least t, and b) the expected discounted-sum payoff of σ is optimal (or near-optimal) among all policies satisfying a). We present a practical approach to tackle the GPO problem and evaluate it on standard POMDP benchmarks.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Novotny, Petr and Pérez, Guillermo and Raskin, Jean and Zikelic, Djordje},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 31st AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence},
location = {San Francisco, CA, United States},
pages = {3725 -- 3732},
publisher = {AAAI Press},
title = {{Optimizing expectation with guarantees in POMDPs}},
volume = {5},
year = {2017},
}
@inproceedings{1011,
abstract = {Pushdown systems (PDSs) and recursive state machines (RSMs), which are linearly equivalent, are standard models for interprocedural analysis. Yet RSMs are more convenient as they (a) explicitly model function calls and returns, and (b) specify many natural parameters for algorithmic analysis, e.g., the number of entries and exits. We consider a general framework where RSM transitions are labeled from a semiring and path properties are algebraic with semiring operations, which can model, e.g., interprocedural reachability and dataflow analysis problems. Our main contributions are new algorithms for several fundamental problems. As compared to a direct translation of RSMs to PDSs and the best-known existing bounds of PDSs, our analysis algorithm improves the complexity for finite-height semirings (that subsumes reachability and standard dataflow properties). We further consider the problem of extracting distance values from the representation structures computed by our algorithm, and give efficient algorithms that distinguish the complexity of a one-time preprocessing from the complexity of each individual query. Another advantage of our algorithm is that our improvements carry over to the concurrent setting, where we improve the bestknown complexity for the context-bounded analysis of concurrent RSMs. Finally, we provide a prototype implementation that gives a significant speed-up on several benchmarks from the SLAM/SDV project.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Kragl, Bernhard and Mishra, Samarth and Pavlogiannis, Andreas},
editor = {Yang, Hongseok},
issn = {03029743},
location = {Uppsala, Sweden},
pages = {287 -- 313},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{ Faster algorithms for weighted recursive state machines}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-662-54434-1_11},
volume = {10201},
year = {2017},
}
@article{1080,
abstract = {Reconstructing the evolutionary history of metastases is critical for understanding their basic biological principles and has profound clinical implications. Genome-wide sequencing data has enabled modern phylogenomic methods to accurately dissect subclones and their phylogenies from noisy and impure bulk tumour samples at unprecedented depth. However, existing methods are not designed to infer metastatic seeding patterns. Here we develop a tool, called Treeomics, to reconstruct the phylogeny of metastases and map subclones to their anatomic locations. Treeomics infers comprehensive seeding patterns for pancreatic, ovarian, and prostate cancers. Moreover, Treeomics correctly disambiguates true seeding patterns from sequencing artifacts; 7% of variants were misclassified by conventional statistical methods. These artifacts can skew phylogenies by creating illusory tumour heterogeneity among distinct samples. In silico benchmarking on simulated tumour phylogenies across a wide range of sample purities (15–95%) and sequencing depths (25-800 × ) demonstrates the accuracy of Treeomics compared with existing methods.},
author = {Reiter, Johannes and Makohon Moore, Alvin and Gerold, Jeffrey and Božić, Ivana and Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Iacobuzio Donahue, Christine and Vogelstein, Bert and Nowak, Martin},
issn = {20411723},
journal = {Nature Communications},
publisher = {Nature Publishing Group},
title = {{Reconstructing metastatic seeding patterns of human cancers}},
doi = {10.1038/ncomms14114},
volume = {8},
year = {2017},
}
@article{1294,
abstract = {We study controller synthesis problems for finite-state Markov decision processes, where the objective is to optimize the expected mean-payoff performance and stability (also known as variability in the literature). We argue that the basic notion of expressing the stability using the statistical variance of the mean payoff is sometimes insufficient, and propose an alternative definition. We show that a strategy ensuring both the expected mean payoff and the variance below given bounds requires randomization and memory, under both the above definitions. We then show that the problem of finding such a strategy can be expressed as a set of constraints.},
author = {Brázdil, Tomáš and Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Forejt, Vojtěch and Kučera, Antonín},
journal = {Journal of Computer and System Sciences},
pages = {144 -- 170},
publisher = {Elsevier},
title = {{Trading performance for stability in Markov decision processes}},
doi = {10.1016/j.jcss.2016.09.009},
volume = {84},
year = {2017},
}
@article{466,
abstract = {We consider Markov decision processes (MDPs) with multiple limit-average (or mean-payoff) objectives. There exist two different views: (i) the expectation semantics, where the goal is to optimize the expected mean-payoff objective, and (ii) the satisfaction semantics, where the goal is to maximize the probability of runs such that the mean-payoff value stays above a given vector. We consider optimization with respect to both objectives at once, thus unifying the existing semantics. Precisely, the goal is to optimize the expectation while ensuring the satisfaction constraint. Our problem captures the notion of optimization with respect to strategies that are risk-averse (i.e., ensure certain probabilistic guarantee). Our main results are as follows: First, we present algorithms for the decision problems which are always polynomial in the size of the MDP. We also show that an approximation of the Pareto-curve can be computed in time polynomial in the size of the MDP, and the approximation factor, but exponential in the number of dimensions. Second, we present a complete characterization of the strategy complexity (in terms of memory bounds and randomization) required to solve our problem. },
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Křetínská, Zuzana and Kretinsky, Jan},
issn = {18605974},
journal = {Logical Methods in Computer Science},
number = {2},
publisher = {International Federation of Computational Logic},
title = {{Unifying two views on multiple mean-payoff objectives in Markov decision processes}},
doi = {10.23638/LMCS-13(2:15)2017},
volume = {13},
year = {2017},
}
@article{1066,
abstract = {Simulation is an attractive alternative to language inclusion for automata as it is an under-approximation of language inclusion, but usually has much lower complexity. Simulation has also been extended in two orthogonal directions, namely, (1) fair simulation, for simulation over specified set of infinite runs; and (2) quantitative simulation, for simulation between weighted automata. While fair trace inclusion is PSPACE-complete, fair simulation can be computed in polynomial time. For weighted automata, the (quantitative) language inclusion problem is undecidable in general, whereas the (quantitative) simulation reduces to quantitative games, which admit pseudo-polynomial time algorithms.
In this work, we study (quantitative) simulation for weighted automata with Büchi acceptance conditions, i.e., we generalize fair simulation from non-weighted automata to weighted automata. We show that imposing Büchi acceptance conditions on weighted automata changes many fundamental properties of the simulation games, yet they still admit pseudo-polynomial time algorithms.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Henzinger, Thomas A and Otop, Jan and Velner, Yaron},
journal = {Information and Computation},
number = {2},
pages = {143 -- 166},
publisher = {Elsevier},
title = {{Quantitative fair simulation games}},
doi = {10.1016/j.ic.2016.10.006},
volume = {254},
year = {2017},
}
@article{512,
abstract = {The fixation probability is the probability that a new mutant introduced in a homogeneous population eventually takes over the entire population. The fixation probability is a fundamental quantity of natural selection, and known to depend on the population structure. Amplifiers of natural selection are population structures which increase the fixation probability of advantageous mutants, as compared to the baseline case of well-mixed populations. In this work we focus on symmetric population structures represented as undirected graphs. In the regime of undirected graphs, the strongest amplifier known has been the Star graph, and the existence of undirected graphs with stronger amplification properties has remained open for over a decade. In this work we present the Comet and Comet-swarm families of undirected graphs. We show that for a range of fitness values of the mutants, the Comet and Cometswarm graphs have fixation probability strictly larger than the fixation probability of the Star graph, for fixed population size and at the limit of large populations, respectively. },
author = {Pavlogiannis, Andreas and Tkadlec, Josef and Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Nowak, Martin},
issn = {20452322},
journal = {Scientific Reports},
number = {1},
publisher = {Nature Publishing Group},
title = {{Amplification on undirected population structures: Comets beat stars}},
doi = {10.1038/s41598-017-00107-w},
volume = {7},
year = {2017},
}
@misc{5455,
abstract = {A fundamental algorithmic problem at the heart of static analysis is Dyck reachability. The input is a graphwhere the edges are labeled with different types of opening and closing parentheses, and the reachabilityinformation is computed via paths whose parentheses are properly matched. We present new results for Dyckreachability problems with applications to alias analysis and data-dependence analysis. Our main contributions,that include improved upper bounds as well as lower bounds that establish optimality guarantees, are asfollows:First, we consider Dyck reachability on bidirected graphs, which is the standard way of performing field-sensitive points-to analysis. Given a bidirected graph withnnodes andmedges, we present: (i) an algorithmwith worst-case running timeO(m+n·α(n)), whereα(n)is the inverse Ackermann function, improving thepreviously knownO(n2)time bound; (ii) a matching lower bound that shows that our algorithm is optimalwrt to worst-case complexity; and (iii) an optimal average-case upper bound ofO(m)time, improving thepreviously knownO(m·logn)bound.Second, we consider the problem of context-sensitive data-dependence analysis, where the task is to obtainanalysis summaries of library code in the presence of callbacks. Our algorithm preprocesses libraries in almostlinear time, after which the contribution of the library in the complexity of the client analysis is only linear,and only wrt the number of call sites.Third, we prove that combinatorial algorithms for Dyck reachability on general graphs with truly sub-cubic bounds cannot be obtained without obtaining sub-cubic combinatorial algorithms for Boolean MatrixMultiplication, which is a long-standing open problem. Thus we establish that the existing combinatorialalgorithms for Dyck reachability are (conditionally) optimal for general graphs. We also show that the samehardness holds for graphs of constant treewidth.Finally, we provide a prototype implementation of our algorithms for both alias analysis and data-dependenceanalysis. Our experimental evaluation demonstrates that the new algorithms significantly outperform allexisting methods on the two problems, over real-world benchmarks.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Choudhary, Bhavya and Pavlogiannis, Andreas},
issn = {2664-1690},
pages = {37},
publisher = {IST Austria},
title = {{Optimal Dyck reachability for data-dependence and alias analysis}},
doi = {10.15479/AT:IST-2017-870-v1-1},
year = {2017},
}
@inbook{625,
abstract = {In the analysis of reactive systems a quantitative objective assigns a real value to every trace of the system. The value decision problem for a quantitative objective requires a trace whose value is at least a given threshold, and the exact value decision problem requires a trace whose value is exactly the threshold. We compare the computational complexity of the value and exact value decision problems for classical quantitative objectives, such as sum, discounted sum, energy, and mean-payoff for two standard models of reactive systems, namely, graphs and graph games.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Doyen, Laurent and Henzinger, Thomas A},
booktitle = {Models, Algorithms, Logics and Tools},
editor = {Aceto, Luca and Bacci, Giorgio and Ingólfsdóttir, Anna and Legay, Axel and Mardare, Radu},
issn = {03029743},
pages = {367 -- 381},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{The cost of exactness in quantitative reachability}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-319-63121-9_18},
volume = {10460},
year = {2017},
}
@article{699,
abstract = {In antagonistic symbioses, such as host–parasite interactions, one population’s success is the other’s loss. In mutualistic symbioses, such as division of labor, both parties can gain, but they might have different preferences over the possible mutualistic arrangements. The rates of evolution of the two populations in a symbiosis are important determinants of which population will be more successful: Faster evolution is thought to be favored in antagonistic symbioses (the “Red Queen effect”), but disfavored in certain mutualistic symbioses (the “Red King effect”). However, it remains unclear which biological parameters drive these effects. Here, we analyze the effects of the various determinants of evolutionary rate: generation time, mutation rate, population size, and the intensity of natural selection. Our main results hold for the case where mutation is infrequent. Slower evolution causes a long-term advantage in an important class of mutualistic interactions. Surprisingly, less intense selection is the strongest driver of this Red King effect, whereas relative mutation rates and generation times have little effect. In antagonistic interactions, faster evolution by any means is beneficial. Our results provide insight into the demographic evolution of symbionts. },
author = {Veller, Carl and Hayward, Laura and Nowak, Martin and Hilbe, Christian},
issn = {00278424},
journal = {PNAS},
number = {27},
pages = {E5396 -- E5405},
publisher = {National Academy of Sciences},
title = {{The red queen and king in finite populations}},
doi = {10.1073/pnas.1702020114},
volume = {114},
year = {2017},
}
@article{719,
abstract = {The ubiquity of computation in modern machines and devices imposes a need to assert the correctness of their behavior. Especially in the case of safety-critical systems, their designers need to take measures that enforce their safe operation. Formal methods has emerged as a research field that addresses this challenge: by rigorously proving that all system executions adhere to their specifications, the correctness of an implementation under concern can be assured. To achieve this goal, a plethora of techniques are nowadays available, all of which are optimized for different system types and application domains.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Ehlers, Rüdiger},
issn = {00015903},
journal = {Acta Informatica},
number = {6},
pages = {543 -- 544},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Special issue: Synthesis and SYNT 2014}},
doi = {10.1007/s00236-017-0299-0},
volume = {54},
year = {2017},
}
@inproceedings{1194,
abstract = {Termination is one of the basic liveness properties, and we study the termination problem for probabilistic programs with real-valued variables. Previous works focused on the qualitative problem that asks whether an input program terminates with probability~1 (almost-sure termination). A powerful approach for this qualitative problem is the notion of ranking supermartingales with respect to a given set of invariants. The quantitative problem (probabilistic termination) asks for bounds on the termination probability. A fundamental and conceptual drawback of the existing approaches to address probabilistic termination is that even though the supermartingales consider the probabilistic behavior of the programs, the invariants are obtained completely ignoring the probabilistic aspect. In this work we address the probabilistic termination problem for linear-arithmetic probabilistic programs with nondeterminism. We define the notion of {\em stochastic invariants}, which are constraints along with a probability bound that the constraints hold. We introduce a concept of {\em repulsing supermartingales}. First, we show that repulsing supermartingales can be used to obtain bounds on the probability of the stochastic invariants. Second, we show the effectiveness of repulsing supermartingales in the following three ways: (1)~With a combination of ranking and repulsing supermartingales we can compute lower bounds on the probability of termination; (2)~repulsing supermartingales provide witnesses for refutation of almost-sure termination; and (3)~with a combination of ranking and repulsing supermartingales we can establish persistence properties of probabilistic programs. We also present results on related computational problems and an experimental evaluation of our approach on academic examples. },
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Novotny, Petr and Zikelic, Djordje},
issn = {07308566},
location = {Paris, France},
number = {1},
pages = {145 -- 160},
publisher = {ACM},
title = {{Stochastic invariants for probabilistic termination}},
doi = {10.1145/3009837.3009873},
volume = {52},
year = {2017},
}
@article{467,
abstract = {Recently there has been a significant effort to handle quantitative properties in formal verification and synthesis. While weighted automata over finite and infinite words provide a natural and flexible framework to express quantitative properties, perhaps surprisingly, some basic system properties such as average response time cannot be expressed using weighted automata or in any other known decidable formalism. In this work, we introduce nested weighted automata as a natural extension of weighted automata, which makes it possible to express important quantitative properties such as average response time. In nested weighted automata, a master automaton spins off and collects results from weighted slave automata, each of which computes a quantity along a finite portion of an infinite word. Nested weighted automata can be viewed as the quantitative analogue of monitor automata, which are used in runtime verification. We establish an almost-complete decidability picture for the basic decision problems about nested weighted automata and illustrate their applicability in several domains. In particular, nested weighted automata can be used to decide average response time properties.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Henzinger, Thomas A and Otop, Jan},
issn = {15293785},
journal = {ACM Transactions on Computational Logic (TOCL)},
number = {4},
publisher = {ACM},
title = {{Nested weighted automata}},
doi = {10.1145/3152769},
volume = {18},
year = {2017},
}
@misc{5456,
abstract = {We present a new dynamic partial-order reduction method for stateless model checking of concurrent programs. A common approach for exploring program behaviors relies on enumerating the traces of the program, without storing the visited states (aka stateless exploration). As the number of distinct traces grows exponentially, dynamic partial-order reduction (DPOR) techniques have been successfully used to partition the space of traces into equivalence classes (Mazurkiewicz partitioning), with the goal of exploring only few representative traces from each class.
We introduce a new equivalence on traces under sequential consistency semantics, which we call the observation equivalence. Two traces are observationally equivalent if every read event observes the same write event in both traces. While the traditional Mazurkiewicz equivalence is control-centric, our new definition is data-centric. We show that our observation equivalence is coarser than the Mazurkiewicz equivalence, and in many cases even exponentially coarser. We devise a DPOR exploration of the trace space, called data-centric DPOR, based on the observation equivalence.
1. For acyclic architectures, our algorithm is guaranteed to explore exactly one representative trace from each observation class, while spending polynomial time per class. Hence, our algorithm is optimal wrt the observation equivalence, and in several cases explores exponentially fewer traces than any enumerative method based on the Mazurkiewicz equivalence.
2. For cyclic architectures, we consider an equivalence between traces which is finer than the observation equivalence; but coarser than the Mazurkiewicz equivalence, and in some cases is exponentially coarser. Our data-centric DPOR algorithm remains optimal under this trace equivalence.
Finally, we perform a basic experimental comparison between the existing Mazurkiewicz-based DPOR and our data-centric DPOR on a set of academic benchmarks. Our results show a significant reduction in both running time and the number of explored equivalence classes.},
author = {Chalupa, Marek and Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Pavlogiannis, Andreas and Sinha, Nishant and Vaidya, Kapil},
issn = {2664-1690},
pages = {36},
publisher = {IST Austria},
title = {{Data-centric dynamic partial order reduction}},
doi = {10.15479/AT:IST-2017-872-v1-1},
year = {2017},
}
@inproceedings{551,
abstract = {Evolutionary graph theory studies the evolutionary dynamics in a population structure given as a connected graph. Each node of the graph represents an individual of the population, and edges determine how offspring are placed. We consider the classical birth-death Moran process where there are two types of individuals, namely, the residents with fitness 1 and mutants with fitness r. The fitness indicates the reproductive strength. The evolutionary dynamics happens as follows: in the initial step, in a population of all resident individuals a mutant is introduced, and then at each step, an individual is chosen proportional to the fitness of its type to reproduce, and the offspring replaces a neighbor uniformly at random. The process stops when all individuals are either residents or mutants. The probability that all individuals in the end are mutants is called the fixation probability, which is a key factor in the rate of evolution. We consider the problem of approximating the fixation probability. The class of algorithms that is extremely relevant for approximation of the fixation probabilities is the Monte-Carlo simulation of the process. Previous results present a polynomial-time Monte-Carlo algorithm for undirected graphs when r is given in unary. First, we present a simple modification: instead of simulating each step, we discard ineffective steps, where no node changes type (i.e., either residents replace residents, or mutants replace mutants). Using the above simple modification and our result that the number of effective steps is concentrated around the expected number of effective steps, we present faster polynomial-time Monte-Carlo algorithms for undirected graphs. Our algorithms are always at least a factor O(n2/ log n) faster as compared to the previous algorithms, where n is the number of nodes, and is polynomial even if r is given in binary. We also present lower bounds showing that the upper bound on the expected number of effective steps we present is asymptotically tight for undirected graphs. },
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Ibsen-Jensen, Rasmus and Nowak, Martin},
booktitle = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics},
isbn = {978-395977046-0},
location = {Aalborg, Denmark},
publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik},
title = {{Faster Monte Carlo algorithms for fixation probability of the Moran process on undirected graphs}},
doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.MFCS.2017.61},
volume = {83},
year = {2017},
}
@inproceedings{645,
abstract = {Markov decision processes (MDPs) are standard models for probabilistic systems with non-deterministic behaviours. Long-run average rewards provide a mathematically elegant formalism for expressing long term performance. Value iteration (VI) is one of the simplest and most efficient algorithmic approaches to MDPs with other properties, such as reachability objectives. Unfortunately, a naive extension of VI does not work for MDPs with long-run average rewards, as there is no known stopping criterion. In this work our contributions are threefold. (1) We refute a conjecture related to stopping criteria for MDPs with long-run average rewards. (2) We present two practical algorithms for MDPs with long-run average rewards based on VI. First, we show that a combination of applying VI locally for each maximal end-component (MEC) and VI for reachability objectives can provide approximation guarantees. Second, extending the above approach with a simulation-guided on-demand variant of VI, we present an anytime algorithm that is able to deal with very large models. (3) Finally, we present experimental results showing that our methods significantly outperform the standard approaches on several benchmarks.},
author = {Ashok, Pranav and Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Daca, Przemyslaw and Kretinsky, Jan and Meggendorfer, Tobias},
editor = {Majumdar, Rupak and Kunčak, Viktor},
isbn = {978-331963386-2},
location = {Heidelberg, Germany},
pages = {201 -- 221},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Value iteration for long run average reward in markov decision processes}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-319-63387-9_10},
volume = {10426},
year = {2017},
}
@article{671,
abstract = {Humans routinely use conditionally cooperative strategies when interacting in repeated social dilemmas. They are more likely to cooperate if others cooperated before, and are ready to retaliate if others defected. To capture the emergence of reciprocity, most previous models consider subjects who can only choose from a restricted set of representative strategies, or who react to the outcome of the very last round only. As players memorize more rounds, the dimension of the strategy space increases exponentially. This increasing computational complexity renders simulations for individuals with higher cognitive abilities infeasible, especially if multiplayer interactions are taken into account. Here, we take an axiomatic approach instead. We propose several properties that a robust cooperative strategy for a repeated multiplayer dilemma should have. These properties naturally lead to a unique class of cooperative strategies, which contains the classical Win-Stay Lose-Shift rule as a special case. A comprehensive numerical analysis for the prisoner's dilemma and for the public goods game suggests that strategies of this class readily evolve across various memory-n spaces. Our results reveal that successful strategies depend not only on how cooperative others were in the past but also on the respective context of cooperation.},
author = {Hilbe, Christian and Martinez, Vaquero and Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Nowak, Martin},
issn = {00278424},
journal = {PNAS},
number = {18},
pages = {4715 -- 4720},
publisher = {National Academy of Sciences},
title = {{Memory-n strategies of direct reciprocity}},
doi = {10.1073/pnas.1621239114},
volume = {114},
year = {2017},
}
@inproceedings{950,
abstract = {Two-player games on graphs are widely studied in formal methods as they model the interaction between a system and its environment. The game is played by moving a token throughout a graph to produce an infinite path. There are several common modes to determine how the players move the token through the graph; e.g., in turn-based games the players alternate turns in moving the token. We study the bidding mode of moving the token, which, to the best of our knowledge, has never been studied in infinite-duration games. Both players have separate budgets, which sum up to $1$. In each turn, a bidding takes place. Both players submit bids simultaneously, and a bid is legal if it does not exceed the available budget. The winner of the bidding pays his bid to the other player and moves the token. For reachability objectives, repeated bidding games have been studied and are called Richman games. There, a central question is the existence and computation of threshold budgets; namely, a value t\in [0,1] such that if\PO's budget exceeds $t$, he can win the game, and if\PT's budget exceeds 1-t, he can win the game. We focus on parity games and mean-payoff games. We show the existence of threshold budgets in these games, and reduce the problem of finding them to Richman games. We also determine the strategy-complexity of an optimal strategy. Our most interesting result shows that memoryless strategies suffice for mean-payoff bidding games.
},
author = {Avni, Guy and Henzinger, Thomas A and Chonev, Ventsislav K},
issn = {1868-8969},
location = {Berlin, Germany},
publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik},
title = {{Infinite-duration bidding games}},
doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.CONCUR.2017.21},
volume = {85},
year = {2017},
}
@inproceedings{552,
abstract = {Graph games provide the foundation for modeling and synthesis of reactive processes. Such games are played over graphs where the vertices are controlled by two adversarial players. We consider graph games where the objective of the first player is the conjunction of a qualitative objective (specified as a parity condition) and a quantitative objective (specified as a meanpayoff condition). There are two variants of the problem, namely, the threshold problem where the quantitative goal is to ensure that the mean-payoff value is above a threshold, and the value problem where the quantitative goal is to ensure the optimal mean-payoff value; in both cases ensuring the qualitative parity objective. The previous best-known algorithms for game graphs with n vertices, m edges, parity objectives with d priorities, and maximal absolute reward value W for mean-payoff objectives, are as follows: O(nd+1 . m . w) for the threshold problem, and O(nd+2 · m · W) for the value problem. Our main contributions are faster algorithms, and the running times of our algorithms are as follows: O(nd-1 · m ·W) for the threshold problem, and O(nd · m · W · log(n · W)) for the value problem. For mean-payoff parity objectives with two priorities, our algorithms match the best-known bounds of the algorithms for mean-payoff games (without conjunction with parity objectives). Our results are relevant in synthesis of reactive systems with both functional requirement (given as a qualitative objective) and performance requirement (given as a quantitative objective).},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Henzinger, Monika and Svozil, Alexander},
booktitle = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics},
isbn = {978-395977046-0},
location = {Aalborg, Denmark},
publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik},
title = {{Faster algorithms for mean payoff parity games}},
doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.MFCS.2017.39},
volume = {83},
year = {2017},
}
@inproceedings{639,
abstract = {We study the problem of developing efficient approaches for proving worst-case bounds of non-deterministic recursive programs. Ranking functions are sound and complete for proving termination and worst-case bounds of non-recursive programs. First, we apply ranking functions to recursion, resulting in measure functions, and show that they provide a sound and complete approach to prove worst-case bounds of non-deterministic recursive programs. Our second contribution is the synthesis of measure functions in non-polynomial forms. We show that non-polynomial measure functions with logarithm and exponentiation can be synthesized through abstraction of logarithmic or exponentiation terms, Farkas’ Lemma, and Handelman’s Theorem using linear programming. While previous methods obtain worst-case polynomial bounds, our approach can synthesize bounds of the form O(n log n) as well as O(nr) where r is not an integer. We present experimental results to demonstrate that our approach can efficiently obtain worst-case bounds of classical recursive algorithms such as Merge-Sort, Closest-Pair, Karatsuba’s algorithm and Strassen’s algorithm.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Fu, Hongfei and Goharshady, Amir},
editor = {Majumdar, Rupak and Kunčak, Viktor},
isbn = {978-331963389-3},
location = {Heidelberg, Germany},
pages = {41 -- 63},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Non-polynomial worst case analysis of recursive programs}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-319-63390-9_3},
volume = {10427},
year = {2017},
}
@article{653,
abstract = {The extent of heterogeneity among driver gene mutations present in naturally occurring metastases - that is, treatment-naive metastatic disease - is largely unknown. To address this issue, we carried out 60× whole-genome sequencing of 26 metastases from four patients with pancreatic cancer. We found that identical mutations in known driver genes were present in every metastatic lesion for each patient studied. Passenger gene mutations, which do not have known or predicted functional consequences, accounted for all intratumoral heterogeneity. Even with respect to these passenger mutations, our analysis suggests that the genetic similarity among the founding cells of metastases was higher than that expected for any two cells randomly taken from a normal tissue. The uniformity of known driver gene mutations among metastases in the same patient has critical and encouraging implications for the success of future targeted therapies in advanced-stage disease.},
author = {Makohon Moore, Alvin and Zhang, Ming and Reiter, Johannes and Božić, Ivana and Allen, Benjamin and Kundu, Deepanjan and Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Wong, Fay and Jiao, Yuchen and Kohutek, Zachary and Hong, Jungeui and Attiyeh, Marc and Javier, Breanna and Wood, Laura and Hruban, Ralph and Nowak, Martin and Papadopoulos, Nickolas and Kinzler, Kenneth and Vogelstein, Bert and Iacobuzio Donahue, Christine},
issn = {10614036},
journal = {Nature Genetics},
number = {3},
pages = {358 -- 366},
publisher = {Nature Publishing Group},
title = {{Limited heterogeneity of known driver gene mutations among the metastases of individual patients with pancreatic cancer}},
doi = {10.1038/ng.3764},
volume = {49},
year = {2017},
}
@article{684,
abstract = {We generalize winning conditions in two-player games by adding a structural acceptance condition called obligations. Obligations are orthogonal to the linear winning conditions that define whether a play is winning. Obligations are a declaration that player 0 can achieve a certain value from a configuration. If the obligation is met, the value of that configuration for player 0 is 1. We define the value in such games and show that obligation games are determined. For Markov chains with Borel objectives and obligations, and finite turn-based stochastic parity games with obligations we give an alternative and simpler characterization of the value function. Based on this simpler definition we show that the decision problem of winning finite turn-based stochastic parity games with obligations is in NP∩co-NP. We also show that obligation games provide a game framework for reasoning about p-automata. © 2017 The Association for Symbolic Logic.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Piterman, Nir},
issn = {Obligation blackwell games and p-automata},
journal = {Journal of Symbolic Logic},
number = {2},
pages = {420 -- 452},
publisher = {Cambridge University Press},
title = {{Obligation blackwell games and p-automata}},
doi = {10.1017/jsl.2016.71},
volume = {82},
year = {2017},
}
@article{716,
abstract = {Two-player games on graphs are central in many problems in formal verification and program analysis, such as synthesis and verification of open systems. In this work, we consider solving recursive game graphs (or pushdown game graphs) that model the control flow of sequential programs with recursion.While pushdown games have been studied before with qualitative objectives-such as reachability and ?-regular objectives- in this work, we study for the first time such games with the most well-studied quantitative objective, the mean-payoff objective. In pushdown games, two types of strategies are relevant: (1) global strategies, which depend on the entire global history; and (2) modular strategies, which have only local memory and thus do not depend on the context of invocation but rather only on the history of the current invocation of the module. Our main results are as follows: (1) One-player pushdown games with mean-payoff objectives under global strategies are decidable in polynomial time. (2) Two-player pushdown games with mean-payoff objectives under global strategies are undecidable. (3) One-player pushdown games with mean-payoff objectives under modular strategies are NP-hard. (4) Two-player pushdown games with mean-payoff objectives under modular strategies can be solved in NP (i.e., both one-player and two-player pushdown games with mean-payoff objectives under modular strategies are NP-complete). We also establish the optimal strategy complexity by showing that global strategies for mean-payoff objectives require infinite memory even in one-player pushdown games and memoryless modular strategies are sufficient in two-player pushdown games. Finally, we also show that all the problems have the same complexity if the stack boundedness condition is added, where along with the mean-payoff objective the player must also ensure that the stack height is bounded.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Velner, Yaron},
issn = {00045411},
journal = {Journal of the ACM},
number = {5},
pages = {34},
publisher = {ACM},
title = {{The complexity of mean-payoff pushdown games}},
doi = {10.1145/3121408},
volume = {64},
year = {2017},
}
@inproceedings{711,
abstract = {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.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Henzinger, Thomas A and Otop, Jan},
issn = {18688969},
location = {Berlin, Germany},
publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik},
title = {{Bidirectional nested weighted automata}},
doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.CONCUR.2017.5},
volume = {85},
year = {2017},
}
@inproceedings{949,
abstract = {The notion of treewidth of graphs has been exploited for faster algorithms for several problems arising in verification and program analysis. Moreover, various notions of balanced tree decompositions have been used for improved algorithms supporting dynamic updates and analysis of concurrent programs. In this work, we present a tool for constructing tree-decompositions of CFGs obtained from Java methods, which is implemented as an extension to the widely used Soot framework. The experimental results show that our implementation on real-world Java benchmarks is very efficient. Our tool also provides the first implementation for balancing tree-decompositions. In summary, we present the first tool support for exploiting treewidth in the static analysis problems on Java programs.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Goharshady, Amir and Pavlogiannis, Andreas},
editor = {D'Souza, Deepak},
issn = {03029743},
location = {Pune, India},
pages = {59 -- 66},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{JTDec: A tool for tree decompositions in soot}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-319-68167-2_4},
volume = {10482},
year = {2017},
}
@article{464,
abstract = {The computation of the winning set for parity objectives and for Streett objectives in graphs as well as in game graphs are central problems in computer-aided verification, with application to the verification of closed systems with strong fairness conditions, the verification of open systems, checking interface compatibility, well-formedness of specifications, and the synthesis of reactive systems. We show how to compute the winning set on n vertices for (1) parity-3 (aka one-pair Streett) objectives in game graphs in time O(n5/2) and for (2) k-pair Streett objectives in graphs in time O(n2+nklogn). For both problems this gives faster algorithms for dense graphs and represents the first improvement in asymptotic running time in 15 years.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Henzinger, Monika and Loitzenbauer, Veronika},
issn = {18605974},
journal = {Logical Methods in Computer Science},
number = {3},
publisher = {International Federation of Computational Logic},
title = {{Improved algorithms for parity and Streett objectives}},
doi = {10.23638/LMCS-13(3:26)2017},
volume = {13},
year = {2017},
}
@inproceedings{553,
abstract = {We consider two player, zero-sum, finite-state concurrent reachability games, played for an infinite number of rounds, where in every round, each player simultaneously and independently of the other players chooses an action, whereafter the successor state is determined by a probability distribution given by the current state and the chosen actions. Player 1 wins iff a designated goal state is eventually visited. We are interested in the complexity of stationary strategies measured by their patience, which is defined as the inverse of the smallest non-zero probability employed. Our main results are as follows: We show that: (i) the optimal bound on the patience of optimal and -optimal strategies, for both players is doubly exponential; and (ii) even in games with a single non-absorbing state exponential (in the number of actions) patience is necessary. },
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Hansen, Kristofer and Ibsen-Jensen, Rasmus},
booktitle = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics},
isbn = {978-395977046-0},
location = {Aalborg, Denmark},
publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik},
title = {{Strategy complexity of concurrent safety games}},
doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.MFCS.2017.55},
volume = {83},
year = {2017},
}
@misc{5559,
abstract = {Strong amplifiers of natural selection},
author = {Pavlogiannis, Andreas and Tkadlec, Josef and Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Nowak , Martin},
keyword = {natural selection},
publisher = {IST Austria},
title = {{Strong amplifiers of natural selection}},
doi = {10.15479/AT:ISTA:51},
year = {2017},
}
@inproceedings{628,
abstract = {We consider the problem of developing automated techniques for solving recurrence relations to aid the expected-runtime analysis of programs. The motivation is that several classical textbook algorithms have quite efficient expected-runtime complexity, whereas the corresponding worst-case bounds are either inefficient (e.g., Quick-Sort), or completely ineffective (e.g., Coupon-Collector). Since the main focus of expected-runtime analysis is to obtain efficient bounds, we consider bounds that are either logarithmic, linear or almost-linear (O(log n), O(n), O(n · log n), respectively, where n represents the input size). Our main contribution is an efficient (simple linear-time algorithm) sound approach for deriving such expected-runtime bounds for the analysis of recurrence relations induced by randomized algorithms. The experimental results show that our approach can efficiently derive asymptotically optimal expected-runtime bounds for recurrences of classical randomized algorithms, including Randomized-Search, Quick-Sort, Quick-Select, Coupon-Collector, where the worst-case bounds are either inefficient (such as linear as compared to logarithmic expected-runtime complexity, or quadratic as compared to linear or almost-linear expected-runtime complexity), or ineffective.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Fu, Hongfei and Murhekar, Aniket},
editor = {Majumdar, Rupak and Kunčak, Viktor},
isbn = {978-331963386-2},
location = {Heidelberg, Germany},
pages = {118 -- 139},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Automated recurrence analysis for almost linear expected runtime bounds}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-319-63387-9_6},
volume = {10426},
year = {2017},
}
@inproceedings{6519,
abstract = {Graph games with omega-regular winning conditions provide a mathematical framework to analyze a wide range of problems in the analysis of reactive systems and programs (such as the synthesis of reactive systems, program repair, and the verification of branching time properties). Parity conditions are canonical forms to specify omega-regular winning conditions. Graph games with parity conditions are equivalent to mu-calculus model checking, and thus a very important algorithmic problem. Symbolic algorithms are of great significance because they provide scalable algorithms for the analysis of large finite-state systems, as well as algorithms for the analysis of infinite-state systems with finite quotient. A set-based symbolic algorithm uses the basic set operations and the one-step predecessor operators. We consider graph games with n vertices and parity conditions with c priorities (equivalently, a mu-calculus formula with c alternations of least and greatest fixed points). While many explicit algorithms exist for graph games with parity conditions, for set-based symbolic algorithms there are only two algorithms (notice that we use space to refer to the number of sets stored by a symbolic algorithm): (a) the basic algorithm that requires O(n^c) symbolic operations and linear space; and (b) an improved algorithm that requires O(n^{c/2+1}) symbolic operations but also O(n^{c/2+1}) space (i.e., exponential space). In this work we present two set-based symbolic algorithms for parity games: (a) our first algorithm requires O(n^{c/2+1}) symbolic operations and only requires linear space; and (b) developing on our first algorithm, we present an algorithm that requires O(n^{c/3+1}) symbolic operations and only linear space. We also present the first linear space set-based symbolic algorithm for parity games that requires at most a sub-exponential number of symbolic operations. },
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Dvorák, Wolfgang and Henzinger, Monika and Loitzenbauer, Veronika},
location = {Stockholm, Sweden},
publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -Leibniz-Zentrum fuer Informatik},
title = {{Improved set-based symbolic algorithms for parity games}},
doi = {10.4230/LIPICS.CSL.2017.18},
volume = {82},
year = {2017},
}
@article{717,
abstract = {We consider finite-state and recursive game graphs with multidimensional mean-payoff objectives. In recursive games two types of strategies are relevant: global strategies and modular strategies. Our contributions are: (1) We show that finite-state multidimensional mean-payoff games can be solved in polynomial time if the number of dimensions and the maximal absolute value of weights are fixed; whereas for arbitrary dimensions the problem is coNP-complete. (2) We show that one-player recursive games with multidimensional mean-payoff objectives can be solved in polynomial time. Both above algorithms are based on hyperplane separation technique. (3) For recursive games we show that under modular strategies the multidimensional problem is undecidable. We show that if the number of modules, exits, and the maximal absolute value of the weights are fixed, then one-dimensional recursive mean-payoff games under modular strategies can be solved in polynomial time, whereas for unbounded number of exits or modules the problem is NP-hard.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Velner, Yaron},
journal = {Journal of Computer and System Sciences},
pages = {236 -- 259},
publisher = {Academic Press},
title = {{Hyperplane separation technique for multidimensional mean-payoff games}},
doi = {10.1016/j.jcss.2017.04.005},
volume = {88},
year = {2017},
}
@article{1200,
author = {Hilbe, Christian and Traulsen, Arne},
journal = {Physics of Life Reviews},
pages = {29 -- 31},
publisher = {Elsevier},
title = {{Only the combination of mathematics and agent based simulations can leverage the full potential of evolutionary modeling: Comment on “Evolutionary game theory using agent-based methods” by C. Adami, J. Schossau and A. Hintze}},
doi = {10.1016/j.plrev.2016.10.004},
volume = {19},
year = {2016},
}
@inproceedings{1325,
abstract = {We study graphs and two-player games in which rewards are assigned to states, and the goal of the players is to satisfy or dissatisfy certain property of the generated outcome, given as a mean payoff property. Since the notion of mean-payoff does not reflect possible fluctuations from the mean-payoff along a run, we propose definitions and algorithms for capturing the stability of the system, and give algorithms for deciding if a given mean payoff and stability objective can be ensured in the system.},
author = {Brázdil, Tomáš and Forejt, Vojtěch and Kučera, Antonín and Novotny, Petr},
location = {Quebec City, Canada},
publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik},
title = {{Stability in graphs and games}},
doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.CONCUR.2016.10},
volume = {59},
year = {2016},
}
@article{1426,
abstract = {Brood parasites exploit their host in order to increase their own fitness. Typically, this results in an arms race between parasite trickery and host defence. Thus, it is puzzling to observe hosts that accept parasitism without any resistance. The ‘mafia’ hypothesis suggests that these hosts accept parasitism to avoid retaliation. Retaliation has been shown to evolve when the hosts condition their response to mafia parasites, who use depredation as a targeted response to rejection. However, it is unclear if acceptance would also emerge when ‘farming’ parasites are present in the population. Farming parasites use depredation to synchronize the timing with the host, destroying mature clutches to force the host to re-nest. Herein, we develop an evolutionary model to analyse the interaction between depredatory parasites and their hosts. We show that coevolutionary cycles between farmers and mafia can still induce host acceptance of brood parasites. However, this equilibrium is unstable and in the long-run the dynamics of this host–parasite interaction exhibits strong oscillations: when farmers are the majority, accepters conditional to mafia (the host will reject first and only accept after retaliation by the parasite) have a higher fitness than unconditional accepters (the host always accepts parasitism). This leads to an increase in mafia parasites’ fitness and in turn induce an optimal environment for accepter hosts.},
author = {Chakra, Maria and Hilbe, Christian and Traulsen, Arne},
journal = {Royal Society Open Science},
number = {5},
publisher = {Royal Society, The},
title = {{Coevolutionary interactions between farmers and mafia induce host acceptance of avian brood parasites}},
doi = {10.1098/rsos.160036},
volume = {3},
year = {2016},
}
@inproceedings{1166,
abstract = {POMDPs are standard models for probabilistic planning problems, where an agent interacts with an uncertain environment. We study the problem of almost-sure reachability, where given a set of target states, the question is to decide whether there is a policy to ensure that the target set is reached with probability 1 (almost-surely). While in general the problem is EXPTIMEcomplete, in many practical cases policies with a small amount of memory suffice. Moreover, the existing solution to the problem is explicit, which first requires to construct explicitly an exponential reduction to a belief-support MDP. In this work, we first study the existence of observation-stationary strategies, which is NP-complete, and then small-memory strategies. We present a symbolic algorithm by an efficient encoding to SAT and using a SAT solver for the problem. We report experimental results demonstrating the scalability of our symbolic (SAT-based) approach. © 2016, Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (www.aaai.org). All rights reserved.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Chmelik, Martin and Davies, Jessica},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the Thirtieth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence},
location = {Phoenix, AZ, USA},
pages = {3225 -- 3232},
publisher = {AAAI Press},
title = {{A symbolic SAT based algorithm for almost sure reachability with small strategies in pomdps}},
volume = {2016},
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},
}
@inproceedings{1340,
abstract = {We study repeated games with absorbing states, a type of two-player, zero-sum concurrent mean-payoff games with the prototypical example being the Big Match of Gillete (1957). These games may not allow optimal strategies but they always have ε-optimal strategies. In this paper we design ε-optimal strategies for Player 1 in these games that use only O(log log T) space. Furthermore, we construct strategies for Player 1 that use space s(T), for an arbitrary small unbounded non-decreasing function s, and which guarantee an ε-optimal value for Player 1 in the limit superior sense. The previously known strategies use space Ω(log T) and it was known that no strategy can use constant space if it is ε-optimal even in the limit superior sense. We also give a complementary lower bound. Furthermore, we also show that no Markov strategy, even extended with finite memory, can ensure value greater than 0 in the Big Match, answering a question posed by Neyman [11].},
author = {Hansen, Kristoffer and Ibsen-Jensen, Rasmus and Koucký, Michal},
location = {Liverpool, United Kingdom},
pages = {64 -- 76},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{The big match in small space}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-662-53354-3_6},
volume = {9928},
year = {2016},
}
@inproceedings{1326,
abstract = {Energy Markov Decision Processes (EMDPs) are finite-state Markov decision processes where each transition is assigned an integer counter update and a rational payoff. An EMDP configuration is a pair s(n), where s is a control state and n is the current counter value. The configurations are changed by performing transitions in the standard way. We consider the problem of computing a safe strategy (i.e., a strategy that keeps the counter non-negative) which maximizes the expected mean payoff. },
author = {Brázdil, Tomáš and Kučera, Antonín and Novotny, Petr},
location = {Chiba, Japan},
pages = {32 -- 49},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Optimizing the expected mean payoff in Energy Markov Decision Processes}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-319-46520-3_3},
volume = {9938},
year = {2016},
}
@article{1333,
abstract = {Social dilemmas force players to balance between personal and collective gain. In many dilemmas, such as elected governments negotiating climate-change mitigation measures, the decisions are made not by individual players but by their representatives. However, the behaviour of representatives in social dilemmas has not been investigated experimentally. Here inspired by the negotiations for greenhouse-gas emissions reductions, we experimentally study a collective-risk social dilemma that involves representatives deciding on behalf of their fellow group members. Representatives can be re-elected or voted out after each consecutive collective-risk game. Selfish players are preferentially elected and are hence found most frequently in the "representatives" treatment. Across all treatments, we identify the selfish players as extortioners. As predicted by our mathematical model, their steadfast strategies enforce cooperation from fair players who finally compensate almost completely the deficit caused by the extortionate co-players. Everybody gains, but the extortionate representatives and their groups gain the most.},
author = {Milinski, Manfred and Hilbe, Christian and Semmann, Dirk and Sommerfeld, Ralf and Marotzke, Jochem},
journal = {Nature Communications},
publisher = {Nature Publishing Group},
title = {{Humans choose representatives who enforce cooperation in social dilemmas through extortion}},
doi = {10.1038/ncomms10915},
volume = {7},
year = {2016},
}
@inproceedings{478,
abstract = {Magic: the Gathering is a game about magical combat for any number of players. Formally it is a zero-sum, imperfect information stochastic game that consists of a potentially unbounded number of steps. We consider the problem of deciding if a move is legal in a given single step of Magic. We show that the problem is (a) coNP-complete in general; and (b) in P if either of two small sets of cards are not used. Our lower bound holds even for single-player Magic games. The significant aspects of our results are as follows: First, in most real-life game problems, the task of deciding whether a given move is legal in a single step is trivial, and the computationally hard task is to find the best sequence of legal moves in the presence of multiple players. In contrast, quite uniquely our hardness result holds for single step and with only one-player. Second, we establish efficient algorithms for important special cases of Magic.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Ibsen-Jensen, Rasmus},
location = {The Hague, Netherlands},
pages = {1432 -- 1439},
publisher = {IOS Press},
title = {{The complexity of deciding legality of a single step of magic: The gathering}},
doi = {10.3233/978-1-61499-672-9-1432},
volume = {285},
year = {2016},
}
@inproceedings{480,
abstract = {Graph games provide the foundation for modeling and synthesizing reactive processes. In the synthesis of stochastic reactive processes, the traditional model is perfect-information stochastic games, where some transitions of the game graph are controlled by two adversarial players, and the other transitions are executed probabilistically. We consider such games where the objective is the conjunction of several quantitative objectives (specified as mean-payoff conditions), which we refer to as generalized mean-payoff objectives. The basic decision problem asks for the existence of a finite-memory strategy for a player that ensures the generalized mean-payoff objective be satisfied with a desired probability against all strategies of the opponent. A special case of the decision problem is the almost-sure problem where the desired probability is 1. Previous results presented a semi-decision procedure for -approximations of the almost-sure problem. In this work, we show that both the almost-sure problem as well as the general basic decision problem are coNP-complete, significantly improving the previous results. Moreover, we show that in the case of 1-player stochastic games, randomized memoryless strategies are sufficient and the problem can be solved in polynomial time. In contrast, in two-player stochastic games, we show that even with randomized strategies exponential memory is required in general, and present a matching exponential upper bound. We also study the basic decision problem with infinite-memory strategies and present computational complexity results for the problem. Our results are relevant in the synthesis of stochastic reactive systems with multiple quantitative requirements.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Doyen, Laurent},
location = {New York, NY, USA},
pages = {247 -- 256},
publisher = {IEEE},
title = {{Perfect-information stochastic games with generalized mean-payoff objectives}},
doi = {10.1145/2933575.2934513},
volume = {05-08-July-2016},
year = {2016},
}
@article{1477,
abstract = {We consider partially observable Markov decision processes (POMDPs) with ω-regular conditions specified as parity objectives. The class of ω-regular languages provides a robust specification language to express properties in verification, and parity objectives are canonical forms to express them. The qualitative analysis problem given a POMDP and a parity objective asks whether there is a strategy to ensure that the objective is satisfied with probability 1 (resp. positive probability). While the qualitative analysis problems are undecidable even for special cases of parity objectives, we establish decidability (with optimal complexity) for POMDPs with all parity objectives under finite-memory strategies. We establish optimal (exponential) memory bounds and EXPTIME-completeness of the qualitative analysis problems under finite-memory strategies for POMDPs with parity objectives. We also present a practical approach, where we design heuristics to deal with the exponential complexity, and have applied our implementation on a number of POMDP examples.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Chmelik, Martin and Tracol, Mathieu},
journal = {Journal of Computer and System Sciences},
number = {5},
pages = {878 -- 911},
publisher = {Elsevier},
title = {{What is decidable about partially observable Markov decision processes with ω-regular objectives}},
doi = {10.1016/j.jcss.2016.02.009},
volume = {82},
year = {2016},
}
@inproceedings{1182,
abstract = {Balanced knockout tournaments are ubiquitous in sports competitions and are also used in decisionmaking and elections. The traditional computational question, that asks to compute a draw (optimal draw) that maximizes the winning probability for a distinguished player, has received a lot of attention. Previous works consider the problem where the pairwise winning probabilities are known precisely, while we study how robust is the winning probability with respect to small errors in the pairwise winning probabilities. First, we present several illuminating examples to establish: (a) there exist deterministic tournaments (where the pairwise winning probabilities are 0 or 1) where one optimal draw is much more robust than the other; and (b) in general, there exist tournaments with slightly suboptimal draws that are more robust than all the optimal draws. The above examples motivate the study of the computational problem of robust draws that guarantee a specified winning probability. Second, we present a polynomial-time algorithm for approximating the robustness of a draw for sufficiently small errors in pairwise winning probabilities, and obtain that the stated computational problem is NP-complete. We also show that two natural cases of deterministic tournaments where the optimal draw could be computed in polynomial time also admit polynomial-time algorithms to compute robust optimal draws.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Ibsen-Jensen, Rasmus and Tkadlec, Josef},
location = {New York, NY, USA},
pages = {172 -- 179},
publisher = {AAAI Press},
title = {{Robust draws in balanced knockout tournaments}},
volume = {2016-January},
year = {2016},
}
@inproceedings{1093,
abstract = {We introduce a general class of distances (metrics) between Markov chains, which are based on linear behaviour. This class encompasses distances given topologically (such as the total variation distance or trace distance) as well as by temporal logics or automata. We investigate which of the distances can be approximated by observing the systems, i.e. by black-box testing or simulation, and we provide both negative and positive results. },
author = {Daca, Przemyslaw and Henzinger, Thomas A and Kretinsky, Jan and Petrov, Tatjana},
location = {Quebec City; Canada},
publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik},
title = {{Linear distances between Markov chains}},
doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.CONCUR.2016.20},
volume = {59},
year = {2016},
}
@inproceedings{1245,
abstract = {To facilitate collaboration in massive online classrooms, instructors must make many decisions. For instance, the following parameters need to be decided when designing a peer-feedback system where students review each others' essays: the number of students each student must provide feedback to, an algorithm to map feedback providers to receivers, constraints that ensure students do not become free-riders (receiving feedback but not providing it), the best times to receive feedback to improve learning etc. While instructors can answer these questions by running experiments or invoking past experience, game-theoretic models with data from online learning platforms can identify better initial designs for further improvements. As an example, we explore the design space of a peer feedback system by modeling it using game theory. Our simulations show that incentivizing students to provide feedback requires the value obtained from receiving a feedback to exceed the cost of providing it by a large factor (greater than 7). Furthermore, hiding feedback from low-effort students incentivizes them to provide more feedback.},
author = {Pandey, Vineet and Chatterjee, Krishnendu},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work},
location = {San Francisco, CA, USA},
number = {Februar-2016},
pages = {365 -- 368},
publisher = {ACM},
title = {{Game-theoretic models identify useful principles for peer collaboration in online learning platforms}},
doi = {10.1145/2818052.2869122},
volume = {26},
year = {2016},
}
@article{1322,
abstract = {Direct reciprocity is a major mechanism for the evolution of cooperation. Several classical studies have suggested that humans should quickly learn to adopt reciprocal strategies to establish mutual cooperation in repeated interactions. On the other hand, the recently discovered theory of ZD strategies has found that subjects who use extortionate strategies are able to exploit and subdue cooperators. Although such extortioners have been predicted to succeed in any population of adaptive opponents, theoretical follow-up studies questioned whether extortion can evolve in reality. However, most of these studies presumed that individuals have similar strategic possibilities and comparable outside options, whereas asymmetries are ubiquitous in real world applications. Here we show with a model and an economic experiment that extortionate strategies readily emerge once subjects differ in their strategic power. Our experiment combines a repeated social dilemma with asymmetric partner choice. In our main treatment there is one randomly chosen group member who is unilaterally allowed to exchange one of the other group members after every ten rounds of the social dilemma. We find that this asymmetric replacement opportunity generally promotes cooperation, but often the resulting payoff distribution reflects the underlying power structure. Almost half of the subjects in a better strategic position turn into extortioners, who quickly proceed to exploit their peers. By adapting their cooperation probabilities consistent with ZD theory, extortioners force their co-players to cooperate without being similarly cooperative themselves. Comparison to non-extortionate players under the same conditions indicates a substantial net gain to extortion. Our results thus highlight how power asymmetries can endanger mutually beneficial interactions, and transform them into exploitative relationships. In particular, our results indicate that the extortionate strategies predicted from ZD theory could play a more prominent role in our daily interactions than previously thought.},
author = {Hilbe, Christian and Hagel, Kristin and Milinski, Manfred},
journal = {PLoS One},
number = {10},
publisher = {Public Library of Science},
title = {{Asymmetric power boosts extortion in an economic experiment}},
doi = {10.1371/journal.pone.0163867},
volume = {11},
year = {2016},
}