@inproceedings{2891,
abstract = {Quantitative automata are nondeterministic finite automata with edge weights. They value a
run by some function from the sequence of visited weights to the reals, and value a word by its
minimal/maximal run. They generalize boolean automata, and have gained much attention in
recent years. Unfortunately, important automaton classes, such as sum, discounted-sum, and
limit-average automata, cannot be determinized. Yet, the quantitative setting provides the potential
of approximate determinization. We define approximate determinization with respect to
a distance function, and investigate this potential.
We show that sum automata cannot be determinized approximately with respect to any
distance function. However, restricting to nonnegative weights allows for approximate determinization
with respect to some distance functions.
Discounted-sum automata allow for approximate determinization, as the influence of a word’s
suffix is decaying. However, the naive approach, of unfolding the automaton computations up
to a sufficient level, is shown to be doubly exponential in the discount factor. We provide an
alternative construction that is singly exponential in the discount factor, in the precision, and
in the number of states. We prove matching lower bounds, showing exponential dependency on
each of these three parameters.
Average and limit-average automata are shown to prohibit approximate determinization with
respect to any distance function, and this is the case even for two weights, 0 and 1.},
author = {Boker, Udi and Henzinger, Thomas A},
booktitle = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics},
location = {Hyderabad, India},
pages = {362 -- 373},
publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik},
title = {{Approximate determinization of quantitative automata}},
doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.FSTTCS.2012.362},
volume = {18},
year = {2012},
}