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Almagor, Shaull ; Boker, Udi ; Hofman, Piotr ; Totzke, Patrick

Parametrized Universality Problems for One-Counter Nets

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We study the language universality problem for One-Counter Nets, also known as 1-dimensional Vector Addition Systems with States (1-VASS), parameterized either with an initial counter value, or with an upper bound on the allowed counter value during runs. The language accepted by an OCN (defined by reaching a final control state) is monotone in both parameters. This yields two natural questions: 1) does there exist an initial counter value that makes the language universal? 2) does there exist a sufficiently high ceiling so that the bounded language is universal?
Although the ordinary universality problem is decidable (and Ackermann-complete) and these parameterized variants seem to reduce to checking basic structural properties of the underlying automaton, we show that in fact both problems are undecidable. We also look into the complexities of the problems for several decidable subclasses, namely for unambiguous, and deterministic systems, and for those over a single-letter alphabet.

BibTeX - Entry

  author =	{Shaull Almagor and Udi Boker and Piotr Hofman and Patrick Totzke},
  title =	{{Parametrized Universality Problems for One-Counter Nets}},
  booktitle =	{31st International Conference on Concurrency Theory (CONCUR 2020)},
  pages =	{47:1--47:16},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-160-3},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2020},
  volume =	{171},
  editor =	{Igor Konnov and Laura Kov{\'a}cs},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl--Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-128592},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.CONCUR.2020.47},
  annote =	{Keywords: Counter net, VASS, Unambiguous Automata, Universality}

Keywords: Counter net, VASS, Unambiguous Automata, Universality
Collection: 31st International Conference on Concurrency Theory (CONCUR 2020)
Issue Date: 2020
Date of publication: 26.08.2020

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