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Latticed k-Induction with an Application to Probabilistic Programs

05/28/2021
by   Kevin Batz, et al.
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We revisit two well-established verification techniques, k-induction and bounded model checking (BMC), in the more general setting of fixed point theory over complete lattices. Our main theoretical contribution is latticed k-induction, which (i) generalizes classical k-induction for verifying transition systems, (ii) generalizes Park induction for bounding fixed points of monotonic maps on complete lattices, and (iii) extends from naturals k to transfinite ordinals κ, thus yielding κ-induction. The lattice-theoretic understanding of k-induction and BMC enables us to apply both techniques to the fully automatic verification of infinite-state probabilistic programs. Our prototypical implementation manages to automatically verify non-trivial specifications for probabilistic programs taken from the literature that - using existing techniques - cannot be verified without synthesizing a stronger inductive invariant first.

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