EECI 2020: Probabilistic Systems

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This lecture provides an introduction to probabilistic model checking. We start with Markov chains as a mathematical model to describe behavior of probabilistic systems where a successor of each state is chosen according to a probability distribution. Then, we discuss basic concepts of probability theory necessary to reason about the quantitative properties of Markov chains. We then move to quantitative analysis of systems modeled by Markov chains, including reachability, regular safety and omega-regular properties. Finally, we introduce Markov decision processes (MDPs), a mathematical model that permits both probabilistic and nondeterministic choices and discuss policy synthesis for MDPs with LTL specifications.

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