




Publications  Minimisation of Multiplicity Tree Automata





Reference:
Stefan Kiefer, Ines Marusic, and James Worrell. Minimisation of multiplicity tree automata. In Andrew Pitts, editor, Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Foundations of Software Science and Computation Structures (FoSSaCS), volume 9034 of LNCS, pages 297–311, London, UK, 2015. Springer.
Abstract:
We consider the problem of minimising the number of states in a multiplicity tree automaton over the field of rational numbers. We give a minimisation algorithm that runs in polynomial time assuming unitcost arithmetic. We also show that a polynomial bound in the standard Turing model would require a breakthrough in the complexity of polynomial identity testing by proving that the latter problem is logspace equivalent to the decision version of minimisation. The developed techniques also improve the state of the art in multiplicity word automata: we give an NC algorithm for minimising multiplicity word automata. Finally, we consider the minimal consistency problem: does there exist an automaton with n states that is consistent with a given finite sample of weightlabelled words or trees? We show that this decision problem is complete for the existential theory of the rationals, both for words and for trees of a fixed alphabet rank.
Suggested BibTeX entry:
@inproceedings{15KMWFOSSACS,
address = {London, UK},
author = {Stefan Kiefer and Ines Marusic and James Worrell},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Foundations of Software Science and Computation Structures (FoSSaCS)},
editor = {Andrew Pitts},
pages = {297311},
publisher = {Springer},
series = {LNCS},
title = {Minimisation of Multiplicity Tree Automata},
volume = {9034},
year = {2015}
}




