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Title: Hardness of deriving invertible sequences from finite state machines
Authors: Hierons, RM
Mousavi, MR
Thomsen, MK
Türker, UC
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Citation: Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), 2017, 10139 LNCS pp. 147 - 160
Abstract: © Springer International Publishing AG 2017.Many test generation algorithms use unique input/output sequences (UIOs) that identify states of the finite state machine specification M. However, it is known that UIO checking the existence of UIO sequences is PSPACE-complete. As a result, some UIO generation algorithms utilise what are called invertible sequences; these allow one to construct additional UIOs once a UIO has been found. We consider three optimisation problems associated with invertible sequences: deciding whether there is a (proper) invertible sequence of length at least K; deciding whether there is a set of invertible sequences for state set S′ that contains at most K input sequences; and deciding whether there is a single input sequence that defines invertible sequences that take state set S″ to state set S′. We prove that the first two problems are NP-complete and the third is PSPACE-complete. These results imply that we should investigate heuristics for these problems.
ISBN: 9783319519623
ISSN: 0302-9743
Appears in Collections:Dept of Computer Science Research Papers

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