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[1] 
The Zhou ordinal of labelled Markov processes over separable spaces.
arXiv eprints, 2005.03630 (May 2020).
2005.03630.
Joint work with M. S. Moroni.
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arXiv ]
There exist two notions of equivalence of behavior between states of a Labelled Markov Process (LMP): state bisimilarity and event bisimilarity. The first one can be considered as an appropriate generalization to continuous spaces of Larsen and Skou's probabilistic bisimilarity, while the second one is characterized by a natural logic. C. Zhou expressed state bisimilarity as the greatest fixed point of an operator O, and thus introduced an ordinal measure of the discrepancy between it and event bisimilarity. We call this ordinal the "Zhou ordinal" of S, Z(S). When Z(S)=0, S satisfies the HennessyMilner property. The second author proved the existence of an LMP S with Z(S) ≥1 and Zhou showed that there are LMPs having an infinite Zhou ordinal. In this paper we show that there are LMPs S over separable metrizable spaces having arbitrary large countable Z(S) and that it is consistent with the axioms of ZFC that there is such a process with an uncountable Zhou ordinal.

[2] 
Mechanization of Separation in Generic Extensions.
arXiv eprints, 1901.03313: arXiv:1901.03313 (Jan.
2019).
1901.03313.
Joint work with E. Gunther and M. Pagano.
[ bib 
arXiv ]
We mechanize, in the proof assistant Isabelle, a proof of the axiomscheme of Separation in generic extensions of models of set theory by using the fundamental theorems of forcing. We also formalize the satisfaction of the axioms of Extensionality, Foundation, Union, and Powerset. The axiom of Infinity is likewise treated, under additional assumptions on the ground model. In order to achieve these goals, we extended Paulson's library on constructibility with renaming of variables for internalized formulas, improved results on definitions by recursion on wellfounded relations, and sharpened hypotheses in his development of relativization and absoluteness.

[3] 
Semipullbacks of labelled Markov processes.
ArXiv eprints, 1706.02801 (Jun. 2017).
1706.02801.
To be published in Logical Methods in Computer Science.
Joint work with J. Pachl.
[ bib 
arXiv ]
A labelled Markov process (LMP) consists of a measurable space S together with an indexed family of Markov kernels from S to itself. This structure has been used to model probabilistic computations in Computer Science, and one of the main problems in the area is to define and decide whether two LMP S and S' “behave the same”. There are two natural categorical definitions of sameness of behavior: S and S' are bisimilar if there exist an LMP T and measure preserving maps forming a diagram of the shape S← T →S'; and they are behaviorally equivalent if there exist some U and maps forming a dual diagram S→ U ←S'.

[4] 
The Lattice of Congruences of a Finite Linear Frame.
Journal of Logic and Computation, 27: 2653–2688
(Apr. 2017).
1504.01789.
Joint work with C. Areces, M. Campercholi, and D. Penazzi.
[ bib 
DOI 
arXiv ]
Let F=F,R be a finite Kripke frame. A congruence of F is a bisimulation of F that is also an equivalence relation on F. The set of all congruences of F is a lattice under the inclusion ordering. In this article we investigate this lattice in the case that F is a finite linear frame. We give concrete descriptions of the join and meet of two congruences with a nontrivial upper bound. Through these descriptions we show that for every nontrivial congruence ρ, the interval [Id_{F},ρ] embeds into the lattice of divisors of a suitable positive integer. We also prove that any two congruences with a nontrivial upper bound permute.

[5] 
Bisimilarity is not Borel.
Mathematical Structures in Computer Science, 27 (7):
1265–1284 (10 2017).
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DOI 
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We prove that the relation of bisimilarity between countable labelled transition systems is Σ_{1}^{1}complete (hence not Borel), by reducing the set of nonwellorders over the natural numbers continuously to it. This has an impact on the theory of probabilistic and nondeterministic processes over uncountable spaces, since logical characterizations of bisimilarity (as, for instance, those based on the unique structure theorem for analytic spaces) require a countable logic whose formulas have measurable semantics. Our reduction shows that such a logic does not exist in the case of imageinfinite processes.

[6] 
Stochastic nondeterminism and effectivity functions.
Journal of Logic and Computation (2015).
1405.7141.
Joint work with E.E. Doberkat.
[ bib 
DOI 
arXiv ]
This paper investigates stochastic nondeterminism on continuous state spaces by relating nondeterministic kernels and stochastic effectivity functions to each other. Nondeterministic kernels are functions assigning each state a set o subprobability measures, and effectivity functions assign to each state an upperclosed set of subsets of measures. Both concepts are generalizations of Markov kernels used for defining two different models: Nondeterministic labelled Markov processes and stochastic game models, respectively. We show that an effectivity function that maps into principal filters is given by an imagecountable nondeterministic kernel, and that imagefinite kernels give rise to effectivity functions. We define state bisimilarity for the latter, considering its connection to morphisms. We provide a logical characterization of bisimilarity in the finitary case. A generalization of congruences (event bisimulations) to effectivity functions and its relation to the categorical presentation of bisimulation are also studied.

[7] 
Bisimulations for nondeterministic labelled Markov processes.
Mathematical Structures in Comp. Sci., 22 (1): 43–68
(Feb. 2012).
Joint work with P. R. D'Argenio and N. Wolovick.
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DOI 
http ]
We extend the theory of labeled Markov processes with internal nondeterminism, a fundamental concept for the further development of a process theory with abstraction on nondeterministic continuous probabilistic systems. We define nondeterministic labeled Markov processes (NLMP) and provide three definition of bisimulations: a bisimulation following a traditional characterization, a state based bisimulation tailored to our “measurable” nondeterminism, and an event based bisimulation. We show the relation between them, including that the largest state bisimulation is also an event bisimulation. We also introduce a variation of the HennessyMilner logic that characterizes event bisimulation and that is sound w.r.t. the other bisimulations for arbitrary NLMP. This logic, however, is infinitary as it contains a denumerable . We then introduce a finitary sublogic that characterize all bisimulations for image finite NLMP whose underlying measure space is also analytic. Hence, in this setting, all notions of bisimulation we deal with turn out to be equal. Finally, we show that all notions of bisimulations are different in the general case. The counterexamples that separate them turn to be nonprobabilistic NLMP.

[8] 
Unprovability of the logical characterization of bisimulation.
Information and Computation, 209 (7): 1048–1056
(2011).
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DOI 
http ]
We quickly review labelled Markov processes (LMP) and provide a counterexample showing that in general measurable spaces, event bisimilarity and state bisimilarity differ in LMP. This shows that the logic in the work by Desharnais does not characterize state bisimulation in nonanalytic measurable spaces. Furthermore we show that, under current foundations of Mathematics, such logical characterization is unprovable for spaces that are projections of a coanalytic set. Underlying this construction there is a proof that stationary Markov processes over general measurable spaces do not have semipullbacks.

[9] 
Boolean factor congruences and property (*).
Int. J. Algebra Comput., 21 (6): 931–950 (2011).
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DOI ]
Summary: A variety V has Boolean factor congruences (BFC) if the set of factor congruences of any algebra in V is a distributive sublattice of its congruence lattice; this property holds in rings with unit and in every variety which has a semilattice operation. BFC has a prominent role in the study of uniqueness of direct product representations of algebras, since it is a strengthening of the refinement property. We provide an explicit Mal'tsev condition for BFC. With the aid of this condition, it is shown that BFC is equivalent to a variant of the definability property (*), an open problem in R. Willard's work [J. Algebra 132, No. 1, 130–153 (1990; Zbl 0737.08006)].

[10] 
Factor congruences in semilattices.
Revista de la Unión Matemática Argentina,
52 (1): 1–10 (2011).
0809.3822.
[ bib 
arXiv 
http ]
We characterize factor congruences in semilattices by using generalized notions of order ideal and of direct sum of ideals. When the semilattice has a minimum (maximum) element, these generalized ideals turn into ordinary (dual) ideals.

[11] 
Existentially definable factor congruences.
Acta Scientiarum Mathematicarum (Szeged), 76 (1–2):
49–53 (2010).
0906.4722.
[ bib 
arXiv 
http ]
A variety V has definable factor congruences if and only if factor congruences can be defined by a firstorder formula Φ having central elements as parameters. We prove that if Φ can be chosen to be existential, factor congruences in every algebra of V are compact.

[12] 
Varieties with definable factor congruences.
Trans. Amer. Math. Soc., 361: 5061–5088 (2009).
Joint work with D. Vaggione.
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DOI ]
We study direct product representations of algebras in varieties. We collect several conditions expressing that these representations are definable in a firstorderlogic sense, among them the concept of Definable Factor Congruences (DFC). The main results are that DFC is a Mal'cev property and that it is equivalent to all other conditions formulated; in particular we prove that V has DFC if and only if V has 0 & 1 and Boolean Factor Congruences. We also obtain an explicit first order definition Φ of the kernel of the canonical projections via the terms associated to the Mal'cev condition for DFC, in such a manner it is preserved by taking direct products and direct factors. The main tool is the use of central elements, which are a generalization of both central idempotent elements in rings with identity and neutral complemented elements in a bounded lattice.

[13] 
Directly indecomposables in semidegenerate varieties of connected pogroupoids.
Order, 25 (4): 377–386 (2008).
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DOI ]
We study varieties with a termdefinable poset structure, pogroupoids. It is known that connected posets have the strict refinement property (SRP). In a previous work by Vaggione and the author it is proved that semidegenerate varieties with the SRP have definable factor congruences and if the similarity type is finite, directly indecomposables are axiomatizable by a set of firstorder sentences. We obtain such a set for semidegenerate varieties of connected pogroupoids and show its quantifier complexity is bounded in general.

[14] 
Compact factor congruences imply Boolean factor congruences.
Algebra univers., 51: 207–213 (2004).
Joint work with D. Vaggione.
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DOI ]
We prove that any variety V in which every factor congruence is compact has Boolean factor congruences, i.e., for all A in V the set of factor congruences of A is a distributive sublattice of the congruence lattice of A.

In peerreviewed conferences
[1] 
Formalization of Forcing in Isabelle/ZF.
In N. Peltier, V. SofronieStokkermans, eds., Automated
Reasoning. 10th International Joint Conference, IJCAR 2020, Paris, France,
July 1–4, 2020, Proceedings, Part II, vol. 12167 of Lecture Notes in
Artificial Intelligence, pp. 221–235. Springer International Publishing
(2020).
2001.09715.
Joint work with E. Gunther and M. Pagano.
[ bib 
DOI 
arXiv ]
We formalize the theory of forcing in the set theory framework of Isabelle/ZF. Under the assumption of the existence of a countable transitive model of ZFC, we construct a proper generic extension and show that the latter also satisfies ZFC. In doing so, we remodularized Paulson's ZFConstructibility library.

[2] 
First steps towards a formalization of Forcing.
Electronic Notes in Theoretical Computer Science,
344: 119 – 136 (Jul. 2019).
1807.05174.
The proceedings of LSFA 2018, the 13th Workshop on Logical and
Semantic Frameworks with Applications (LSFA’18).
Joint work with E. Gunther and M. Pagano.
[ bib 
DOI 
arXiv 
http ]
We lay the ground for an Isabelle/ZF formalization of Cohen's technique of forcing. We formalize the definition of forcing notions as preorders with top, dense subsets, and generic filters. We formalize a version of the principle of Dependent Choices and using it we prove the RasiowaSikorski lemma on the existence of generic filters. Given a transitive set M, we define its generic extension M[G], the canonical names for elements of M, and finally show that if M satisfies the axiom of pairing, then M[G] also does.

[3] 
A theory for the semantics of stochastic and nondeterministic continuous
systems.
In A. Remke, M. Stoelinga, eds., Stochastic Model Checking.
Rigorous Dependability Analysis Using Model Checking Techniques for
Stochastic Systems, vol. 8453 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science,
pp. 67–86. Springer Berlin Heidelberg (2014).
Joint work with C. E. Budde, P. R. D'Argenio, and N. Wolovick.
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DOI 
http ]
The description of complex systems involving physical or biological components usually requires to model involved continuous behavior induced by variables such as time, distances, speed, temperature, alkalinity of a solution, etc. Often, such variables can be quantified probabilistically to better understand the behavior of the complex systems. For example, the arrival time of events may be considered a Poisson process or the weight of an individual may be assumed to be distributed according to a lognormal distribution. However, it is also common that the uncertainty on how these variables behave make us prefer to leave out the choice of a particular probability and rather model it as a purely nondeterministic decision, as it is the case when a system is intended to be deployed in a variety of very different computer or network architectures. Therefore, the semantics of these systems needs to be represented by a variant of probabilistic automata that involves continuous domains on the state space and the transition relation. In this paper, we provide a survey to the theory of such kind of models. We present the theory of the so called labeled Markov processes (LMP) and its extension with internal nondeterminism (NLMP). We show that in these complex domains, the bisimulation relation can be understood in different manners. We show the relation among these different definitions and try to understand the boundaries among them through examples. We also study variants of HennessyMilner logic that provides logical characterizations of some of these bisimulations.

[4]  Nondeterministic labeled Markov processes: Bisimulations and logical characterization. In QEST, Sixth International Conference on the Quantitative Evaluation of Systems, pp. 11–20. IEEE Computer Society (2009). Joint work with P. R. D'Argenio, N. Wolovick, and P. Celayes. [ bib  DOI ] 