Thermodynamic Graph-rewriting

Vincent Danos, Russ Harmer, Ricardo Honorato Zimmer

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We develop a new ‘thermodynamic’ approach to stochastic graph-rewriting. The ingredients are a finite set of reversible graph-rewriting rules G (called generating rules), a finite set of connected graphs P (called energy patterns), and an energy cost function ϵ:P→R . The idea is that G defines the qualitative dynamics by showing which transformations are possible, while P and ε specify the long-term probability π of any graph reachable under G . Given G,P , we construct a finite set of rules G P which (i) has the same qualitative transition system as G , and (ii) when equipped with suitable rates, defines a continuous-time Markov chain of which π is the unique fixed point. The construction relies on the use of site graphs and a technique of ‘growth policy’ for quantitative rule refinement which is of independent interest. The ‘division of labour’ between the qualitative and the long-term quantitative aspects of the dynamics leads to intuitive and concise descriptions for realistic models (see the example in §4). It also guarantees thermodynamical consistency (aka detailed balance), otherwise known to be undecidable, which is important for some applications. Finally, it leads to parsimonious parameterizations of models, again an important point in some applications.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCONCUR 2013 – Concurrency Theory
Subtitle of host publication24th International Conference, CONCUR 2013, Buenos Aires, Argentina, August 27-30, 2013. Proceedings
Place of PublicationBerlin, Heidelberg
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Pages380-394
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-40184-8
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-40183-1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Volume8052
ISSN (Print)0302-9743

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