# Generalized Büchi automaton

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In automata theory, generalized Büchi automaton (GBA) is a variant of Büchi automaton. The difference with the Büchi automaton is its accepting condition, i.e., a set of sets of states. A run is accepted by the automaton if it visits at least one state of every set of the accepting condition infinitely often. Generalized büchi automata (GBA) is equivalent in expressive power with Büchi automata; a transformation is given here.

In formal verification, the model checking method needs to obtain an automaton from a LTL formula that specifies the program property. There are algorithms that translate a LTL formula into a GBA    for this purpose. The notion of GBA was introduced specifically for this translation.

## Formal definition

Formally, a generalized Büchi automaton is a tuple A = (Q,Σ,Δ,Q0,${\cal {F}}$ ) that consists of the following components:

• Q is a finite set. The elements of Q are called the states of A.
• Σ is a finite set called the alphabet of A.
• Δ: Q × Σ → 2Q is a function, called the transition relation of A.
• Q0 is a subset of Q, called the initial states.
• ${\cal {F}}$ is the acceptance condition, which is made up of zero or more accepting sets. Each accepting set $F_{i}\in {\cal {F}}$ is a subset of Q.

A accepts exactly those runs in which the set of infinitely often occurring states contains at least a state from each accepting set $F_{i}\in {\cal {F}}$ . Note that there may be no accepting sets, in which case any infinite run trivially satisfies this property.

For more comprehensive formalism see also ω-automaton.

## Labeled generalized Büchi automaton

Labeled generalized Büchi automaton(LGBA) is another variation in which input is associated as labels with the states rather than with the transitions. LGBA was introduced by Gerth et al.

Formally, a labeled generalized Büchi automaton is a tuple A = (Q, Σ, L, Δ,Q0,${\cal {F}}$ ) that consists of the following components:

• Q is a finite set. The elements of Q are called the states of A.
• Σ is a finite set called the alphabet of A.
• LQ → 2Σ is a function, called the labeling function of A.
• Δ: Q → 2Q is a function, called the transition relation of A.
• Q0 is a subset of Q, called the initial states.
• ${\cal {F}}$ is the acceptance condition, which is made up of zero or more accepting sets. Each accepting set $F_{i}\in {\cal {F}}$ is a subset of Q.

Let w = a1a2 ... be an ω-word over the alphabet Σ. r1,r2, ... is a run of A on the word w if r1  ∈  Q0 and for each i ≥ 0, ri+1 ∈ Δ(ri) and ai ∈ L(ri). A accepts exactly those runs in which the set of infinitely often occurring states contains at least a state from each accepting set $F_{i}\in {\cal {F}}$ . Note that there may be no accepting sets, in which case any infinite run trivially satisfies this property.

To obtain the non-labeled version, the labels are moved from the nodes to the incoming transitions.