Hypothesis testing for rare-event simulation: limitations and possibilities

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Abstract

One of the main applications of probabilistic model checking is to decide whether the probability of a property of interest is above or below a threshold. Using statistical model checking (SMC), this is done using a combination of stochastic simulation and statistical hypothesis testing. When the probability of interest is very small, one may need to resort to rare-event simulation techniques, in particular importance sampling (IS). However, IS simulation does not yield 0/1-outcomes, as assumed by the hypothesis tests commonly used in SMC, but likelihood ratios that are typically close to zero, but which may also take large values. In this paper we consider two possible ways of combining IS and SMC. One involves a classical IS-scheme from the rare-event simulation literature that yields likelihood ratios with bounded support when applied to a certain (nontrivial) class of models. The other involves a particular hypothesis testing scheme that does not require a-priori knowledge about the samples, only that their variance is estimated well.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLeveraging Applications of Formal Methods, Verification and Validation: Foundational Techniques
Subtitle of host publication7th International Symposium, ISoLA 2016, Imperial, Corfu, Greece, October 10–14, 2016, Proceedings, Part I
EditorsTiziana Margaria, Bernhard Steffen
PublisherSpringer
Pages16-26
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-47166-2
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-47165-5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Oct 2016
Event7th International Symposium on Leveraging Applications of Formal Methods, Verification and Validation, ISoLA 2016 - Corfu, Greece
Duration: 10 Oct 201614 Oct 2016
Conference number: 7
http://www.isola-conference.org/isola2016/

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
PublisherSpringer
Volume9952
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference7th International Symposium on Leveraging Applications of Formal Methods, Verification and Validation, ISoLA 2016
Abbreviated titleISoLA 2016
CountryGreece
CityCorfu
Period10/10/1614/10/16
Internet address

Keywords

  • IR-103348
  • EC Grant Agreement nr.: FP7/318490
  • METIS-321693
  • EC Grant Agreement nr.: FP7/600708
  • EWI-27678

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    Reijsbergen, D. P., de Boer, P-T., & Scheinhardt, W. R. W. (2016). Hypothesis testing for rare-event simulation: limitations and possibilities. In T. Margaria, & B. Steffen (Eds.), Leveraging Applications of Formal Methods, Verification and Validation: Foundational Techniques: 7th International Symposium, ISoLA 2016, Imperial, Corfu, Greece, October 10–14, 2016, Proceedings, Part I (pp. 16-26). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; Vol. 9952). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-47166-2_2