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20160825T14:59:19Z

Requirements: The Key to Sustainability
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/37935
Title: Requirements: The Key to Sustainability
Authors: Becker, Christoph; Betz, Stefanie; Chitchyan, Ruzanna; Duboc, Leticia; Easterbrook, Steve M.; Penzenstadler, Birgit; Seyff, Norbert; Venters, Colin C.
Abstract: Software's critical role in society demands a paradigm shift in the software engineering mindset. This shift's focus begins in requirements engineering. This article is part of a special issue on the Future of Software Engineering.
20160809T13:13:22Z

Complexities of Computation: A Survey Report
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/37604
Title: Complexities of Computation: A Survey Report
Authors: Jain, A. K.; Jain, Nitin Kumar
Abstract: Computation of real numbers has been a challenging task for many years. Because of its unique nature of infinity, it is considered as a very good area of research. This paper tries to convey the nature of the real numbers and the difficulty to compute them i.e. to approximate the value and some respective development processes related to the real numbers. While making a general calculation the approximation can go on and on, this still doesn’t give the exact value. Computer system’s memory is finite. Goal is to approximate the real numbers but the problem arises where to stop and which basis they are subjected for approximation on.
20160519T10:59:37Z

Interaction Models and Automated Control under Partial Observable Environments
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/37602
Title: Interaction Models and Automated Control under Partial Observable Environments
Authors: Braberman, Victor; D'Ippolito, Nicolas; Piterman, Nir; Uchitel, Sebastian; Ciolek, Daniel
Abstract: The problem of automatically constructing a software component such that when executed in a given environment satisfies a goal, is recurrent in software engineering. Controller synthesis is a field which fits into this vision. In this paper we study controller synthesis for partially observable LTS models. We exploit the link between partially observable control and nondeterminism and show that, unlike fully observable LTS or Kripke structure control problems, in this setting the existence of a solution depends on the interaction model between the controllertobe and its environment. We identify two interaction models, namely Interface Automata and Weak Interface Automata, define appropriate control problems and describe synthesis algorithms for each of them.
20160518T15:21:12Z

Two Dimensional Range Minimum Queries and Fibonacci Lattices
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/37491
Title: Two Dimensional Range Minimum Queries and Fibonacci Lattices
Authors: Brodal, Gerth Stølting; Davoodi, Pooya; Lewenstein, Moshe; Raman, Rajeev; Srinivasa Rao, Satti
Abstract: Given a matrix of size N , two dimensional range minimum queries (2DRMQs) ask for the position of the minimum element in a rectangular range within the matrix. We study tradeoffs between the query time and the additional space used by indexing data structures that support 2DRMQs. Using a novel technique—the discrepancy properties of Fibonacci lattices—we give an indexing data structure for 2DRMQs that uses O(N/c) bits additional space with O(clog c(log log c) ²) query time, for any parameter c , 4≤c≤N. Also, when the entries of the input matrix are from {0,1}, we show that the query time can be improved to O(clog c) with the same space usage.
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20160506T09:25:06Z

Bin packing in multiple dimensions
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/37457
Title: Bin packing in multiple dimensions
Authors: van Stee, Rob
Abstract: I mentioned in a previous column [22] that the best known lower bound for the twodimensional
online bin packing problem is 1.907 by Blitz, van Vliet, Woeginger [2], which is an unpublished
(and now lost [24]) manuscript. I have realized since then that even the penultimate result, 1.856,
was published only in Andre van Vliet's Ph.D. thesis [23] and is not readily available. It therefore
seems like a good idea to describe his methods here, though not in full detail. This will include
a discussion of the threedimensional case. I will also survey other results in multidimensional
packing, that were left out in my previous column.
20160427T13:54:43Z

Online algorithms with advice for bin packing and scheduling problems
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/37456
Title: Online algorithms with advice for bin packing and scheduling problems
Authors: Renault, Marc P.; Rosén, Adi; van Stee, Rob
Abstract: We consider the setting of online computation with advice and study the bin packing problem and a number of scheduling problems. We show that it is possible, for any of these problems, to arbitrarily approach a competitive ratio of 1 with only a constant number of bits of advice per request. For the bin packing problem, we give an online algorithm with advice that is (1+ε)competitive and uses O(1εlog 1ε) bits of advice per request. For scheduling on m identical machines, with the objective function of any of makespan, machine covering and the minimization of the ℓ<inf>p</inf> norm, p>1, we give similar results. We give online algorithms with advice which are (1+ε)competitive ((1/(1ε))competitive for machine covering) and also use O(1εlog 1ε) bits of advice per request. We complement our results by giving a lower bound that shows that for any online algorithm with advice to be optimal, for any of the above scheduling problems, a nonconstant number (namely, at least (12mn)log m, where n is the number of jobs and m is the number of machines) of bits of advice per request is needed.
20160427T13:45:14Z

The cost of selfishness for maximizing the minimum load on uniformly related machines
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/37390
Title: The cost of selfishness for maximizing the minimum load on uniformly related machines
Authors: Epstein, L.; Kleiman, E.; Van Stee, Rob
Abstract: Consider the following scheduling game. A set of jobs, each controlled by a selfish agent, are to be assigned to m uniformly related machines. The cost of a job is defined as the total load of the machine that its job is assigned to. A job is interested in minimizing its cost, while the social objective is maximizing the minimum load (the value of the cover) over the machines. This goal is different from the regular makespan minimization goal, which was extensively studied in a game theoretic context. We study the price of anarchy (poa) and the price of stability (pos) for uniformly related machines. The results are expressed in terms of s, which is the maximum speed ratio between any two machines. For uniformly related machines, we prove that the pos is unbounded for s>2, and the poa is unbounded for s≥2. For the remaining cases we show that while the poa grows to infinity as s tends to 2, the pos is at most 2 for any s≤2. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media New York.
20160420T09:17:00Z

SIGACT news online algorithms column 23
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/37389
Title: SIGACT news online algorithms column 23
Authors: van Stee, Rob
Description: timestamp: Sun, 04 May 2014 01:00:00 +0200 biburl: http://dblp.unitrier.de/rec/bib/journals/sigact/Stee14 bibsource: dblp computer science bibliography, http://dblp.org
20160420T09:13:06Z

Dividing connected chores fairly
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/37387
Title: Dividing connected chores fairly
Authors: Heydrich, S.; van Stee, Rob
Abstract: In this paper we consider the fair division of chores (tasks that need to be performed by agents, with negative utility for them), and study the loss in social welfare due to fairness. Previous work has been done on this socalled price of fairness, concerning fair division of cakes and chores with nonconnected pieces and of cakes with connected pieces. In this paper, we consider situations where each player has to receive one connected piece of the chores. We provide tight or nearly tight bounds on the price of fairness with respect to the three main fairness criteria proportionality, envyfreeness and equitability and for utilitarian and egalitarian welfare. We also give the first proof of the existence of equitable divisions for chores with connected pieces.
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20160420T09:04:38Z

SIGACT News Online Algorithms Column 27: Online Matching on the Line, Part 1
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/37327
Title: SIGACT News Online Algorithms Column 27: Online Matching on the Line, Part 1
Authors: Van Stee, Rob
20160418T09:47:02Z

A Unified Approach to Truthful Scheduling on Related Machines
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/37326
Title: A Unified Approach to Truthful Scheduling on Related Machines
Authors: Van Stee, Rob; Epstein, L.; Levin, A.
Abstract: We present a unified framework for designing deterministic monotone polynomial time approximation schemes (PTASs) for a wide class of scheduling problems on uniformly related machines. This class includes (among others) minimizing the makespan, maximizing the minimum load, and minimizing the pnorm of the machine loads vector. Previously, this kind of result was only known for the makespan objective. Monotone algorithms have the property that an increase in the speed of a machine cannot decrease the amount of work assigned to it. Our results imply the existence of a truthful mechanism that can be implemented in polynomial time, where the social goal is approximated within arbitrary precision.
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20160418T09:33:53Z

RunTime Resolution of Service Property Conflicts in Web Service Composition
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/37275
Title: RunTime Resolution of Service Property Conflicts in Web Service Composition
Authors: Xu, J.; Ning, X.; ReiffMarganiec, Stephan; Duan, Q.; Zheng, Z.
Abstract: With rapid development of Web service technologies, service composition has become a common approach to realizing complex business processes. Due to the large number of services developed and deployed independently by various providers, undesirable interactions between properties of different service components may occur when they are composed into a composite service. Such service property conflicts become a serious obstacle for service composition to meet users' requirements. Although traditional feature interaction techniques may prevent some property conflicts in service design stage, many conflicts occur during execution based on certain runtime data; therefore must be resolved online. In this paper, we propose a scheme to address the problem of runtime resolution of service property conflicts. We first formulate the conflict resolution problem with a biobjective optimization model based on user's revenue, which represents the QoS and success rate of a service. Then we solve the biobjective optimization model to obtain a set of Pareto solutions and rank the solutions to identify the optimal one, which gives the best roll back strategy and alternative service plan for resolving a service property conflict. We also implement the proposed scheme in a prototype of online shopping application and evaluate performance of the scheme through experiments. The obtained experimental results indicate that our scheme is effective and efficient in resolving service property conflicts at runtime.
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20160413T08:38:30Z

The Best TwoPhase Algorithm for Bin Stretching
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/37201
Title: The Best TwoPhase Algorithm for Bin Stretching
Authors: Böhm, M.; Sgall, J.; Van Stee, Rob; Veselý, P.
Abstract: Online Bin Stretching is a semionline variant of bin packing in which the algorithm has to use the same number of bins as an optimal packing, but is allowed to slightly overpack the bins. The goal is to minimize the amount of overpacking, i.e., the maximum size packed into any bin. We give an algorithm for Online Bin Stretching with a stretching factor of $1.5$ for any number of bins. We build on previous algorithms and use a twophase approach. We also show that this approach cannot give better results by proving a matching lower bound.
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20160408T09:22:21Z

Dynamic Selection of Evolutionary Operators Based on Online Learning and Fitness Landscape Analysis
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/37186
Title: Dynamic Selection of Evolutionary Operators Based on Online Learning and Fitness Landscape Analysis
Authors: Consoli, P. A.; Mei, Y.; Minku, Leandro Lei; Yao, X.
Abstract: Selfadaptive mechanisms for the identification of the most suitable variation operator in evolutionary algorithms rely almost exclusively on the measurement of the fitness of the offspring, which may not be sufficient to assess the optimality of an operator (e.g., in a landscape with an high degree of neutrality). This paper proposes a novel adaptive operator selection mechanism which uses a set of four fitness landscape analysis techniques and an online learning algorithm, dynamic weighted majority, to provide more detailed information about the search space to better determine the most suitable crossover operator. Experimental analysis on the capacitated arc routing problem has demonstrated that different crossover operators behave differently during the search process, and selecting the proper one adaptively can lead to more promising results.
20160407T10:51:27Z

Honesty by typing
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/37180
Title: Honesty by typing
Authors: Bartoletti, M.; Scalas, A.; Tuosto, Emilio; Zunino, R.
Abstract: We propose a type system for a calculus of contracting processes. Processes may stipulate contracts, and then either behave honestly, by keeping the promises made, or not. Type safety guarantees that a typeable process is honest  that is, the process abides by the contract it has stipulated in all possible contexts, even those containing dishonest adversaries. © 2013 IFIP International Federation for Information Processing.
20160407T10:15:59Z

From orchestration to choreography through contract automata
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/37178
Title: From orchestration to choreography through contract automata
Authors: Basile, D.; Degano, P.; Ferrari, GL.; Tuosto, Emilio
Abstract: We study the relations between a contract automata and an interaction model. In the former model, distributed services are abstracted away as automata  oblivious of their partners  that coordinate with each other through an orchestrator. The interaction model relies on channelbased asynchronous communication and choreography to coordinate distributed services. We define a notion of strong agreement on the contract model, exhibit a natural mapping from the contract model to the interaction model, and give conditions to ensure that strong agreement corresponds to wellformed choreography.
20160407T09:40:52Z

Communicating machines as a dynamic binding mechanism of services
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/37177
Title: Communicating machines as a dynamic binding mechanism of services
Authors: Vissani, I.; Pombo, C. G. L.; Tuosto, Emilio
Abstract: Distributed software is becoming more and more dynamic to support applications able to respond and adapt to the changes of their execution environment. For instance, serviceoriented computing (SOC) envisages applications as services running over globally available computational resources where discovery and binding between them is transparently performed by a middleware. Asynchronous Relational Networks (ARNs) is a wellknown formal orchestration model, based on hypergraphs, for the description of serviceoriented software artefacts. Choreography and orchestration are the two main design principles for the development of distributed software. In this work, we propose Communicating Relational Networks (CRNs), which is a variant of ARNs, but relies on choreographies for the characterisation of the communicational aspects of a software artefact, and for making their automated analysis more efficient.
20160407T09:08:49Z

ChoreographyBased Analysis of Distributed Message Passing Programs
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/37150
Title: ChoreographyBased Analysis of Distributed Message Passing Programs
Authors: Taylor, R.; Tuosto, E.; Walkinshaw, Neil; Derrick, J.
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20160406T08:45:42Z

Data Mining for Software Engineering and Humans in the Loop
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/37102
Title: Data Mining for Software Engineering and Humans in the Loop
Authors: Minku, Leandro L.; Mendes, E.; Turhan, B.
Abstract: The field of data mining for software engineering has been growing
over the last decade. This field is concerned with the use of data mining
to provide useful insights into how to improve software engineering processes
and software itself, supporting decision making. For that, data produced by
software engineering processes and products during and after software development
is used. Despite promising results, there is frequently a lack of discussion
on the role of software engineering practitioners amidst the data mining approaches.
This makes adoption of data mining by software engineering practitioners
difficult. Moreover, the fact that experts’ knowledge is frequently
ignored by data mining approaches, together with the lack of transparency
of such approaches, can hinder the acceptability of data mining by software
engineering practitioners. In order to overcome these problems, this position
paper provides a discussion of the role of software engineering experts when
adopting data mining approaches. It also argues that this role can be extended
in order to increase experts’ involvement in the process of building data mining
models. We believe that such extended involvement is not only likely to
increase software engineers’ acceptability of the resulting models, but also improve
the models themselves. We also provide some recommendations aimed
at increasing the success of experts involvement and model acceptability.
20160331T08:54:54Z

Online Ensemble Learning of Data Streams with Gradually Evolved Classes
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/36721
Title: Online Ensemble Learning of Data Streams with Gradually Evolved Classes
Authors: Sun, Y.; Tang, K.; Minku, Leandro Lei; Wang, S.; Yao, X.
Abstract: Class evolution, the phenomenon of class emergence and disappearance, is an important research topic for data stream mining. All previous studies implicitly regard class evolution as a transient change, which is not true for many realworld problems. This paper concerns the scenario where classes emerge or disappear gradually. A classbased ensemble approach, namely ClassBased ensemble for Class Evolution (CBCE), is proposed. By maintaining a base learner for each class and dynamically updating the base learners with new data, CBCE can rapidly adjust to class evolution. A novel undersampling method for the base learners is also proposed to handle the dynamic classimbalance problem caused by the gradual evolution of classes. Empirical studies demonstrate the effectiveness of CBCE in various class evolution scenarios in comparison to existing class evolution adaptation methods.
20160216T11:35:26Z

Quasivarieties and varieties of ordered algebras : Regularity and exactness
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/36716
Title: Quasivarieties and varieties of ordered algebras : Regularity and exactness
Authors: Kurz, Alexander Herbert; Velebil, J.
Abstract: We characterise quasivarieties and varieties of ordered algebras categorically in terms of regularity, exactness and the existence of a suitable generator. The notions of regularity and exactness need to be understood in the sense of category theory enriched over posets. We also prove that finitary varieties of ordered algebras are cocompletions of their theories under sifted colimits (again, in the enriched sense).
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20160215T11:57:40Z

Multitype display calculus for propositional dynamic logic
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/36715
Title: Multitype display calculus for propositional dynamic logic
Authors: Frittella, S.; Greco, G.; Kurz, Alexander Herbert; Palmigiano, A.
Abstract: We introduce a multitype display calculus for Propositional Dynamic Logic (PDL). This calculus is complete w.r.t. PDL, and enjoys Belnapstyle cutelimination and subformula property.
20160215T11:50:32Z

Positive Fragments Of Coalgebraic Logics
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/36575
Title: Positive Fragments Of Coalgebraic Logics
Authors: Balan, A.; Kurz, Alexander Herbert; Velebil, J.
Abstract: Positive modal logic was introduced in an influential 1995 paper of Dunn as the positive fragment of standard modal logic. His completeness result consists of an axiomatization that derives all modal formulas that are valid on all Kripke frames and are built only from atomic propositions, conjunction, disjunction, box and diamond. In this paper, we provide a coalgebraic analysis of this theorem, which not only gives a conceptual proof based on duality theory, but also generalizes Dunn's result from Kripke frames to coalgebras for weakpullback preserving functors. To facilitate this analysis we prove a number of category theoretic results on functors on the categories $mathsf{Set}$ of sets and $mathsf{Pos}$ of posets: Every functor $mathsf{Set} to mathsf{Pos}$ has a $mathsf{Pos}$enriched left Kan extension $mathsf{Pos} to mathsf{Pos}$. Functors arising in this way are said to have a presentation in discrete arities. In the case that $mathsf{Set} to mathsf{Pos}$ is actually $mathsf{Set}$valued, we call the corresponding left Kan extension $mathsf{Pos} to mathsf{Pos}$ its posetification. A $mathsf{Set}$functor preserves weak pullbacks if and only if its posetification preserves exact squares. A $mathsf{Pos}$functor with a presentation in discrete arities preserves surjections. The inclusion $mathsf{Set} to mathsf{Pos}$ is dense. A functor $mathsf{Pos} to mathsf{Pos}$ has a presentation in discrete arities if and only if it preserves coinserters of `truncated nerves of posets'. A functor $mathsf{Pos} to mathsf{Pos}$ is a posetification if and only if it preserves coinserters of truncated nerves of posets and discrete posets. A locally monotone endofunctor of an ordered variety has a presentation by monotone operations and equations if and only if it preserves $mathsf{Pos}$enriched sifted colimits.
20160204T12:46:07Z

Presenting Distributive Laws
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/36574
Title: Presenting Distributive Laws
Authors: Bonsangue, M. M.; Hansen, H. H.; Kurz, Alexander Herbert; Rot, J.
Abstract: Distributive laws of a monad T over a functor F are categorical tools for specifying algebracoalgebra interaction. They proved to be important for solving systems of corecursive equations, for the specification of wellbehaved structural operational semantics and, more recently, also for enhancements of the bisimulation proof method. If T is a free monad, then such distributive laws correspond to simple natural transformations. However, when T is not free it can be rather difficult to prove the defining axioms of a distributive law. In this paper we describe how to obtain a distributive law for a monad with an equational presentation from a distributive law for the underlying free monad. We apply this result to show the equivalence between two different representations of contextfree languages.
20160204T12:43:36Z

Obligation Blackwell Games and pAutomata
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/36416
Title: Obligation Blackwell Games and pAutomata
Authors: Piterman, Nir; Chatterjee, Krishnendu
Abstract: We generalize winning conditions in twoplayer games by adding a structural acceptance condition
called obligations. Obligations are orthogonal to the linear winning conditions that define whether a play
is winning. Obligations are a declaration that player 0 can achieve a certain value from a configuration. If the
obligation is met, the value of that configuration for player 0 is 1.
We define the value in such games and show that obligation games are determined. For Markov chains
with Borel objectives and obligations, and finite turnbased stochastic parity games with obligations we give an
alternative and simpler characterization of the value function. Based on this simpler definition we show that the
decision problem of winning finite turnbased stochastic parity games with obligations is in NP\coNP.We also
show that obligation games provide a game framework for reasoning about pautomata.
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20160127T11:09:15Z

Drug target optimization in chronic myeloid leukemia using innovative computational platform.
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/36302
Title: Drug target optimization in chronic myeloid leukemia using innovative computational platform.
Authors: Chuang, Ryan; Hall, Benjamin A.; Benque, David; Cook, Byron; Ishtiaq, Samin; Piterman, Nir; Taylor, Alex; Vardi, Moshe; Koschmieder, Steffen; Gottgens, Berthold; Fisher, Jasmin
Abstract: Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML) represents a paradigm for the wider cancer field. Despite the fact that tyrosine kinase inhibitors have established targeted molecular therapy in CML, patients often face the risk of developing drug resistance, caused by mutations and/or activation of alternative cellular pathways. To optimize drug development, one needs to systematically test all possible combinations of drug targets within the genetic network that regulates the disease. The BioModelAnalyzer (BMA) is a userfriendly computational tool that allows us to do exactly that. We used BMA to build a CML networkmodel composed of 54 nodes linked by 104 interactions that encapsulates experimental data collected from 160 publications. While previous studies were limited by their focus on a single pathway or cellular process, our executable model allowed us to probe dynamic interactions between multiple pathways and cellular outcomes, suggest new combinatorial therapeutic targets, and highlight previously unexplored sensitivities to Interleukin3.
20160118T14:25:25Z

Dynamic Software Project Scheduling through a Proactiverescheduling Method
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/36291
Title: Dynamic Software Project Scheduling through a Proactiverescheduling Method
Authors: Shen, Xiao  Ning; Minku, Leandro L.; Bahsoon, Rami; Yao, Xin
Abstract: Software project scheduling in dynamic and uncertain environments is of significant importance to realworld software development. Yet most studies schedule software projects by considering static and deterministic scenarios only, which may cause performance deterioration or even infeasibility when facing disruptions. In order to capture more dynamic features of software project scheduling than the previous work, this paper formulates the project scheduling problem by considering uncertainties and dynamic events that often occur during software project development, and constructs a mathematical model for the resulting Multiobjective Dynamic Project Scheduling Problem (MODPSP), where the four objectives of project cost, duration, robustness and stability are considered simultaneously under a variety of practical constraints. In order to solve MODPSP appropriately, a multiobjective evolutionary algorithm (MOEA)based proactiverescheduling method is proposed, which generates a robust schedule predictively and adapts the previous schedule in response to critical dynamic events during the project execution. Extensive experimental results on 21 problem instances, including three instances derived from realworld software projects, show that our novel method is very effective. By introducing the robustness and stability objectives, and incorporating the dynamic optimization strategies specifically designed for MODPSP, our proactiverescheduling method achieves a very good overall performance in a dynamic environment.
20160115T12:18:43Z

Combining Time Series Prediction Models Using Genetic Algorithm to Autoscaling Web Applications Hosted in the Cloud Infrastructure
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/35972
Title: Combining Time Series Prediction Models Using Genetic Algorithm to Autoscaling Web Applications Hosted in the Cloud Infrastructure
Authors: Messias, V. R.; Estrella, J. C.; Ehlers, R.; Santana, M. J.; Santana, R. C.; ReiffMarganiec, Stephan
Abstract: In a cloud computing environment, companies have the ability to allocate resources according to demand. However, there is a delay that may take minutes between the request for a new resource and it being ready for using. This causes the reactive techniques, which request a new resource only when the system reaches a certain load threshold, to be not suitable for the resource allocation process. To address this problem, it is necessary to predict requests that arrive at the system in the next period of time to allocate the necessary resources, before the system becomes overloaded. There are several time series forecasting models to calculate the workload predictions based on history of monitoring data. However, it is difficult to know which is the best time series forecasting model to be used in each case. The work becomes even more complicated when the user does not have much historical data to be analyzed. Most related work considers only single methods to evaluate the results of the forecast. Other works propose an approach that selects suitable forecasting methods for a given context. But in this case, it is necessary to have a significant amount of data to train the classifier. Moreover, the best solution may not be a specific model, but rather a combination of models. In this paper we propose an adaptive prediction method using genetic algorithms to combine time series forecasting models. Our method does not require a previous phase of training, because it constantly adapts the extent to which the data are coming. To evaluate our proposal, we use three logs extracted from real Web servers. The results show that our proposal often brings the best result and is generic enough to adapt to various types of time series.
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20151202T09:22:30Z

Querycompetitive algorithms for cheapest set problems under uncertainty
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/35960
Title: Querycompetitive algorithms for cheapest set problems under uncertainty
Authors: Erlebach, Thomas R.; Hoffmann, Michael; Kammer, Frank
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20151127T16:53:41Z

Performance Evaluation of Resource Management in Cloud Computing Environments
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/33451
Title: Performance Evaluation of Resource Management in Cloud Computing Environments
Authors: Batista, B. G.; Estrella, J. C.; Ferreira, C. H. G.; Filho, D. M. L.; Nakamura, L. H. V.; ReiffMarganiec, Stephan; Santana, M. J.; Santana, R. H. C.
Abstract: Cloud computing is a computational model in which resource providers can offer
ondemand services to clients in a transparent way. However, to be able to guarantee
quality of service without limiting the number of accepted requests, providers must be
able to dynamically manage the available resources so that they can be processed. This
dynamic resource management is not a trivial task, since it involves meeting several
challenges related to workload modeling, virtualization, performance modeling,
deployment and monitoring of applications on virtualized resources. This paper carries
out a performance evaluation of a module for resource management in a cloud
environment that includes handling available resources during execution time and
ensuring the quality of service defined in the service level agreement. An analysis was
conducted of different resource configurations to define which dimension of resource
scaling has a real influence on client requests. The results were used to model and
implement a simulated cloud system, in which the allocated resource can be changed
onthefly, with a corresponding change in price. In this way, the proposed module seeks
to satisfy both the client by ensuring quality of service, and the provider by ensuring
the best use of resources at a fair price.
20151102T11:44:33Z

Algorithms for Büchi Games
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/33349
Title: Algorithms for Büchi Games
Authors: Chatterjee, K.; Henzinger, Thomas A.; Piterman, Nir
Abstract: The classical algorithm for solving B\"uchi games requires time $O(n\cdot m)$ for game graphs with $n$ states and $m$ edges. For game graphs with constant outdegree, the best known algorithm has running time $O(n^2/\log n)$. We present two new algorithms for B\"uchi games. First, we give an algorithm that performs at most $O(m)$ more work than the classical algorithm, but runs in time O(n) on infinitely many graphs of constant outdegree on which the classical algorithm requires time $O(n^2)$. Second, we give an algorithm with running time $O(n\cdot m\cdot\log\delta(n)/\log n)$, where $1\le\delta(n)\le n$ is the outdegree of the game graph. Note that this algorithm performs asymptotically better than the classical algorithm if $\delta(n)=O(\log n)$.
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20151021T10:59:42Z

Encoding 2D Range Maximum Queries
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/33340
Title: Encoding 2D Range Maximum Queries
Authors: Golin, M. J.; Iacono, J.; Krizanc, D.; Raman, Rajeev; Rao, S. S.; Shende, S.
Abstract: We consider the twodimensional range maximum query (2DRMQ) problem: given an array $A$ of ordered values, to preprocess it so that we can find the position of the smallest element in the submatrix defined by a (userspecified) range of rows and range of columns. We focus on determining the effective entropy of 2DRMQ, i.e., how many bits are needed to encode $A$ so that 2DRMQ queries can be answered without access to $A$. We give tight upper and lower bounds on the expected effective entropy for the case when $A$ contains independent identicallydistributed random values, and new upper and lower bounds for arbitrary $A$, for the case when $A$ contains few rows. The latter results improve upon previous upper and lower bounds by Brodal et al. (ESA 2010). In some cases we also give data structures whose space usage is close to the effective entropy and answer 2DRMQ queries rapidly.
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20151021T10:36:44Z

Detecting and Refactoring Operational Smells within the Domain Name System
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/33171
Title: Detecting and Refactoring Operational Smells within the Domain Name System
Authors: Radwan, Marwan; Heckel, Reiko
Abstract: The Domain Name System (DNS) is one of the most important components of the Internet infrastructure. DNS relies on a delegationbased architecture, where resolution of names to their IP addresses requires resolving the names of the servers responsible for those names. The recursive structures of the inter dependencies that exist between name servers associated with each zone are called dependency graphs. System administrators' operational decisions have far reaching effects on the DNSs qualities. They need to be soundly made to create a balance between the availability, security and resilience of the system. We utilize dependency graphs to identify, detect and catalogue operational bad smells. Our method deals with smells on a highlevel of abstraction using a consistent taxonomy and reusable vocabulary, defined by a DNS Operational Model. The method will be used to build a diagnostic advisory tool that will detect configuration changes that might decrease the robustness or security posture of domain names before they become into production.
Description: In Proceedings GaM 2015, arXiv:1504.02448
20151002T09:47:21Z

The Rabin index of parity games
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/33162
Title: The Rabin index of parity games
Authors: Huth, M; Kuo, JHP; Piterman, N
Abstract: We study the descriptive complexity of parity games by taking into account the coloring of their game graphs whilst ignoring their ownership structure. Colored game graphs are identified if they determine the same winning regions and strategies, for all ownership structures of nodes. The Rabin index of a parity game is the minimum of the maximal color taken over all equivalent coloring functions. We show that deciding whether the Rabin index is at least k is in PTIME for k=1 but NPhard for all fixed k > 1. We present an EXPTIME algorithm that computes the Rabin index by simplifying its input coloring function. When replacing simple cycle with cycle detection in that algorithm, its output overapproximates the Rabin index in polynomial time. Experimental results show that this approximation yields good values in practice.
Description: In Proceedings GandALF 2013, arXiv:1307.4162
20151001T15:23:39Z

Obligation Blackwell Games and pAutomata
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/33160
Title: Obligation Blackwell Games and pAutomata
Authors: Piterman, Nir; Chatterjee, Krishnendu
Abstract: We recently introduced pautomata, automata that read discretetime Markov chains. We used turnbased stochastic parity games to define acceptance of Markov chains by a subclass of pautomata. Definition of acceptance required a cumbersome and complicated reduction to a series of turnbased stochastic parity games. The reduction could not support acceptance by general pautomata, which was left undefined as there was no notion of games that supported it.
Here we generalize twoplayer games by adding a structural acceptance condition called obligations. Obligations are orthogonal to the linear winning conditions that define winning. Obligations are a declaration that player 0 can achieve a certain value from a configuration. If the obligation is met, the value of that configuration for player 0 is 1.
One cannot define value in obligation games by the standard mechanism of considering the measure of winning paths on a Markov chain and taking the supremum of the infimum of all strategies. Mainly because obligations need definition even for Markov chains and the nature of obligations has the flavor of an infinite nesting of supremum and infimum operators. We define value via a reduction to turnbased games similar to Martin's proof of determinacy of Blackwell games with Borel objectives. Based on this definition, we show that games are determined. We show that for Markov chains with Borel objectives and obligations, and finite turnbased stochastic parity games with obligations there exists an alternative and simpler characterization of the value function. Based on this simpler definition we give an exponential time algorithm to analyze finite turnbased stochastic parity games with obligations. Finally, we show that obligation games provide the necessary framework for reasoning about pautomata and that they generalize the previous definition.
20151001T15:17:15Z

Fatal Attractors in Parity Games: Building Blocks for Partial Solvers
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/33159
Title: Fatal Attractors in Parity Games: Building Blocks for Partial Solvers
Authors: Huth, M.; Kuo, J. H. P.; Piterman, Nir
Abstract: Attractors in parity games are a technical device for solving "alternating" reachability of given node sets. A well known solver of parity games  Zielonka's algorithm  uses such attractor computations recursively. We here propose new forms of attractors that are monotone in that they are aware of specific static patterns of colors encountered in reaching a given node set in alternating fashion. Then we demonstrate how these new forms of attractors can be embedded within greatest fixedpoint computations to design solvers of parity games that run in polynomial time but are partial in that they may not decide the winning status of all nodes in the input game. Experimental results show that our partial solvers completely solve benchmarks that were constructed to challenge existing full solvers. Our partial solvers also have encouraging run times in practice. For one partial solver we prove that its runtime is at most cubic in the number of nodes in the parity game, that its output game is independent of the order in which monotone attractors are computed, and that it solves all Buechi games and weak games. We then define and study a transformation that converts partial solvers into more precise partial solvers, and we prove that this transformation is sound under very reasonable conditions on the input partial solvers. Noting that one of our partial solvers meets these conditions, we apply its transformation on 1.6 million randomly generated games and so experimentally validate that the transformation can be very effective in increasing the precision of partial solvers.
20151001T15:12:37Z

Cellcycle regulation of NOTCH signaling during C. elegans vulval development.
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/33107
Title: Cellcycle regulation of NOTCH signaling during C. elegans vulval development.
Authors: NusserStein, Stefanie; Beyer, Antje; Rimann, Ivo; Adamczyk, Magdalene; Piterman, Nir; Hajnal, Alex; Fisher, Jasmin
Abstract: C. elegans vulval development is one of the bestcharacterized systems to study cell fate specification during organogenesis. The detailed knowledge of the signaling pathways determining vulval precursor cell (VPC) fates permitted us to create a computational model based on the antagonistic interactions between the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)/RAS/MAPK and the NOTCH pathways that specify the primary and secondary fates, respectively. A key notion of our model is called bounded asynchrony, which predicts that a limited degree of asynchrony in the progression of the VPCs is necessary to break their equivalence. While searching for a molecular mechanism underlying bounded asynchrony, we discovered that the termination of NOTCH signaling is tightly linked to cellcycle progression. When single VPCs were arrested in the G1 phase, intracellular NOTCH failed to be degraded, resulting in a mixed primary/secondary cell fate. Moreover, the G1 cyclins CYD1 and CYE1 stabilize NOTCH, while the G2 cyclin CYB3 promotes NOTCH degradation. Our findings reveal a synchronization mechanism that coordinates NOTCH signaling with cellcycle progression and thus permits the formation of a stable cell fate pattern.
20150925T15:22:42Z

The Sorting Buffer Problem is NPhard
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/33106
Title: The Sorting Buffer Problem is NPhard
Authors: Chan, HoLeung; Megow, Nicole; Stee, Rob van; Sitters, Rene
Abstract: We consider the offline sorting buffer problem. The input is a sequence of items of different types. All items must be processed one by one by a server. The server is equipped with a randomaccess buffer of limited capacity which can be used to rearrange items. The problem is to design a scheduling strategy that decides upon the order in which items from the buffer are sent to the server. Each type change incurs unit cost, and thus, the cost minimizing objective is to minimize the total number of type changes for serving the entire sequence. This problem is motivated by various applications in manufacturing processes and computer science, and it has attracted significant attention in the last few years. The main focus has been on online competitive algorithms. Surprisingly little is known on the basic offline problem. In this paper, we show that the sorting buffer problem with uniform cost is NPhard and, thus, close one of the most fundamental questions for the offline problem. On the positive side, we give an O(1)approximation algorithm when the scheduler is given a buffer only slightly larger than double the original size. We also give a dynamic programming algorithm for the special case of buffer size two that solves the problem exactly in linear time, improving on the standard DP which runs in cubic time.
20150925T15:14:43Z

Improved Practical Compact Dynamic Tries
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/33033
Title: Improved Practical Compact Dynamic Tries
Authors: Poyias, Andreas; Raman, Rajeev
Abstract: We consider the problem of implementing a dynamic trie with an emphasis on good practical performance. For a trie with n nodes with an alphabet of size σ, the informationtheoretic lower bound is nlogσ+O(n) bits. The Bonsai data structure [1] supports trie operations in O(1) expected time (based on assumptions about the behaviour of hash functions). While its practical speed performance is excellent, its space usage of (1+ϵ)n(logσ+O(loglogn)) bits, where ϵ is any constant >0, is not asymptotically optimal. We propose an alternative, mBonsai, that uses (1+ϵ)n(logσ+O(1)) bits in expectation, and supports operations in O(1) expected time (again based on assumptions about the behaviour of hash functions). We give a heuristic implementation of mBonsai which uses considerably less memory and is slightly faster than the original Bonsai.
20150910T08:36:15Z

The infinitary lambda calculus of the infinite eta Böhm trees
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/32973
Title: The infinitary lambda calculus of the infinite eta Böhm trees
Authors: Severi, Paula; de Vries, FerJan
Abstract: In this paper, we introduce a strong form of eta reduction called etabang that we use to construct a confluent and normalising infinitary lambda calculus, of which the normal forms correspond to Barendregt's infinite eta Böhm trees. This new infinitary perspective on the set of infinite eta Böhm trees allows us to prove that the set of infinite eta Böhm trees is a model of the lambda calculus. The model is of interest because it has the same local structure as Scott's D∞models, i.e. two finite lambda terms are equal in the infinite eta Böhm model if and only if they have the same interpretation in Scott's D∞models.
20150824T14:09:28Z

A Forward Analysis for Recurrent Sets
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/32409
Title: A Forward Analysis for Recurrent Sets
Authors: Bakhirkin, Alexey; Berdine, J.; Piterman, Nir
Abstract: Nontermination of structured imperative programs is primarily due to infinite loops. An important class of nonterminating loop behaviors can be characterized using the notion of recurrent sets. A recurrent set is a set of states from which execution of the loop cannot or might not escape. Existing analyses that infer recurrent sets to our knowledge rely on one of: the combination of forward and backward analyses, quantifier elimination, or SMTsolvers. We propose a purely forward abstract interpretation–based analysis that can be used together with a possibly complicated abstract domain where none of the above is readily available. The analysis searches for a recurrent set of every individual loop in a program by building a graph of abstract states and analyzing it in a novel way. The graph is searched for a witness of a recurrent set that takes the form of what we call a recurrent component which is somewhat similar to the notion of an end component in a Markov decision process.
20150623T10:23:14Z

SEPIA: Search for Proofs Using Inferred Automata
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/32390
Title: SEPIA: Search for Proofs Using Inferred Automata
Authors: Gransden, Thomas; Walkinshaw, Neil; Raman, Rajeev
Abstract: This paper describes SEPIA, a tool for automated proof
generation in Coq. SEPIA combines model inference with interactive
theorem proving. Existing proof corpora are modelled using statebased
models inferred from tactic sequences. These can then be traversed automatically
to identify proofs. The SEPIA system is described and its
performance evaluated on three Coq datasets. Our results show that
SEPIA provides a useful complement to existing automated tactics in
Coq.
20150618T15:48:49Z

Mobile learning in a human geography field course
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/32345
Title: Mobile learning in a human geography field course
Authors: Jarvis, Claire; Tate, Nicholas; Dickie, Jennifer; Brown, Gavin
Editors: Mitchell, J.
Abstract: This paper reports on reusable mobile digital learning resources designed to assist human geography undergraduate students in exploring the geographies of life in Dublin. Developing active learning that goes beyond data collection to encourage observation and thinking in the field is important. Achieving this in the context of large class sizes presents several challenges. Combining insitu learning with spatiallyaccurate historical and contemporary multimedia, we developed a set of locationaware digital mobile tools or ‘mediascapes’. We explore how scaffolding can be achieved in such a context, focusing on the development of students’ observational, enquiry and thinking skills in the field.
20150603T09:03:12Z

Online interval scheduling on uniformly related machines
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/32329
Title: Online interval scheduling on uniformly related machines
Authors: Van Stee, Rob; Epstein, Leah; Jez, Lukasz; Sgall, Jiri
Abstract: We consider online preemptive scheduling of jobs with fixed starting times revealed at those times on
m uniformly related machines, with the goal of maximizing the total weight of completed jobs. Every job
has a size and a weight associated with it. A newly released job must be either assigned to start running
immediately on a machine or otherwise it is dropped. It is also possible to drop an already scheduled
job, but only completed jobs contribute their weights to the profit of the algorithm.
In the most general setting, no algorithm has bounded competitive ratio, and we consider a number of
standard variants. We give a full classification of the variants into cases which admit constant competitive
ratio (weighted and unweighted unit jobs, and Cbenevolent instances, which is a wide class of instances
containing proportionalweight jobs), and cases which admit only a linear competitive ratio (unweighted
jobs and Dbenevolent instances). In particular, we give a lower bound of m on the competitive ratio for
scheduling unit weight jobs with varying sizes, which is tight. For unit size and weight we show that
a natural greedy algorithm is 4/3competitive and optimal on m = 2 machines, while for large m, its
competitive ratio is between 1.56 and 2. Furthermore, no algorithm is better than 1.5competitive.
Description: 12 mth embargo
20150601T15:36:42Z

A unified approach to truthful scheduling on related machines
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/32328
Title: A unified approach to truthful scheduling on related machines
Authors: Van Stee, Rob; Epstein, Leah; Levin, Asaf
Abstract: We present a unified framework for designing deterministic monotone polynomial time approximation
schemes (PTAS’s) for a wide class of scheduling problems on uniformly related machines. This
class includes (among others) minimizing the makespan, maximizing the minimum load, and minimizing
the lpnorm of the machine loads vector. Previously, this kind of result was only known for the
makespan objective. Monotone algorithms have the property that an increase in the speed of a machine
cannot decrease the amount of work assigned to it.
The idea of our novel method is to show that for goal functions that are sufficiently wellbehaved
functions of the machine loads, it is possible to compute in polynomial time a highly structured nearly
optimal schedule. An interesting aspect of our approach is that, in contrast to all known approximation
schemes, we avoid rounding any job sizes or speeds throughout. We can therefore find the exact best
structured schedule using dynamic programming. The state space encodes a sufficient amount of information
such that no postprocessing is needed, allowing an elegant and relatively simple analysis without
any special cases. The monotonicity is a consequence of the fact that we find the best schedule in a
specific collection of schedules.
In the gametheoretical setting of these scheduling problems, there is a social goal, which is one of
the objective functions that we study. Each machine is controlled by a selfish singleparameter agent.
The private information of an agent is its cost of processing a unitsized job, which is also the inverse
of the speed of its machine. Each agent wishes to maximize its own profit, defined as the payment
it receives from the mechanism minus its cost for processing all jobs assigned to it, and places a bid
which corresponds to its private information. Monotone approximation schemes have an important role
in the emerging area of algorithmic mechanism design, as in the case of singleparameter agents, a
necessary and sufficient condition for truthfulness with respect to the bids is that the allocation algorithm
be monotone. For each one of the problems, we show that we can calculate payments that guarantee
truthfulness in an efficient manner. Thus, there exists a dominant strategy where agents report their true
speeds, and we show the existence of a truthful mechanism which can be implemented in polynomial
time, where the social goal is approximated within a factor of 1 + ε for every ε > 0.
Description: 12 mth embargo
20150601T15:24:13Z

The Price of Anarchy for Selfish Ring Routing is Two
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/32326
Title: The Price of Anarchy for Selfish Ring Routing is Two
Authors: Chen, Xujin; Doerr, Benjamin; Doerr, Carola; Hu, Xiaodong; Ma, Weidong; van Stee, Rob
Abstract: We analyze the network congestion game with atomic players, asymmetric strategies, and the maximum latency among all players as social cost. This important social cost function is much less understood than the average latency. We show that the price of anarchy is at most two, when the network is a ring and the link latencies are linear. Our bound is tight. This is the first sharp bound for the maximum latency objective.
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20150601T14:53:47Z

SIGACT news online algorithms column 24: 2014 so far
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/32323
Title: SIGACT news online algorithms column 24: 2014 so far
Authors: van Stee, Rob
Abstract: In this column, I will discuss some recent papers in online algorithms. It is pleasing to see there
were a number of papers about online algorithms in the top conferences this year. If I have missed
your paper and you want to write about it or about any other topic in online algorithms, don't
hesitate to contact me!
20150601T10:55:27Z

The Description Logic SHIQ with a Flexible Metamodelling Hierarchy
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/32284
Title: The Description Logic SHIQ with a Flexible Metamodelling Hierarchy
Authors: Severi, Paula G.; Motz, Regina; Rohrer, Edelweis
Abstract: This work is motivated by a realworld case study where it is necessary to integrate and relate existing ontologies through metamodelling. For this, we introduce the Description Logic SHIQM which is obtained from SHIQ byadding statements that equate individuals to concepts in a knowledge base. In this new extension, concepts can be individuals of another concept (called metaconcept) which itself can be an individual of yet another concept (called meta metaconcept ) and so on. We define an algorithm that checks consistency of SHIQM by modifying the Tableau algorithm for SHIQ. From the practical point of view, this has the advantage that we can reuse the code of existing OWL reasoners. From the theoretical point of view, it has a similar advantage of reuse. We make use of the existing results and proofs that lead to correctness of the algorithm for SHIQ in order to prove correctness of the algorithm for SHIQM.
20150519T10:58:05Z

HIAWSC: An Immune Algorithm Based Heuristic Web Service Composition Framework
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/32251
Title: HIAWSC: An Immune Algorithm Based Heuristic Web Service Composition Framework
Authors: Xu, J.; ReiffMarganiec, Stephan
Abstract: The introduction of of web services has led to web service composition being a focus of many researchers. Composing web services using workflows is seen as the most realistic method from an industrial viewpoint. Amongst other method, the use of natural computing methods has been proposed previously to automate web service composition. The need for a fast response when computing the most suitable sequence of services is addressed in this paper. In particular, we propose a novel heuristic immune algorithm with an efficient encoding and mutation method. The algorithm involves two steps: an immune selection operation, which is maintaining antibody population diversity and the clonal selection. The use of a vaccine during the evolution provides heuristic information that accelerates the convergence. Our experimental results illustrate that the proposed heuristic immune algorithm is very effective in improving the convergence speed. We also provide a schema analysis for this method.
20150508T14:39:51Z

Space Efficient Data Structures for Nearest Larger Neighbor
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/32214
Title: Space Efficient Data Structures for Nearest Larger Neighbor
Authors: Jayapaul, V.; Jo, S.; Raman, V.; Raman, Rajeev; Rao, S. R.
Abstract: Given a sequence of n elements from a totally ordered set, and a position in the sequence, the nearest larger neighbor (NLN) query
returns the position of the element which is closest to the query position, and is larger than the element at the query position.
The problem of finding all nearest larger neighbors has attracted interest due to its applications for parenthesis matching and in
computational geometry [1, 2, 3]. We consider a data structure version of this problem, which is to preprocess a given sequence of
elements to construct a data structure that can answer NLN queries efficiently. We consider timespace tradeoffs for the problem
in both the encoding (where the input is not accessible after the data structure has been created) and indexing model, and consider
cases when the input is in a one dimensional array, and also initiate the study of this problem on twodimensional arrays.
20150507T11:21:31Z