# labelled state transition system

A state transition system (TS) is a pair $(S,\rightarrow)$, where $\rightarrow$ is a binary relation  on $S$. Elements of $S$ are called states and elements of $\rightarrow$ are called transitions. When $(p,q)\in\rightarrow$, we write $p\rightarrow q$.

A labelled state transition system (LTS) is a triple $(S,\Sigma,\rightarrow)$ where $\rightarrow\subseteq S\times\Sigma\times S$. Elements of $\Sigma$ are called labels of the system. If $(p,\alpha,q)\in\rightarrow$, we write $p\lx@stackrel{{\scriptstyle\alpha}}{{\rightarrow}}q$. In this way, an LTS can be thought of as an STS where each transition is labelled (possibly by more than one label). On the other hand, any TS is just a LTS with one label and every transition has the same label.

Examples of LTS are mostly found in theoretical computer science, such as automata and Turing machines  . An automaton, for example, is just an LTS $(S,\rightarrow)$ with two distinguished mutually disjoint sets (subsets of $S$) of states: a set of start states, and a set of final or accept states.

Given an LTS $(S,\rightarrow)$, if we take the reflexive transitive closure of $\rightarrow$, then we get a binary relation $\Rightarrow$ on $S$ called the reachability relation. In other words, for any $p\in S$, $p\Rightarrow p$, and for any $q\in S$, if $p\Rightarrow q$, then there is a finite sequence  $p=p_{1},\ldots p_{n+1}=q$, such that $p_{i}\rightarrow p_{i+1}$ for $i=1,\ldots n$. When $p\Rightarrow q$, we say that $q$ is reachable from $p$.

For an LTS $(S,\rightarrow)$ with a set $I$ of start states, a state is said to be inaccessible if it is not reachable from any start state. If $S$ is finite, one can use the one of the search techniques to find all inaccessible states of $S$. Here’s a basic breadth-first search algorithm  :

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Initially, circle all start states as accessible. If there are no start states, skip to step 5.

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Then for each circled $p$, circle all $q$ such that $p\rightarrow q$.

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Then cross out each $p$ after all $q$ such $p\rightarrow q$ have been circled.

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Repeat the last two steps for each circled $q$. Do this until there are no more circled states.

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Finally, the states in $S$ are either crossed out or unmarked, and inaccessible states are precisely the unmarked states.

 Title labelled state transition system Canonical name LabelledStateTransitionSystem Date of creation 2013-03-22 19:23:20 Last modified on 2013-03-22 19:23:20 Owner CWoo (3771) Last modified by CWoo (3771) Numerical id 17 Author CWoo (3771) Entry type Definition Classification msc 03B45 Classification msc 68Q85 Classification msc 68Q10 Synonym labeled state transition system Synonym TS Synonym LTS Synonym STS Synonym LSTS Related topic SemiThueSystem Defines state transition system Defines reachability Defines reachable Defines inaccessible state