Quantifying Conformance using the Skorokhod Metric (full version) [article]

Jyotirmoy V. Deshmukh, Rupak Majumdar, Vinayak S. Prabhu
2015 arXiv   pre-print
The conformance testing problem for dynamical systems asks, given two dynamical models (e.g., as Simulink diagrams), whether their behaviors are "close" to each other. In the semi-formal approach to conformance testing, the two systems are simulated on a large set of tests, and a metric, defined on pairs of real-valued, real-timed trajectories, is used to determine a lower bound on the distance. We show how the Skorkhod metric on continuous dynamical systems can be used as the foundation for
more » ... formance testing of complex dynamical models. The Skorokhod metric allows for both state value mismatches and timing distortions, and is thus well suited for checking conformance between idealized models of dynamical systems and their implementations. We demonstrate the robustness of the system conformance quantification by proving a transference theorem: trajectories close under the Skorokhod metric satisfy "close" logical properties. Specifically, we show the result for the timed linear time logic augmented with a rich class of temporal and spatial constraint predicates. We provide a window-based streaming algorithm to compute the Skorokhod metric, and use it as a basis for a conformance testing tool for Simulink. We experimentally demonstrate the effectiveness of our tool in finding discrepant behaviors on a set of control system benchmarks, including an industrial challenge problem.
arXiv:1505.05832v1 fatcat:yv3v675u5zbphoebzdiqnd5rjy