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A trace semantics for Petri nets.

Hoogers, P.W.; Kleijn, H.C.M.; Thiagarajan, P.S.

In: Information and Computation, Vol. 117, No. 1, pages 98-114. 1995.

Abstract: A generalization of the notion of trace is proposed. This enables us to associate with each Petri net a single behavioral object, namely a poset of (generalized) traces. A characterization is given of the trace languages defined by Petri nets. We show that the general event structures of Winskel and the stable event structures can also be characterized in terms of our trace languages. One consequence is that in this framework, stable event structures, general event structures, and Petri nets constitute a strictly ascending chain in terms of expressive power.

Keywords: Petri nets, behavior representation, event structures.

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