Special tree-width and the verification of monadic second-order graph pr operties

Bruno Courcelle
The model-checking problem for monadic second-order logic on graphs is fixed-parameter tractable with respect to tree-width and clique-width. The proof constructs finite deterministic automata from monadic second-order sentences, but this computation produces automata of hyper-exponential sizes, and this is not avoidable. To overcome this difficulty, we propose to consider particular monadic second-order graph properties that are nevertheless interesting for Graph Theory and to interpret automata instead of trying to compile them (joint work with I....