On the Power of Imperfect Information

Authors Dietmar Berwanger, Laurent Doyen

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Dietmar Berwanger
Laurent Doyen

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Dietmar Berwanger and Laurent Doyen. On the Power of Imperfect Information. In IARCS Annual Conference on Foundations of Software Technology and Theoretical Computer Science. Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 2, pp. 73-82, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2008)


We present a polynomial-time reduction from parity games with imperfect information to safety games with imperfect information. Similar reductions for games with perfect information typically increase the game size exponentially. Our construction avoids such a blow-up by using imperfect information to realise succinct counters which cover a range exponentially larger than their size. In particular, the reduction shows that the problem of solving imperfect-information games with safety conditions is \EXPTIME-complete.
  • Infinite games
  • imperfect information


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