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Strategy Complexity of Concurrent Safety Games

Authors Krishnendu Chatterjee, Kristoffer Arnsfelt Hansen, Rasmus Ibsen-Jensen



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Krishnendu Chatterjee
Kristoffer Arnsfelt Hansen
Rasmus Ibsen-Jensen

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Krishnendu Chatterjee, Kristoffer Arnsfelt Hansen, and Rasmus Ibsen-Jensen. Strategy Complexity of Concurrent Safety Games. In 42nd International Symposium on Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science (MFCS 2017). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 83, pp. 55:1-55:13, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2017)
https://doi.org/10.4230/LIPIcs.MFCS.2017.55

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We consider two player, zero-sum, finite-state concurrent reachability games, played for an infinite number of rounds, where in every round, each player simultaneously and independently of the other players chooses an action, whereafter the successor state is determined by a probability distribution given by the current state and the chosen actions. Player 1 wins iff a designated goal state is eventually visited. We are interested in the complexity of stationary strategies measured by their patience, which is defined as the inverse of the smallest non-zero probability employed. Our main results are as follows: We show that: (i) the optimal bound on the patience of optimal and epsilon-optimal strategies, for both players is doubly exponential; and (ii) even in games with a single non-absorbing state exponential (in the number of actions) patience is necessary.
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  • Concurrent games
  • Reachability and safety
  • Patience of strategies

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