Chistikov, Dmitry and Czerwiński, Wojciech and Hofman, Piotr and Pilipczuk, Michał and Wehar, Michael - Shortest paths in one-counter systems

lmcs:4037 - Logical Methods in Computer Science, March 5, 2019, Volume 15, Issue 1
Shortest paths in one-counter systems

Authors: Chistikov, Dmitry and Czerwiński, Wojciech and Hofman, Piotr and Pilipczuk, Michał and Wehar, Michael

We show that any one-counter automaton with $n$ states, if its language is non-empty, accepts some word of length at most $O(n^2)$. This closes the gap between the previously known upper bound of $O(n^3)$ and lower bound of $\Omega(n^2)$. More generally, we prove a tight upper bound on the length of shortest paths between arbitrary configurations in one-counter transition systems (weaker bounds have previously appeared in the literature).


Source : oai:arXiv.org:1510.05460
DOI : 10.23638/LMCS-15(1:19)2019
Volume: Volume 15, Issue 1
Published on: March 5, 2019
Submitted on: October 31, 2017
Keywords: Computer Science - Formal Languages and Automata Theory,Computer Science - Logic in Computer Science


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