Holtmann, Michael and Kaiser, Lukasz and Thomas, Wolfgang - Degrees of Lookahead in Regular Infinite Games

lmcs:922 - Logical Methods in Computer Science, September 27, 2012, Volume 8, Issue 3
Degrees of Lookahead in Regular Infinite Games

Authors: Holtmann, Michael and Kaiser, Lukasz and Thomas, Wolfgang

We study variants of regular infinite games where the strict alternation of moves between the two players is subject to modifications. The second player may postpone a move for a finite number of steps, or, in other words, exploit in his strategy some lookahead on the moves of the opponent. This captures situations in distributed systems, e.g. when buffers are present in communication or when signal transmission between components is deferred. We distinguish strategies with different degrees of lookahead, among them being the continuous and the bounded lookahead strategies. In the first case the lookahead is of finite possibly unbounded size, whereas in the second case it is of bounded size. We show that for regular infinite games the solvability by continuous strategies is decidable, and that a continuous strategy can always be reduced to one of bounded lookahead. Moreover, this lookahead is at most doubly exponential in the size of a given parity automaton recognizing the winning condition. We also show that the result fails for non-regular gamesxwhere the winning condition is given by a context-free omega-language.

DOI : 10.2168/LMCS-8(3:24)2012
Volume: Volume 8, Issue 3
Published on: September 27, 2012
Submitted on: December 10, 2010
Keywords: Computer Science - Formal Languages and Automata Theory,D.2.4


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