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Title: Complexity and infinite games on finite graphs
Author: Hunter, P. W.
Awarding Body: University of Cambridge
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Date of Award: 2007
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This dissertation investigates the interplay between complexity, infinite games and finite graphs. We present a general framework for considering two-player games on finite graphs which may have an infinite number of moves and we consider the computational complexity of important related problems. Such games are becoming increasingly important in the field of theoretical computer science, particularly as a tool for formal verification of non-terminating systems. The framework introduced enables us to simultaneously consider problems on many types of games easily, and this is demonstrated by establishing previously un-known complexity bounds on several types of games. We also present a general framework which uses infinite games to define notions of structural complexity for directed graphs. Many important graph parameters, from both a graph theoretic and algorithm perspective, can be defined in this system. By considering natural generalization of these games to directed graphs, we obtain a novel feature of digraph complexity: directed connectivity. We show that directed connectivity is an algorithmically important measure of complexity by showing that when it is limited, many intractable problems can be efficiently solved. Whether it is structurally an important measure is yet to be seen, however this dissertation makes a preliminary investigation in this direction.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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