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Playing stochastically in Weighted Timed Games to Emulate Memory

Julie Parreaux
University of Warsaw
Dec. 20, 2023, 2:15 p.m.
room 5050
Seminar Automata Theory

Weighted timed games are two-player zero-sum games played in a timed automaton equipped with integer weights. We consider optimal reachability objectives, in which one of the players, that we call Min, wants to reach a target location while minimising the cumulated weight. While knowing if Min has a strategy to guarantee a value lower than a given threshold is known to be undecidable (with two or more clocks), several conditions, one of them being the divergence, have been given to recover decidability. In such weighted timed games (like in untimed weighted games in the presence of negative weights), Min may need finite memory to play (close to) optimally. This is thus tempting to try to emulate this finite memory with other strategic capabilities. In this talk, after presenting weighted timed games and the properties of the classical (deterministic) value, we allow the players to use stochastic decisions, both in the choice of transitions and of timing delays. We give for the first time a definition of the expected value in weighted timed games, overcoming several theoretical challenges. We then show that, in divergent weighted timed games, the stochastic value is indeed equal to the classical (deterministic) value, thus proving that Min can guarantee the same value while only using stochastic choices, and no memory. This is joint work with Benjamin Monmege and Pierre-Alain Reynier.