Centre for Discrete and Applicable Mathematics

 CDAM Research Report, LSE-CDAM-97-13

November 1997

Rendezvous Search on a Graph

Steve Alpern, V.J. Baston, and Skander Essegaier


Two agents are randomly placed on nodes of a known graph. They are aware of their own position, up to certain symmetries of the graph, but not that of the other agent. At each step, each agent may stay where he is or move to an adjacent node. Their common aim is to minimize the expected number of steps required to meet (occupy the same node). We consider two cases determined by whether or not the players are constrained to use identical strategies. This work extends that of Anderson and Weber on `discrete locations' (complete graph) and is related to continuous (time and space) rendezvous as formulated by Alpern. Probabilistic notions arise in the random initial placement, in the random symmetries determining spatial uncertainty of agents, and through the use of mixed strategies.

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