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Rendezvous in higher dimensions

Alpern, Steven and Baston, Vic (2006) Rendezvous in higher dimensions. SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization, 44 (6). 2233 - 2252. ISSN 0363-0129

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Identification Number: 10.1137/S0363012904443531


Two players are placed on the integer lattice Zn (consisting of points in n-dimensional space with all coordinates integers) so that their vector difference is of length 2 and parallel to one of the axes. Their aim is to move to an adjacent node in each period, so that they meet (occupy same node) in least expected time R(n), called the rendezvous value. We assume they have no common notion of directions or orientations (i.e., no common notion of "clockwise"). We extend the known result R(1)=3.25 of Alpern and Gal to obtain R(2)=197/32=\allowbreak6.\allowbreak16, and the bounds 2n≤R(n)≤(32n3+12n2−2n−3)/12n2. For n=2 we characterize the set of all optimal strategies and show that none of them simultaneously maximizes the probability of meeting by time t for all t. This behavior differs from that found by Anderson and Fekete, and the authors, for the related problem where the players are initially placed at diagonals of one of the squares of the lattice Z2.

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Additional Information: © 2006 Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
Divisions: Mathematics
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2008 15:43
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 00:26

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