Reversibility of computations in graph-walking automata

Michal Kunc, Alexander Okhotin

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Graph-walking automata (GWA) are finite-state devices that traverse graphs given as an input by following their edges; they have been studied both as a theoretical notion and as a model of pathfinding in robotics. If a graph is regarded as the set of memory configurations of a certain abstract machine, then various families of devices can be described as GWA: such are two-way finite automata, their multi-head and multi-tape variants, tree-walking automata and their extension with pebbles, picture-walking automata, space-bounded Turing machines, etc. This paper defines a transformation of an arbitrary deterministic GWA to a reversible GWA. This is done with a linear blow-up in the number of states, where the constant factor depends on the degree of the graphs being traversed. The construction directly applies to all basic models representable as GWA, and, in particular, subsumes numerous existing results for making individual models halt on every input.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104631
JournalInformation and Computation
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020

Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics

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