PSPACE-Completeness of Sliding-Block Puzzles and Other Problems through the Nondeterministic Constraint Logic Model of Computation

@article{Hearn2005PSPACECompletenessOS,
  title={PSPACE-Completeness of Sliding-Block Puzzles and Other Problems through the Nondeterministic Constraint Logic Model of Computation},
  author={Robert A. Hearn and Erik D. Demaine},
  journal={Theor. Comput. Sci.},
  year={2005},
  volume={343},
  pages={72-96}
}
We present a nondeterministic model of computation based on reversing edge directions in weighted directed graphs with minimum in-flow constraints on vertices. Deciding whether this simple graph model can be manipulated in order to reverse the direction of a particular edge is shown to be PSPACEcomplete by a reduction from Quantified Boolean Formulas. We prove this result in a variety of special cases including planar graphs and highly restricted vertex configurations, some of which correspond… CONTINUE READING
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