The Polyhedron-Hitting Problem

Ventsislav Chonev, Joel Ouaknine, and James Worrell

We consider polyhedral versions of Kannan and Lipton's Orbit Problem [14,13] -- determining whether a target polyhedron V may be reached from a starting point x under repeated applications of a linear transformation A in an ambient vector space Qm. In the context of program verication, very similar reachability questions were also considered and left open by Lee and Yannakakis in [15], and by Braverman in [4]. We present what amounts to a complete characterisation of the decidability landscape for this problem, expressed as a function of the dimension m of the ambient space, together with the dimension of the polyhedral target V: more precisely, for each pair of dimensions, we either establish decidability, or show hardness for longstanding open problems.

Proceedings of SODA 15, 2015. 17 pages.

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