From nondeterministic Buchi and Streett automata to deterministic parity automata
conference contributionposted on 28.09.2015, 10:47 by Nir Piterman
In this paper we revisit Safra's determinization constructions. We show how to construct deterministic automata with fewer states and, most importantly, parity acceptance conditions. Specifically, starting from a nondeterministic Buchi automaton with n states our construction yields a deterministic parity automaton with n2n+2 states and index 2n (instead of a Rabin automaton with (12)nn2n states and n pairs). Starting from a nondeterministic Streett automaton with n states and k pairs our construction yields a deterministic parity automaton with nn(k+2)+2(k+1)2n(K+1) states and index 2n(k+1) (instead of a Rabin automaton with (12)n(k+1)n n(k+2)(k+1)2n(k+1) states and n(k+1) pairs). The parity condition is much simpler than the Rabin condition. In applications such as solving games and emptiness of tree automata handling the Rabin condition involves an additional multiplier of n2n!(or(n(k+1))2(n(k+1))! in the case of Streett) which is saved using our construction.