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Technical Report: UTEP-CS-03-29

Published in International Journal of Intelligent Systems, 2005, Vol. 20, No. 9, pp. 939-956.


In a 1944 book that started game theory (and mathematical approach to conflict resolution), von Neumann and Morgenstern proposed the notion of a solution. When the situation changes, the old solution is often no longer a solution, so it needs to be updated. In practical applications, it is usually desirable to keep the solution change "minimal" in some reasonable sense. We show that for a seemingly straightforward formalization of this minimality, checking whether a change is minimal is NP-hard. We also show that by representing the notion of a solution as a collection of revision rules, we can produce a reasonable notion of minimality for which there exists a feasible algorithm for checking minimality of update.