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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 1907971, 12 pages
Research Article

A Semi-Markov Decision Model for Recognizing the Destination of a Maneuvering Agent in Real Time Strategy Games

College of Information System and Management, National University of Defense Technology, Changsha 410073, China

Received 19 August 2015; Accepted 16 December 2015

Academic Editor: M. I. Herreros

Copyright © 2016 Quanjun Yin et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Recognizing destinations of a maneuvering agent is important in real time strategy games. Because finding path in an uncertain environment is essentially a sequential decision problem, we can model the maneuvering process by the Markov decision process (MDP). However, the MDP does not define an action duration. In this paper, we propose a novel semi-Markov decision model (SMDM). In the SMDM, the destination is regarded as a hidden state, which affects selection of an action; the action is affiliated with a duration variable, which indicates whether the action is completed. We also exploit a Rao-Blackwellised particle filter (RBPF) for inference under the dynamic Bayesian network structure of the SMDM. In experiments, we simulate agents’ maneuvering in a combat field and employ agents’ traces to evaluate the performance of our method. The results show that the SMDM outperforms another extension of the MDP in terms of precision, recall, and -measure. Destinations are recognized efficiently by our method no matter whether they are changed or not. Additionally, the RBPF infer destinations with smaller variance and less time than the SPF. The average failure rates of the RBPF are lower when the number of particles is not enough.