Tight Bounds for Blind Search on the Integers

Martin Dietzfelbinger, Jonathan E. Rowe, Ingo Wegener & Philipp Woelfel
We analyze a simple random process in which a token is moved in the interval $A={0,dots,n$: Fix a probability distribution $mu$ over ${1,dots,n$. Initially, the token is placed in a random position in $A$. In round $t$, a random value $d$ is chosen according to $mu$. If the token is in position $ageq d$, then it is moved to position $a-d$. Otherwise it stays put. Let $T$ be the number of rounds until the token...