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Electronic Colloquium on Computational Complexity

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What we do and why

The Electronic Colloquium on Computational Complexity (ECCC) was established in 1994 as a forum for the rapid and widespread interchange of ideas, techniques, and research in computational complexity. Posting on the ECCC has the status of a technical report. The Electronic Colloquium on Computational Complexity welcomes papers, short notes, and surveys, with
  • relevance to the theory of computation,
  • clear mathematical profile, and
  • strictly mathematical format.

Central topics

  • models of computation and their complexity.
  • complexity bounds and trade-offs (with the emphasis on lower bounds).
  • complexity theoretic aspects of specific areas including coding theory, combinatorics, cryptography, game theory, logic, machine learning, optimization, property testing, and quantum computation.
For more details see the Call for Papers.

More reading

Here are some papers on the idea and concept of electronic colloquia and ECCC.

Latest News
5th January 2017 18:30

ECCC relocated to Weizmann Institute

The ECCC has just relocated at the Weizmann Institute of Science. The previous locations were first at the University of Trier (1994-2004), and then at the Hasso Plattner Institute (2004-2016).

Our new URL is eccc.weizmann.ac.il, and the previous URL (eccc.hpi-web.de) is supposed to redirect to the new location. All hyperlinks to reports are still functional after the transition.

Our first priority at the next couple of weeks is to verify that the transition has been performed smoothly and that all existing features work as they used to. (Later on and as circumstances permit, we shall perform various minor improvements, which were on our TODO list for a while.)

Please inform Amir Gonen (amir.gonen@weizmann.ac.il), while CCing Oded Goldreich (oded.goldreich@weizmann.ac.il), as soon as you discover anything that does not function as it used to.

At this point, I would like to thank Christoph Meinel, who has been one of the founders of ECCC and served as its chief editor and head of its local office for 23 years. Special thanks also to Christian Willems, who has provided the technical support for the operation of ECCC for the last few years and has supervised the current transition from the sending side. (I am aware that others deserves much credits as well, but regret that I cannot provide the relevant details at this time. Providing a full account of the history of the establishing of ECCC and its operation since 1994, in the form of a "History of ECCC" page, is on our TODO list.)

Lastly, many thanks to Amir Gonen for performing the transition on the receiving side and for agreeing to undertake the operation from this point on.

Oded Goldreich


23rd December 2016 12:53

ECCC moves to Weizmann Institute

After 23 years of running the ECCC, first at the University of Trier, then at the Hasso Plattner Institute, the ECCC will find a new home at the Weizmann Institute.

This smooth transition will happen with the beginning of 2017. We will keep you informed upfront.


4th March 2016 14:00

ECCC Archive DVD 2015

209 reports have been published on ECCC in 2015. The collection of all these reports is now available on DVD. You can order the archive (and also the archive DVDs from earlier years) at the local office. Please email eccc@eccc.hpi-web.de for ordering.

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Latest Reports
TR18-175 | 23rd October 2018
Bruno Loff, Sagnik Mukhopadhyay

Lifting Theorems for Equality

We show a deterministic simulation (or lifting) theorem for composed problems $f \circ EQ_n$ where the inner function (the gadget) is Equality on $n$ bits. When $f$ is a total function on $p$ bits, it is easy to show via a rank argument that the communication complexity of $f\circ EQ_n$ ... more >>>


TR18-174 | 19th October 2018
Anastasiya Chistopolskaya, Vladimir Podolskii

Parity Decision Tree Complexity is Greater Than Granularity

We prove a new lower bound on the parity decision tree complexity $D_{\oplus}(f)$ of a Boolean function $f$. Namely, granularity of the Boolean function $f$ is the smallest $k$ such that all Fourier coefficients of $f$ are integer multiples of $1/2^k$. We show that $D_{\oplus}(f)\geq k+1$.

This lower bound is ... more >>>


TR18-173 | 17th October 2018
Eric Allender, Rahul Ilango, Neekon Vafa

The Non-Hardness of Approximating Circuit Size

The Minimum Circuit Size Problem (MCSP) has been the focus of intense study recently; MCSP is hard for SZK under rather powerful reductions, and is provably not hard under “local” reductions computable in TIME($n^{0.49}$). The question of whether MCSP is NP-hard (or indeed, hard even for small subclasses of P) ... more >>>


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