Revision #2 Authors: Oded Goldreich, Or Meir

Accepted on: 16th June 2011 20:55

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Given two codes $R$ and $C$, their tensor product $R \otimes C$ consists of all matrices whose rows are codewords of $R$ and whose columns are codewords of $C$. The product $R \otimes C$ is said to be robust if for every matrix $M$ that is far from $R \otimes C$ it holds that the rows and columns of $M$ are far on average from $R$ and $C$ respectively. Ben-Sasson and Sudan (ECCC TR04-046) have asked under which conditions the product $R \otimes C$ is robust.

Addressing this question, Paul Valiant (APPROX-RANDOM 2005) constructed two linear codes with constant relative distance whose tensor product is not robust. However, one of those codes has a sub-constant rate. We show that this construction can be modified such that both codes have both constant rate and constant relative distance. We also provide an alternative proof for the non-robustness of the tensor product of those codes, based on the inverse direction of the “rectangle method” that was presented by the second author (ECCC TR07-061). We believe that this proof gives an additional intuition for why this construction works.

Revision #1 Authors: Oded Goldreich, Or Meir

Accepted on: 13th June 2011 18:54

Downloads: 2665

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Given two codes $R,C$, their tensor product $R \otimes C$ consists of all matrices whose rows are codewords of $R$ and whose columns are codewords of $C$. The product $R \otimes C$ is said to be robust if for every matrix $M$ that is far from $R \otimes C$ it holds that the rows and columns of M are far from R and C respectively. Ben-Sasson and Sudan (ECCC TR04-046) have asked under which conditions the product $R \otimes C$ is robust.

Paul Valiant (APPROX-RANDOM 2005) constructed two linear codes with constant relative distance whose tensor product is not robust. However, one of those codes has a sub-constant rate. We show that this construction can be modified such that both codes have both constant rate and constant relative distance. We also provide an alternative proof for the non-robustness of the tensor product of the codes of Valiant, based on the inverse direction of the “rectangle method” that was presented by the second author (ECCC TR07-061). We believe that this proof gives an additional intuition for why this construction works.

TR07-062 Authors: Oded Goldreich, Or Meir

Publication: 15th July 2007 13:12

Downloads: 3118

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Given two codes R,C, their tensor product $R \otimes C$ consists of all matrices whose rows are codewords of R and whose columns are codewords of C. The product $R \otimes C$ is said to be robust if for every matrix M that is far from $R \otimes C$ it holds that the rows and columns of M are far from R and C respectively. Ben-Sasson and Sudan (ECCC TR04-046) have asked under which conditions the product $R \otimes C$ is robust.

Paul Valiant (APPROX-RANDOM 2005) gave an example of two linear codes with constant relative distance whose tensor product is not robust. However, one of those codes has a sub-constant rate. We show that this example can be modified so that both codes have constant rate and relative distance.