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All reports by Author Zhenjian Lu:

TR21-041 | 15th March 2021
Zhenjian Lu, Igor Carboni Oliveira

An Efficient Coding Theorem via Probabilistic Representations and its Applications

A probabilistic representation of a string $x \in \{0,1\}^n$ is given by the code of a randomized algorithm that outputs $x$ with high probability [Oliveira, ICALP 2019]. We employ probabilistic representations to establish the first unconditional Coding Theorem in time-bounded Kolmogorov complexity. More precisely, we show that if a distribution ... more >>>

TR21-040 | 15th March 2021
Lijie Chen, Zhenjian Lu, Xin Lyu, Igor Carboni Oliveira

Majority vs. Approximate Linear Sum and Average-Case Complexity Below NC1

We develop a general framework that characterizes strong average-case lower bounds against circuit classes $\mathcal{C}$ contained in $\mathrm{NC}^1$, such as $\mathrm{AC}^0[\oplus]$ and $\mathrm{ACC}^0$. We apply this framework to show:

- Generic seed reduction: Pseudorandom generators (PRGs) against $\mathcal{C}$ of seed length $\leq n -1$ and error $\varepsilon(n) = n^{-\omega(1)}$ can ... more >>>

TR21-039 | 15th March 2021
Zhenjian Lu, Igor Carboni Oliveira, Rahul Santhanam

Pseudodeterministic Algorithms and the Structure of Probabilistic Time

We connect the study of pseudodeterministic algorithms to two major open problems about the structural complexity of $BPTIME$: proving hierarchy theorems and showing the existence of complete problems. Our main contributions can be summarised as follows.

1. A new pseudorandom generator and its consequences: We build on techniques developed to ... more >>>

TR20-018 | 18th February 2020
Valentine Kabanets, Sajin Koroth, Zhenjian Lu, Dimitrios Myrisiotis, Igor Oliveira

Algorithms and Lower Bounds for de Morgan Formulas of Low-Communication Leaf Gates

The class $FORMULA[s] \circ \mathcal{G}$ consists of Boolean functions computable by size-$s$ de Morgan formulas whose leaves are any Boolean functions from a class $\mathcal{G}$. We give lower bounds and (SAT, Learning, and PRG) algorithms for $FORMULA[n^{1.99}]\circ \mathcal{G}$, for classes $\mathcal{G}$ of functions with low communication complexity. Let $R^{(k)}(\mathcal{G})$ be ... more >>>

TR19-022 | 23rd February 2019
Mahdi Cheraghchi, Valentine Kabanets, Zhenjian Lu, Dimitrios Myrisiotis

Circuit Lower Bounds for MCSP from Local Pseudorandom Generators

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The Minimum Circuit Size Problem (MCSP) asks if a given truth table of a Boolean function $f$ can be computed by a Boolean circuit of size at most $\theta$, for a given parameter $\theta$. We improve several circuit lower bounds for MCSP, using pseudorandom generators (PRGs) that are local; a ... more >>>

TR18-115 | 11th June 2018
Valentine Kabanets, Zhenjian Lu

Satisfiability and Derandomization for Small Polynomial Threshold Circuits

A polynomial threshold function (PTF) is defined as the sign of a polynomial $p\colon\bool^n\to\mathbb{R}$. A PTF circuit is a Boolean circuit whose gates are PTFs. We study the problems of exact and (promise) approximate counting for PTF circuits of constant depth.

Satisfiability (#SAT). We give the first zero-error randomized algorithm ... more >>>

TR18-012 | 20th January 2018
Valentine Kabanets, Zhenjian Lu

Nisan-Wigderson Pseudorandom Generators for Circuits with Polynomial Threshold Gates

We show how the classical Nisan-Wigderson (NW) generator [Nisan & Wigderson, 1994] yields a nontrivial pseudorandom generator (PRG) for circuits with sublinearly many polynomial threshold function (PTF) gates. For the special case of a single PTF of degree $d$ on $n$ inputs, our PRG for error $\epsilon$ has the seed ... more >>>

TR17-026 | 17th February 2017
Valentine Kabanets, Daniel Kane, Zhenjian Lu

A Polynomial Restriction Lemma with Applications

A polynomial threshold function (PTF) of degree $d$ is a boolean function of the form $f=\mathrm{sgn}(p)$, where $p$ is a degree-$d$ polynomial, and $\mathrm{sgn}$ is the sign function. The main result of the paper is an almost optimal bound on the probability that a random restriction of a PTF is ... more >>>

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