Boaz Barak, Yehuda Lindell, Salil Vadhan

We show new lower bounds and impossibility results for general (possibly <i>non-black-box</i>) zero-knowledge proofs and arguments. Our main results are that, under reasonable complexity assumptions:

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<li> There does not exist a two-round zero-knowledge <i>proof</i> system with perfect completeness for an NP-complete language. The previous impossibility result for two-round zero ...
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Ronen Shaltiel

Let $\cal C$ be a class of distributions over $\B^n$. A deterministic randomness extractor for $\cal C$ is a function $E:\B^n \ar \B^m$ such that for any $X$ in $\cal C$ the distribution $E(X)$ is statistically close to the uniform distribution. A long line of research deals with explicit constructions ... more >>>

Ronen Gradwohl, Salil Vadhan, David Zuckerman

We consider the problem of random selection, where $p$ players follow a protocol to jointly select a random element of a universe of size $n$. However, some of the players may be adversarial and collude to force the output to lie in a small subset of the universe. We describe ... more >>>

Piotr Indyk

We give an explicit construction of a constant-distortion embedding of an n-dimensional L_2 space into an n^{1+o(1)}-dimensional L_1 space.

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We give new constructions of randomness extractors and lossless condensers that are optimal to within constant factors in both the seed length and the output length. For extractors, this matches the parameters of the current best known construction [LRVW03]; for lossless condensers, the previous best constructions achieved optimality to within ... more >>>

Oded Goldreich, Or Sheffet

We initiate a general study of the randomness complexity of

property testing, aimed at reducing the randomness complexity of

testers without (significantly) increasing their query complexity.

One concrete motovation for this study is provided by the

observation that the product of the randomness and query complexity

of a tester determine ...
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Oded Goldreich

Motivated by a recent study of Zimand (22nd CCC, 2007),

we consider the average-case complexity of property testing

(focusing, for clarity, on testing properties of Boolean strings).

We make two observations:

1) In the context of average-case analysis with respect to

the uniform distribution (on all strings of ...
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John Hitchcock, A. Pavan, Vinodchandran Variyam

We clarify the role of Kolmogorov complexity in the area of randomness extraction. We show that a computable function is an almost randomness extractor if and only if it is a Kolmogorov complexity

extractor, thus establishing a fundamental equivalence between two forms of extraction studied in the literature: Kolmogorov extraction

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Mahdi Cheraghchi, Venkatesan Guruswami

Non-malleable coding, introduced by Dziembowski, Pietrzak and Wichs (ICS 2010), aims for protecting the integrity of information against tampering attacks in situations where error-detection is impossible. Intuitively, information encoded by a non-malleable code either decodes to the original message or, in presence of any tampering, to an unrelated message. Non-malleable ... more >>>

Oded Goldreich, Emanuele Viola, Avi Wigderson

We consider randomness extraction by AC0 circuits. The main parameter, $n$, is the length of the source, and all other parameters are functions of it. The additional extraction parameters are the min-entropy bound $k=k(n)$, the seed length $r=r(n)$, the output length $m=m(n)$, and the (output) deviation bound $\epsilon=\epsilon(n)$.

For $k ... more >>>

Roei Tell

The quantified derandomization problem of a circuit class $\mathcal{C}$ with a function $B:\mathbb{N}\rightarrow\mathbb{N}$ is the following: Given an input circuit $C\in\mathcal{C}$ over $n$ bits, deterministically distinguish between the case that $C$ accepts all but $B(n)$ of its inputs and the case that $C$ rejects all but $B(n)$ of its inputs. ... more >>>

Xin Li, Shachar Lovett, Jiapeng Zhang

The Erdos-Rado sunflower theorem (Journal of Lond. Math. Soc. 1960) is a fundamental result in combinatorics, and the corresponding sunflower conjecture is a central open problem. Motivated by applications in complexity theory, Rossman (FOCS 2010) extended the result to quasi-sunflowers, where similar conjectures emerge about the optimal parameters for which ... more >>>

Xue Chen, David Zuckerman

We show that a small subset of seeds of any strong extractor also gives a strong extractor with similar parameters when the number of output bits is a constant. Specifically, if $Ext: \{0,1\}^n \times \{0,1\}^t \to \{0,1\}^m$ is a strong $(k,\epsilon)$-extractor, then for at least 99% of choices of $\tilde{O}(n ... more >>>

Divesh Aggarwal, Siyao Guo, Maciej Obremski, Joao Ribeiro, Noah Stephens-Davidowitz

We revisit the fundamental problem of determining seed length lower bounds for strong extractors and natural variants thereof. These variants stem from a ``change in quantifiers'' over the seeds of the extractor: While a strong extractor requires that the average output bias (over all seeds) is small for all input ... more >>>