Luca Trevisan

We show that Yao's XOR Lemma, and its essentially equivalent

rephrasing as a Direct Product Lemma, can be

re-interpreted as a way of obtaining error-correcting

codes with good list-decoding algorithms from error-correcting

codes having weak unique-decoding algorithms. To get codes

with good rate and efficient list decoding algorithms

one needs ...
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Emanuele Viola

We study the correlation between low-degree GF(2) polynomials p and explicit functions. Our main results are the following:

(I) We prove that the Mod_m unction on n bits has correlation at most exp(-Omega(n/4^d)) with any GF(2) polynomial of degree d, for any fixed odd integer m. This improves on the ... more >>>

Anup Rao

A construction of Bourgain gave the first 2-source

extractor to break the min-entropy rate 1/2 barrier. In this note,

we write an exposition of his result, giving a high level way to view

his extractor construction.

We also include a proof of a generalization of Vazirani's XOR lemma

that seems ...
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Ronen Shaltiel, Emanuele Viola

Hardness amplification is the fundamental task of

converting a $\delta$-hard function $f : {0,1}^n ->

{0,1}$ into a $(1/2-\eps)$-hard function $Amp(f)$,

where $f$ is $\gamma$-hard if small circuits fail to

compute $f$ on at least a $\gamma$ fraction of the

inputs. Typically, $\eps,\delta$ are small (and

$\delta=2^{-k}$ captures the case ...
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Falk Unger

We prove a simple concentration inequality, which is an extension of the Chernoff bound and Hoeffding's inequality for binary random variables. Instead of assuming independence of the variables we use a slightly weaker condition, namely bounds on the co-moments.

This inequality allows us to simplify and strengthen several known ... more >>>