Alexander E. Andreev, Andrea E. F. Clementi, Jose' D. P. Rolim

We show that hitting sets can derandomize any BPP-algorithm.

This gives a positive answer to a fundamental open question in

probabilistic algorithms. More precisely, we present a polynomial

time deterministic algorithm which uses any given hitting set

to approximate the fractions of 1's in the ...
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Alexander E. Andreev, Andrea E. F. Clementi, Jose' D. P. Rolim

We present the first worst-case hardness conditions

on the circuit complexity of EXP functions which are

sufficient to obtain P=BPP. In particular, we show that

from such hardness conditions it is possible to construct

quick Hitting Sets Generators with logarithmic prize.

...
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Alexander E. Andreev, Andrea E. F. Clementi, Jose' D.P. Rolim and Trevisan

We show how to simulate any BPP algorithm in polynomial time

using a weak random source of min-entropy $r^{\gamma}$

for any $\gamma >0$.

This follows from a more general result about {\em sampling\/}

with weak random sources.

Our result matches an information-theoretic lower bound ...
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Eric Allender, Shiyu Zhou

We show that the complexity class LogFew is contained

in NL $\cap$ SPL. Previously, this was known only to

hold in the nonuniform setting.

Dimitris Fotakis, Paul Spirakis

In this work we use random walks on expanders in order to

relax the properties of hitting sets required for partially

derandomizing one-side error algorithms. Building on a well-known

probability amplification technique [AKS87,CW89,IZ89], we use

random walks on expander graphs of subexponential (in the

random bit complexity) size so as ...
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H. Buhrman, Dieter van Melkebeek, K.W. Regan, Martin Strauss, D. Sivakumar

We introduce "resource-bounded betting games", and propose

a generalization of Lutz's resource-bounded measure in which the choice

of next string to bet on is fully adaptive. Lutz's martingales are

equivalent to betting games constrained to bet on strings in lexicographic

order. We show that if strong pseudo-random number generators exist,

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Madhu Sudan, Luca Trevisan, Salil Vadhan

Impagliazzo and Wigderson have recently shown that

if there exists a decision problem solvable in time $2^{O(n)}$

and having circuit complexity $2^{\Omega(n)}$

(for all but finitely many $n$) then $\p=\bpp$. This result

is a culmination of a series of works showing

connections between the existence of hard predicates

and ...
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Valentine Kabanets

Andreev et al.~\cite{ABCR97} give constructions of Boolean

functions (computable by polynomial-size circuits) that require large

read-once branching program (1-b.p.'s): a function in P that requires

1-b.p. of size at least $2^{n-\polylog(n)}$, a function in quasipolynomial

time that requires 1-b.p. of size at least $2^{n-O(\log n)}$, and a

function in LINSPACE ...
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Valentine Kabanets, Jin-Yi Cai

We study the complexity of the circuit minimization problem:

given the truth table of a Boolean function f and a parameter s, decide

whether f can be realized by a Boolean circuit of size at most s. We argue

why this problem is unlikely to be in P (or ...
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Oded Goldreich, Salil Vadhan, Avi Wigderson

A hitting-set generator is a deterministic

algorithm which generates a set of strings that intersects

every dense set recognizable by a small circuit.

A polynomial time hitting-set generator readily implies $RP=P$.

Andreev \etal\/ (ICALP'96, and JACM 1998)

showed that if polynomial-time hitting-set

generator in fact implies ...
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Valentine Kabanets, Charles Rackoff, Stephen Cook

We consider a class, denoted APP, of real-valued functions

f:{0,1}^n\rightarrow [0,1] such that f can be approximated, to

within any epsilon>0, by a probabilistic Turing machine running in

time poly(n,1/epsilon). We argue that APP can be viewed as a

generalization of BPP, and show that APP contains a natural

complete ...
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Uriel Feige, Marek Karpinski, Michael Langberg

We design a $0.795$ approximation algorithm for the Max-Bisection problem

restricted to regular graphs. In the case of three regular graphs our

results imply an approximation ratio of $0.834$.

Oded Goldreich, Avi Wigderson

In the theory of pseudorandomness, potential (uniform) observers

are modeled as probabilistic polynomial-time machines.

In fact many of the central results in

that theory are proven via probabilistic polynomial-time reductions.

In this paper we show that analogous deterministic reductions

are unlikely to hold. We conclude that randomness ...
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Evgeny Dantsin, Edward Hirsch, Sergei Ivanov, Maxim Vsemirnov

We survey recent algorithms for the propositional

satisfiability problem, in particular algorithms

that have the best current worst-case upper bounds

on their complexity. We also discuss some related

issues: the derandomization of the algorithm of

Paturi, Pudlak, Saks and Zane, the Valiant-Vazirani

Lemma, and random walk ...
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Valentine Kabanets

This survey focuses on the recent (after 1998) developments in

the area of derandomization, with the emphasis on the derandomization of

time-bounded randomized complexity classes.

Eric Allender, Harry Buhrman, Michal Koucky, Detlef Ronneburger, Dieter van Melkebeek

We consider sets of strings with high Kolmogorov complexity, mainly

in resource-bounded settings but also in the traditional

recursion-theoretic sense. We present efficient reductions, showing

that these sets are hard and complete for various complexity classes.

In particular, in addition to the usual Kolmogorov complexity measure

K, ...
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Rahul Santhanam

We consider uniform assumptions for derandomization. We provide

intuitive evidence that BPP can be simulated non-trivially in

deterministic time by showing that (1) P \not \subseteq i.o.i.PLOYLOGSPACE

implies BPP \subseteq SUBEXP (2) P \not \subseteq SUBPSPACE implies BPP

= P. These results extend and complement earlier work of ...
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Oded Goldreich, Avi Wigderson

For every $\epsilon>0$,

we present a {\em deterministic}\/ log-space algorithm

that correctly decides undirected graph connectivity

on all but at most $2^{n^\epsilon}$ of the $n$-vertex graphs.

The same holds for every problem in Symmetric Log-space (i.e., $\SL$).

Making no assumptions (and in particular not assuming the ... more >>>

Noga Alon, Oded Goldreich, Yishay Mansour

We say that a distribution over $\{0,1\}^n$

is almost $k$-wise independent

if its restriction to every $k$ coordinates results in a

distribution that is close to the uniform distribution.

A natural question regarding almost $k$-wise independent

distributions is how close they are to some $k$-wise

independent distribution. We show ...
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Valentine Kabanets, Russell Impagliazzo

We show that derandomizing Polynomial Identity Testing is,

essentially, equivalent to proving circuit lower bounds for

NEXP. More precisely, we prove that if one can test in polynomial

time (or, even, nondeterministic subexponential time, infinitely

often) whether a given arithmetic circuit over integers computes an

identically zero polynomial, then either ...
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Luca Trevisan

We describe a deterministic algorithm that, for constant k,

given a k-DNF or k-CNF formula f and a parameter e, runs in time

linear in the size of f and polynomial in 1/e and returns an

estimate of the fraction of satisfying assignments for f up to ...
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Philippe Moser

We prove that BPP has Lutz's p-dimension at most 1/2 unless BPP equals EXP.

Next we show that BPP has Lutz's p-dimension zero unless BPP equals EXP

on infinitely many input lengths.

We also prove that BPP has measure zero in the smaller complexity

class ...
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Vikraman Arvind, Jacobo Toran

The Group Isomorphism problem consists in deciding whether two input

groups $G_1$ and $G_2$ given by their multiplication tables are

isomorphic. We first give a 2-round Arthur-Merlin protocol for the

Group Non-Isomorphism problem such that on input groups $(G_1,G_2)$

of size $n$, Arthur uses ...
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Ronen Shaltiel, Chris Umans

We study computational procedures that use both randomness and nondeterminism. Examples are Arthur-Merlin games and approximate counting and sampling of NP-witnesses. The goal of this paper is to derandomize such procedures under the weakest possible assumptions.

Our main technical contribution allows one to ``boost'' a given hardness assumption. One special ... more >>>

Omer Reingold

We present a deterministic, log-space algorithm that solves

st-connectivity in undirected graphs. The previous bound on the

space complexity of undirected st-connectivity was

log^{4/3}() obtained by Armoni, Ta-Shma, Wigderson and

Zhou. As undirected st-connectivity is

complete for the class of problems solvable by symmetric,

non-deterministic, log-space computations (the class SL), ...
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Neeraj Kayal

Let $\mathbb{F}_q$ be a finite field and $f(x) \in \mathbb{F}_q(x)$ be a rational function over $\mathbb{F}_q$.

The decision problem {\bf PermFunction} consists of deciding whether $f(x)$ induces a permutation on

the elements of $\mathbb{F}_q$. That is, we want to decide whether the corresponding map

$f : \mathbb{F}_q ...
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Oded Goldreich

We survey known results regarding locally testable codes

and locally testable proofs (known as PCPs),

with emphasis on the length of these constructs.

Locally testability refers to approximately testing

large objects based on a very small number of probes,

each retrieving a single bit in the ...
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Oded Goldreich

The notion of promise problems was introduced and initially studied

by Even, Selman and Yacobi

(Information and Control, Vol.~61, pages 159-173, 1984).

In this article we survey some of the applications that this

notion has found in the twenty years that elapsed.

These include the notion ...
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Omer Reingold, Luca Trevisan, Salil Vadhan

Motivated by Reingold's recent deterministic log-space algorithm for Undirected S-T Connectivity (ECCC TR 04-94), we revisit the general RL vs. L question, obtaining the following results.

1. We exhibit a new complete problem for RL: S-T Connectivity restricted to directed graphs for which the random walk is promised to have ... more >>>

Daniel Rolf

The PPSZ algorithm presented by Paturi, Pudlak, Saks, and Zane in 1998 has the nice feature that the only satisfying solution of a uniquely satisfiable $3$-SAT formulas can be found in expected running time at most $\Oc(1.3071^n).$ Using the technique of limited independence, we can derandomize this algorithm yielding $\Oc(1.3071^n)$ ... more >>>

Lance Fortnow, Adam Klivans

We show that RL is contained in L/O(n), i.e., any language computable

in randomized logarithmic space can be computed in deterministic

logarithmic space with a linear amount of non-uniform advice. To

prove our result we show how to take an ultra-low space walk on

the Gabber-Galil expander graph.

Emanuele Viola

We exhibit an explicitly computable `pseudorandom' generator stretching $l$ bits into $m(l) = l^{\Omega(\log l)}$ bits that look random to constant-depth circuits of size $m(l)$ with $\log m(l)$ arbitrary symmetric gates (e.g. PARITY, MAJORITY). This improves on a generator by Luby, Velickovic and Wigderson (ISTCS '93) that achieves the same ... more >>>

Philippe Moser

We introduce a new measure notion on small complexity classes (called F-measure), based on martingale families,

that get rid of some drawbacks of previous measure notions:

martingale families can make money on all strings,

and yield random sequences with an equal frequency of 0's and 1's.

As applications to F-measure,

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Ariel Gabizon, Ran Raz, Ronen Shaltiel

An $(n,k)$-bit-fixing source is a distribution $X$ over $\B^n$ such that

there is a subset of $k$ variables in $X_1,\ldots,X_n$ which are uniformly

distributed and independent of each other, and the remaining $n-k$ variables

are fixed. A deterministic bit-fixing source extractor is a function $E:\B^n

\ar \B^m$ which on ...
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Xiaoyang Gu, Jack H. Lutz

We use derandomization to show that sequences of positive $\pspace$-dimension -- in fact, even positive $\Delta^\p_k$-dimension

for suitable $k$ -- have, for many purposes, the full power of random oracles. For example, we show that, if $S$ is any binary sequence whose $\Delta^p_3$-dimension is positive, then $\BPP\subseteq \P^S$ and, moreover, ...
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Eyal Kaplan, Moni Naor, Omer Reingold

Constructions of k-wise almost independent permutations have been receiving a growing amount of attention in recent years. However, unlike the case of k-wise independent functions, the size of previously constructed families of such permutations is far from optimal.

In this paper we describe a method for reducing the size of ... more >>>

Alexander Healy

We construct a randomness-efficient averaging sampler that is computable by uniform constant-depth circuits with parity gates (i.e., in AC^0[mod 2]). Our sampler matches the parameters achieved by random walks on constant-degree expander graphs, allowing us to apply a variety expander-based techniques within NC^1. For example, we obtain the following results:

... more >>>Avi Wigderson, David Xiao

Ahlswede and Winter introduced a Chernoff bound for matrix-valued random variables, which is a non-trivial generalization of the usual Chernoff bound for real-valued random variables. We present an efficient derandomization of their bound using the method of pessimistic estimators (see Raghavan). As a consequence, we derandomize a construction of Alon ... more >>>

Shachar Lovett, Sasha Sodin

It is well known that $\R^N$ has subspaces of dimension

proportional to $N$ on which the $\ell_1$ norm is equivalent to the

$\ell_2$ norm; however, no explicit constructions are known.

Extending earlier work by Artstein--Avidan and Milman, we prove that

such a subspace can be generated using $O(N)$ random bits.

Andris Ambainis, Joseph Emerson

A t-design for quantum states is a finite set of quantum states with the property of simulating the Haar-measure on quantum states w.r.t. any test that uses at most t copies of a state. We give efficient constructions for approximate quantum t-designs for arbitrary t.

We then show that an ... more >>>

Kai-Min Chung, Omer Reingold, Salil Vadhan

We present a deterministic logspace algorithm for solving s-t connectivity on directed graphs if (i) we are given a stationary distribution for random walk on the graph and (ii) the random walk which starts at the source vertex $s$ has polynomial mixing time. This result generalizes the recent deterministic logspace ... more >>>

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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Shankar Kalyanaraman, Chris Umans

We study multiplayer games in which the participants have access to

only limited randomness. This constrains both the algorithms used to

compute equilibria (they should use little or no randomness) as well

as the mixed strategies that the participants are capable of playing

(these should be sparse). We frame algorithmic ...
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Ronen Shaltiel, Chris Umans

In 1998, Impagliazzo and Wigderson proved a hardness vs. randomness tradeoff for BPP in the {\em uniform setting}, which was subsequently extended to give optimal tradeoffs for the full range of possible hardness assumptions by Trevisan and Vadhan (in a slightly weaker setting). In 2003, Gutfreund, Shaltiel and Ta-Shma proved ... more >>>

Andrej Bogdanov, Emanuele Viola

We present a new approach to constructing pseudorandom generators that fool low-degree polynomials over finite fields, based on the Gowers norm. Using this approach, we obtain the following main constructions of explicitly computable generators $G : \F^s \to \F^n$ that fool polynomials over a prime field $\F$:

\begin{enumerate}

\item a ...
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Zeev Dvir, Amir Shpilka, Amir Yehudayoff

In this paper we show that lower bounds for bounded depth arithmetic circuits imply derandomization of polynomial identity testing for bounded depth arithmetic circuits. More formally, if there exists an explicit polynomial f(x_1,...,x_m) that cannot be computed by a depth d arithmetic circuit of small size then there exists ... more >>>

Zeev Dvir, Amir Shpilka

In this paper we study the problem of explicitly constructing a

{\em dimension expander} raised by \cite{BISW}: Let $\mathbb{F}^n$

be the $n$ dimensional linear space over the field $\mathbb{F}$.

Find a small (ideally constant) set of linear transformations from

$\F^n$ to itself $\{A_i\}_{i \in I}$ such that for every linear

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Dan Gutfreund, Salil Vadhan

We consider (uniform) reductions from computing a function f to the task of distinguishing the output of some pseudorandom generator G from uniform. Impagliazzo and Wigderson (FOCS `98, JCSS `01) and Trevisan and Vadhan (CCC `02, CC `07) exhibited such reductions for every function f in PSPACE. Moreover, their reductions ... more >>>

Vikraman Arvind, Partha Mukhopadhyay

We give a randomized polynomial-time identity test for

noncommutative circuits of polynomial degree based on the isolation

lemma. Using this result, we show that derandomizing the isolation

lemma implies noncommutative circuit size lower bounds. More

precisely, we consider two restricted versions of the isolation

lemma and show that derandomizing each ...
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Manindra Agrawal, V Vinay

We show that proving exponential lower bounds on depth four arithmetic

circuits imply exponential lower bounds for unrestricted depth arithmetic

circuits. In other words, for exponential sized circuits additional depth

beyond four does not help.

We then show that a complete black-box derandomization of Identity Testing problem for depth four ... more >>>

Noga Alon, Rina Panigrahy, Sergey Yekhanin

The Nearest Codeword Problem (NCP) is a basic algorithmic question in the theory of error-correcting codes. Given a point v in an n-dimensional space over F_2 and a linear subspace L in F_2^n of dimension k NCP asks to find a point l in L that minimizes the (Hamming) distance ... more >>>

Noga Alon, Shai Gutner

Color Coding is an algorithmic technique for deciding efficiently

if a given input graph contains a path of a given length (or

another small subgraph of constant tree-width). Applications of the

method in computational biology motivate the study of similar

algorithms for counting the number of copies of a ...
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Neeraj Kayal, Shubhangi Saraf

We study depth three arithmetic circuits with bounded top fanin. We give the first deterministic polynomial time blackbox identity test for depth three circuits with bounded top fanin over the field of rational numbers, thus resolving a question posed by Klivans and Spielman (STOC 2001).

Our main technical result is ... more >>>

Matei David, Periklis Papakonstantinou, Anastasios Sidiropoulos

We define a hierarchy of complexity classes that lie between P and RP, yielding a new way of quantifying partial progress towards the derandomization of RP. A standard approach in derandomization is to reduce the number of random bits an algorithm uses. We instead focus on a model of computation ... more >>>

Matt DeVos, Ariel Gabizon

Let $\F$ be the field of $q$ elements. An \emph{\afsext{n}{k}} is a mapping $D:\F^n\ar\B$

such that for any $k$-dimensional affine subspace $X\subseteq \F^n$, $D(x)$ is an almost unbiased

bit when $x$ is chosen uniformly from $X$.

Loosely speaking, the problem of explicitly constructing affine extractors gets harder as $q$ gets ...
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Harry Buhrman, Lance Fortnow, Rahul Santhanam

We show several unconditional lower bounds for exponential time classes

against polynomial time classes with advice, including:

\begin{enumerate}

\item For any constant $c$, $\NEXP \not \subseteq \P^{\NP[n^c]}/n^c$

\item For any constant $c$, $\MAEXP \not \subseteq \MA/n^c$

\item $\BPEXP \not \subseteq \BPP/n^{o(1)}$

\end{enumerate}

It was previously unknown even whether $\NEXP \subseteq ... more >>>

Andrej Bogdanov, Zeev Dvir, Elad Verbin, Amir Yehudayoff

Bogdanov and Viola (FOCS 2007) constructed a pseudorandom

generator that fools degree $k$ polynomials over $\F_2$ for an arbitrary

constant $k$. We show that such generators can also be used to fool branching programs of width 2 and polynomial length that read $k$ bits of inputs at a

time. This ...
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Zohar Karnin, Partha Mukhopadhyay, Amir Shpilka, Ilya Volkovich

We give the first sub-exponential time deterministic polynomial

identity testing algorithm for depth-$4$ multilinear circuits with

a small top fan-in. More accurately, our algorithm works for

depth-$4$ circuits with a plus gate at the top (also known as

$\Spsp$ circuits) and has a running time of

$\exp(\poly(\log(n),\log(s),k))$ where $n$ is ...
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Zohar Karnin, Yuval Rabani, Amir Shpilka

We construct a small set of explicit linear transformations mapping $R^n$ to $R^{O(\log n)}$, such that the $L_2$ norm of

any vector in $R^n$ is distorted by at most $1\pm o(1)$ in at

least a fraction of $1 - o(1)$ of the transformations in the set.

Albeit the tradeoff between ...
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Zeev Dvir, Avi Wigderson

The main purpose of this work is to formally define monotone expanders and motivate their study with (known and new) connections to other graphs and to several computational and pseudorandomness problems. In particular we explain how monotone expanders of constant degree lead to:

(1) Constant degree dimension expanders in finite ...
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Dan Gutfreund, Akinori Kawachi

We show that if Arthur-Merlin protocols can be derandomized, then there is a Boolean function computable in deterministic exponential-time with access to an NP oracle, that cannot be computed by Boolean circuits of exponential size. More formally, if $\mathrm{prAM}\subseteq \mathrm{P}^{\mathrm{NP}}$ then there is a Boolean function in $\mathrm{E}^{\mathrm{NP}}$ that requires ... more >>>

Maurice Jansen, Youming Qiao, Jayalal Sarma

In this paper we study algebraic branching programs (ABPs) with restrictions on the order and the number of reads of variables in the program. Given a permutation $\pi$ of $n$ variables, for a $\pi$-ordered ABP ($\pi$-OABP), for any directed path $p$ from source to sink, a variable can appear at ... more >>>

Eli Ben-Sasson, Swastik Kopparty

{\em Dispersers} and {\em extractors} for affine sources of dimension $d$ in $\mathbb F_p^n$ --- where $\mathbb F_p$ denotes the finite field of prime size $p$ --- are functions $f: \mathbb F_p^n \rightarrow \mathbb F_p$ that behave pseudorandomly when their domain is restricted to any particular affine space $S \subseteq ... more >>>

Eric Allender, Vikraman Arvind, Fengming Wang

A recurring theme in the literature on derandomization is that probabilistic

algorithms can be simulated quickly by deterministic algorithms, if one can obtain *impressive* (i.e., superpolynomial, or even nearly-exponential) circuit size lower bounds for certain problems. In contrast to what is

needed for derandomization, existing lower bounds seem rather pathetic ...
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Maurice Jansen, Youming Qiao, Jayalal Sarma

An algebraic branching program (ABP) is given by a directed acyclic graph with source and sink vertices $s$ and $t$, respectively, and where edges are labeled by variables or field constants. An ABP computes the sum of weights of all directed paths from $s$ to $t$, where the weight of ... more >>>

Jiri Sima, Stanislav Zak

The relationship between deterministic and probabilistic computations is one of the central issues in complexity theory. This problem can be tackled by constructing polynomial time hitting set generators which, however, belongs to the hardest problems in computer science even for severely restricted computational models. In our work, we consider read-once ... more >>>

Daniel Kane, Jelani Nelson

Recent work of [Dasgupta-Kumar-Sarl\'{o}s, STOC 2010] gave a sparse Johnson-Lindenstrauss transform and left as a main open question whether their construction could be efficiently derandomized. We answer their question affirmatively by giving an alternative proof of their result requiring only bounded independence hash functions. Furthermore, the sparsity bound obtained in ... more >>>

Scott Aaronson, Dieter van Melkebeek

We present an alternate proof of the result by Kabanets and Impagliazzo that derandomizing polynomial identity testing implies circuit lower bounds. Our proof is simpler, scales better, and yields a somewhat stronger result than the original argument.

more >>>Maurice Jansen

For two polynomials $f \in \mathbb{F}[x_1, x_2, \ldots, x_n, y]$ and $p \in \mathbb{F}[x_1, x_2, \ldots, x_n]$, we say that $p$ is a root of $f$, if $f(x_1, x_2, \ldots, x_n, p) \equiv 0$. We study the relation between the arithmetic circuit sizes of $f$ and $p$ for general circuits ... more >>>

Eric Allender, Luke Friedman, William Gasarch

Let C(x) and K(x) denote plain and prefix Kolmogorov complexity, respectively, and let R_C and R_K denote the sets of strings that are ``random'' according to these measures; both R_K and R_C are undecidable. Earlier work has shown that every set in NEXP is in NP relative to both R_K ... more >>>

Nitin Saxena, C. Seshadhri

Let C be a depth-3 circuit with n variables, degree d and top fanin k (called sps(k,d,n) circuits) over base field F.

It is a major open problem to design a deterministic polynomial time blackbox algorithm

that tests if C is identically zero.

Klivans & Spielman (STOC 2001) observed ...
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Scott Aaronson, Baris Aydinlioglu, Harry Buhrman, John Hitchcock, Dieter van Melkebeek

We present an alternate proof of the recent result by Gutfreund and Kawachi that derandomizing Arthur-Merlin games into $P^{NP}$ implies linear-exponential circuit lower bounds for $E^{NP}$. Our proof is simpler and yields stronger results. In particular, consider the promise-$AM$ problem of distinguishing between the case where a given Boolean circuit ... more >>>

Matthew Anderson, Dieter van Melkebeek, Ilya Volkovich

We present a polynomial-time deterministic algorithm for testing whether constant-read multilinear arithmetic formulae are identically zero. In such a formula each variable occurs only a constant number of times and each subformula computes a multilinear polynomial. Our algorithm runs in time $s^{O(1)}\cdot n^{k^{O(k)}}$, where $s$ denotes the size of the ... more >>>

Shubhangi Saraf, Ilya Volkovich

We study the problem of identity testing for multilinear $\Spsp(k)$ circuits, i.e. multilinear depth-$4$ circuits with fan-in $k$ at the top $+$ gate. We give the first polynomial-time deterministic

identity testing algorithm for such circuits. Our results also hold in the black-box setting.

The running time of our algorithm is ... more >>>

Noga Alon, Shachar Lovett

A family of permutations in $S_n$ is $k$-wise independent if a uniform permutation chosen from the family maps any distinct $k$ elements to any distinct $k$ elements equally likely. Efficient constructions of $k$-wise independent permutations are known for $k=2$ and $k=3$, but are unknown for $k \ge 4$. In fact, ... more >>>

Mark Braverman

We present a deterministic operator on tree codes -- we call tree code product -- that allows one to deterministically combine two tree codes into a larger tree code. Moreover, if the original tree codes are efficiently encodable and decodable, then so is their product. This allows us to give ... more >>>

Valentine Kabanets, Osamu Watanabe

The Valiant-Vazirani Isolation Lemma [TCS, vol. 47, pp. 85--93, 1986] provides an efficient procedure for isolating a satisfying assignment of a given satisfiable circuit: given a Boolean circuit $C$ on $n$ input variables, the procedure outputs a new circuit $C'$ on the same $n$ input variables with the property that ... more >>>

Baris Aydinlioglu, Dieter van Melkebeek

In several settings derandomization is known to follow from circuit lower bounds that themselves are equivalent to the existence of pseudorandom generators. This leaves open the question whether derandomization implies the circuit lower bounds that are known to imply it, i.e., whether the ability to derandomize in *any* way implies ... more >>>

Brendan Juba, Ryan Williams

We consider a model of teaching in which the learners are consistent and have bounded state, but are otherwise arbitrary. The teacher is non-interactive and ``massively open'': the teacher broadcasts a sequence of examples of an arbitrary target concept, intended for every possible on-line learning algorithm to learn from. We ... more >>>

Michael Forbes, Amir Shpilka

We study the problem of obtaining efficient, deterministic, black-box polynomial identity testing (PIT) algorithms for read-once oblivious algebraic branching programs (ABPs). This class has an efficient, deterministic, white-box polynomial identity testing algorithm (due to Raz and Shpilka), but prior to this work had no known such black-box algorithm. Here we ... more >>>

Venkatesan Guruswami, Chaoping Xing

We consider Reed-Solomon (RS) codes whose evaluation points belong to a subfield, and give a linear-algebraic list decoding algorithm that can correct a fraction of errors approaching the code distance, while pinning down the candidate messages to a well-structured affine space of dimension a constant factor smaller than the code ... more >>>

Aditya Bhaskara, Devendra Desai, Srikanth Srinivasan

We consider the problem of constructing explicit Hitting sets for Combinatorial Shapes, a class of statistical tests first studied by Gopalan, Meka, Reingold, and Zuckerman (STOC 2011). These generalize many well-studied classes of tests, including symmetric functions and combinatorial rectangles. Generalizing results of Linial, Luby, Saks, and Zuckerman (Combinatorica 1997) ... more >>>

Scott Aaronson, Travis Hance

Around 2002, Leonid Gurvits gave a striking randomized algorithm to approximate the permanent of an n×n matrix A. The algorithm runs in O(n^2/?^2) time, and approximates Per(A) to within ±?||A||^n additive error. A major advantage of Gurvits's algorithm is that it works for arbitrary matrices, not just for nonnegative matrices. ... more >>>

Zahra Jafargholi, Emanuele Viola

We show that if one can solve 3SUM on a set of size $n$

in time $n^{1+\epsilon}$ then one can list $t$ triangles in a

graph with $m$ edges in time $\tilde

O(m^{1+\epsilon}t^{1/3+\epsilon'})$ for any $\epsilon' > 0$. This is a

reversal of Patrascu's reduction from 3SUM to

listing triangles ...
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Gábor Ivanyos, Marek Karpinski, Youming Qiao, Miklos Santha

We design two deterministic polynomial time algorithms for variants of a problem introduced by Edmonds in 1967: determine the rank of a matrix $M$ whose entries are homogeneous linear polynomials over the integers. Given a linear subspace $\mathcal{B}$ of the $n \times n$ matrices over some field $\mathbb{F}$, we consider ... more >>>

Daniele Micciancio

The Minimum Distance Problem (MDP), i.e., the computational task of evaluating (exactly or approximately) the minimum distance of a linear code, is a well known NP-hard problem in coding theory. A key element in essentially all known proofs that MDP is NP-hard is the construction of a combinatorial object that ... more >>>

Irit Dinur, Venkatesan Guruswami

We develop new techniques to incorporate the recently proposed ``short code" (a low-degree version of the long code) into the construction and analysis of PCPs in the classical ``Label Cover + Fourier Analysis'' framework. As a result, we obtain more size-efficient PCPs that yield improved hardness results for approximating CSPs ... more >>>

Michael Forbes, Ramprasad Saptharishi, Amir Shpilka

We give deterministic black-box polynomial identity testing algorithms for multilinear read-once oblivious algebraic branching programs (ROABPs), in n^(lg^2 n) time. Further, our algorithm is oblivious to the order of the variables. This is the first sub-exponential time algorithm for this model. Furthermore, our result has no known analogue in the ... more >>>

Oded Goldreich, Avi Wigderson

{\em Does derandomization of probabilistic algorithms become easier when the number of ``bad'' random inputs is extremely small?}

In relation to the above question, we put forward the following {\em quantified derandomization challenge}:

For a class of circuits $\cal C$ (e.g., P/poly or $AC^0,AC^0[2]$) and a bounding function $B:\N\to\N$ (e.g., ...
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Zeev Dvir, Rafael Mendes de Oliveira, Amir Shpilka

Two polynomials $f, g \in F[x_1, \ldots, x_n]$ are called shift-equivalent if there exists a vector $(a_1, \ldots, a_n) \in {F}^n$ such that the polynomial identity $f(x_1+a_1, \ldots, x_n+a_n) \equiv g(x_1,\ldots,x_n)$ holds. Our main result is a new randomized algorithm that tests whether two given polynomials are shift equivalent. Our ... more >>>

Eli Ben-Sasson, Emanuele Viola

We construct a PCP for NTIME(2$^n$) with constant

soundness, $2^n \poly(n)$ proof length, and $\poly(n)$

queries where the verifier's computation is simple: the

queries are a projection of the input randomness, and the

computation on the prover's answers is a 3CNF. The

previous upper bound for these two computations was

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Venkatesan Guruswami, Madhu Sudan, Ameya Velingker, Carol Wang

Locally testable codes (LTCs) of constant distance that allow the tester to make a linear number of queries have become the focus of attention recently, due to their elegant connections to hardness of approximation. In particular, the binary Reed-Muller code of block length $N$ and distance $d$ is known to ... more >>>

Rafael Mendes de Oliveira, Amir Shpilka, Ben Lee Volk

In this paper we give subexponential size hitting sets for bounded depth multilinear arithmetic formulas. Using the known relation between black-box PIT and lower bounds we obtain lower bounds for these models.

For depth-3 multilinear formulas, of size $\exp(n^\delta)$, we give a hitting set of size $\exp(\tilde{O}(n^{2/3 + 2\delta/3}))$. ... more >>>

Rahul Arora, Ashu Gupta, Rohit Gurjar, Raghunath Tewari

The perfect matching problem has a randomized $NC$ algorithm, using the celebrated Isolation Lemma of Mulmuley, Vazirani and Vazirani. The Isolation Lemma states that giving a random weight assignment to the edges of a graph, ensures that it has a unique minimum weight perfect matching, with a good probability. We ... more >>>

Ilya Volkovich

We present the first efficient deterministic algorithm for factoring sparse polynomials that split into multilinear factors.

Our result makes partial progress towards the resolution of the classical question posed by von zur Gathen and Kaltofen in \cite{GathenKaltofen85} to devise an efficient deterministic algorithm for factoring (general) sparse polynomials.

We achieve ...
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Nader Bshouty

We develop a new notion called {\it $(1-\epsilon)$-tester for a

set $M$ of functions} $f:A\to C$. A $(1-\epsilon)$-tester

for $M$ maps each element $a\in A$ to a finite number of

elements $B_a=\{b_1,\ldots,b_t\}\subset B$ in a smaller

sub-domain $B\subset A$ where for every $f\in M$ if

$f(a)\not=0$ then $f(b)\not=0$ for at ...
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Ilya Volkovich

In Arithmetic Circuit Complexity the standard operations are $\{+,\times\}$.

Yet, in some scenarios exponentiation gates are considered as well (see e.g. \cite{BshoutyBshouty98,ASSS12,Kayal12,KSS14}).

In this paper we study the question of efficiently evaluating a polynomial given an oracle access to its power.

That is, beyond an exponentiation gate. As ...
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Mahdi Cheraghchi, Piotr Indyk

For every fixed constant $\alpha > 0$, we design an algorithm for computing the $k$-sparse Walsh-Hadamard transform of an $N$-dimensional vector $x \in \mathbb{R}^N$ in time $k^{1+\alpha} (\log N)^{O(1)}$. Specifically, the algorithm is given query access to $x$ and computes a $k$-sparse $\tilde{x} \in \mathbb{R}^N$ satisfying $\|\tilde{x} - \hat{x}\|_1 \leq ... more >>>

Ofer Grossman, Dana Moshkovitz

We present techniques for decreasing the error probability of randomized algorithms and for converting randomized algorithms to deterministic (non-uniform) algorithms. Unlike most existing techniques that involve repetition of the randomized algorithm, and hence a slowdown, our techniques produce algorithms with a similar run-time to the original randomized algorithms.

The ... more >>>

Stephen A. Fenner, Rohit Gurjar, Thomas Thierauf

We show that the bipartite perfect matching problem is in quasi-NC$^2$. That is, it has uniform circuits of quasi-polynomial size and $O(\log^2 n)$ depth. Previously, only an exponential upper bound was known on the size of such circuits with poly-logarithmic depth.

We obtain our result by an almost complete ... more >>>

Nir Bitansky, Vinod Vaikuntanathan

In this note, we show how to transform a large class of erroneous cryptographic schemes into perfectly correct ones. The transformation works for schemes that are correct on every input with probability noticeably larger than half, and are secure under parallel repetition. We assume the existence of one-way functions ...
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Roei Tell

We consider the following problem. A deterministic algorithm tries to find a string in an unknown set $S\subseteq\{0,1\}^n$ that is guaranteed to have large density (e.g., $|S|\ge2^{n-1}$). However, the only information that the algorithm can obtain about $S$ is estimates of the density of $S$ in adaptively chosen subsets of ... more >>>

Nader Bshouty

Derandomization of Chernoff bound with union bound is already proven in many papers.

We here give another explicit version of it that obtains a construction of size

that is arbitrary close to the probabilistic nonconstructive size.

We apply this to give a new simple polynomial time constructions of

almost $k$-wise ...
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Suguru Tamaki

We consider depth 2 unbounded fan-in circuits with symmetric and linear threshold gates. We present a deterministic algorithm that, given such a circuit with $n$ variables and $m$ gates, counts the number of satisfying assignments in time $2^{n-\Omega\left(\left(\frac{n}{\sqrt{m} \cdot \poly(\log n)}\right)^a\right)}$ for some constant $a>0$. Our algorithm runs in time ... more >>>

Rohit Gurjar, Thomas Thierauf

Given two matroids on the same ground set, the matroid intersection problem asks to find a common independent set of maximum size. We show that the linear matroid intersection problem is in quasi-NC$^2$. That is, it has uniform circuits of quasi-polynomial size $n^{O(\log n)}$, and $O(\log^2 n)$ depth. This generalizes ... more >>>

Roei Tell

Goldreich and Wigderson (STOC 2014) initiated a study of quantified derandomization, which is a relaxed derandomization problem: For a circuit class $\mathcal{C}$ and a parameter $B=B(n)$, the problem is to decide whether a circuit $C\in\mathcal{C}$ rejects all of its inputs, or accepts all but $B(n)$ of its inputs.

In ... more >>>

Pavel Hubacek, Moni Naor, Eylon Yogev

The class TFNP is the search analog of NP with the additional guarantee that any instance has a solution. TFNP has attracted extensive attention due to its natural syntactic subclasses that capture the computational complexity of important search problems from algorithmic game theory, combinatorial optimization and computational topology. Thus, one ... more >>>

Dieter van Melkebeek, Gautam Prakriya

We study the possibility of deterministic and randomness-efficient isolation in space-bounded models of computation: Can one efficiently reduce instances of computational problems to equivalent instances that have at most one solution? We present results for the NL-complete problem of reachability on digraphs, and for the LogCFL-complete problem of certifying acceptance ... more >>>

Or Meir

The composition of two Boolean functions $f:\left\{0,1\right\}^{m}\to\left\{0,1\right\}$, $g:\left\{0,1\right\}^{n}\to\left\{0,1\right\}$

is the function $f \diamond g$ that takes as inputs $m$ strings $x_{1},\ldots,x_{m}\in\left\{0,1\right\}^{n}$

and computes

\[

(f \diamond g)(x_{1},\ldots,x_{m})=f\left(g(x_{1}),\ldots,g(x_{m})\right).

\]

This operation has been used several times for amplifying different

hardness measures of $f$ and $g$. This comes at a cost: the ...
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Cody Murray, Ryan Williams

We prove that if every problem in $NP$ has $n^k$-size circuits for a fixed constant $k$, then for every $NP$-verifier and every yes-instance $x$ of length $n$ for that verifier, the verifier's search space has an $n^{O(k^3)}$-size witness circuit: a witness for $x$ that can be encoded with a circuit ... more >>>

Roei Tell

We show that any proof that $promise\textrm{-}\mathcal{BPP}=promise\textrm{-}\mathcal{P}$ necessitates proving circuit lower bounds that almost yield that $\mathcal{P}\ne\mathcal{NP}$. More accurately, we show that if $promise\textrm{-}\mathcal{BPP}=promise\textrm{-}\mathcal{P}$, then for essentially any super-constant function $f(n)=\omega(1)$ it holds that $NTIME[n^{f(n)}]\not\subseteq\mathcal{P}/\mathrm{poly}$. The conclusion of the foregoing conditional statement cannot be improved (to conclude that $\mathcal{NP}\not\subseteq\mathcal{P}/\mathrm{poly}$) without ... more >>>

Stasys Jukna

We consider probabilistic circuits working over the real numbers, and using arbitrary semialgebraic functions of bounded description complexity as gates. We show that such circuits can be simulated by deterministic circuits with an only polynomial blowup in size. An algorithmic consequence is that randomization cannot substantially speed up dynamic programming. ... more >>>

Marco Carmosino, Russell Impagliazzo, Manuel Sabin

We show that popular hardness conjectures about problems from the field of fine-grained complexity theory imply structural results for resource-based complexity classes. Namely, we show that if either k-Orthogonal Vectors or k-CLIQUE requires $n^{\epsilon k}$ time, for some constant $\epsilon > 1/2$, to count (note that these conjectures are significantly ... more >>>

Valentine Kabanets, Zhenjian Lu

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 >>>

Igor Carboni Oliveira, Rahul Santhanam

We continue the study of pseudo-deterministic algorithms initiated by Gat and Goldwasser

[GG11]. A pseudo-deterministic algorithm is a probabilistic algorithm which produces a fixed

output with high probability. We explore pseudo-determinism in the settings of learning and ap-

proximation. Our goal is to simulate known randomized algorithms in these settings ...
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Ankit Garg, Rafael Oliveira

Scaling problems have a rich and diverse history, and thereby have found numerous

applications in several fields of science and engineering. For instance, the matrix scaling problem

has had applications ranging from theoretical computer science to telephone forecasting,

economics, statistics, optimization, among many other fields. Recently, a generalization of matrix

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Arkadev Chattopadhyay, Shachar Lovett, Marc Vinyals

The canonical problem that gives an exponential separation between deterministic and randomized communication complexity in the classical two-party communication model is `Equality'. In this work, we show that even allowing access to an `Equality' oracle, deterministic protocols remain exponentially weaker than randomized ones. More precisely, we exhibit a total function ... more >>>

Dorit Aharonov, Alex Bredariol Grilo

The derandomization of MA, the probabilistic version of NP, is a long standing open question. In this work, we connect this problem to a variant of another major problem: the quantum PCP conjecture. Our connection goes through the surprising quantum characterization of MA by Bravyi and Terhal. They proved the ... more >>>

Mrinal Kumar, Ramprasad Saptharishi, Noam Solomon

A hitting-set generator (HSG) is a polynomial map $Gen:\mathbb{F}^k \to \mathbb{F}^n$ such that for all $n$-variate polynomials $Q$ of small enough circuit size and degree, if $Q$ is non-zero, then $Q\circ Gen$ is non-zero. In this paper, we give a new construction of such a HSG assuming that we have ... more >>>

Lijie Chen, Dylan McKay, Cody Murray, Ryan Williams

Relations and Equivalences Between Circuit Lower Bounds and Karp-Lipton Theorems

A frontier open problem in circuit complexity is to prove P^NP is not in SIZE[n^k] for all k; this is a necessary intermediate step towards NP is not in P/poly. Previously, for several classes containing P^NP, including NP^NP, ZPP^NP, and ... more >>>

Dean Doron, Dana Moshkovitz, Justin Oh, David Zuckerman

Existing proofs that deduce $\mathbf{BPP}=\mathbf{P}$ from circuit lower bounds convert randomized algorithms into deterministic algorithms with a large polynomial slowdown. We convert randomized algorithms into deterministic ones with little slowdown. Specifically, assuming exponential lower bounds against nondeterministic circuits, we convert any randomized algorithm over inputs of length $n$ running in ... more >>>

Dean Doron, Amnon Ta-Shma, Roei Tell

We study the following question: Is it easier to construct a hitting-set generator for polynomials $p:\mathbb{F}^n\rightarrow\mathbb{F}$ of degree $d$ if we are guaranteed that the polynomial vanishes on at most an $\epsilon>0$ fraction of its inputs? We will specifically be interested in tiny values of $\epsilon\ll d/|\mathbb{F}|$. This question was ... more >>>

Anant Dhayal, Russell Impagliazzo

We prove an easy-witness lemma ($\ewl$) for unambiguous non-deterministic verfiers. We show that if $\utime(t)\subset\mathcal{C}$, then for every $L\in\utime(t)$, for every $\utime(t)$ verifier $V$ for $L$, and for every $x\in L$, there is a certificate $y$ satisfing $V(x,y)=1$, that can be encoded as a truth-table of a $\mathcal{C}$ circuit. Our ... more >>>

Lijie Chen, Hanlin Ren

We prove that for all constants a, NQP = NTIME[n^{polylog(n)}] cannot be (1/2 + 2^{-log^a n})-approximated by 2^{log^a n}-size ACC^0 of THR circuits (ACC^0 circuits with a bottom layer of THR gates). Previously, it was even open whether E^NP can be (1/2+1/sqrt{n})-approximated by AC^0[2] circuits. As a straightforward application, ... more >>>

Dean Doron, Jack Murtagh, Salil Vadhan, David Zuckerman

We give a deterministic, nearly logarithmic-space algorithm for mild spectral sparsification of undirected graphs. Given a weighted, undirected graph $G$ on $n$ vertices described by a binary string of length $N$, an integer $k\leq \log n$ and an error parameter $\varepsilon > 0$, our algorithm runs in space $\tilde{O}(k\log (N\cdot ... more >>>

Pranav Bisht, Nitin Saxena

Blackbox polynomial identity testing (PIT) affords 'extreme variable-bootstrapping' (Agrawal et al, STOC'18; PNAS'19; Guo et al, FOCS'19). This motivates us to study log-variate read-once oblivious algebraic branching programs (ROABP). We restrict width of ROABP to a constant and study the more general sum-of-ROABPs model. We give the first poly($s$)-time blackbox ... more >>>

Dorit Aharonov, Alex Bredariol Grilo

Despite the interest in the complexity class MA, the randomized analog of NP, there is just a couple of known natural (promise-)MA-complete problems, the first due to Bravyi and Terhal (SIAM Journal of Computing 2009) and the second due to Bravyi (Quantum Information and Computation 2015). Surprisingly, both problems are ... more >>>

Gonen Krak, Noam Parzanchevski, Amnon Ta-Shma

We unconditionally prove there exists a promise problem in promise ZSUBEXP that cannot be solved in promise RP.

The proof technique builds upon Kabanets' easy witness method [Kab01] as implemented by Impagliazzo et. al [IKW02], with a separate diagonalization carried out on each of the two alternatives in the ...
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Eshan Chattopadhyay, Jyun-Jie Liao

In a seminal work, Nisan (Combinatorica'92) constructed a pseudorandom generator for length $n$ and width $w$ read-once branching programs with seed length $O(\log n\cdot \log(nw)+\log n\cdot\log(1/\varepsilon))$ and error $\varepsilon$. It remains a central question to reduce the seed length to $O(\log (nw/\varepsilon))$, which would prove that $\mathbf{BPL}=\mathbf{L}$. However, there has ... more >>>

Lijie Chen, Roei Tell

Extending the classical ``hardness-to-randomness'' line-of-works, Doron et al. (FOCS 2020) recently proved that derandomization with near-quadratic time overhead is possible, under the assumption that there exists a function in $\mathcal{DTIME}[2^n]$ that cannot be computed by randomized SVN circuits of size $2^{(1-\epsilon)\cdot n}$ for a small $\epsilon$.

In this work we ... more >>>

Lijie Chen, Xin Lyu, Ryan Williams

In certain complexity-theoretic settings, it is notoriously difficult to prove complexity separations which hold almost everywhere, i.e., for all but finitely many input lengths. For example, a classical open question is whether $\mathrm{NEXP} \subset \mathrm{i.o.-}\mathrm{NP}$; that is, it is open whether nondeterministic exponential time computations can be simulated on infinitely ... more >>>