David P. Dobkin, Dimitrios Gunopulos

Computing the maximum bichromatic discrepancy is an interesting

theoretical problem with important applications in computational

learning theory, computational geometry and computer graphics.

In this paper we give algorithms to compute the maximum

bichromatic discrepancy for simple geometric ranges, including

rectangles and halfspaces.

In addition, we give ...
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Arkadev Chattopadhyay

We develop a new technique of proving lower bounds for the randomized communication complexity of boolean functions in the multiparty 'Number on the Forehead' model. Our method is based on the notion of voting polynomial degree of functions and extends the Degree-Discrepancy Lemma in the recent work of Sherstov (STOC'07). ... more >>>

Ran Raz, Amir Yehudayoff

We study multilinear formulas, monotone arithmetic circuits, maximal-partition discrepancy, best-partition communication complexity and extractors constructions. We start by proving lower bounds for an explicit polynomial for the following three subclasses of syntactically multilinear arithmetic formulas over the field C and the set of variables {x1,...,xn}:

1. Noise-resistant. A syntactically multilinear ... more >>>

Arkadev Chattopadhyay, Anil Ada

We extend the 'Generalized Discrepancy' technique suggested by Sherstov to the `Number on the Forehead' model of multiparty communication. This allows us to prove strong lower bounds of n^{\Omega(1)} on the communication needed by k players to compute the Disjointness function, provided $k$ is a constant. In general, our method ... more >>>

Matei David

We provide a non-explicit separation of the number-on-forehead communication complexity classes RP and NP when the number of players is up to \delta log(n) for any \delta<1. Recent lower bounds on Set-Disjointness [LS08,CA08] provide an explicit separation between these classes when the number of players is only up to o(loglog(n)).

... more >>>Marcos Villagra, Masaki Nakanishi, Shigeru Yamashita, Yasuhiko Nakashima

In this paper we study quantum nondeterminism in multiparty communication. There are three (possibly) different types of nondeterminism in quantum computation: i) strong, ii) weak with classical proofs, and iii) weak with quantum proofs. Here we focus on the first one. A strong quantum nondeterministic protocol accepts a correct input ... more >>>

Per Austrin, Venkatesan Guruswami, Johan HÃ¥stad

We prove the following hardness result for a natural promise variant of the classical CNF-satisfiability problem: Given a CNF-formula where each clause has width $w$ and the guarantee that there exists an assignment satisfying at least $g = \lceil \frac{w}{2}\rceil -1$ literals in each clause, it is NP-hard to find ... more >>>

Esther Ezra, Shachar Lovett

Motivated by the Beck-Fiala conjecture, we study discrepancy bounds for random sparse set systems. Concretely, these are set systems $(X,\Sigma)$, where each element $x \in X$ lies in $t$ randomly selected sets of $\Sigma$, where $t$ is an integer parameter. We provide new bounds in two regimes of parameters. We ... more >>>

Arkadev Chattopadhyay, Nikhil Mande

We show that a simple function has small unbounded error communication complexity in the $k$-party number-on-forehead (NOF) model but every probabilistic protocol that solves it with sub-exponential advantage over random guessing has cost essentially $\Omega\left(\frac{\sqrt{n}}{4^k}\right)$ bits. Such a separation was first shown for $k=2$ independently by Buhrman et al. ['07] ... more >>>

Arkadev Chattopadhyay, Nikhil Mande

We show a new duality between the polynomial margin complexity of $f$ and the discrepancy of the function $f \circ$ XOR, called an XOR function. Using this duality,

we develop polynomial based techniques for understanding the bounded error (BPP) and the weakly-unbounded error (PP) communication complexities of XOR functions. ...
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Christian Engels, Mohit Garg, Kazuhisa Makino, Anup Rao

If $k<n$, can one express the majority of $n$ bits as the majority of at most $k$ majorities, each of at most $k$ bits? We prove that such an expression is possible only if $k = \Omega(n^{4/5})$. This improves on a bound proved by Kulikov and Podolskii, who showed that ... more >>>

Mark Bun, Justin Thaler

We prove two new results about the inability of low-degree polynomials to uniformly approximate constant-depth circuits, even to slightly-better-than-trivial error. First, we prove a tight $\tilde{\Omega}(n^{1/2})$ lower bound on the threshold degree of the Surjectivity function on $n$ variables. This matches the best known threshold degree bound for any AC$^0$ ... more >>>