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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Igor Carboni Oliveira, Rahul Santhanam

We consider $\cal C$-compression games, a hybrid model between computational and communication complexity. A $\cal C$-compression game for a function $f \colon \{0,1\}^n \to \{0,1\}$ is a two-party communication game, where the first party Alice knows the entire input $x$ but is restricted to use strategies computed by $\cal C$-circuits, ... more >>>

Alexander Kulikov, Vladimir Podolskii

We study the following computational problem: for which values of $k$, the majority of $n$ bits $\text{MAJ}_n$ can be computed with a depth two formula whose each gate computes a majority function of at most $k$ bits? The corresponding computational model is denoted by $\text{MAJ}_k \circ \text{MAJ}_k$. We observe that ... more >>>

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 >>>

Emanuele Viola

Research in the 80's and 90's showed how to construct a pseudorandom

generator from a function that is hard to compute on more than $99\%$

of the inputs. A more recent line of works showed however that if

the generator has small error, then the proof of correctness cannot

be ...
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Pavel Hrubes, Sivaramakrishnan Natarajan Ramamoorthy, Anup Rao, Amir Yehudayoff

There are various notions of balancing set families that appear in combinatorics and computer science. For example, a family of proper non-empty subsets $S_1,\ldots,S_k \subset [n]$ is balancing if for every subset $X \subset \{1,2,\ldots,n\}$ of size $n/2$, there is an $i \in [k]$ so that $|S_i \cap X| = ... more >>>

Igor Carboni Oliveira, Rahul Santhanam, Srikanth Srinivasan

We study the complexity of computing symmetric and threshold functions by constant-depth circuits with Parity gates, also known as AC$^0[\oplus]$ circuits. Razborov (1987) and Smolensky (1987, 1993) showed that Majority requires depth-$d$ AC$^0[\oplus]$ circuits of size $2^{\Omega(n^{1/2(d-1)})}$. By using a divide-and-conquer approach, it is easy to show that Majority can ... more >>>