Meera Sitharam

We develop an analytic framework based on

linear approximation and point out how a number of complexity

related questions --

on circuit and communication

complexity lower bounds, as well as

pseudorandomness, learnability, and general combinatorics

of Boolean functions --

fit neatly into this framework. ...
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Adam Klivans, Dieter van Melkebeek

We establish hardness versus randomness trade-offs for a

broad class of randomized procedures. In particular, we create efficient

nondeterministic simulations of bounded round Arthur-Merlin games using

a language in exponential time that cannot be decided by polynomial

size oracle circuits with access to satisfiability. We show that every

language with ...
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Mikhail V. Vyugin, Vladimir Vyugin

A new notion of predictive complexity and corresponding amount of

information are considered.

Predictive complexity is a generalization of Kolmogorov complexity

which bounds the ability of any algorithm to predict elements of

a sequence of outcomes. We consider predictive complexity for a wide class

of bounded loss functions which ...
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Eric Allender, Lisa Hellerstein, Paul McCabe, Michael Saks

For circuit classes R, the fundamental computational problem, Min-R,

asks for the minimum R-size of a boolean function presented as a truth

table. Prominent examples of this problem include Min-DNF, and

Min-Circuit (also called MCSP). We begin by presenting a new reduction

proving that Min-DNF is NP-complete. It is significantly ...
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Alexander Razborov, Alexander A. Sherstov

The sign-rank of a matrix A=[A_{ij}] with +/-1 entries

is the least rank of a real matrix B=[B_{ij}] with A_{ij}B_{ij}>0

for all i,j. We obtain the first exponential lower bound on the

sign-rank of a function in AC^0. Namely, let

f(x,y)=\bigwedge_{i=1}^m\bigvee_{j=1}^{m^2} (x_{ij}\wedge y_{ij}).

We show that the matrix [f(x,y)]_{x,y} has ...
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Mark Bun, Justin Thaler

We establish a generic form of hardness amplification for the approximability of constant-depth Boolean circuits by polynomials. Specifically, we show that if a Boolean circuit cannot be pointwise approximated by low-degree polynomials to within constant error in a certain one-sided sense, then an OR of disjoint copies of that circuit ... more >>>

Noga Alon, Shay Moran, Amir Yehudayoff

We study the maximum possible sign rank of $N \times N$ sign matrices with a given VC dimension $d$. For $d=1$, this maximum is $3$. For $d=2$, this maximum is $\tilde{\Theta}(N^{1/2})$. Similar (slightly less accurate) statements hold for $d>2$ as well. We discuss the tightness of our methods, and describe ... more >>>

Aloni Cohen, Shafi Goldwasser, Vinod Vaikuntanathan

In the first part of this work, we introduce a new type of pseudo-random function for which ``aggregate queries'' over exponential-sized sets can be efficiently answered. An example of an aggregate query may be the product of all function values belonging to an exponential-sized interval, or the sum of all ... more >>>

Mark Bun, Justin Thaler

The sign-rank of a matrix $A$ with entries in $\{-1, +1\}$ is the least rank of a real matrix $B$ with $A_{ij} \cdot B_{ij} > 0$ for all $i, j$. Razborov and Sherstov (2008) gave the first exponential lower bounds on the sign-rank of a function in AC$^0$, answering an ... more >>>

Mark Bun, Justin Thaler

Threshold weight, margin complexity, and Majority-of-Threshold circuit size are basic complexity measures of Boolean functions that arise in learning theory, communication complexity, and circuit complexity. Each of these measures might exhibit a chasm at depth three: namely, all polynomial size Boolean circuits of depth two have polynomial complexity under the ... more >>>