Amir Shpilka

In this work we give two new constructions of $\epsilon$-biased

generators. Our first construction answers an open question of

Dodis and Smith, and our second construction

significantly extends a result of Mossel et al.

In particular we obtain the following results:

1. We construct a family of asymptotically good binary ... more >>>

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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Avraham Ben-Aroya, Gil Cohen

A $(k,\epsilon)$-biased sample space is a distribution over $\{0,1\}^n$ that $\epsilon$-fools every nonempty linear test of size at most $k$. Since they were introduced by Naor and Naor [SIAM J. Computing, 1993], these sample spaces have become a central notion in theoretical computer science with a variety of applications.

When ... 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 >>>

Zeyu Guo

Curve samplers are sampling algorithms that proceed by viewing the domain as a vector space over a finite field, and randomly picking a low-degree curve in it as the sample. Curve samplers exhibit a nice property besides the sampling property: the restriction of low-degree polynomials over the domain to the ... more >>>

Shashank Agrawal, Divya Gupta, Hemanta Maji, Omkant Pandey, Manoj Prabhakaran

The notion of non-malleable codes was introduced as a relaxation of standard error-correction and error-detection. Informally, a code is non-malleable if the message contained in a modified codeword is either the original message, or a completely unrelated value.

In the information theoretic setting, although existence of such codes for various ... more >>>

Joshua Brakensiek, Venkatesan Guruswami, Samuel Zbarsky

We consider the problem of constructing binary codes to recover from $k$-bit deletions with efficient encoding/decoding, for a fixed $k$. The single deletion case is well understood, with the Varshamov-Tenengolts-Levenshtein code from 1965 giving an asymptotically optimal construction with $\approx 2^n/n$ codewords of length $n$, i.e., at most $\log n$ ... more >>>

Boris Bukh, Venkatesan Guruswami

We consider codes over fixed alphabets against worst-case symbol deletions. For any fixed $k \ge 2$, we construct a family of codes over alphabet of size $k$ with positive rate, which allow efficient recovery from a worst-case deletion fraction approaching $1-\frac{2}{k+1}$. In particular, for binary codes, we are able to ... more >>>

Eshan Chattopadhyay, Xin Li

We propose a new model of weak random sources which we call sumset sources. A sumset source $\mathbf{X}$ is the sum of $C$ independent sources $\mathbf{X}_1,\ldots,\mathbf{X}_C$, where each $\mathbf{X}_i$ is an $n$-bit source with min-entropy $k$. We show that extractors for this class of sources can be used to give ... more >>>

Igor Carboni Oliveira, Rahul Santhanam

We study {\it pseudodeterministic constructions}, i.e., randomized algorithms which output the {\it same solution} on most computation paths. We establish unconditionally that there is an infinite sequence $\{p_n\}_{n \in \mathbb{N}}$ of increasing primes and a randomized algorithm $A$ running in expected sub-exponential time such that for each $n$, on input ... more >>>

Michael Forbes, Amir Shpilka

In this paper we study the complexity of constructing a hitting set for $\overline{VP}$, the class of polynomials that can be infinitesimally approximated by polynomials that are computed by polynomial sized algebraic circuits, over the real or complex numbers. Specifically, we show that there is a PSPACE algorithm that given ... more >>>