Scott Aaronson

A celebrated 1976 theorem of Aumann asserts that honest, rational

Bayesian agents with common priors will never "agree to disagree": if

their opinions about any topic are common knowledge, then those

opinions must be equal. Economists have written numerous papers

examining the assumptions behind this theorem. But two key questions

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Ilan Komargodski, Pravesh Kothari, Madhu Sudan

We introduce a simple model illustrating the role of context in communication and the challenge posed by uncertainty of knowledge of context. We consider a variant of distributional communication complexity where Alice gets some information $x$ and Bob gets $y$, where $(x,y)$ is drawn from a known distribution, and Bob ... more >>>

Irit Dinur, Tali Kaufman

We show that high dimensional expanders imply derandomized direct product tests, with a number of subsets that is *linear* in the size of the universe.

Direct product tests belong to a family of tests called agreement tests that are important components in PCP constructions and include, for example, low degree ... more >>>

Irit Dinur, Inbal Livni Navon

Given a function $f:[N]^k\rightarrow[M]^k$, the Z-test is a three query test for checking if a function $f$ is a direct product, namely if there are functions $g_1,\dots g_k:[N]\to[M]$ such that $f(x_1,\ldots,x_k)=(g_1(x_1),\dots g_k(x_k))$ for every input $x\in [N]^k$.

This test was introduced by Impagliazzo et. al. (SICOMP 2012), who ...
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Irit Dinur, Yuval Filmus, Prahladh Harsha

Agreement tests are a generalization of low degree tests that capture a local-to-global phenomenon, which forms the combinatorial backbone of most PCP constructions. In an agreement test, a function is given by an ensemble of local restrictions. The agreement test checks that the restrictions agree when they overlap, and the ... more >>>