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TR12-041 | 17th April 2012
Stasys Jukna

Limitations of Incremental Dynamic Programs

Revisions: 1

We consider so-called ``incremental'' dynamic programming (DP) algorithms, and are interested in the number of subproblems produced by them. The standard DP algorithm for the n-dimensional Knapsack problem is incremental, and produces nK subproblems, where K is the capacity of the knapsack. We show that any incremental algorithm for this ... more >>>

TR16-168 | 2nd November 2016
Eric Blais, Clement Canonne, Tom Gur

Alice and Bob Show Distribution Testing Lower Bounds (They don't talk to each other anymore.)

Revisions: 1

We present a new methodology for proving distribution testing lower bounds, establishing a connection between distribution testing and the simultaneous message passing (SMP) communication model. Extending the framework of Blais, Brody, and Matulef [BBM12], we show a simple way to reduce (private-coin) SMP problems to distribution testing problems. This method ... more >>>

TR16-187 | 21st November 2016
morris yau

Almost Cubic Bound for Depth Three Circuits in VP

Revisions: 3

In "An Almost Cubic Lower Bound for $\sum\prod\sum$ circuits in VP", [BLS16] present an infinite family of polynomials, $\{P_n\}_{n \in \mathbb{Z}^+}$, with $P_n$
on $N = \Theta(n polylog(n))$
variables with degree $N$ being in VP such that every
$\sum\prod\sum$ circuit computing $P_n$ is of size $\Omega\big(\frac{N^3}{2^{\sqrt{\log N}}}\big)$.
We ... more >>>

TR16-188 | 21st November 2016
Toniann Pitassi, Robert Robere

Strongly Exponential Lower Bounds for Monotone Computation

For a universal constant $\alpha > 0$, we prove size lower bounds of $2^{\alpha N}$ for computing an explicit monotone function in NP in the following models of computation: monotone formulas, monotone switching networks, monotone span programs, and monotone comparator circuits, where $N$ is the number of variables of the ... more >>>

TR17-020 | 12th February 2017
Ran Raz

A Time-Space Lower Bound for a Large Class of Learning Problems

We prove a general time-space lower bound that applies for a large class of learning problems and shows that for every problem in that class, any learning algorithm requires either a memory of quadratic size or an exponential number of samples.

Our result is stated in terms of the norm ... more >>>

TR17-022 | 13th February 2017
Benjamin Rossman, Srikanth Srinivasan

Separation of AC$^0[\oplus]$ Formulas and Circuits

This paper gives the first separation between the power of {\em formulas} and {\em circuits} of equal depth in the $\mathrm{AC}^0[\oplus]$ basis (unbounded fan-in AND, OR, NOT and MOD$_2$ gates). We show, for all $d(n) \le O(\frac{\log n}{\log\log n})$, that there exist {\em polynomial-size depth-$d$ circuits} that are not equivalent ... more >>>

TR17-028 | 17th February 2017
Mrinal Kumar

A quadratic lower bound for homogeneous algebraic branching programs

Revisions: 1

An algebraic branching program (ABP) is a directed acyclic graph, with a start vertex $s$, and end vertex $t$ and each edge having a weight which is an affine form in $\F[x_1, x_2, \ldots, x_n]$. An ABP computes a polynomial in a natural way, as the sum of weights of ... more >>>

TR17-032 | 17th February 2017
Olaf Beyersdorff, Joshua Blinkhorn

Formulas with Large Weight: a New Technique for Genuine QBF Lower Bounds

We devise a new technique to prove lower bounds for the proof size in resolution-type calculi for quantified Boolean formulas (QBF). The new technique applies to the strong expansion system IR-calc and thereby also to the most studied QBF system Q-Resolution.

Our technique exploits a clear semantic paradigm, showing the ... more >>>

TR17-044 | 21st February 2017
Olaf Beyersdorff, Luke Hinde, Ján Pich

Reasons for Hardness in QBF Proof Systems

Revisions: 1

We aim to understand inherent reasons for lower bounds for QBF proof systems and revisit and compare two previous approaches in this direction.

The first of these relates size lower bounds for strong QBF Frege systems to circuit lower bounds via strategy extraction (Beyersdorff & Pich, LICS'16). Here we ... more >>>

TR17-121 | 31st July 2017
Sumegha Garg, Ran Raz, Avishay Tal

Extractor-Based Time-Space Lower Bounds for Learning

Revisions: 1

A matrix $M: A \times X \rightarrow \{-1,1\}$ corresponds to the following learning problem: An unknown element $x \in X$ is chosen uniformly at random. A learner tries to learn $x$ from a stream of samples, $(a_1, b_1), (a_2, b_2) \ldots$, where for every $i$, $a_i \in A$ is chosen ... more >>>

TR17-150 | 26th September 2017
Andris Ambainis, Martins Kokainis, Krisjanis Prusis, Jevgenijs Vihrovs

All Classical Adversary Methods are Equivalent for Total Functions

Revisions: 2

We show that all known classical adversary lower bounds on randomized query complexity are equivalent for total functions, and are equal to the fractional block sensitivity $\text{fbs}(f)$. That includes the Kolmogorov complexity bound of Laplante and Magniez and the earlier relational adversary bound of Aaronson. For partial functions, we show ... more >>>

TR17-162 | 26th October 2017
Klim Efremenko, Ankit Garg, Rafael Mendes de Oliveira, Avi Wigderson

Barriers for Rank Methods in Arithmetic Complexity

Arithmetic complexity, the study of the cost of computing polynomials via additions and multiplications, is considered (for many good reasons) simpler to understand than Boolean complexity, namely computing Boolean functions via logical gates. And indeed, we seem to have significantly more lower bound techniques and results in arithmetic complexity than ... more >>>

TR17-165 | 3rd November 2017
Toniann Pitassi, Robert Robere

Lifting Nullstellensatz to Monotone Span Programs over Any Field

We characterize the size of monotone span programs computing certain "structured" boolean functions by the Nullstellensatz degree of a related unsatisfiable Boolean formula.

This yields the first exponential lower bounds for monotone span programs over arbitrary fields, the first exponential separations between monotone span programs over fields of different ... more >>>

TR17-193 | 31st December 2017
Oded Goldreich, Avishay Tal

On Constant-Depth Canonical Boolean Circuits for Computing Multilinear Functions

We consider new complexity measures for the model of multilinear circuits with general multilinear gates introduced by Goldreich and Wigderson (ECCC, 2013).
These complexity measures are related to the size of canonical constant-depth Boolean circuits, which extend the definition of canonical depth-three Boolean circuits.
We obtain matching lower and upper ... more >>>

TR18-020 | 30th January 2018
Meena Mahajan, Prajakta Nimbhorkar, Anuj Tawari

Computing the maximum using $(\min, +)$ formulas

Comments: 1

We study computation by formulas over $(min, +)$. We consider the computation of $\max\{x_1,\ldots,x_n\}$
over $\mathbb{N}$ as a difference of $(\min, +)$ formulas, and show that size $n + n \log n$ is sufficient and necessary. Our proof also shows that any $(\min, +)$ formula computing the minimum of all ... more >>>

TR18-114 | 6th June 2018
Paul Beame, Shayan Oveis Gharan, Xin Yang

Time-Space Tradeoffs for Learning Finite Functions from Random Evaluations, with Applications to Polynomials

We develop an extension of recent analytic methods for obtaining time-space tradeoff lower bounds for problems of learning from uniformly random labelled examples. With our methods we can obtain bounds for learning concept classes of finite functions from random evaluations even when the sample space of random inputs can be ... more >>>

TR18-146 | 18th August 2018
Meena Mahajan, Prajakta Nimbhorkar, Anuj Tawari

Shortest path length with bounded-alternation $(\min, +)$ formulas

We study bounded depth $(\min, +)$ formulas computing the shortest path polynomial. For depth $2d$ with $d \geq 2$, we obtain lower bounds parametrized by certain fan-in restrictions on all $+$ gates except those at the bottom level. For depth $4$, in two regimes of the parameter, the bounds are ... more >>>

TR19-064 | 23rd April 2019
Igor Carboni Oliveira

Randomness and Intractability in Kolmogorov Complexity

We introduce randomized time-bounded Kolmogorov complexity (rKt), a natural extension of Levin's notion of Kolmogorov complexity from 1984. A string w of low rKt complexity can be decompressed from a short representation via a time-bounded algorithm that outputs w with high probability.

This complexity measure gives rise to a ... more >>>

TR19-071 | 14th May 2019
Sumegha Garg, Ran Raz, Avishay Tal

Time-Space Lower Bounds for Two-Pass Learning

A line of recent works showed that for a large class of learning problems, any learning algorithm requires either super-linear memory size or a super-polynomial number of samples [Raz16,KRT17,Raz17,MM18,BOGY18,GRT18]. For example, any algorithm for learning parities of size $n$ requires either a memory of size $\Omega(n^{2})$ or an exponential number ... more >>>

TR19-073 | 17th May 2019
Igor Carboni Oliveira, Rahul Santhanam, Srikanth Srinivasan

Parity helps to compute Majority

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 >>>

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