TR08-007 Authors: Dan Gutfreund, Salil Vadhan

Publication: 8th February 2008 05:46

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We consider (uniform) reductions from computing a function f to the task of distinguishing the output of some pseudorandom generator G from uniform. Impagliazzo and Wigderson (FOCS `98, JCSS `01) and Trevisan and Vadhan (CCC `02, CC `07) exhibited such reductions for every function f in PSPACE. Moreover, their reductions are "black box," showing how to use *any* distinguisher T, given as oracle, in order to compute f (regardless of the complexity of T). The reductions are also adaptive, but only "mildly" (queries of the same length do not occur in different levels of adaptivity). Impagliazzo and Wigderson also exhibited such reductions for every function f in EXP, but those reductions are not black-box, because they only work when the oracle T has small circuits.

Our main results are that:

1. *Nonadaptive* black-box reductions as above can only exist for functions f in BPP^{NP} (and thus are unlikely to exist for all of PSPACE).

2. *Mildly adaptive* black-box reductions as above can only exist for functions f in PSPACE (and thus are unlikely to exist for all of EXP).