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TR10-002 | 4th January 2010 23:25
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#### Tensor-Rank and Lower Bounds for Arithmetic Formulas

TR10-002
Authors:

Ran Raz
Publication: 4th January 2010 23:25

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**Abstract:**
We show that any explicit example for a tensor $A:[n]^r \rightarrow \mathbb{F}$ with tensor-rank

$\geq n^{r \cdot (1- o(1))}$,

(where $r = r(n) \leq \log n / \log \log n$), implies an explicit super-polynomial lower bound for the size of general arithmetic formulas over $\mathbb{F}$. This shows that strong enough lower bounds for the size of arithmetic formulas of depth~3 imply super-polynomial lower bounds for the size of general arithmetic formulas.

One component of our proof is a new approach for homogenization and multilinearization of arithmetic formulas, that gives the following

results:

We show that for any $n$-variate homogenous polynomial $f$ of degree $r$, if there exists a (fanin-2) formula of size $s$ and depth $d$ for $f$ then there exists a homogenous formula of size

$O \left( {d+r+1 \choose r} \cdot s \right)$ for $f$. In particular, for any $r \leq \log n / \log \log n$, if there exists a polynomial size formula for $f$ then there exists a polynomial size homogenous formula for~$f$. This refutes a conjecture of Nisan and Wigderson and shows that super-polynomial lower bounds for homogenous formulas for polynomials of small degree imply super-polynomial lower bounds for general formulas.

We show that for any $n$-variate set-multilinear polynomial $f$ of degree $r$, if there exists a (fanin-2) formula of size $s$ and depth $d$ for $f$ then there exists a set-multilinear formula of size

$O \left( (d+2)^r \cdot s \right)$ for $f$.

In particular, for any $r \leq \log n / \log \log n$, if there exists a polynomial size formula for $f$ then there exists a polynomial size set-multilinear formula for $f$. This shows that super-polynomial lower bounds for set-multilinear formulas for polynomials of small degree imply super-polynomial lower bounds for general formulas.