Revision #2 Authors: Russell Impagliazzo, Valentine Kabanets

Accepted on: 29th March 2016 22:14

Downloads: 656

Keywords:

For a class $\mathcal{F}$ of formulas (general de Morgan or

read-once de Morgan), the \emph{shrinkage exponent} $\Gamma_{\mathcal{F}}$ is

the parameter measuring the reduction in size of a formula

$F\in\mathcal{F}$ after $F$ is hit with a random restriction. A Boolean function $f\colon \{0,1\}^n\to\{1,-1\}$

is \emph{Fourier-concentrated} if, when viewed in the

Fourier basis, $f$ has most of its total mass on ``low-degree''

coefficients.

We show a direct connection between the two notions by proving that

\emph{shrinkage implies Fourier concentration}: for a shrinkage

exponent $\Gamma_{\mathcal{F}}$, a formula $F\in\mathcal{F}$ of size

$s$ will have most of its Fourier mass on the coefficients of degree

up to about $s^{1/\Gamma_{\mathcal{F}}}$. More precisely,

for a Boolean

function $f\colon\{0,1\}^n\to\{1,-1\}$ computable by a formula

of (large enough) size $s$ and for any parameter $r>0$,

\[

\sum_{A\subseteq [n]\; :\; |A|\geq s^{1/\Gamma}\cdot r} \hat{f}(A)^2 \leq s\cdot\polylog(s)\cdot

exp\left(-\frac{r^{\frac{\Gamma}{\Gamma-1}}}{s^{o(1)}}\right),

\]

where $\Gamma$ is the shrinkage exponent for the corresponding class

of formulas: $\Gamma=2$ for de Morgan formulas, and

$\Gamma=1/\log_2(\sqrt{5}-1)\approx 3.27$ for read-once de Morgan

formulas. This Fourier concentration result is optimal, to within the $o(1)$ term in the exponent of $s$.

As a standard application of these Fourier concentration results,

we get that subquadratic-size de Morgan formulas have negligible correlation with parity.

We also show the tight $\Theta(s^{1/\Gamma})$ bound on

the average sensitivity of read-once formulas of size $s$, which

mirrors the known tight bound $\Theta(\sqrt{s})$ on the average

sensitivity of general de Morgan $s$-size formulas.

Strengthened the main result (Fourier concentration for general and read-once de Morgan formulas) to be almost optimal, added matching lower bounds, corrected the references.

Revision #1 Authors: Russell Impagliazzo, Valentine Kabanets

Accepted on: 11th April 2014 20:46

Downloads: 847

Keywords:

For Boolean functions computed by de Morgan formulas of subquadratic size or read-once de Morgan formulas, we prove a sharp concentration of the Fourier mass on ``small-degree'' coefficients. For a Boolean function $f:\{0,1\}^n\to\{1,-1\}$ computable by a de Morgan formula of size $s$, we show that

\[

\sum_{A\subseteq [n]\; :\; |A|>s^{1/\Gamma + \epsilon}} \hat{f}(A)^2 \leq exp(-s^{\epsilon/3}),

\]

where $\Gamma$ is the shrinkage exponent for the corresponding class of formulas: $\Gamma=2$ for de Morgan formulas, and $\Gamma=1/\log_2(\sqrt{5}-1)\approx 3.27$ for read-once de Morgan formulas. We prove that this Fourier concentration is essentially optimal.

As an application, we get that subquadratic-size de Morgan formulas have negligible correlation with parity, and are learnable under the uniform distribution, and also lossily compressible, in subexponential time. Finally, we establish the tight $\Theta(s^{1/\Gamma})$ bound on

the average sensitivity of read-once formulas of size $s$; this mirrors the known tight bound $\Theta(\sqrt{s})$ on the

average sensitivity of general de Morgan formulas of size $s$.

updated references and related work; added some new proofs; corrected minor errors and typos

TR13-163 Authors: Russell Impagliazzo, Valentine Kabanets

Publication: 28th November 2013 01:45

Downloads: 2436

Keywords:

For Boolean functions computed by de Morgan formulas of subquadratic size or read-once de Morgan formulas, we prove a sharp concentration of the Fourier mass on ``small-degree'' coefficients. For a Boolean function $f:\{0,1\}^n\to\{1,-1\}$ computable by a de Morgan formula of size $s$, we show that

\[

\sum_{A\subseteq [n]\; :\; |A|>s^{1/\Gamma + \epsilon}} \hat{f}(A)^2 \leq exp(-s^{\epsilon/3}),

\]

where $\Gamma$ is the shrinkage exponent for the corresponding class of formulas: $\Gamma=2$ for de Morgan formulas, and $\Gamma=1/\log_2(\sqrt{5}-1)\approx 3.27$ for read-once de Morgan formulas. We prove that this Fourier concentration is essentially optimal.

As an application, we get that subquadratic-size de Morgan formulas have negligible correlation with parity, and are learnable under the uniform distribution, and also lossily compressible, in subexponential time. We also prove that the average sensitivity of a read-once function $f$ on $n$ variables is at most $n^{1/\Gamma +o(1)}$, and is at least $\Omega(n^{1/\Gamma})$.