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TR16-193 | 22nd November 2016 11:02

Identity Testing for +-Regular Noncommutative Arithmetic Circuits


Authors: Vikraman Arvind, Pushkar Joglekar, Partha Mukhopadhyay, Raja S
Publication: 25th November 2016 22:42
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An efficient randomized polynomial identity test for noncommutative
polynomials given by noncommutative arithmetic circuits remains an
open problem. The main bottleneck to applying known techniques is that
a noncommutative circuit of size $s$ can compute a polynomial of
degree exponential in $s$ with a double-exponential number of nonzero
monomials. In this paper, which is a follow-up on our earlier article
[AMR16], we report some progress by dealing with two natural
subcases (both allow for polynomials of exponential degree and a
double exponential number of monomials):

(1) We consider \emph{$+$-regular} noncommutative circuits: these
are homogeneous noncommutative circuits with the additional
property that all the $+$-gates are layered, and in each $+$-layer
all gates have the same syntactic degree. We give a
\emph{white-box} polynomial-time deterministic polynomial identity
test for such circuits. Our algorithm combines some new structural
results for $+$-regular circuits with known results for
noncommutative ABP identity testing [RS05PIT], rank bound of
commutative depth three identities [SS13], and equivalence
testing problem for words [Loh15, MSU97, Pla94].

(2) Next, we consider $\Sigma\Pi^*\Sigma$ noncommutative circuits:
these are noncommutative circuits with layered $+$-gates such that
there are only two layers of $+$-gates. These $+$-layers are the
output $+$-gate and linear forms at the bottom layer; between the
$+$-layers the circuit could have any number of $\times$ gates. We
given an efficient randomized \emph{black-box} identity testing
problem for $\Sigma\Pi^*\Sigma$ circuits. In particular, we show if
$f\in\F\angle Z$ is a nonzero noncommutative polynomial computed by
a $\Sigma\Pi^*\Sigma$ circuit of size $s$, then $f$ cannot be a
polynomial identity for the matrix algebra $\mathbb{M}_s(F)$, where
the field $F$ is a sufficiently large extension of $\F$ depending on
the degree of $f$.

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