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TR17-150 | 26th September 2017 16:02

All Classical Adversary Methods are Equivalent for Total Functions

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Abstract:

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 unbounded separations between $\text{fbs}(f)$ and other adversary bounds, as well as between the relational and Kolmogorov complexity bounds.

We also show that, for partial functions, fractional block sensitivity cannot give lower bounds larger than $\sqrt{n \cdot \text{bs}(f)}$, where $n$ is the number of variables and $\text{bs}(f)$ is the block sensitivity. Then we exhibit a partial function $f$ that matches this upper bound, $\text{fbs}(f) = \Omega(\sqrt{n \cdot \text{bs}(f)})$.



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