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TR21-021 | 18th February 2021 18:12
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#### Average-Case Perfect Matching Lower Bounds from Hardness of Tseitin Formulas

**Abstract:**
We study the complexity of proving that a sparse random regular graph on an odd number of vertices does not have a perfect matching, and related problems involving each vertex being matched some pre-specified number of times. We show that this requires proofs of degree $\Omega(n/\log n)$ in the Polynomial Calculus (over fields of characteristic $\ne 2$) and Sum-of-Squares proof systems, and exponential size in the bounded-depth Frege proof system. This resolves a question by Razborov asking whether the LovĂˇsz-Schrijver proof system requires $n^\delta$ rounds to refute these formulas for some $\delta > 0$. The results are obtained by a worst-case to average-case reduction of these formulas relying on a topological embedding theorem which may be of independent interest.