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Probabilistic checking of proofs: a new characterization of NP
 Journal of the ACM
, 1998
"... Abstract. We give a new characterization of NP: the class NP contains exactly those languages L for which membership proofs (a proof that an input x is in L) can be verified probabilistically in polynomial time using logarithmic number of random bits and by reading sublogarithmic number of bits from ..."
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Abstract. We give a new characterization of NP: the class NP contains exactly those languages L for which membership proofs (a proof that an input x is in L) can be verified probabilistically in polynomial time using logarithmic number of random bits and by reading sublogarithmic number of bits from the proof. We discuss implications of this characterization; specifically, we show that approximating Clique and Independent Set, even in a very weak sense, is NPhard.
Expander Codes
 IEEE Transactions on Information Theory
, 1996
"... We present a new class of asymptotically good, linear errorcorrecting codes based upon expander graphs. These codes have linear time sequential decoding algorithms, logarithmic time parallel decoding algorithms with a linear number of processors, and are simple to understand. We present both random ..."
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We present a new class of asymptotically good, linear errorcorrecting codes based upon expander graphs. These codes have linear time sequential decoding algorithms, logarithmic time parallel decoding algorithms with a linear number of processors, and are simple to understand. We present both randomized and explicit constructions for some of these codes. Experimental results demonstrate the extremely good performance of the randomly chosen codes. 1. Introduction We present a new class of error correcting codes derived from expander graphs. These codes have the advantage that they can be decoded very efficiently. That makes them particularly suitable for devices which must decode cheaply, such as compact disk players and remote satellite receivers. We hope that the connection we draw between expander graphs and error correcting codes will stimulate research in both fields. 1.1. Error correcting codes An error correcting code is a mapping from messages to codewords such that the mappi...
Simple Constructions of Almost kwise Independent Random Variables
, 1992
"... We present three alternative simple constructions of small probability spaces on n bits for which any k bits are almost independent. The number of bits used to specify a point in the sample space is (2 + o(1))(log log n + k/2 + log k + log 1 ɛ), where ɛ is the statistical difference between the dist ..."
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We present three alternative simple constructions of small probability spaces on n bits for which any k bits are almost independent. The number of bits used to specify a point in the sample space is (2 + o(1))(log log n + k/2 + log k + log 1 ɛ), where ɛ is the statistical difference between the distribution induced on any k bit locations and the uniform distribution. This is asymptotically comparable to the construction recently presented by Naor and Naor (our size bound is better as long as ɛ < 1/(k log n)). An additional advantage of our constructions is their simplicity.
Randomness is Linear in Space
 Journal of Computer and System Sciences
, 1993
"... We show that any randomized algorithm that runs in space S and time T and uses poly(S) random bits can be simulated using only O(S) random bits in space S and time T poly(S). A deterministic simulation in space S follows. Of independent interest is our main technical tool: a procedure which extracts ..."
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We show that any randomized algorithm that runs in space S and time T and uses poly(S) random bits can be simulated using only O(S) random bits in space S and time T poly(S). A deterministic simulation in space S follows. Of independent interest is our main technical tool: a procedure which extracts randomness from a defective random source using a small additional number of truly random bits. 1
Free Bits, PCPs and NonApproximability  Towards Tight Results
, 1996
"... This paper continues the investigation of the connection between proof systems and approximation. The emphasis is on proving tight nonapproximability results via consideration of measures like the "free bit complexity" and the "amortized free bit complexity" of proof systems. ..."
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This paper continues the investigation of the connection between proof systems and approximation. The emphasis is on proving tight nonapproximability results via consideration of measures like the "free bit complexity" and the "amortized free bit complexity" of proof systems.
Expander Graphs and their Applications
, 2003
"... Contents 1 The Magical Mystery Tour 7 1.1 Some Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 1.1.1 Hardness results for linear transformation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 1.1.2 Error Correcting Codes . . . . . . . ..."
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Contents 1 The Magical Mystery Tour 7 1.1 Some Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 1.1.1 Hardness results for linear transformation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 1.1.2 Error Correcting Codes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 1.1.3 Derandomizing Algorithms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 1.2 Magical Graphs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 1.2.1 A Super Concentrator with O(n) edges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 1.2.2 Error Correcting Codes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 1.2.3 Derandomizing Random Algorithms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 1.3 Conclusions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
How to Recycle Random Bits
, 1989
"... We show that modified versions of the linear congruential generator and the shift register generator are provably good for amplifying the correctness of a probabilistic algorithm. More precisely, if r random bits are needed for a BPP algorithm to be correct with probability at least 2=3, then O(r + ..."
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We show that modified versions of the linear congruential generator and the shift register generator are provably good for amplifying the correctness of a probabilistic algorithm. More precisely, if r random bits are needed for a BPP algorithm to be correct with probability at least 2=3, then O(r + k 2 ) bits are needed to improve this probability to 1 \Gamma 2 \Gammak . We also present a different pseudorandom generator that is optimal, up to a constant factor, in this regard: it uses only O(r + k) bits to improve the probability to 1 \Gamma 2 \Gammak . This generator is based on random walks on expanders. Our results do not depend on any unproven assumptions. Next we show that our modified versions of the shift register and linear congruential generators can be used to sample from distributions using, in the limit, the informationtheoretic lower bound on random bits. 1. Introduction Randomness plays a vital role in almost all areas of computer science, both in theory and in...
Random Walks in PeertoPeer Networks
, 2004
"... We quantify the effectiveness of random walks for searching and construction of unstructured peertopeer (P2P) networks. For searching, we argue that random walks achieve improvement over flooding in the case of clustered overlay topologies and in the case of reissuing the same request several tim ..."
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We quantify the effectiveness of random walks for searching and construction of unstructured peertopeer (P2P) networks. For searching, we argue that random walks achieve improvement over flooding in the case of clustered overlay topologies and in the case of reissuing the same request several times. For construction, we argue that an expander can be maintained dynamically with constant operations per addition. The key technical ingredient of our approach is a deep result of stochastic processes indicating that samples taken from consecutive steps of a random walk can achieve statistical properties similar to independent sampling (if the second eigenvalue of the transition matrix is bounded away from 1, which translates to good expansion of the network; such connectivity is desired, and believed to hold, in every reasonable network and network model). This property has been previously used in complexity theory for construction of pseudorandom number generators. We reveal another facet of this theory and translate savings in random bits to savings in processing overhead.
Expanders that Beat the Eigenvalue Bound: Explicit Construction and Applications
 Combinatorica
, 1993
"... For every n and 0 ! ffi ! 1, we construct graphs on n nodes such that every two sets of size n ffi share an edge, having essentially optimal maximum degree n 1\Gammaffi+o(1) . Using known and new reductions from these graphs, we explicitly construct: 1. A k round sorting algorithm using n 1+1=k ..."
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For every n and 0 ! ffi ! 1, we construct graphs on n nodes such that every two sets of size n ffi share an edge, having essentially optimal maximum degree n 1\Gammaffi+o(1) . Using known and new reductions from these graphs, we explicitly construct: 1. A k round sorting algorithm using n 1+1=k+o(1) comparisons. 2. A k round selection algorithm using n 1+1=(2 k \Gamma1)+o(1) comparisons. 3. A depth 2 superconcentrator of size n 1+o(1) . 4. A depth k widesense nonblocking generalized connector of size n 1+1=k+o(1) . All of these results improve on previous constructions by factors of n\Omega\Gamma37 , and are optimal to within factors of n o(1) . These results are based on an improvement to the extractor construction of Nisan & Zuckerman: our algorithm extracts an asymptotically optimal number of random bits from a defective random source using a small additional number of truly random bits. 1