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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.
The NPcompleteness column: an ongoing guide
 Journal of Algorithms
, 1985
"... This is the nineteenth edition of a (usually) quarterly column that covers new developments in the theory of NPcompleteness. The presentation is modeled on that used by M. R. Garey and myself in our book ‘‘Computers and Intractability: A Guide to the Theory of NPCompleteness,’ ’ W. H. Freeman & Co ..."
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This is the nineteenth edition of a (usually) quarterly column that covers new developments in the theory of NPcompleteness. The presentation is modeled on that used by M. R. Garey and myself in our book ‘‘Computers and Intractability: A Guide to the Theory of NPCompleteness,’ ’ W. H. Freeman & Co., New York, 1979 (hereinafter referred to as ‘‘[G&J]’’; previous columns will be referred to by their dates). A background equivalent to that provided by [G&J] is assumed, and, when appropriate, crossreferences will be given to that book and the list of problems (NPcomplete and harder) presented there. Readers who have results they would like mentioned (NPhardness, PSPACEhardness, polynomialtimesolvability, etc.) or open problems they would like publicized, should
Unbiased Bits from Sources of Weak Randomness and Probabilistic Communication Complexity
, 1988
"... , Introduction and References only) Benny Chor Oded Goldreich MIT \Gamma Laboratory for Computer Science Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139 ABSTRACT \Gamma A new model for weak random physical sources is presented. The new model strictly generalizes previous models (e.g. the Santha and Vazirani model [2 ..."
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, Introduction and References only) Benny Chor Oded Goldreich MIT \Gamma Laboratory for Computer Science Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139 ABSTRACT \Gamma A new model for weak random physical sources is presented. The new model strictly generalizes previous models (e.g. the Santha and Vazirani model [24]). The sources considered output strings according to probability distributions in which no single string is too probable. The new model provides a fruitful viewpoint on problems studied previously as: ffl Extracting almost perfect bits from sources of weak randomness: the question of possibility as well as the question of efficiency of such extraction schemes are addressed. ffl Probabilistic Communication Complexity: it is shown that most functions have linear communication complexity in a very strong probabilistic sense. ffl Robustness of BPP with respect to sources of weak randomness (generalizing a result of Vazirani and Vazirani [27]). The paper has appeared in SIAM Journal o...
Pseudorandom generators without the XOR Lemma
, 1998
"... Madhu Sudan y Luca Trevisan z Salil Vadhan x Abstract Impagliazzo and Wigderson [IW97] have recently shown that if there exists a decision problem solvable in time 2 O(n) and having circuit complexity 2 n) (for all but finitely many n) then P = BPP. This result is a culmination of a serie ..."
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Madhu Sudan y Luca Trevisan z Salil Vadhan x Abstract Impagliazzo and Wigderson [IW97] have recently shown that if there exists a decision problem solvable in time 2 O(n) and having circuit complexity 2 n) (for all but finitely many n) then P = BPP. This result is a culmination of a series of works showing connections between the existence of hard predicates and the existence of good pseudorandom generators. The construction of Impagliazzo and Wigderson goes through three phases of "hardness amplification" (a multivariate polynomial encoding, a first derandomized XOR Lemma, and a second derandomized XOR Lemma) that are composed with the Nisan Wigderson [NW94] generator. In this paper we present two different approaches to proving the main result of Impagliazzo and Wigderson. In developing each approach, we introduce new techniques and prove new results that could be useful in future improvements and/or applications of hardnessrandomness tradeoffs. Our first result is that when (a modified version of) the NisanWigderson generator construction is applied with a "mildly" hard predicate, the result is a generator that produces a distribution indistinguishable from having large minentropy. An extractor can then be used to produce a distribution computationally indistinguishable from uniform. This is the first construction of a pseudorandom generator that works with a mildly hard predicate without doing hardness amplification. We then show that in the ImpagliazzoWigderson construction only the first hardnessamplification phase (encoding with multivariate polynomial) is necessary, since it already gives the required averagecase hardness. We prove this result by (i) establishing a connection between the hardnessamplification problem and a listdecoding...
BPP has Subexponential Time Simulations unless EXPTIME has Publishable Proofs (Extended Abstract)
, 1993
"... ) L'aszl'o Babai Noam Nisan y Lance Fortnow z Avi Wigderson University of Chicago Hebrew University Abstract We show that BPP can be simulated in subexponential time for infinitely many input lengths unless exponential time ffl collapses to the second level of the polynomialtime hierarchy, ..."
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) L'aszl'o Babai Noam Nisan y Lance Fortnow z Avi Wigderson University of Chicago Hebrew University Abstract We show that BPP can be simulated in subexponential time for infinitely many input lengths unless exponential time ffl collapses to the second level of the polynomialtime hierarchy, ffl has polynomialsize circuits and ffl has publishable proofs (EXPTIME=MA). We also show that BPP is contained in subexponential time unless exponential time has publishable proofs for infinitely many input lengths. In addition, we show BPP can be simulated in subexponential time for infinitely many input lengths unless there exist unary languages in MA n P . The proofs are based on the recent characterization of the power of multiprover interactive protocols and on random selfreducibility via low degree polynomials. They exhibit an interplay between Boolean circuit simulation, interactive proofs and classical complexity classes. An important feature of this proof is that it does not ...
What Can Be Computed Locally?
 SIAM J. Comput
, 1993
"... . The purpose of this paper is a study of computation that can be done locally in a distributed network, where "locally" means within time (or distance) independent of the size of the network. Locally Checkable Labeling (LCL) problems are considered, where the legality of a labeling can be checked l ..."
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. The purpose of this paper is a study of computation that can be done locally in a distributed network, where "locally" means within time (or distance) independent of the size of the network. Locally Checkable Labeling (LCL) problems are considered, where the legality of a labeling can be checked locally (e.g., coloring). The results include the following: ffl There are nontrivial LCL problems that have local algorithms. ffl There is a variant of the dining philosophers problem that can be solved locally. ffl Randomization cannot make an LCL problem local; i.e., if a problem has a local randomized algorithm then it has a local deterministic algorithm. ffl It is undecidable, in general, whether a given LCL has a local algorithm. ffl However, it is decidable whether a given LCL has an algorithm that operates in a given time t. ffl Any LCL problem that has a local algorithm has one that is orderinvariant (the algorithm depends only on the order of the processor id's). Keywords: ...
Graph Nonisomorphism Has Subexponential Size Proofs Unless The PolynomialTime Hierarchy Collapses
 SIAM Journal on Computing
, 1998
"... We establish hardness versus randomness tradeoffs for a broad class of randomized procedures. In particular, we create efficient nondeterministic simulations of bounded round ArthurMerlin games using a language in exponential time that cannot be decided by polynomial size oracle circuits with acce ..."
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We establish hardness versus randomness tradeoffs for a broad class of randomized procedures. In particular, we create efficient nondeterministic simulations of bounded round ArthurMerlin games using a language in exponential time that cannot be decided by polynomial size oracle circuits with access to satisfiability. We show that every language with a bounded round ArthurMerlin game has subexponential size membership proofs for infinitely many input lengths unless exponential time coincides with the third level of the polynomialtime hierarchy (and hence the polynomialtime hierarchy collapses). This provides the first strong evidence that graph nonisomorphism has subexponential size proofs. We set up a general framework for derandomization which encompasses more than the traditional model of randomized computation. For a randomized procedure to fit within this framework, we only require that for any fixed input the complexity of checking whether the procedure succeeds on a given ...
Hardness of Approximating the Minimum Distance of a Linear Code
, 2003
"... We show that the minimum distance d of a linear code is not approximable to within anyconstant factor in random polynomial time (RP), unless NP (nondeterministic polynomial time) equals RP. We also show that the minimum distance is not approximable to within an additiveerror that is linear in the b ..."
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We show that the minimum distance d of a linear code is not approximable to within anyconstant factor in random polynomial time (RP), unless NP (nondeterministic polynomial time) equals RP. We also show that the minimum distance is not approximable to within an additiveerror that is linear in the block length n of the code. Under the stronger assumption that NPis not contained in RQP (random quasipolynomial time), we show that the minimum distance is not approximable to within the factor 2log 1ffl(n), for any ffl> 0. Our results hold for codes over any finite field, including binary codes. In the process we show that it is hard to findapproximately nearest codewords even if the number of errors exceeds the unique decoding radius d/2 by only an arbitrarily small fraction ffld. We also prove the hardness of the nearestcodeword problem for asymptotically good codes, provided the number of errors exceeds (2
The probabilistic method yields deterministic parallel algorithms
 Journal of Computer and System Sciences
, 1989
"... We present a technique for converting RNC algorithms into NC algorithms. Our approach is based on a parallel implementation of the method of conditional probabilities. This method was used to convert probabilistic proofs of existence of combinatorial structures into polynomial time deterministic alg ..."
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We present a technique for converting RNC algorithms into NC algorithms. Our approach is based on a parallel implementation of the method of conditional probabilities. This method was used to convert probabilistic proofs of existence of combinatorial structures into polynomial time deterministic algorithms. It has the apparent drawback of being extremely sequential in nature. We show certain general conditions under which it is possible to use this technique for devising deterministic parallel algorithms. We use our technique to devise an NC algorithm for the set balancing problem. This problem turns out to be a useful tool for parallel algorithms. Using our derandomization method and the set balancing algorithm, we provide an NC algorithm for the lattice approximation problem. We also use the lattice approximation problem to bootstrap the set balancing algorithm, and the result is a more processor efficient algorithm. The set balancing algorithm also yields an NC algorithm for nearoptimal edge coloring of simple graphs. Our methods also extend to the parallelization of various algorithms in computational geometry that rely upon the random sampling technique of Clarkson. Finally, our methods apply to constructing certain combinatorial structures, e.g. ...
On the complexity of numerical analysis
 IN PROC. 21ST ANN. IEEE CONF. ON COMPUTATIONAL COMPLEXITY (CCC ’06
, 2006
"... We study two quite different approaches to understanding the complexity of fundamental problems in numerical analysis: • The BlumShubSmale model of computation over the reals. • A problem we call the “Generic Task of Numerical Computation, ” which captures an aspect of doing numerical computation ..."
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We study two quite different approaches to understanding the complexity of fundamental problems in numerical analysis: • The BlumShubSmale model of computation over the reals. • A problem we call the “Generic Task of Numerical Computation, ” which captures an aspect of doing numerical computation in floating point, similar to the “long exponent model ” that has been studied in the numerical computing community. We show that both of these approaches hinge on the question of understanding the complexity of the following problem, which we call PosSLP: Given a divisionfree straightline program producing an integer N, decide whether N> 0. • In the BlumShubSmale model, polynomial time computation over the reals (on discrete inputs) is polynomialtime equivalent to PosSLP, when there are only algebraic constants. We conjecture that using transcendental constants provides no additional power, beyond nonuniform reductions to PosSLP, and we present some preliminary results supporting this conjecture. • The Generic Task of Numerical Computation is also polynomialtime equivalent to PosSLP. We prove that PosSLP lies in the counting hierarchy. Combining this with work of Tiwari, we obtain that the Euclidean Traveling Salesman Problem lies in the counting hierarchy – the previous best upper bound for this important problem (in terms of classical complexity classes) being PSPACE. In the course of developing the context for our results on arithmetic circuits, we present some new observations on the complexity of ACIT: the Arithmetic Circuit Identity Testing problem. In particular, we show that if n! is not ultimately easy, then ACIT has subexponential complexity.