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Unprovability of Lower Bounds on the Circuit Size in Certain Fragments of Bounded Arithmetic
 in Izvestiya of the Russian Academy of Science, mathematics
, 1995
"... To appear in Izvestiya of the RAN We show that if strong pseudorandom generators exist then the statement “α encodes a circuit of size n (log ∗ n) for SATISFIABILITY ” is not refutable in S2 2 (α). For refutation in S1 2 (α), this is proven under the weaker assumption of the existence of generators ..."
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To appear in Izvestiya of the RAN We show that if strong pseudorandom generators exist then the statement “α encodes a circuit of size n (log ∗ n) for SATISFIABILITY ” is not refutable in S2 2 (α). For refutation in S1 2 (α), this is proven under the weaker assumption of the existence of generators secure against the attack by small depth circuits, and for another system which is strong enough to prove exponential lower bounds for constantdepth circuits, this is shown without using any unproven hardness assumptions. These results can be also viewed as direct corollaries of interpolationlike theorems for certain “split versions ” of classical systems of Bounded Arithmetic introduced in this paper.
Counting Quantifiers, Successor Relations, and Logarithmic Space
 Journal of Computer and System Sciences
"... Given a successor relation S (i.e., a directed line graph), and given two distinguished points s and t, the problem ORD is to determine whether s precedes t in the unique ordering defined by S. We show that ORD is Lcomplete (via quantifierfree projections). We then show that firstorder logic with ..."
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Given a successor relation S (i.e., a directed line graph), and given two distinguished points s and t, the problem ORD is to determine whether s precedes t in the unique ordering defined by S. We show that ORD is Lcomplete (via quantifierfree projections). We then show that firstorder logic with counting quantifiers, a logic that captures TC 0 ([BIS90]) over structures with a builtin totalordering, can not express ORD. Our original proof of this in the conference version of this paper ([Ete95]) employed an EhrenfeuchtFraiss'e Game for firstorder logic with counting ([IL90]). Here we show how the result follows from a more general one obtained independently by Nurmonen, [Nur96]. We then show that an appropriately modified version of the EF game is "complete" for the logic with counting in the sense that it provides a necessary and sufficient condition for expressibility in the logic. We observe that the Lcomplete problem ORD is essentially sparse if we ignore reorderings of v...
The History and Status of the P versus NP Question
, 1992
"... this article, I have attempted to organize and describe this literature, including an occasional opinion about the most fruitful directions, but no technical details. In the first half of this century, work on the power of formal systems led to the formalization of the notion of algorithm and the re ..."
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this article, I have attempted to organize and describe this literature, including an occasional opinion about the most fruitful directions, but no technical details. In the first half of this century, work on the power of formal systems led to the formalization of the notion of algorithm and the realization that certain problems are algorithmically unsolvable. At around this time, forerunners of the programmable computing machine were beginning to appear. As mathematicians contemplated the practical capabilities and limitations of such devices, computational complexity theory emerged from the theory of algorithmic unsolvability. Early on, a particular type of computational task became evident, where one is seeking an object which lies
Optimal bounds for decision problems on the CRCW PRAM
 In Proceedings of the 19th ACM Symposium on Theory of Computing (New
"... Abstract. Optimal Q(logn/log logn) lower bounds on the time for CRCW PRAMS with polynomially bounded numbers of processors or memory cells to compute parity and a number of related problems are proven. A strict time hierarchy of explicit Boolean functions of n bits on such machines that holds up to ..."
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Abstract. Optimal Q(logn/log logn) lower bounds on the time for CRCW PRAMS with polynomially bounded numbers of processors or memory cells to compute parity and a number of related problems are proven. A strict time hierarchy of explicit Boolean functions of n bits on such machines that holds up to O(logn/loglogn) time is also exhibited. That is, for every time bound T within this range a function is exhibited that can be easily computed using polynomial resources in time T but requires more than polynomial resources to be computed in time T 1. Finally, it is shown that almost all Boolean functions of n bits require logn loglogn + fi ( 1) time when the number of processors is at most polynomial in n. The bounds do not place restrictions on the uniformity of the algorithms nor on the instruction sets of the machines.
Bounded Arithmetic and Lower Bounds in Boolean Complexity
 Feasible Mathematics II
, 1993
"... We study the question of provability of lower bounds on the complexity of explicitly given Boolean functions in weak fragments of Peano Arithmetic. To that end, we analyze what is the right fragment capturing the kind of techniques existing in Boolean complexity at present. We give both formal and i ..."
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We study the question of provability of lower bounds on the complexity of explicitly given Boolean functions in weak fragments of Peano Arithmetic. To that end, we analyze what is the right fragment capturing the kind of techniques existing in Boolean complexity at present. We give both formal and informal arguments supporting the claim that a conceivable answer is V 1 (which, in view of RSUV isomorphism, is equivalent to S 2 ), although some major results about the complexity of Boolean functions can be proved in (presumably) weaker subsystems like U 1 . As a byproduct of this analysis, we give a more constructive version of the proof of Hastad Switching Lemma which probably is interesting in its own right.
New Techniques for Studying Set Languages, Bag Languages and Aggregate Functions
, 1994
"... We provide new techniques for the analysis of the expressive power of query languages for nested collections. These languages may use set or bag semantics and may be further complicated by the presence of aggregate functions. We exhibit certain classes of graphs and prove that the properties of thes ..."
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We provide new techniques for the analysis of the expressive power of query languages for nested collections. These languages may use set or bag semantics and may be further complicated by the presence of aggregate functions. We exhibit certain classes of graphs and prove that the properties of these graphs that can be tested in such languages are either finite or cofinite. This result settles the conjectures of Grumbach, Milo, and Paredaens that parity test, transitive closure, and balanced binary tree test are not expressible in bag languages like the PTIME fragment of BALG of Grumbach and Milo and BQL of Libkin and Wong. Moreover, it implies that many recursive queries, including simple ones like the test for a chain, cannot be expressed in a nested relational language even when aggregate functions are available. In an attempt to generalize the finitecofiniteness result, we study the bounded degree property which says that the number of distinct in and outdegrees in the output of...
On the Complexity of Branching Programs and Decision Trees for Clique Functions
, 1988
"... Exponential lower bounds on the complexity of computing the clique functions in the Boolean decisiontree model are proved. For onetimeonly branching programs, large polynomial lower bounds are proved for kclique functions if k is fixed, and exponential lower bounds if k increases with n. Finall ..."
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Exponential lower bounds on the complexity of computing the clique functions in the Boolean decisiontree model are proved. For onetimeonly branching programs, large polynomial lower bounds are proved for kclique functions if k is fixed, and exponential lower bounds if k increases with n. Finally, the hierarchy of the classes BP&‘) of all sequences of Boolean functions that may be computed by dtimes only branching programs of polynomial size is introduced. It is shown constructively that BP,(P) is a proper subset of BP#).
Relativizable And Nonrelativizable Theorems In The Polynomial Theory Of Algorithms
 In Russian
, 1993
"... . Starting with the paper of Baker, Gill and Solovay [BGS 75] in complexity theory, many results have been proved which separate certain relativized complexity classes or show that they have no complete language. All results of this kind were, in fact, based on lower bounds for boolean decision tree ..."
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. Starting with the paper of Baker, Gill and Solovay [BGS 75] in complexity theory, many results have been proved which separate certain relativized complexity classes or show that they have no complete language. All results of this kind were, in fact, based on lower bounds for boolean decision trees of a certain type or for machines with polylogarithmic restrictions on time. The following question arises: Are these methods of proving "relativized" results universal? In the first part of the present paper we propose a general framework in which assertions of universality of this kind may be formulated and proved as convenient criteria. Using these criteria we obtain, as easy consequences of the known results on boolean decision trees, some new "relativized" results and new proofs of some known results. In the second part of the present paper we apply these general criteria to many particular cases. For example, for many of the complexity classes studied in the literature all relativiza...
Monotone versus Positive
, 1987
"... In connection with the least fixed point operator the following question was raised: Suppose that a firstorder formula ‘P(P) is (semantically) monotone in a predicate symbol P on finite structures. Is (P(P) necessarily equivalent on finite structures to a firstorder formula with only positive occ ..."
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In connection with the least fixed point operator the following question was raised: Suppose that a firstorder formula ‘P(P) is (semantically) monotone in a predicate symbol P on finite structures. Is (P(P) necessarily equivalent on finite structures to a firstorder formula with only positive occurrences of P? In this paper, this question is answered negatively. Moreover, the counterexample naturally gives a uniform sequence of constantdepth, polynomialsize, monotone Boolean circuits that is not equivalent to any (however nonuniform) sequence of constantdepth, polynomialsize, positive Boolean circuits.