## Separation of the Monotone NC Hierarchy (1999)

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@MISC{Raz99separationof,

author = {Ran Raz and Pierre McKenzie},

title = {Separation of the Monotone NC Hierarchy},

year = {1999}

}

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### Abstract

We prove tight lower bounds, of up to n ffl , for the monotone depth of functions in monotone-P. As a result we achieve the separation of the following classes. 1. monotone-NC 6= monotone-P. 2. For every i 1, monotone-NC i 6= monotone-NC i+1 . 3. More generally: For any integer function D(n), up to n ffl (for some ffl ? 0), we give an explicit example of a monotone Boolean function, that can be computed by polynomial size monotone Boolean circuits of depth D(n), but that cannot be computed by any (fan-in 2) monotone Boolean circuits of depth less than Const \Delta D(n) (for some constant Const). Only a separation of monotone-NC 1 from monotone-NC 2 was previously known. Our argument is more general: we define a new class of communication complexity search problems, referred to below as DART games, and we prove a tight lower bound for the communication complexity of every member of this class. As a result we get lower bounds for the monotone depth of many functions. In...