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Questions about Boolean functions and their analysis

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Bias of a random boolean low degree polynomial

What is the bias of a random Boolean function that can be represented as a low degree polynomial over the reals, i.e. has low Fourier degree? More specifically, is it true that if we take a uniformly ...
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Minimizing a general submodular pseudo boolean function

Are there algorithms that minimize a general submodular pseudo boolean function (PBF) without first transforming it to a quadratic pseudo boolean function (QPBF)?
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Gap in degree of representations of candidate boolean functions

Let $x_1,x_2,\dots x_n$ be literals. Let $P(x_1,x_2,\dots,x_n)$ be one of the following Boolean function: $0)$ Equality function - $Eq_k^n(x)=1\iff x_1+\dots+x_n= k$ $1)$ Threshold function - ...
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Rational function for Parity function

Let $x_1,x_2,\dots x_n$ be literals. Let $P(x_1,x_2,\dots,x_n)$ be the parity function. What is the smallest degree of $f(x_1,x_2,\dots,x_n)\in \mathbb R[x_1,x_2,\dots,x_n]$ that represents ...
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Representing boolean function by a polynomial

Supposing we have a boolean function from $f:\{0,1\}^n\rightarrow\{0,1\}$. It is clear that a real multivariate polynomial $p(x)$ such that $f(x)=p(x)$ on $x\in\{0,1\}^n$ can be multilinear. What are ...
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Sign patterns for Fourier coefficients of Boolean functions

Given a sequence of real numbers $(a_i)$, the sign-pattern sequence $(s_i)$ is defined by $s_i = +$ if $a_i \geq 0$ and $s_i = -$ otherwise. For a boolean function $f: \{0,1\}^n \to \{0,1\}$, ...
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Balanced Boolean function satisfiability

Consider the following problem: Input: A Boolean black-box $U$ of a balanced Boolean function (balanced meaning equal number of satisfying and unsatisfying truth assignments) Output: A ...
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May Boolean circuits be exponentially more concise than Boolean formulae?

Consider a family $(f_n)_{1 \leq n}$ of Boolean functions, where $f_n$ is a function on $n$ variables. Consider for every $n$ the smallest Boolean formula $F_n$ describing $f_n$, and the smallest ...
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What is the current state of research on the representation of boolean functions using wavelets

The harmonic representation of boolean functions such as XOR or AND has been studied in different course note lectures that can be found on Google. http://cs.mcgill.ca/~hatami/comp760-2011/ ...
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How can one find the “hard” probability distribution on the input for recursive boolean functions?

Update: Since, it seems there is no progress regarding this question, any idea, conjecture, hunch, or advice is welcome. For example, are there any partial or incomplete results? What are the main ...
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Lower bounds for Polynomials computing the boolean functions

Expressing a boolean function $f$ $:\{ 0,1 \}^{n} \rightarrow \{0,1 \}$ using a polynomial $P(x_{1},...,x_{n})$, where $x_{1},...,x_{n}$ may be integer, finite fields, or other fields. One of the ...
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Satisfiability for various branching programs

Clearly, SAT for CNF, formula, or many classes of boolean circuits have strong significance on the entire theory community. Branching program, or BDD is one of the most basic and popular ...
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Random restrictions and the connection to total influence of Boolean functions

Say we have a Boolean function $f:\{-1,1\}^n\rightarrow \{-1,1\}$ and we apply $\delta$-random restriction on $f$. In addition, say that the decision tree $T$ that computes $f$ shrinks to size $O(1)$ ...
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Given $f:\{0,1\}^n \rightarrow \{-1,1\}$, find a subcube with large volume and large average value

Here is a problem with a similar flavor to learning juntas: Input: A function $f: \{0,1\}^n \rightarrow \{-1,1\}$, represented by a membership oracle, i.e. an oracle that given $x$, returns $f(x)$. ...
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Social choice theory, preference aggregation data sets

I do computational research on preference aggregation. I am quite interested in Kemeny Optimal Aggregation. However I do not find much useful data for preference aggregation in context of social ...
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L1 - embeddability of metrics supported on the Hypercube

I am quite new to the area of metric embeddings so this question might turn out to be extremely easy. Consider a metric supported on the edges of a boolean hypercube. By supported I mean every edge ...
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A possible application of TCS to EE: disruption-resistant circuits

Consider the following problem. We're given a circuit $C$ with $n$ binary inputs and $n$ binary outputs, computing some boolean function $f_C : \mathbb{Z}_2^n \rightarrow \mathbb{Z}_2^n$. We assume ...
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On the status of learnability inside $\mathsf{TC}^0$

I'm trying to understand the complexity of functions expressible via threshold gates and this led me to $\mathsf{TC}^0$. In particular, I'm interested what's currently known about learning inside ...
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Fourier Analysis on checking whether there exists a vector in hypercube orthogonal to a set of vectors?

I know virtually noting about Fourier Analysis and I'd like to know whether it's worth to learn this topic for my problem. My problem is: Given vectors $h_1,\cdots,h_k\in\{+1,-1\}^n$ where $k < ...
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Circuit complexity of Majority function

Let $f: \{0,1\}^n \to \{0,1\}$ be the majority function, i.e. $f(x) = 1$ if and only if $\sum_{i = 1}^n x_i > n/2$. I was wondering if there was a simple proof of the following fact (by "simple" I ...
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Deciding whether a binary multiplicity automaton has empty language

Multiplicity automatons (see here) is an interesting model. They have the (almost) same syntax as a non-deterministic finite automatons, but instead of deciding whether a word belongs to a language, ...
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How to go about finding the most “complex” function?

Intro Hi, I'm a hobbyist, with no formal education, tinkering with SAT solving and boolean algebra minimization. So expect bad terminology. I hope you will forgive me I'm asking a wrong question in a ...
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An identity about the Majority function?

Let $f:\{-1,1\}^n \rightarrow \{-1,1\}$ be any boolean function. Let $Maj_n$ represent the majority function. Let $\langle f,g \rangle = E[f(x)g(x)]$ and $\mathcal{I}(f) = E_x[\# i, s.t. f(x)\neq f(x ...
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Determining if a function is constant or not using period finding

Consider an arbitrary boolean function $$f: {\lbrace 0,1 \rbrace}^n \rightarrow \lbrace 0,1 \rbrace$$ which we write as: $$f(x_1, x_2 ... x_n) $$ where each $x_i$ is a boolean variable We note ...
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Is there a relation between $l_p$-norms of functions with same Fourier spectra but w.r.t different measures on the Hamming cube?

Informally, I want to ask if two functions $f$ and $g$ on the Hamming cube have the same Fourier spectra but w.r.t different measure and basis, then is $||f||_p$ related to $||g||_p$? (Where each ...
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Boolean Functions Where Sensitivity Equals Block Sensitivity

Some of the work on sensitivity vs. block sensitivity has been aimed at examining functions with as large a gap as possible between $s(f)$ and $bs(f)$ in order to resolve the conjecture that $bs(f)$ ...
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any connection between binary/integer multiplication and matrix multiplication?

is there a connection between the inherent complexity of binary/integer multiplication algorithms and matrix multiplication algorithms? if so what is a ref that outlines/discusses it? some ...
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Lower bounds for formulae sizes for addition

I am interested in the conversion of $\sum_{i=1}^n x_i = y$ to 3-CNF. Here $x_i$ is a binary 0/1 variable and $y$ is some positive integer. There are a number of practical methods for doing this, ...
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Are Boolean circuits 'universal'

I have a question, but I don't seem to know enough computer science terminology in order to look up an answer. So I wonder if you guys could help a poor physicist like me. I would like to know if ...
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An alternative proof of hypercontractivity of the Becker-Bonami operator

The Becker-Bonami operator $T_p$ on a function $f(x) : \{0,1\}^d \to \mathbb{R}$ is defined as follows. Let $\nu(x)$ be a perturbation of $x$ so that every bit remains the same with probability $p$ or ...
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Problems that reduce to or are abstracted by the learning juntas problem

What problems are either abstracted by or reduce to the learning juntas problem? (An example of a real-world problem abstracted by the learning juntas problem is the Identification of genetic loci ...
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Hardness of noisy Boolean functions

Let $f$ be a Boolean function of $n$ Boolean variables. Let $g(x)=T_\epsilon (f) (x)$ be the expected value of $f(y)$ when $y$ is obtained from $x$ by flipping each coordinate with probability ...
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Random functions of low degree as a real polynomial

Is there a (reasonable) way to sample a uniformly random boolean function $f:\{0,1\}^n \to \{0,1\}$ whose degree as a real polynomial is at most $d$? EDIT: Nisan and Szegedy have shown that a ...
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Beigel-Tarui transformation of ACC cricuits

I am reading the appendix about ACC lower bounds for NEXP in Arora and Barak's Computational Complexity book. http://www.cs.princeton.edu/theory/uploads/Compbook/accnexp.pdf One of the key lemmas is a ...
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Attribute efficiently learning the relevant attributes of juntas with membership queries

Can the relevant attributes of k-juntas be learned attribute efficiently given a membership query oracle? What's the best known lower bound for this problem?
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Estimating the average contiguous sequence length of a balanced boolean function

Given a balanced Boolean function $f:\{0,1\}^n\mapsto\{0,1\}$, is there a sampling strategy that needs less than $O(2^n)$ samples to estimate the average length of contiguous sequences of 1's? ...
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Succinct Representation and Communication complexity

Succinct representation is often used to define NEXP or EXP complete problems. For example, when a graph is given as a circuit to compute the existence of edge between vertex $i,j$ for indices of ...
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Natural Proofs and methods for polylog depth circuit lower bounds

I have a question about the following question and its answer. Status on circuit lower bounds for polylog-bounded depth circuits In the above question, it is asked about methods to prove lower ...
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Lower Bound for the Parity Learning Problem

What are known lower bounds for the time and query complexity of the problem of learning parities with an adaptive membership query oracle? To be clear the concept space $C$ is $\{x\in \{0,1\}^n \, \, ...
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Inferring simplest method to convert bit array 1 to bit array 2

Consider the set of all bit arrays of length n. Now consider the set of all 1-to-1 functions that map from this set to this set. Now select a single function out of the latter set. Is there any ...
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Locally monotone Boolean function

I am unable to understand the definition of locally monotone Boolean function which is defined in Gotsman and Linial, "Spectral Properties of Threshold Functions", 1994, p. 40: A function $f$ is ...
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computing with gates on polar coordinates, functionally complete wrt boolean functions?

this question is inspired by a particular somewhat "natural" physical system specifically constructed to mimic another complex highly-studied physical computing system. (some may astutely guess at ...
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Extended Formulaiton and Integer Programming

An extended formulation (EF) of a polytope $P\subseteq \mathbb{R}^d$ is a system of linear constraints $Ex + Fy = g, y\geq 0$ in variables $(x,y)\in \mathbb{R}^{d+r}$ where $E,F$ are real matrices ...
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Expressing a set of 0-1 strings by Extended Formulation

Extended Formulation of a polytope $P \subseteq \mathbb{R}$ is a system of linear constraints which satisfies the following condition: $x \in P \iff \exists y\in \mathbb{R}^{d} \mbox{ such that } Ax ...
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About Closure under Resolution

The question looks very simple, that is why I posted it first on MathSE, unsuccesfully - no answer for 12 days. I tried to find a short and elegant answer to the question, but I haven't succeed yet. ...
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Bound for the spectral norm of a boolean function [duplicate]

As we know that the upper bound for the spectral norm of a Boolean function on $n$ variables is $2^{n/2}$. Is it possible to improve this bound..? Can somebody provide me an example of a Boolean ...
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Is the the spectral norm of a Boolean function bounded by the degree of its Fourier expansion?

Let $f: \{-1,1\}^n \rightarrow \{-1,1\}$ be a Boolean function. The Fourier expansion of $f$ is $$f(T) = \sum_{S \subseteq [n]} \widehat{f}(S)\ \chi_S(T)$$ where $\widehat{f}(S)$ are real numbers ...
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Size of decision tree for f is polynomial in the DNF size of f and CNF size of f

I've been having hard time with proving the following claim: Let $f:\{T,F\}^n\rightarrow \{T,F\}$ be a boolean function. Let $size_{DT}(f)$ denote the number of leaves in the smallest (w.r.t the ...
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An extension of the noise operator

In a problem I am currently working on, an extension of the noise operator arises naturally, and I was curious whether there has been prior work. First let me revise the basic noise operator ...
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Exhibiting an adversary to prove a boolean function is evasive

I'm trying to collect examples of exhibiting an adversary to prove that a Boolean function is evasive. I know of several examples of graph properties for which adversary methods have been used, i.e. ...