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Is the basis of parity functions the only orthonormal basis for Boolean functions?

Is there another orthogonal basis of functions for Boolean functions? Or, more specifically, besides the parity functions, is there another explicit function (which is common and has a name) that can ...
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Complexity of constructing minimum depth decision trees

I am interested in the computational complexity of Problem 1: Given a finite, non-empty set $J$, given $A, B \subseteq \{0,1\}^J$ such that $A \cap B = \emptyset$, and given $n \in \mathbb{N}$, does ...
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Status of the Junta Problem (soft question)

Does the learning theory community in general believe that juntas can be learned in polynomial time? The naive algorithm works in quasi-polynomial time. MOS's paper shows how to solve the junta ...
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What is the complexity of checking equivalence of two boolean formulae without NOT symbol?

Suppose I have two boolean formulae (propositions) $P_1$, and $P_2$ (can be assumed to be in CNF) over the same variables and such that there are no "NOT" symbols used. I.e. only conjunction and ...
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How to find for each 3-input boolean function the minimum number of NAND operators needed to compute it [closed]

I need to know for each of the $2^{2^3}$ boolean functions with $3$ inputs the smallest boolean circuit made only of NAND gates computing it (smallest in terms of the number gates). I would be glad ...
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Level $k$ bounds in Analysis of Boolean functions

In Ryan O'Donnell's book Analysis of Boolean functions, following Corollary 9.25 the following appears: If $f\colon \{-1,1\}^n \to \{0,1\}$, and we have $\mathbb{E}[f] = \alpha$, then for any integer ...
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Majority function stability under deletion and addition of entries

It is well known that the majority function is stable under random flipping of bits. That is, if $v$ is a random binary vector, and then we re-sample each bit of $v$ with probability $\delta$ and get $...
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Maximization of Mutual Information

Let $X\in\{0,1\}^d$ be a Boolean vector and $Y, Z\in\{0,1\}$ are Boolean variables. Assume that there is a joint distribution $\mathcal{D}$ over $Y, Z$ and we'd like to find a joint distribution $\...
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Dual to hypercontractive inequality

Recall the hypercontractive inequality: Let $\rho = \sqrt{\frac{p-1}{q-1}}$, then $||T_\rho(f)||_q \leq ||f||_p$ In https://www.cs.cmu.edu/~odonnell/papers/analysis-survey.pdf it is stated that the ...
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Lighting up all elements of a poset by toggling upsets

I consider the following game on a finite poset $(P, <)$. At each point of the game, I have a set of elements $S$ of the poset which are "on", and all others are "off". Initially $S = \emptyset$. ...
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How tight is the XOR lemma?

The XOR lemma states that if you have a distribution $D$ on $\{0,1\}^n$, and all the Fourier coefficients of $2^n D$ are small, then it is close in $L_1$ to the uniform distribution. Specifically, ...
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Cover set of Boolean formulas with conjunctions

I want to cover a set of Boolean formulas (over the same variables) with disjunctive conjunctions. Here's an example with two formulas $p_1$ and $p_2$ over the set of variables $\{A, B, X, Y\}$: I ...
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Characterizing the ANF of Single-Cycle Boolean Permutations

Given a function $F: \{0, 1\}^n \to \{0, 1\}^n$, we say that $F$ is a boolean permutation (also sometimes called a vectorial boolean function or an s-box in the literature) if $F$ is a bijection. We ...
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On the sensitivity conjecture?

The recent establishment of the relation $bs(f)=O(s(f)^4)$ goes through Gotsman,Linial . Can the same approach get to $O(s(f)^2)$ or is there an essential limitation to the approach?
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Sensitivity and Low-Degree Approximation under Non-Uniform Distribution

I am searching for generalizations of analysis of Boolean functions when the input strings are distributed according to a general non-uniform distribution, possibly with arbitrary dependencies between ...
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Which monotone DNFs are evasive?

A Boolean function $\phi$ on variables $X$ is evasive if every decision tree for $\phi$ has height $|X|$. In other words, for any strategy that picks variables of $X$ and asks for their value, an ...
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Given a subset of of the hypercube and an affine transform of it, find the affine map

This is a follow up to this resolved question. Suppose we are given a set of bitvectors $A\subseteq\mathbb{F}_2^d$ and an invertible affine transformed copy of it $$B=\{Mx + s\mid x\in A\}$$ for some ...
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Given a subset of the hypercube and a copy translated by s, find s

Problem: Suppose we are given an $n$ element subset $A\subseteq\{0,1\}^d$ of the $d$ dimensional hypercube and a translated copy $B= A+s$ by some secret $s\in\{0,1\}^d$. Find $s$ as fast as possible ...
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Reverse Skolemization?

I'm wondering if there are any references on "reverse skolemization", that is, converting a formula with functions into one purely consisting of quantifiers by eliminating function applications. I'm ...
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Question about two matrices: Hadamard v. “the magical one” in the proof of the sensitivity conjecture

The recent and incredibly slick proof of the sensitivity conjecture relies on the explicit* construction of a matrix $A_n\in\{-1,0,1\}^{2^n\times 2^n}$, defined recursively as follows: $$A_1 = \begin{...
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relations between the degrees of a boolean function and its absolute function

Given a boolean function $f:\{0,1\}^n\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ of degree $d$, is there any upper bound in terms of $d$ on the degree of the function $|f|$, where $|f|(x)=|f(x)|$. Here the degree of $f$ ...
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Sampling monotone Boolean functions

I'm interested in sampling monotone increasing Boolean functions on $n$ input bits uniformly at random. I understand that this is equivalent to approximating the Dedekind numbers ($D_n = $ the number ...
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Which (almost) balanced Boolean function has smallest “total” influence

The well known Kahn–Kalai–Linial (KKL) Theorem says that for any Boolean function $f\colon \{-1,1\}^n \xrightarrow{} \{-1,1\}$ $$ \max_{i \in [n]} \{\mathbf{Inf}_i[f] \} \geq \mathop{\bf Var}[f] \cdot ...
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Which research fields deal with this variant definition of Boolean circuit depth?

Disclaimer: I admit that the question is not very clear. I think it cannot be helped because the question is very open-ended. First of all, I present the interested type of circuits. We only consider ...
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Perfect matching of monotone Boolean function with null Euler characteristic

For a set $V = \{0,\ldots,k\}$ of variables, let $\mathbf{G}_V$ be the undirected graph with set of vertices $\{S \subseteq V\}$ and set of edges $\{\{S,S'\} \mid S \subseteq S' \text{ and }|S'| = |S|+...
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Is Circuit Minimization $P$-hard under logspace reductions?

By Circuit Minimization, I am referring to the following decision problem. Circuit Minimization Input: A bit string $x$ and a number $k$. Question: Does there exist a Boolean Circuit $C$...
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Minimal information needed for determine some function

From calculus, we know that if someone has a continuous function $f$, it is enough to know $f$'s values on the rationals in order to know $f$ on the entire line. In some sense, a "countable amount of ...
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Average-case analogue of Small-bias Spaces

Recall that an $\epsilon$-biased space is a set $S \subset \{0,1\}^n$ such that for every non-zero linear test $\alpha \in \{0,1\}^n \setminus \{0\}^n$, the expected bias $$| \mathbb{E}_{x \in S} [ (-...
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Decomposition of rectangular relations

Let $\alpha$ be a binary relation from $\gamma$ to $\chi$ and $\beta$ a binary relation from $\chi$ to $\rho$. If both $\alpha$ and $\beta$ are rectangular, i.e., they satisfy $\alpha \alpha^{-1} \...
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Has there been any progress in tightening the exponent in the result that polylog independence fools $AC_0$?

Braverman showed that distributions which are $(log \frac{m}{\epsilon})^{O(d^2)}$-wise independent $\epsilon$-fool depth $d$ $AC^0$ circuits of size $m$ by "gluing together" the Smolensky ...
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Relative Two-Function Hypercontractive Inequality $\langle T_{\rho\sigma} f,g \rangle \le \langle T_{\sigma} f,g \rangle^q$

The hypercontractive theorem (or Bonami Beckner inequality) says (Ryan O'Donnell): This of course also directly gives the 'intermediate' inequality $\|T_{\rho\sigma}f\|_q \le \|T_\sigma f\|_{1+(q-1)\...
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$p$-biased two-function hypercontractivity

The Hypercontractivity theorem (or Bonami Beckner inequality) is a very useful tool. Unfortunately, it isn't easy to carry over to other spaces than the uniform boolean cube. In Ryan O'Donnel's ...
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Fourier decomposition in terms of another basis

Given a Boolean function $f:\{-1,1\}^n\rightarrow \{-1,1\}$, it is well know that the Fourier decomposition of $f$ can be written as $f(x)=\sum_{S\subseteq \{1,\ldots,n\}} \widehat{f}(S) \prod_{i\in S}...
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a polynomial representation of boolean functions

I came up with this linear transformation to map boolean functions to polynomials and it seems to have some nice properties. I was wondering if there is any reference describing this (and/or similar) ...
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Proof that all Boolean functions can be computed by $(MOD_2-MOD_3)$ circuit

I was reading "Some properties of MOD m circuits computing simple functions" (Amano & Maruoka, 2003) where the authors prove that every Boolean function can be computed by depth $2$ by $(MOD_2-...
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Has what I am calling “helpfulness” here been studied?

We say that a Boolean function $f : \{0, 1\}^n \rightarrow \{0, 1\}$ is helpful for another Boolean function $g$ if $f(x)$ can be computed with a smaller circuit given $g(x)$ as an extra input bit. I'...
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How good of an approximate 2-coloring can you get of the halved cube graph?

We say that a 2-coloring $col : V_G \rightarrow \{0, 1\}$ of a graph $G$ is $\epsilon$-approximate if $Pr_{(w, v) \in E_G}(col(w) \neq col(v)) \geq \epsilon$. For every $n$, what is the maximum $\...
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Reference request for the relationship between approximating degree of Boolean functions and learning algorithms

This paper (http://www.cs.columbia.edu/~rocco/Public/stoc01.pdf) from STOC 2001 is possibly the first paper to show how to convert upperbounds on the $\frac{1}{3}-$approximation degree of a Boolean ...
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Proper PAC learning VC dimension bounds

It is well known that for a concept class $\mathcal{C}$ with VC dimension $d$, it suffices to obtain $O\left(\frac{d}{\varepsilon}\log\frac{1}{\varepsilon}\right)$ labelled examples to PAC learn $\...
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What is the probability that a random Boolean function has a trivial automorphism group?

Given a Boolean function $f$, we have the automorphism group $Aut(f) = \{\sigma \in S_n\ \mid \forall x, f(\sigma(x)) = f(x) \}$. Are there any known bounds on $Pr_f(Aut(f) \neq 1)$? Is there ...
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Relationship between sparsity and rank of a boolean function

I have the following question when I was going through the proof of the following theorem. Theorem. For XOR function $f \circ XOR$, $rank(M_{f \circ XOR}) = ||\hat f ||_0$ where $M_{f \circ XOR}$ is ...
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Certainty of mutual confirmation over faulty channels?

This is a very theoretical question, although I am sure the problem pops up in lots of IT and automation applications. Still, I prefer to formulate it in an action-movie scenario (a bit of the ...
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Proof of Majority is stablest in “reverse” in the MAXCUT hardness paper by Khot et al

This is about Proposition 7.4 here. I think there is a slight error in the proof of this proposition. Basically, authors have taken $g$ to be the odd part of the function $f$. Due to which we can say ...
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Möbius values of CNF and DNF lattices of a monotone Boolean function

Let $\phi$ be a monotone Boolean function on a set of variables $\langle k \rangle := \{0,\ldots,k\}$ such that $\phi$ depends on all the variables in $\langle k \rangle$ (that is, for every variable $...
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Basic property of boolean functions with restrictions

For $f:\{\pm1\}^n\to\mathbb{R}$, $I\subset\{1,\dots,n\}$ and $x\in\{\pm1\}^{\{1,\dots,n\}\setminus I}$ we define $f_I[x]:\{\pm1\}^I\to\mathbb{R}$ by $f_I[x](y)=f(x,y)$. (We denote by ($x,y$) the ...
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Proof of a (simple) lemma by Aaronson

I am reading this article, and I need help with an apparently obvious proof. The lemma (on page 5), that I want to know the proof of, is this: Let $p : \{0,1\}^N \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ be a real ...
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Oracle for Hamming distance to a secret bitvector

Let $s \in \{0,1\}^n$ be a secret bitvector. Define $f(x)$ to be the Hamming distance between $x$ and $s$. Suppose I am given an oracle for $f$, and I want to find $x$. How many queries to the ...
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Are there generalizations for Chow's theorem?

The Chow's theorem as it stands holds only for a single linear threshold gate. That these gates are uniquely determined by their first $n+1$ Fourier coefficients. Are there other circuits for which ...
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Some consequences of the Roychowdhury-Orlitsky-Siu result from 1994

This pertains to the proof of theorem 1.1 in this paper, http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2897636 So Roychowdhury-Orlitsky-Siu had shown that the number of depth $2$ linear threshold gate circuits ...
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variant of Critical SAT

The language Critical SAT is defined as the set of $CNF$ boolean formulas $f$ such that $f \in UNSAT$ but removing any clause from $f$ makes it satisfiable. It is known that Critical SAT is $DP$-...