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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 it NP-hard to find (the root of) a small decision tree for a monotone boolean function?

Last year I spent some time trying to prove or disprove the following: Conjecture. Consider a graph $G$ and define a 2-DNF formula $\phi$ that contains a term $x \land y$ iff $x\mathrel{-\!-}y$ is ...
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Fourier spectrum of the parity of two monotone Boolean functions

This is a question that I've been pondering, on and off, for a while, and unsuccessfully. I'd be very interested in any insight regarding this conjecture. (Or rather, these conjectures.) Recall that, ...
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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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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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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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Computing $\operatorname{MAJ}_n$ by $\operatorname{MAJ}_m$ in depth 2

Can the majority of $n$ bits be computed by a depth 2 formula all of whose gates compute the majority of $m$ bits where $m=O(n^c)$ for a constant $c<1$? Such a formula contains $m+1$ gates and $m^2$...
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Relation beween approximate degree of a function and its Fourier coefficient.

Consider a Boolean function $f:\{0,1\}^n\to\{0,1\}$. The degree of the function $d$ has a clear meaning in term of its Fourier coefficients, there are no weight on coefficient of degree higher than $d$...
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Expectation of Gowers norm

This was an assignment problem in a course on analytics combinatorics that I had taken this semester. Here is the problem: Let $\mathbf{F}$ be the set of boolean functions, $f: \{0,1\}^n \rightarrow \...
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Lower bound method for ordered binary decision diagrams

This is an idea/question inspired by the question and answer of Boolean functions with exponential size OBDD representation in all orders except one order?: If you want to prove some exponential ...
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Converting a Truth Table into k-CNF formula of Minimal Size in Linear Time

Let $T$ be a truth table of a boolean function $f$ on $n$ input bits. More concretely $T$ could be a list of length $2^n$ such that $T[i] = f(bin(i))$, where $bin(i)$ is the binary representation of ...
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Circuity complexity: monotone circuit of Majority function

As showed in the paper "Monotone Circuits for the Majority Function", is possible to construct a monotone boolean circuit for the majority function on n variables with size O(n^3) and depth 5.3 log(n)+...
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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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Learning function with a few low-order Fourier coefficients, from uniformly random samples

Let $f:\{-1,+1\}^n \to \{-1,+1\}$ be a boolean function where all of the energy of the Fourier transform of $f$ is concentrated in a small number of low-order coefficients, say $k$ coefficients each ...
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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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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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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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Is there a simple argument for this Hemi-Icosahedron Boolean function?

This is problem 1(e) from Homework 1 of the course about Analysis of Boolean functions at CMU in 2012 as well as problem 1.1(n) on p.34 of Ryan O'Donnell's Analysis of Boolean Functions. Compute the ...
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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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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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Distributions over circuits and N-to-N vs N-to-1 circuits

This is really a two part question, and they aren't necessarily related. First, my understanding of natural proof barriers is that they are based on the idea that a suitable distribution over small ...
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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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Switching between representations of boolean functions between circuits and Fourier expansions

I'm currently learning about the analysis of boolean functions (mainly based on their Fourier coefficients) by reading this excellent resource There, boolean functions are represented as linear ...
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Less known graphical representations of Boolean functions

A Boolean function $f: \{0, 1\}^n \rightarrow \{0, 1\}$ admits a canonical graphical representation in terms of a reduced ordered binary decision diagram (ROBDDs or BDDs for short). There are other ...
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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 $k < n$,...
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Sparse Boolean Function and Other Boolean Functions

Let $s$ be a Sparse boolean function $s:\{0,1\}^{n}\rightarrow \{0,1\}$ such that $|s^{-1}(1)| \leq 2^{n\delta}, 0 < \delta <1$ The majority function $MAJ_{n}$ takes value 1 if and only if the ...
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Harmonic analysis of sequences of Boolean functions (i.e. of words in $(\{0,1\}^n)^*$)

Is there any research on harmonic analysis of sequences of Boolean functions, which represent the application of a Boolean function on a word in $(\{0,1\}^n)^*$? I'm looking for any reference on this, ...
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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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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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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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About Boolean functions with a high sign-rank

Recently in this beautiful paper, https://arxiv.org/pdf/1705.02397.pdf it has been shown that there is an explicit $Th \circ Th$ function with sign-rank scaling exponentially in dimension. I wanted to ...
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About counting the "total size" of non-zero Fourier coefficients of a Boolean function

Given a $f: \{-1,1\}^n \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$, I want to compute this quantity, $\sum_{ \hat{f}(S) \neq 0, S \subseteq 2^{[n]}} \vert S \vert $ i.e the sum of the sizes of the subsets of $[n]$ ...
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Looking for an exposition of the proof of the LMN theorem

Is there any lecture note or review paper which gives a self-contained proof of the Linial-Mansour-Nisan theorem? The exposition of that in Ryan O'Donnel's book seems to use terminology and notation ...
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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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How to prove deg(f) = n iff the parity imbalance of f is non-zero?

Not sure if the notation I'm using here is standard or not. I'm going over class notes and I'm stumped over an exercise given: Show that $deg(f) = n \iff PI(f) \neq 0$. Here $f$ is a boolean function ...
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Monotone circuit representations of paths in a graph?

Consider a directed graph $G = (V, E)$ with a source $s \in V$ and sink $t \in V$. From $G$, I can define a monotone Boolean function $\phi_G$ on the set of variables $E$, in the following way: every ...
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Monomial Sparsity of Boolean Functions

Suppose you have some boolean function $f: \{-1,1\}^n \rightarrow \{-1,1\}$ with rational coefficients such that all degree 1 monomials of $f$ have a nonzero coefficient and the degree $n$ monomial ...
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Improving boolean circuits w.r.t. a probability distribution

This is a reference request. Consider the following problem on boolean circuits [ 1 ]: Given: Boolean circuit $B$ and probability distribution $\mathbb{P}$ on inputs to $B$. Task: Find one or more ...
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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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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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Computing the Fourier expansion of the complete quadratic function

I am working through Ryan O' Donnell's book on the analysis of Boolean functions. One of the exercises (1.1) is to compute the Fourier series of the `complete quadratic function' on $\mathbf{F}_2^n$ $...
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Evaluating boolean formula without knowing all values

I am looking for research approaches for the following problem: assume we have a set of $m$ computers, each carries a bit, and a Boolean formula $\varphi$ over those $m$ variables. The computers are ...
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Why can't we have superlinear bounds on Boolean circuit size for an explicit function?

I am interested about the minimal size (number of gates) of a family of circuits (with negation) over a complete Boolean basis (with fanin 2) that computes some explicit Boolean function. (In other ...
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moments of complexity for random restriction

Suppose C is a large circuit computing a function $f:2^n \rightarrow 2^m$. For a function $g$ let $B(g)$ denote the size of the minimal Boolean circuit computing $g$. What can be said about the ...
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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/ http://...
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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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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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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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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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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 bounds ...