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Circuit complexity is the study of resource-bounded circuits and the functions computed by such circuits.

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Variable wire weights in DLOGTIME-uniform circuits

The definition of a $DLOGTIME$-uniform circuit family is based on a Turing machine that accepts the language $\langle t, a, b \rangle$, where gate $a$ is of type $t$ and has gate $b$ as a child, ...
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Why should we believe that $NEXP \not \subset P/poly$

I am sorry if this is not an advanced question. Most computer scientists believed that $NEXP \not \subset P/poly$ but they are not even close to this assumption. The main evidence that they are used ...
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Circuit and Formula Lower Bounds for Separating Sparse Sets of Strings

We say that a pair $(P,N)$ of subsets of strings from $\{0,1\}^n$ is an $n$-pair if $|P|=|N|=n$. Intuitively, sucha a pair consists of a set $P$ with $n$ positive $n$-bit strings, and a set $N$ with $...
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Composition theorem for randomized communication complexity

I am currently organizing the literature of composition theorem, and I found the paper by https://www.research.cs.rutgers.edu/~troyjlee/Composition.pdf, in their theorem 5, I find $$ R_{1/4} (f \circ ...
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Proof of $DLOGTIME-CC^0 = MOD[<,bit]$

Let $CC^0[m]$ be the class of constant-depth, polynomial-sized circuits consisting entirely of $MOD_m$ gates, which put out $1$ iff the sum of their inputs $\equiv 0~(\textrm{mod}~m)$. In the same way ...
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Open problems/Conjunctures in non-uniform complexity if proved would imply P=NP

As we now, NP ⊈ P/poly would imply P≠NP. Can you mention some conjuncture/open problems in non-uniform complexity, that would imply P=NP,if proved
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On solving Planar Circuit SAT

This enquiry is three-sided. Side 1 - State of the art Which is the best known algorithm for $\text{PLANAR-CIRCUIT-SAT}$? Which is the best known algorithm for $\text{PLANAR-CIRCUIT-SAT}$ assuming ...
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Multiplicative-depth 1 composition of arithmetic circuits

I am trying to find information about the following problem. Let $C_1$ and $C_2$ be any two poly-size arithmetic circuits on input vectors x₁ and x₂ correspondingly. Assume that a third arithmetic ...
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What is FO(REGULAR)? (The descriptive complexity equivalent of NC1)

According to Immerman's Descriptive Complexity diagram, there is a logic called $\mathsf{FO(REGULAR)}$ which captures $\mathsf{NC}^1$. However, I can't find the reference where this logic is defined. ...
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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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Can we multiply two numbers more efficiently (using binary circuits) if one of the numbers is fixed? [duplicate]

Let $a_1, a_2 \dots$ be a sequence of natural numbers, where $a_i$ has bit length $i$. Consider a function $f_n : \{0, 1\}^n \to \{0, 1\}^{2n}$ defined as $f_n(x) = a_n \cdot x$ ($\cdot$ is ...
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Universal Boolean Formulas

Fix $n\in\mathbb{N}$. Consider a rooted binary tree $T$ in which every non-leaf node contains either AND-gate or OR-gate. Let me say that $T$ is an universal formula if for every $f\colon\{0,1\}^n\to\{...
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Are there problems in $DTIME(n^k) - DTIME(n^{k-1})$ that are not hard for $DTIME(n^{k-1})$ under nearly linear time reductions?

Background It can be challenging to find computational problems that are solvable in $DTIME(n^k) - DTIME(n^{k-1})$ where $k \geq 2$. Although some natural problems are known to exist, many of them ...
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Matrix multiplication when one matrix is fixed

Let $A$ be a fixed positive entried integer matrix of size $a\times n$ with $\ell$ bits per entry One is allowed to pre-process this matrix as appropriate. Given another positive integer entried $B$...
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Is the Complexity Zoo Inclusion Diagram exclusively about classes of decision problems?

The Complexity Zoo includes the class QNC$^0$, which does not seem to be a class of decision problems. When I chase the references of the link provided, they say “To extend this definition from ...
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What are the consequences of a faster algorithm for $CIRCUIT$-$SAT$?

What is the best algorithm known for $CIRCUIT$-$SAT$ in $n$ variables and $m$ gates? What is the consequence if there is an $\alpha\in(0,1)$ such that $CIRCUIT$-$SAT$ in $n$ variables and $m$ gates ...
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Evidence integer multiplication is in linear time?

After millenia of quest we have identified two $n$ bit integers can be multiplied in $O(n\log n)$ time. Please refer details in https://www.quantamagazine.org/mathematicians-discover-the-perfect-way-...
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Does small circuits for a NP-complete problem contradict ETH?

The remarks of the Theorem 4 in the paper "On the complexity of circuit satisfiability" claims that: if circuit satisfiability (CktSat) problem can be decided by deterministic circuits of $2^{o(n)}$ ...
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Does Depth-First-Search admit a quasilinear time algorithm in mutitape Turing Machine model?

Depth-First-Search (DFS) has a quasilinear (i.e.,$\widetilde{O}(m+n)$) time algorithm in random access model (RAM). I am curious about whether DFS still admits a $\widetilde{O}(m+n)$ time algorithm in ...
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Switching lemma for polynomials over $\mathbb{F}_2$

Suppose $f$ is in $\mathbb{F}_2[x_1,...,x_n]$ with total degree $d$. Q. Is there any kind of switching lemma or restriction lemma in which by applying the lemma on $f$ we can reduce the total ...
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What is the communication complexity of approximating addition?

In my circuit complexity research, I came across the need to find the communication complexity of approximating addition. Specifically, the class of problems I am interested in is parametrized by four ...
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Upper bounds on the circut depth

Suppose $f:\{0,1\}^n \to \{0,1\}$ is a function such that it can be computed by a circuit of size $n^c$ for some constant $c>0$. Q. Is there any nontrivial upper bound on the depth of a circuit ...
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Razborov-Smolensky polynomial argument on $\textrm{ACC}[q]$ where $q$ is a prime power

It seems to be a folklore that we can "handle" $\textrm{ACC}[q]$ circuits not only for prime $q$ but prime power $q$. For example, authors of this paper say that ... any constant depth circuit ...
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Is the unbounded fan-in model realistic?

Does the unbounded fan-in circuit model apply in "practical" settings? In other words, are there real-world realisable computers with unbounded fan-in gates? As I understand, standard silicon ASICs ...
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Is there any quantum analog of the VP vs. VNP problem?

From Wikipedia: $\mathsf{VP}$: The class VP is the algebraic analog of P; it is the class of polynomials $f$ of polynomial degree that have polynomial size circuits over a fixed field $K$. $\mathsf{...
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Is there a universal gate set for classical probabilistic computing?

We know that NAND gates are universal for deterministic classical circuits, Toffoli gates are universal for reversible deterministic classical circuits, and Clifford+T is universal for quantum ...
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When is a problem specified on a TM contained in non-uniform classes such as P/poly? [closed]

In this paper by Gottesman and Irani: https://arxiv.org/abs/0905.2419 , they prove NEXP-hardness of tiling an $N\times N$ grid. They do so by encoding a TM in the tiles making up the grid. However, ...
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Depth reduction for Boolean circuits

This result by Tavenas, Koiran and others show that any polynomial computed by a circuit of size $s$ is computed by a depth-4 homogenous circuit of size $s^{\sqrt{d}}$. Are there any similar results ...
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Can reciprocal inputs speed up monotone computations?

A $(+,\times,1/x_i)$ circuit is a standard monotone arithmetic $(+,\times)$ circuit with the only difference that now besides the input variables $x_1,\ldots,x_n$, also their reciprocals $1/x_1,\...
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How to improve this pseudorandom generator?

Let $f$ be a Boolean function and $\varepsilon > 0$. There exists a pseudorandom generator $G_f: \{0,1 \}^{n^{\varepsilon}} \to \{0,1 \}^n$ with the following property. Let $T$ be a set and $p(n)$...
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Reversible polynomial circuit iff polynomial reversible circuit?

My question is about efficiently computable bijective functions. Informally I'm interested in: If a bijection is computable in polynomial time, can we compute it by a polynomial number of bijective ...
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Does ${\bf CFLPAD}={\bf PPAD}$?

What happens if we define ${\bf PPAD}$ such that instead of a polytime Turing-machine/polysize circuit, a (non-)deterministic finite/push-down automaton encodes the problem? I asked a similar ...
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Linear circuit complexity classes

The class $\textrm{NC}^i$ is the class functions computable by circuits families of bounded fan-in, $n^{O(1)}$ size and $O(\log^i(n))$ depth. The $\textrm{NC}$-hierarchy is the union of those classes....
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Boolean circuits which correspond to L/poly

Branching programs are usually used as a computation model for non-uniform logarithmic space $\mathsf{L}/\mathrm{poly}$. Is there a reference about Boolean circuits corresponding to $\mathsf{L}/\...
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How many different proofs are there of parity is not in AC0?

The theorem that Parity is not in $\mathsf{AC}^0$ is one of the gemstones of complexity theory. I wonder how many different proofs there are of this result? What constitutes "different" is also a part ...
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Circuit complexity of group actions

Suppose that $G$ is a group with $|G|=n$. Suppose that $G$ is generated by elements $g_{1},\dots,g_{k}$. Let $\iota:G\rightarrow S_{2^{N}}$ be an injective group homomorphism such that $\iota(g_{i}):\{...
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How many arithmetic and max operations does it take to compute Dynnikov's action of the braid groups on $\mathbb{Z}^{2n}$?

A function $f:X^{2}\rightarrow X^{2}$ is said to satisfy the Yang-Baxter equation if $$(f\times\textrm{Id}_{X})\circ(\textrm{Id}_{X}\times f)\circ(f\times\textrm{Id}_{X})=(\textrm{Id}_{X}\times f)\...
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How small can be a layered boolean circuit for a function with circuit complexity $s$?

Consider a function $f$ computed by a boolean circuit $C$ with $n$ inputs of size $s(n) = \mathsf{poly}(n)$ over the basis $\{\mathsf{XOR},\mathsf{AND},\mathsf{NOT}\}$ (with indegree 2 for the $\...
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Asymptotic complexity of mass production

For a function $f:\{0,1\}^n \rightarrow \{0,1\}^m$, let $C(f)$ be the circuit complexity (for concreteness, constants and NOT gates are free, while 2-input AND gates cost 1). Let $k{\times}f : \{0,1\}...
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Impagliazzo lemma, unclear detail in its proof

In Arora-Barak's book on page 378 in the proof of Impagliazzo's Hard Core lemma why did they choose the number 50 in this line: Set $t = \frac{50n}{\epsilon^2}$ ? How this choice then yields the size ...
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Expected value of the evaluation of Boolean circuits of depth $2n$

I am not an expert on circuits and I wonder whether the following problem was already studied (and possibly solved). Any reference or suitable method to solve this question would be welcome. Let $C_{...
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Nondeterminism is on average useless for circuits?

Savický and Woods (The Number of Boolean Functions Computed by Formulas of a Given Size) prove the following result. Theorem[SW98]: For every constant $k>1$, almost all boolean functions with ...
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Arithmetic circuits with restrictions on occurrence of pairs of variables

I am curious if the following model was studied or has some obvious lower bounds: We want to compute a polynomial $P(x_1,x_2, \dots , x_n)$. Suppose we have a graph G on $n$ nodes that we are going ...
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Reference request: Arithmetic circuit complexity

I am completely new to this field. I want to read the prelims and unfortunately, I don't see any book written for a beginner in this area. Can anyone give me some basic starting points/references(text/...
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Number of circuits computing a given function

Let's say we have some function that can be computed by a minimal circuit of size $m$ (using some metric, say, the number of gates). Other than this minimal circuit, there will be many other circuits ...
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Circuits computing functions of inputs smaller than $n$

The usual circuit complexity concerns circuits where circuit $C_n$ computes function $f_n$. I am interested in circuits such that $C_n$ can compute $f_i$ for all $i \leq n$. I am assuming that the ...
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Is there any NC-complete problem with respect to logspace reduction?

The question is on the title. We all know that $\text{NL}$ and $\text{P}$ have such problems. So I wonder the same thing about $\text{NC}$. More interestingly, is there any $k \ge 2$ and any $\text{...
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Can an efficiently computable non-one way permutation be written as the composition of polynomially many easy to compute involutions?

Suppose that $p$ is a polynomial. Then does there exist a polynomial $q$ where if $f:\{0,1\}^{n}\rightarrow\{0,1\}^{n}$ is a bijection where both $f$ and $f^{-1}$ are computable by circuits with at ...
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Can every efficiently computable permutation be written as the composition of two efficiently computable involutions?

It is well-known that every permutation can be written as the composition of two involutions. Suppose that $p$ is a polynomial. Then does there exist a polynomial $q$ such that if $f:\{0,1\}^{n}\...
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What are examples of how non-uniformity can be useful?

I'm curious about ways in which you have seen non-uniformity be useful in computation. One way is randomness, as in $BPP \subseteq P/poly$, and another is look-up tables which are used to show that ...

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