# Questions tagged [circuit-complexity]

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

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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### Why is the circuit class AC0 unavoidable?

Take AC0. What is a natural thought process that leads to the definition of AC0? Does this class arise intrinsically anywhere? My problem is that in the case of unbounded fan-in, AND and OR gates ...
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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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### Efficiently computable by a “simple” algorithm?

I am interested in the relation between "program complexity" and "computational complexity". In particular, I was wondering What is known about the minimal length a program must have to solve a ...
### Which $SIZE$-$DEPTH(s, d)$ classes with $log(s(n))^{d(n) - 1} = o(n)$ can we not separate by known methods?
Define $SIZE$-$DEPTH(s, d)$ to be the functions which are computed by circuit families of size $O(s(n))$ and less than depth $d(n)$. We know from Boppana's 1997 paper on the average sensitivity of ...
Suppose that $L:F_{2}^{n}\rightarrow F_{2}^{n}$ is an invertible linear transformation. Then define $w(L)$ to be the gate count of the smallest reversible circuit on $n$ bits without ancilla/garbage ...