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Questions tagged [circuit-complexity]

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

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Circuit's with gate computing only “simple” functions

I was curious if something like that is known or was studied. Let's call a function simple if it is computable by $AC_0$ circuit of depth $\leq d$ and size $\leq n^k$ for fixed $k,d$. Now let's ...
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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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Example demonstrating the power of non-deterministic circuits

A non-deterministic Boolean circuit has, in addition to the ordinary inputs $x = (x_1,\dots,x_n)$, a set of "non-deterministic" inputs $y=(y_1,\dots,y_m)$. A non-deterministic circuit $C$ accepts ...
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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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Deciding the Most Significant Bit of Binary Multiplication

I am interested in determining the complexity of the following decision problem: Given two integers $l_1$ and $l_2$ (each with at most m bits), decide whether the most significant bit of the ...
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parallel algorithms for the determinant of the Hessenberg matrix

I am interested in highly parallel algorithms for computing the determinant of matrices of a special form (over finite fields). It is known that computing determinant of general matrices over finite ...
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High-level overview of Razborov's method of approximations

What is Razborov's method of approximations? Can someone give a high-level overview and the intuition behind it?
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About the sign-rank of the Minsky-Pappert function

Apologies this might be a very trivial thing I am getting confused by! Firstly in corollary 1.1 (page 3) in this paper, https://eccc.weizmann.ac.il/report/2016/075/ the authors claim that they have ...
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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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Tribes function vs (modified) polynomial threshold circuits

Are there lowerbounds known for representing the Tribes function by a circuit consisting of a single layer of polynomial threshold gates feeding into maybe a trivial summing gate? (Even for degree $1$ ...
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Has there been a study of circuits operating on arrays?

Much ink has been spilled studying the theory surrounding computation by combinatorial circuits operating on bits or boolean values - with AND, OR and NOT gates (as those are enough to implement any ...
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Fixed parameter Integer Programming circuit depth complexity

It is well known Lenstra's and Kannan's algorithm achieves $n$-variable parameter $L$-bit integer programming solvability in $O(n^nL)$ time and $O(L)$ space. If implemented as an arithmetic circuit ...
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Status of constant-depth isomorphism in $AC^0[\oplus]$

In [1], Agrawal proved the following: For any complexity class $\mathcal{C}$ closed under $NC^1$ reductions, problems complete for $\mathcal{C}$ under $FO$ reductions are isomorphic via an ...
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k-Vertex Cover problem is in NC_1 or AC_0

$k$-Vertex Cover: Given a graph $G = (V, E)$ where $V$ is a set of vertices and $E$ a set of edges, and an integer $k$, the $k$-Vertex Cover problem determines if there exists a subset of vertices $...
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Rank-robustness of the parallel complexity of linear algebra problems

It is known that most computational problems related to linear algebra can be computed in $NC^2$ - i.e. for an $n\times n$ matrix $A$, over the reals or a finite field, we can compute the rank of $A$, ...
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How to prove “obvious” facts?

The title is somewhat "arrogant": say, most of us treat $P\neq NP$ as an "obvious" fact, albeit no proof is in sight. But my question is at a much, much lower level, is about a fact which "should be" ...
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Non-uniform lower bounds from uniform

It is well known that lower bounds on circuits implies lower bounds on time complexity, just because circuits can efficiently simulate algorithms. By the continuous work started by Ryan Williams, we ...
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Using epsilon biased sets for circuit lower bounds

I have seen instances of how the technique of epsilon biased sets can be used to construct hard functions against a circuit class - like how in the recent paper of Kane-Williams this was used to ...
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Given a Boolean formula, does there exist a small circuit that computes a satisfying assignment?

The 3-SAT problem can be defined as follows: 3-SAT Input: A 3-CNF formula $\phi$ of size $m$ with $n$ variables. Question: Does there exist a variable assignment that satisfies $\phi$? ...
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Small circuits for circuit evaluation problem

Let $\mathsf{CircuitEval}_{s, n}$ be the function which maps an $s$-gate circuit $C$ on $n$ bits and an $n$-bit string $x$ to $C(x)$. Assume that circuits are encoded as an acyclic sequence of ...
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Converse to natural proofs theorem?

Natural proofs paper shows 'if there is a natural property not possessed by any function in P/poly then there is no $2^{n^\epsilon}$-hard PRG'. Is it easy to see the converse 'if there is no $2^{n^\...
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Uniform derandomisation of circuit complexity classes

Let $\mathcal{C}$ be a complexity class and $\textrm{BP-}\mathcal{C}$ be the randomized counterpart of $\mathcal{C}$ defined in the same way as $\textrm{BPP}$ is defined with respect to $\textrm{P}$. ...
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VC dimension of polynomials over tropical semirings?

As in this question, I am interested the $\mathbf{BPP}$ vs. $\mathbf{P}$/$\mathrm{poly}$ problem for tropical $(\max,+)$ and $(\min,+)$ circuits. This question reduces to showing upper bounds for the ...
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Randomness and small circuits complexity classes

Let $\mathcal{C}$ be a complexity class and $\textrm{BP-}\mathcal{C}$ be the randomized counterpart of $\mathcal{C}$ defined as $\textrm{BPP}$ with respect to $\textrm{P}$. More formally we provide ...
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Parameterized complexity of deciding if a string can be computed by circuits of size $k\log(n)$

In the following, we will describe what seems to be a parameterized version of the minimum circuit size problem (MCSP). Before we get started, we need the following concepts: For every natural ...
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More powerful generator than Nisan-Wigderson one

Nisan-Wigderson generator can be computed in $\log^{O(1)} n$ space and fools all constant-depth circuits of size poly($n$). I mean Theorem 5 here. I want another generator, that can be computed in ...
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Adleman's theorem over infinite semirings?

Adleman has shown in 1978 that $\mathrm{BPP}\subseteq \mathrm{P/poly}$: if a boolean function $f$ of $n$ variables can be computed by a probabilistic boolean circuit of size $M$, then $f$ can be also ...
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Equivalence for Constant-width Read-Once Branching Programs with Distinct Orders

Let $X={x_1,...,x_n}$ be a set of variables and $\pi:[n]\rightarrow [n]$ be a permutation of the $n$-element set $[n]=\{1,...,n\}$. A $\pi$-OBDD is an oblivious, read-once branching program where ...
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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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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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Is SAT a context-free language?

I am considering the language of all satisfiable propositional logic formulae, SAT (to ensure that this has a finite alphabet, we would encode propositional letters in some suitable way [edit: the ...
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Circuit complexity class of polynomial factoring and Hensel lifting in Zassenhaus' algorithm?

Given a primitive polynomial (gcd of coefficients is $1$) in $\Bbb Z[x]$ we have a polynomial time factoring algorithm for this that runs in time polynomial in degree $d$ and number of bits in ...
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How powerful is $ACC^0$ circuit class in average case?

We know that $NEXP$ is not in $ACC^0$ . Does the result that $NEXP$ is not in $ACC^0$ also hold in average case? That is given a boolean function in $NEXP$ is it known that for every input length $...
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OR-weft Hierarchy

Say that a node of a circuit is small if it has fan-in at most 2 and large if it has fan-in greater than 2. The weft of a circuit is the maximum number large nodes in any path from an input node to an ...
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XOR-SAT to Horn-SAT reduction

Horn-SAT (conjunction of Horn clauses) is P-complete and XOR-SAT (conjunction of xor clauses) is in P. This means that there is a reduction from XOR-SAT to Horn-SAT weaker than a polynomial reduction. ...
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Oracles for sub-exponential circuit complexity of $\Sigma_2 EXP$

Couldn't find this one anywhere... It's an open problem whether $\Sigma_2 EXP$ problems have exponential-size circuit complexity. Is there an oracle relative to which $\Sigma_2 EXP$ has $2^{o(n)}$ ...
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About the ``recent" paper by Razborov in the Annals of Mathematics

Recently this paper on complexity theory was published at the Annals of Mathematics by Razborov, http://annals.math.princeton.edu/2015/181-2/p01. Curiously this seems to have been submitted to the ...
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Subexponential algorithms vs separations

Williams (see also slide 29 here) has shown that an $\frac{2^{n}}{n^{10}}$ algorithm for satisfiability of circuits belonging to a class $\mathcal{C}$ imply that $\mathrm{NEXP}\nsubseteq \mathcal{C}$. ...
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Wide and shallow circuits for $\mathrm P$

The $\mathrm{NC} \stackrel?= \mathrm P$ question is not as famous as the $\mathrm P$ versus $\mathrm{NP}$ problem, but still a deep and interesting question. It is generally accepted that there are ...
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What precisely is the extra power afforded by using deeper nets?

For any choice of activation function (fix the choice for all the hidden nodes for both the following DNNs) do we know of functions which some $k$ (hidden layer) DNN can compute but a $(k-1)-$DNN can'...
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Are certain problem instances more central than others? Or, what would Martian mathematics look like?

Motivation: One thing I've wondered about is whether mathematical concepts and problems are what they are simply because of human choices and history, or whether there are certain concepts and ...
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Evaluate boolean circuit on batch of similar inputs

Suppose I have a boolean circuit $C$ that computes some function $f:\{0,1\}^n \to \{0,1\}$. Assume the circuit is composed of AND, OR, and NOT gates with fan-in and fan-out at most 2. Let $x \in \{0,...
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Why is it impossible to work with polylog length encoding schemes for quantum circuits?

I am going through Quantum Computational Complexity by John Watrous. On page $12$, he said: The encoding disallows compression: it is not possible to work with encoding schemes that allow for ...
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Collapses under the assumption that $NEXP\subseteq P/Poly$

It is known that if $NP\subseteq P/Poly$ then the polynomial hierarchy collapses to $\Sigma_2^{P}$ and $MA = AM$. What are the strongest collapses known to happen if $NEXP\subseteq P/Poly$?
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Approximating circuits with polynomial of low degree, can't understand small detail in the proof

I'm looking at the proof of this lemma: Lemma For every integer $t>0$, there exists a (proper) polynomial of total degree $(2t)^d$ that differs with $C$ on at most $size(C) 2^{n-t}$ inputs Where ...
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What are problems in SC we don't know to be in NC?

NC and SC are, roughly, the class of problems decidable by shallow circuits of polynomial size and the class of problems decidable by narrow circuits of polynomial size, respectively. They are both ...
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Monotone circuit complexity of matroids?

Call a monotone boolean function $f$ a matroid function if its minterms are bases of some matroid. I am interested in monotone circuit complexity of such functions, even when we "tie hands" of these ...
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Are arithmetic circuits weaker than boolean?

Let $A(f)$ denote the minimum size of a (non-monotone) arithmetic $(+,\times,-)$ circuit computing a given multilinear polynomial $$ f(x_1,\ldots,x_n)=\sum_{e\in E}c_e\prod_{i=1}^n x_i^{e_i}\,, $$ ...
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Is length uniform AC0 computable?

Consider the following problem: Input: A binary string $w$. Output: $|w|$ as a binary number. Is it possible to compute this in $\mathsf{DLogTime}$-uniform $\mathsf{AC}^0$ (or equivalently in $\...
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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)+...