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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is unbounded quantum fanout operation experimentally feasible?

It is known that the "unbounded quantum fanout operation" is very powerful: (See, for example, Hoyer et al. : http://theoryofcomputing.org/articles/v001a005/v001a005.pdf). In particular, it is known ...
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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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Oracular separations between poly- and log-depth quantum circuits

The following problem appears in Aaronson's list Ten Semi-Grand Challenges for Quantum Computing Theory. Is $\mathsf{BQP}=\mathsf{BPP}^{\mathsf{BQNC}}$ In other words, can the "quantum" part of any ...
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Circuit complexity of Majority function

Let $f: \{0,1\}^n \to \{0,1\}$ be the majority function, i.e. $f(x) = 1$ if and only if $\sum_{i = 1}^n x_i > n/2$. I was wondering if there was a simple proof of the following fact (by "simple" I ...
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Depth of bounded fan-in circuits for unbounded fan-in circuits

Assume that we have an unbounded fan-in circuit family of depth $d(n)$ and size $s(n)$. What is the smallest depth (in terms of $d(n)$ and $n$ and $s(n)$) bounded fan-in circuit family of size $poly(...
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Bounded depth probability distributions

Two related questions about bounded depth computing: 1) Suppose that you start with n bits, and to start with bit i can be 0 or 1 with some probability p(i), independently. (If it makes the problem ...
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Hierarchy theorems for circuit depth

What kind of hierarchy theorems are there for circuit depth? Statements like if $g(n) \in o(f(n))$ and $f(n) \in n^{O(1)}$ then $\mathsf{SizeDepth}(n^{O(1)}, g(n)) \subsetneq \mathsf{SizeDepth}(...
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Can we count in depth $\frac{\lg n}{\lg \lg n}$?

Can we compute an $n$-bit threshold gate by polynomial size (unbounded fan-in) circuits of depth $\frac{\lg n}{\lg \lg n}$? Alternatively, can we count the number of 1s in the input bits using these ...