Questions tagged [derandomization]

Every randomized algorithm can be simulated by a deterministic algorithm, at the expense of an exponential increase in running time. Derandomization is about converting randomized algorithms into efficient deterministic algorithms.

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Is BPP vs. P a real problem after we know BPP lies in P/poly?

We know (for now about 40 years, thank Adleman, Bennet and Gill) that the inclusion BPP $\subseteq$ P/poly, and an even stronger BPP/poly $\subseteq$ P/poly hold. The "/poly" means that we ...
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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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Variation of (derandomized) Valiant-Vazirani

I am interested in the following "improvement" of the Valiant-Vazirani reduction. As pointed out here, under the right derandomization assumptions one can obtain a deterministic polynomial-...
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What are the consequences of $BPP \neq P$?

I have seen a lot of people assume, $BPP = P$ . But to me, this seems false intuitively.(Though math is not without unintuitive results) And, to my admittedly limited understanding of the topic, the ...
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Amplifying success probability for PTMs with $poly(n) / \exp(n)$ gap?

The following is a well-known result of BPP in complexity theory, e.g., Theorem 1 and its proof from here: Consider a probabilistic Turing Machine (PTM) $M$, and a language $L \in BPP$: If $x \in L$ (...
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Fine-grained average-case derandomization

Many believe derandomization with polynomial overhead, $\mathsf{P} = \mathsf{BPP}$, because it follows from $2^{\Omega(n)}$ circuit lower bounds for $\mathsf{E}$ (IW97). Do we have any evidence for or ...
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How is inapproximability by polynomial size circuits sufficient for the Nisan-Wigderson generator?

I couldn't understand how exactly Yao's XOR lemma was used to prove the following claim made in the proof of Theorem 2 of the original paper describing the Nisan-Wigderson generator, so I decided to ...
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Non-uniform consequences of uniform derandomization

Adleman showed that $\mathsf{BPP/poly} \subseteq \mathsf{P/poly}$. Does $\mathsf{P} = \mathsf{BPP}$ have any implications for $\mathsf{BPP}/a(n) \subseteq \mathsf{P}/a(n)$ $\mathsf{BPTIME}(t(n))/a(n) ...
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Efficient and simple randomized algorithms where determinism is difficult

I often hear that for many problems we know very elegant randomized algorithms, but no, or only more complicated, deterministic solutions. However, I only know a few examples for this. Most ...
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P vs. NP and Pseudorandom Bit Generators

According to an article on pseudorandom number generators (PRNG) by Jeff Lagarias, he states that trying to prove that a PRNG is unpredictable (secure) is just "as hard" as trying to prove ...
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Randomized algorithms not based on Schwartz-Zippel

Are there any problems that are known to be in a randomized complexity class (e.g. RNC, ZPP, RP, BPP, or even PP), but not in any lower non-randomized class (e.g. NC, P, NP), and whose membership in ...
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Derandomizing arbitrary width *read-many* and *ordered* branching programs?

Modifying following TedP We know that derandomizing width $5\leq k\in O(1)$ read many branching programs is equivalent to $BPNC^1=NC^1$ and derandomizing width $k\in\Omega(n)$ read once ordered ...
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Examples of successful derandomization from BPP to P

What are some major examples of successful derandomization or at least progress in showing concrete evidence towards $P=BPP$ goal (not the hardness randomness connection)? The only example that comes ...
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Family of functions with properties similar to k-wise independent hash functions

I am looking for a family of functions that has similar properties to a family of $\ell$-wise independent hash functions. The goal is to hash $\ell$ pairwise different bit strings of length $k$ to a ...
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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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Is BPP= P known for ANY uniform model of computation?

Many believe that BPP $=$ P "should" hold for Turing machines. We even have some "witnesses" for this: otherwise some "strange" things would happen; see e.g. this paper by Implagliazzo and Wigderson. ...
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Can the halting problem be solved probabilistically? [closed]

Let $H$ be the halting oracle, meaning that $H$ is a function on pairs of strings such that $H(P,X) = 1$ iff $P$ halts on $X$. A probabilistic program is a program that has (oracle) access to a random ...
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Examples for derandomization via small sample spaces [closed]

I read the book the Probabilistic Method and the lecture note Pseudorandomness to study techniques of derandomization and completed some of exercises. I'm trying the technique of "Derandomization" ...
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If $P=BPP$, then Is it correct that $IP=NP$?

This is my first question in this site. I ask this question since I got no comment and no answer for one year and two months in cs.stackexchange and it was automatically deleted by the system. So, ...
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Efficient randomness reduction using k-wise independence

Consider a randomized algorithm with runtime $n$, which succeeds with high probability. The algorithm uses $O(n)$ uniformly random bits. Now it is given that we can replace these uniformly random ...
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P=BPP and derandomizing Vazirani-Valiant?

Vazirani-Valiant reduction is a randomized reduction from $SAT$ to unambiguous $SAT$. 1. Is $P=BPP$ strong enough to derandomize Vazirani-Valiant reduction? 2. If not what other ingredients are ...
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Unique SAT and ETH

We know $ETH$ is a reasonable barrier to solving $SAT$ efficiently. We have $SAT$ reducing randomly to promise unique $SAT$ by $VV$. However we do not know if $VV$ can be derandomized. Given the ...
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Optimal bounds for $k$-wise non-uniform random bits

Let $k\geq 2$ be a constant (in my case, $k=4$), and $n,t \geq 0$ be integers such that $2^t \leq n$. What is the smallest sample space (or, equivalent, how many true independent random bits are ...
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On $BPP$ in $P^{NP}$ and $SETH$

It is believed showing $BPP$ in $P$ involves good $PRG$s and faces lower bound barriers. Does showing $BPP$ in $P^{NP}$ which would mean $BPP\neq EXP^{NP}$ face similar $PRG$ and give lower bounds? ...
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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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Error reduction with expanders and derandomization

In "standard" error reduction with an expander, if a randomize algorithm uses $n^d$ random bits, we need $n^d+O(n)$ random bits to achieve $2^{-O(n)}$ error probability. Now, if the algorithm has a ...
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Algebraic construction of $\varepsilon$-biased sets

Let $\ell> 1$ be an integer and consider the mapping $\text{Tr}:\mathbb{F}_{2^\ell}\to\mathbb{F}_{2^\ell}$ defined by $$\text{Tr}(x)=x^{2^0}+x^{2^{1}}+\cdots+x^{2^{\ell-1}}$$ It is then possible to ...
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Lower bound on the support size of an $\epsilon$-biased distribution

Let $D$ be an $\epsilon$-biased distribution we want to show that $$\text{Supp}(D)\geq \Omega\bigg(\frac{n}{\epsilon^2\log(\frac{1}{\epsilon})}\bigg)$$ I know that there are some proofs for this but I ...
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Permuting the columns of a 0/1-matrix to avoid short segments

Consider an $n \times n$ table with $n$ stars such that each row contains at most $\log n$ stars. The stars break each row into segments (continuous parts of a row without stars). Let's call a segment ...
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Pseudodeterministically choosing elements from efficiently samplable distributions (or, the plausibility of a weak choice principle)

Suppose we have a poly-time samplable family of distribution. I.e., a family of distributions $D_n \subseteq \{0, 1\}^{\mathsf{poly}(n)}$ and an algorithm $S$ for which $D_n = (r \leftarrow^\$ \{0,1\}^...
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Distributions which are intractable to sample from?

I'm looking for an interesting family of probability distributions $P$ that is intractable to efficiently sample from. I'm not sure what the right notion of intractable is, though I know the notion ...
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$BPL$ with polylog random bits is in $L$

Consider a $BPL$ machine (namely, a probabilistic algorithm that uses logspace and polynomially many random bits). It is known (Saks-Zhou) that $BPL \subseteq DSPACE(log^{1.5}(n))$. My question is ...
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Does $P=BPP$ say anything about space complexity?

There are many streaming algorithms with sublinear randomized space but linear deterministic space. Does $P=BPP$ have anything to do with derandomizing space and more importantly but not related to ...
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What is worst case complexity of number field sieve?

Given composite $N\in\Bbb N$ general number field sieve is best known factorization algorithm for integer factorization of $N$. It is a randomized algorithm and we get an expected complexity of $O\Big(...
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From $PIT\in P$ to $P=BPP$

If $PIT$ has been derandomized then still how far would we be from showing $P=BPP$? What additional barriers need to be climbed?
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Does deterministic PIT produce deterministic irreducible polynomial generation?

In $\Bbb F_q[x]$ given $d\in\Bbb N$ there is a deterministic $O(poly(nd\log q))$ algorithm to find an irreducible polynomial with $d=deg(x)$ under $GRH$ and an unconditional randomized algorithm. Do ...
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Scaled down and scaled up versions of Impagliazzo-Wigderson Therem

A famous theorem due to Impagliazzo and Wigderson states that if some function in $E=DTIME[2^{O(n)}]$ requires circuits of size $2^{\Omega(n)}$ then P=BPP. When can we change $P$ with some ...
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Smallest $f(n)$ such that $P/f(n) = BPP/f(n)$?

It is well-known that $\mathsf{P/poly}(n) = \mathsf{BPP/poly}(n)$. It is a major open problem to prove the conjecture $\mathsf{P} = \mathsf{BPP}$. $\mathsf{P} = \mathsf{BPP}$ implies $\mathsf{P}/f(n) ...
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What is the best known gap between ZPP and Deterministic communication complexity? [duplicate]

I know that $N(f) \times coN(f) \geq D(f)$. This means that $ZPP(f) \geq \sqrt{D(f)}$. Is this separation tight?
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Why are one way functions and pseudorandom number generators considered necessary or essential for derandomization?

If strong pseudorandom number generator exists then $BPP=P$ holds and if one way functions exists then $BPP\subseteq SUBEXP$ holds. What are the best statements we have proved that come close to ...
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On $PP$ and derandomization

$PP\subseteq P/poly\implies PP=\Sigma_2\cap\Pi_2$ and $EXP\subseteq P/Poly\implies EXP=PP$ $=CH=MA$. If $PP\subseteq P/poly$ then can $PP=\Sigma_2\cap\Pi_2=MA$ hold? Are there difficulties showing ...
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What do stronger circuit lower bounds give in terms of derandomization?

We have $EXP\not\subseteq P/poly\implies BPP\subseteq io-DTIME(2^{n^\epsilon})$ at every $\epsilon>0$. This is essentially $DTIME(2^{O(n)})\not\subseteq P/poly\implies BPP\subseteq io-DTIME(2^{n^\...
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Space efficient "industrial" unbalanced expanders

I am looking for unbalanced expanders that are "good" and "space-efficient". Specifically, a bipartite left-regular graph $G=(A,B,E)$, $|A|=n$, $|B|=m$, with left degree $d$ is a $(k,\epsilon)$-...
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Fine-grained complexity of BPP

If E does not have i.o.-$2^{o(n)}$ circuits, then P=BPP, but this does not tell us about the fine-grained containments between $\mathrm{Time}(n^a)$ and $\mathrm{BPTime}(n^b)$. Are there reasonable ...
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On approximating problems in $\#P$

We know that for every counting problem $\#A$ in $\#P$, there is a probabilistic algorithm $\mathcal C$ that on input $x$, computes with high probability a value $v$ such that $$(1 − ε)\#A(x) ≤ v ≤ (1 ...
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On $\Delta_i^P$

We know $P\subseteq NP\cap coNP\subseteq\Delta_i^P=P^{\Sigma_{i-1}^P}\subseteq \Sigma_i^P\cap\Pi_i^P=NP^{\Sigma_{i-1}^P}\cap coNP^{\Sigma_{i-1}^P}$. If $P=BPP$ is there a 'higher' randomized class ...
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On earlier references for $P=BPP$ and Kolmogorov's possible view on modern breakthroughs involving randomness?

Kolmogorov and Uspenskii in this paper 'http://epubs.siam.org/doi/pdf/10.1137/1132060' speculate P=BPP in 1986. They do this without getting into circuit lower bounds and from a different view which ...
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Deterministic approximation algorithms for treewidth

As far as I understand, the factor $O(\sqrt{\log OPT})$ approximation algorithm for treewidth of Feige, Hajiaghayi, and Lee is randomized, and no deterministic approximation algorithm with this factor ...
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Unambiguous SAT and sparse languages

What is the consequence if there are only polynomially many 'yes' classes of instances of a language that is polynomial time reducible from a problem equivalent to UnambiguousSAT (such as possibly ...
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Implications of faster randomized $CIRCUIT SAT$ algorithm

In here on page $13$ proposition $1$ it says 'If $CIRCUIT$ $SAT$ on $n$ inputs and $m$ gates is in $2^{n^{o(1)}}poly(m)$ time, then $EXP\not\subseteq P/poly$'. Can we have randomized $2^{n^{o(1)}}...