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Gröbner bases in TCS?

Does anyone know of interesting applications of Gröbner bases to theoretical computer science? Gröbner bases are used to solve multi-variate polynomial equations, an NP-hard problem in general. I was ...
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Multiplying n polynomials of degree 1

The problem is to compute the polynomial $(a_1 x + b_1) \times \cdots \times (a_n x + b_n)$. Assume that all coefficients fit in a machine word, i.e. can be manipulated in unit time. You can do $O(n \...
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Polynomial method for complexity results

Polynomial methods, say Combinatorial Nullstellensatz and Chevalley–Warning theorem are powerful tools in additive combinatorics. By representing a problem with proper polynomials, they can guarantee ...
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Alternative proofs of Schwartz–Zippel lemma

I'm only aware of two proofs of Schwartz–Zippel lemma. The first (more common) proof is described in the wikipedia entry. The second proof was discovered by Dana Moshkovitz. Are there any other ...
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Approximate degree of $\textrm{AC}^0$

EDIT (v2): Added a section at the end on what I know about the problem. EDIT (v3): Added discussion on threshold degree at the end. Question This question is mainly a reference request. I don't ...
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Representing OR with polynomials

I know that trivially the OR function on $n$ variables $x_1,\ldots, x_n$ can be represented exactly by the polynomial $p(x_1,\ldots,x_n)$ as such: $p(x_1,\ldots,x_n) = 1-\prod_{i = 1}^n\left(1-x_i\...
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Computing sum of sparse polynomials squared in O(n log n) time?

Suppose we have polynomials $p_1,...,p_m$ of degree at most $n$, $n>m$, such that the total number of nonzero coefficients is $n$ (i.e., the polynomials are sparse). I am interested in an efficient ...
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Looking for an operator on polynomials

I have a small, self-contained, math question, whose motivation is from theoretical computer science (specifically, list decoding of algebraic codes, derivative/multiplicity codes, etc). I wonder ...
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Exponential-time factorization of polynomials

Let an explicit field be a field for which equality is decidable (in some standard model of computation). I am interested in the factorization of univariate polynomials over an explicit field. It is ...
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Evaluating the multilinearization of an arithmetic circuit?

Let $p(x_1,\ldots,x_n)$ be a multi-variate polynomial with coefficients over a field $F$. The multilinearization of $p$, denoted by $\hat{p}$, is the result of repeatedly replacing each $x_i^d$ with $...
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What's the bias of random polynomials with low degree over GF(2)?

I have a question concerning low-degree polynomials and probability: What is the (assyptotic behavior of the) probability that a random* polynomial, $p$, over GF(2), with degree $\le d$ and n ...
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Explicit polynomials in 1 variable with superlogarithmic circuit complexity lower bounds?

By counting arguments, one can show that there exist polynomials of degree n in 1 variable (i.e., something of the form $a_n x^n + a_{n-1} x^{n-1} + \cdots + a_0)$ which have circuit complexity n. ...
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Is there a P-complete problem on diophantine equations?

In general deciding whether a diophantine equation has any integer solutions is equivalent to the halting problem. I believe that deciding if a quadratic diophantine equation has any solution is NP-...
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Maintaining the value of a polynomial over a dynamically updated input

Let $P(x_1, x_2, \ldots, x_n)$ be a polynomial over a fixed finite field. Suppose we are given the value of $P$ on some vector $y \in \{0,1\}^n$ and the vector $y$. We now want to compute the value ...
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Complexity of convolution in the max/plus ring

We can do convolution in $O(n\log n)$ for plus/multiply polynomials with FFT. However, the approach doesn't seem very generalisable to rings in general. Has there been any progress over the naive $O(...
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Evaluating symmetric polynomials

Let $f:\mathbb{K}^n \to \mathbb{K}$ be a symmetric polynomial, i.e., a polynomial such that $f(x)=f(\sigma(x))$ for all $x \in \mathbb{K}^n$ and all permutations $\sigma \in S_n$. For convenience, we ...
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On derandomizing polynomial identity testing

In polynomial identity testing we seek a deterministic algorithm to infer equality of two polynomials $g,h\in\Bbb Z[x_1,\dots,x_n]$. Derandomizing known efficient randomized algorithms and producing ...
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What are some results on algorithms that estimate polynomials over a given set of points?

There seem to be many randomized algorithms for polynomial identity testing, checking whether or not a given polynomial is zero. Are there any results of algorithms that do some sort of estimation of ...
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Randomized identity-testing for high degree polynomials?

Let $f$ be an $n$-variate polynomial given as an arithmetic circuit of size poly$(n)$, and let $p = 2^{\Omega(n)}$ be a prime. Can you test if $f$ is identically zero over $\mathbb{Z}_p$, with time ...
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Find the remainder of a large fixed polynomial when divided by a small unknown polynomial

Assume we operate in a finite field. We are given a large fixed polynomial p(x) (of, say, degree 1000) over this field. This polynomial is known beforehand and we are allowed to do computation using a ...
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Systematic studies of sum of quadratic polynomials squared

I'm wondering if there exists systematic studies of sums of quadratic forms squared, similar to the quadratic forms, which is practically reflected in eigenvalue decomposition (that has huge practical ...
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What does a private coin $\mathsf{IP}$ protocol for Hilbert's Nullstellensatz look like?

$\mathsf{GNI}$ Private Coin In [GMW85], the authors provided the famous interactive proof $\mathsf{IP}$ of Graph Non Isomorphism $\mathsf{GNI}$. The $\mathsf{GNI}$ protocol entails a verifier ...
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How “hard” is it to maximize a polynomial function subject to linear constraints?

General Problem Suppose we have a multivariate polynomial function $f(\mathbf{x})$, and several linear functions $\ell_i(\mathbf{x})$. What is known about the complexity of solving the following ...
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What are some efficient algorithms for determining if a quadratic multivariate polynomial has a solution?

I know that in general, multivariate polynomial satisfiability is equivalent to 3-SAT; however, I'm wondering if there are any good techniques in the quadratic case, specifically if there is a ...
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Results in computer science via the Stepanov method

I recently attended a Workshop on Pseudorandomness in Chennai Mathematical Institute on Pseudorandomness. Venkat Guruswami made the following beautiful statement in passing during his talk (on coding ...
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Fast algorithm for composing Boolean polynomials

Question: Is there a practically fast algorithm to compose Boolean polynomials ($\mathbb{F}_2[x]$) modulo a fixed Boolean polynomial? Background: I would like random access within Vigna's xorshift128+...
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Counting small terms in a determinant calculation over polynomials (counting spanning trees by weight)

I have a $n\times n$ matrix $A$. It's terms are $a_{ij}=-x^{w_{ij}}$ if $i\neq j$ and $a_{ii}=\sum_{j=0}^{n+1} x^{w_{ij}}$ on the diagonal. The matrix is symmetric as $w_{ij}=w_{ji}$. Numbers $w_{ij}$ ...
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What do we know about checking real-stability of multivariate complex polynomials?

Given a polynomial $p : \mathbb{C}^n \rightarrow \mathbb{C}$ it is to be called "real-stable" if (1) all its coefficients are real and (2) if it has no roots such that all the coordinates of the root ...
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Computing the Fourier-Walsh coefficients of an arithmetic circuit

Given an $f$-fan in arithmetic circuit of depth $d$ over $GF(q)$ (for some prime $q$) and the set of variables $(x_1,\ldots,x_n)$, what is the state of the art upper bound for calculating the Fourier-...
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a polynomial representation of boolean functions

I came up with this linear transformation to map boolean functions to polynomials and it seems to have some nice properties. I was wondering if there is any reference describing this (and/or similar) ...
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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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Where does randomness help when deciding algebraic geometry over $\mathbb{C}$?

If we have a single straight line program expressing a multivariate polynomial equation with integer coefficients, the Schwartz-Zippel lemma gives a simple randomized algorithm for deciding whether ...
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How to find a non-zero point of a non-zero polynomial of low degree?

Given a circuit that computes a polynomial $P(x_1 \dots x_n)$ of low formal degree over some large field $\mathbb{F}$. Moreover, given a point $X \in \mathbb{F}^n$, such that $P(X) \neq 0$. Can one ...
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Bivariate low-degree polynomial testing of Polishchuk-Spielman

In the seminal paper of Polishchuk and Spielman where they give a construction of nearly linear sized $PCP$ for an $NP$ problem, one of the key ingredients is a low-degree test for bivariate ...
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What is the running time of taking a limit?

I'm interested in finding the running time(s) for determining mathematical limits. For instance, $\lim_{x \to 2} \frac{1}{x} = \frac{1}{2}$. I'd like to know more about algorithms for determining ...
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Finding a positive point for a collection of polynomials

I am wondering about the complexity of the following problem: Given $k$ polynomials $p_1(x_1, \ldots, x_n)$, $p_2(x_1, \ldots, x_n)$, $\ldots$, $p_k(x_1, \ldots, x_n)$ over the $n$ real ...
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Complexity of multi-linear polynomial computing Boolean function

Let $f:\{0,1\}^{n}\longmapsto\{0,1\}$ be a Boolean function. As usual, let $C(f)$ denote circuit complexity of $f$, i.e, the size of the smallest Boolean circuit computing $f$. As we know that every ...
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Complexity of counting integer roots of multivariate polynomials in a polyhedron?

Deciding integer roots of multivariate polyomials is undecidable. However what is known about counting integer roots of multivariate polynomials in $\mathbb Z[x_1,\dots,x_m]$ with both $m$ and total ...
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Complexity of extracting a coefficient of a polynomial in multiple variables

I'm looking for efficient algorithms for problems of the following type: Let's say we have the variables $x_1,...,x_n$. Over these variables, we are given a function $p_1\cdot ... \cdot p_m$, ...
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Algebraic dependence of roots of irreducibles over a finite field

I asked this question in Math SE too, but I have since modified it to make it more suited here. Also, in hindsight, the question itself was more algorithmic and was a better fit here. https://math....
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Optimizing over symmetric polynomials [closed]

Consider the following constraint satisfaction problem: Let $\alpha_1 , \ldots, \alpha_k \in \mathbb{R}$ be given as well as an error parameter $\epsilon$. Find $p_1, \ldots, p_n$ such that (i) $0 \...
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Is there an interpretation of the degree of the polynomial computed by the arithmetization of a boolean formula?

If I understand this correctly, arithmetizating a formula is a way of "interpolating" a polynomial in such a way that polynomial evaluated on 0's and 1's corresponds to "unsatisfiable" if it is a root,...
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Is there a polynomial time algorithm for creating a set of vectors in general position?

It seems to be possible to create a set of vectors in $\mathbb{R}^n$ such that any subset of $n$ vectors forms a basis. For example, in $\mathbb{R}^3$, here is such a set with 21 vectors: $$ \left\{ ...
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A special case of the boolean multivariate quadratic polynomial problem

It's well known that in the general case, the boolean MQ problem: given $(f_1, \ldots, f_n) \in \mathbb{F}_2[x_1, \ldots, x_m]$ with $\deg(f_i) = 2$, can we find a solution $\vec{y}: f_i(\vec{y}) = 0$...
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If a root||nonce Proof-of-Work certificate is prime, can it be used in any other interesting proofs?

Because Bitcoin and many other cryptocurrency mining certificates are "rare" in that their respective hash is less than a very small number, can we leverage their rarity in probabilistic proofs of ...
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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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Low-degree testing in PCP Theorem using bivariate polynomials

I read about modifications of the low-degree test used in the (first) proof of the PCP theorem. The test used in the proof works over randomly chosen lines while modifications allow choosing random ...
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The rank-polynomial of a graded poset

Let $P$ be a graded poset with rank function $r$. We may then define its rank-polynomial as: $R_P(q) = \sum_{x \in P} q^{r(x)}$. This definition can be applied to several interesting posets, for ...
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Hardness of finding roots of a degree $2$ polynomials over $\mathbb{F}_2$

Since every $3$-SAT instance with $n$ variables can be expressed as a degree-$3$ polynomial over $\mathbb{F}_2$ with $n$ unknowns, the NP-hardness of $3$-SAT directly translates to NP-hardness of ...
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Root finding in [0,1]

I am interested in the problem of finding a real root of a polynomial equation $f(x)=0$ where $f(x)=\sum_{i=0}^n a_ix^i$. Is it possible to give a reduction, i.e, to compute a different polynomial $g$ ...