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### Are monotone Boolean functions in P well-approximated by monotone polynomial-size circuits?

Question 1: Is it true that for every polynomial $p(n)$ and $\epsilon >0$ there is a polynomial $q(n)$ such that every monotone Boolean function on $n$ variables that can be expressed by a Boolean ...
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### Beating Nonuniformity by Oracle Access

Informally, we say that a Turing machine $M(\cdot)$ approximates a function $f(\cdot)$ if their outputs on a series of inputs are indistinguishable. More formally, let $L$ be a language, $M(\cdot)$ ...
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### What is the least compressible probability distribution? (under entropy constraint, for an expected squared error metric)

Consider a distribution $\mathcal D$ over the reals, a real parameter $H\in\mathbb R^+$, and an integer parameter $k\in\mathbb N$. The Entropy-Constrained Quantization problem asks what is the best ...
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### From coin flips to algebraic functions via pushdown automata

Background We're given a coin that shows heads with an unknown probability, $\lambda$. The goal is to use that coin (and possibly also a fair coin) to build a "new" coin that shows heads ...
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### Probability distributions generated by pushdown automata

Background This question is about generating random variates, in the form of their binary expansions, on restricted computing models. Specifically, the computing model is based on pushdown automata (...
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### Convergence speed in Lévy’s continuity theorem

I suppose the answer to my question follows from the proof of the Lévy’s continuity theorem, but probably one could suggest me a direct reference to the corresponding answer. The question is as ...
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### Squares of random binary matrices

Are there results/techniques pertaining to the analysis of squares of random matrices ? More specifically, let $A$ be an $n\times n$ matrix such that each entry is $1$ or $-1$ independently and with ...
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### A random walk that moves to less-visited nodes

Consider a random walk on an undirected graph that keeps track of how many times it has visited every node. At each step, it moves to the node among its neighbors which has been visited the least ...
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### Concentration Bounds for Dependent Rounding

Consider the following random process which is defined on $n$ numbers $0\leq x_1,\ldots,x_n\leq 1$: At each step, pick an arbitrary number, say $x_i$. Then randomly (and independently) change its ...
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### Approximately sampling from a discrete unimodal distribution with large support

I have an algorithmic problem and I am curious if a solution is known in the literature, because I cannot find it. I came up with an algorithm of my own, but would be curious if something is known. I ...
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### Theorem on non-decreasing probability of success of an algorithm

Question: What's a standard name/framework for the following, or some variant? Stated briefly for a probabilistic algorithm: define $p_n$ as the conditional probability of success of a fork of the ...
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### Can a tractable sequence distribution prefer satisfying to unsatisfying assignments?

Let $p(x)$ be a Boolean circuit on $n$ bits $x \in \{0,1\}^n$. Consider a program that computes a probability distribution over all sequences $x$, autoregressively factored as \pi(x | p) = \prod_{0 ...
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### Is there a complete and finite axiom scheme for conditional independence? (Graphoids)

Note: This is a better-written version of an unanswered question asked before on MathOverflow. Question: Is there a complete and finite axiom scheme for conditional probability? If so, is there a ...
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### Problem dependent lower bound for stochastic bandits with full information

Suppose you have a $K$ armed stochastic bandit problem but with full information. There are $K$ arms with mean rewards $\mu_1,...,\mu_K$. At each step we have to select an arm, collect the reward from ...
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### Concentration Bounds for Thompson sampling

This paper gives concentration results around the mean of the regret for variants of UCB algorithm in multi-armed stochastic bandits. However, I could not find any similar results for Thompson ...
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### High-Probability bounds for Stochastic multi-armed Bandit Problems

This paper gives some high probability results for UCB algorithm of the form, \begin{align} \mathbb{P}(R_{n} > r_0.x) \leq O(n^{-2\rho x + 1} + x^{-2 \rho + 1} ) \end{align} where $\rho$ is a ...
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### On a possible probabilistic log-rank conjecture

The communication matrix of a function $f$ is a $2^{n}\times 2^{n}$ matrix $M_f$ where the indices of the rows (columns) correspond to the inputs of Alice (Bob), and each entry $M_f (a,b)$ is the ...
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### Strong Dependence

I asked this question on MO, but no answer. I don't know if this definition has been already given. Suppose $X$ and $Y$ are two random variables over finite alphabets $\mathcal{X}$ and $\mathcal{Y}$...
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### What is the optimal strategy for this 2 player game?

Let some finite array of integers is given initially. There is a number k which is initially '0'. In a move, a player will select a number from the array arr[i] and change k to gcd(k,arr[i]). Also, ...
Consider a set $S \subseteq \Sigma^n$ where $\Sigma$ is a finite alphabet and $p : \Sigma \rightarrow [0,1]$ is a probability function. Let $T$ be a tree leaf-labeled by the elements of $S$. Consider ...