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@Article{Fortnow:2009:EF, author = "Lance Fortnow", title = "{Editor}'s Foreword", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "1", number = "1", pages = "1:1--1:??", month = feb, year = "2009", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/1490270.1490271", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", bibdate = "Fri Apr 24 19:03:42 MDT 2009", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "1", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Aaronson:2009:ANB, author = "Scott Aaronson and Avi Wigderson", title = "Algebrization: a New Barrier in Complexity Theory", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "1", number = "1", pages = "2:1--2:??", month = feb, year = "2009", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/1490270.1490272", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", bibdate = "Fri Apr 24 19:03:42 MDT 2009", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "Any proof of P $\neq$ NP will have to overcome two barriers: {\em relativization\/} and {\em natural proofs}. Yet over the last decade, we have seen circuit lower bounds (e.g., that PP does not have linear-size circuits) that overcome both barriers simultaneously. So the question arises of whether there is a third barrier to progress on the central questions in complexity theory.\par In this article, we present such a barrier, which we call {\em algebraic relativization\/} or {\em algebrization}. The idea is that, when we relativize some complexity class inclusion, we should give the simulating machine access not only to an oracle $A$, but also to a low-degree extension of $A$ over a finite field or ring.\par We systematically go through basic results and open problems in complexity theory to delineate the power of the new algebrization barrier. First, we show that all known nonrelativizing results based on arithmetization---both inclusions such as IP = PSPACE and MIP = NEXP, and separations such as MA$_{{EXP}_n}$ P/poly---do indeed algebrize. Second, we show that almost all of the major open problems---including P versus NP, P versus RP, and NEXP versus P/poly---will require {\em non-algebrizing techniques}. In some cases, algebrization seems to explain exactly why progress stopped where it did: for example, why we have superlinear circuit lower bounds for PromiseMA but not for NP.\par Our second set of results follows from lower bounds in a new model of {\em algebraic query complexity}, which we introduce in this article and which is interesting in its own right. Some of our lower bounds use direct combinatorial and algebraic arguments, while others stem from a surprising connection between our model and communication complexity. Using this connection, we are also able to give an MA-protocol for the Inner Product function with $O(\sqrt{n} \log n)$ communication (essentially matching a lower bound of Klauck), as well as a communication complexity conjecture whose truth would imply NL $\neq$ NP.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "2", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", keywords = "arithmetization; communication complexity; interactive proofs; Low-degree polynomials; oracles; query complexity", } @Article{Razborov:2009:SPB, author = "Alexander Razborov", title = "A Simple Proof of {Bazzi's Theorem}", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "1", number = "1", pages = "3:1--3:??", month = feb, year = "2009", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/1490270.1490273", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", bibdate = "Fri Apr 24 19:03:42 MDT 2009", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "Linial and Nisan [1990] asked if any polylog-wise independent distribution fools any function in AC$^0$. In a recent remarkable development, Bazzi solved this problem for the case of DNF formulas. The aim of this note is to present a simplified version of his proof.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "3", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", keywords = "DNF; Pseudo-random generators", } @Article{Bourke:2009:DPR, author = "Chris Bourke and Raghunath Tewari and N. V. Vinodchandran", title = "Directed Planar Reachability Is in Unambiguous Log-Space", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "1", number = "1", pages = "4:1--4:??", month = feb, year = "2009", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/1490270.1490274", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", bibdate = "Fri Apr 24 19:03:42 MDT 2009", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "We make progress in understanding the complexity of the graph reachability problem in the context of unambiguous logarithmic space computation; a restricted form of nondeterminism. As our main result, we show a new upper bound on the {\em directed planar reachability problem\/} by showing that it can be decided in the class unambiguous logarithmic space (UL). We explore the possibility of showing the same upper bound for the general graph reachability problem. We give a simple reduction showing that the reachability problem for directed graphs with thickness two is complete for the class nondeterministic logarithmic space (NL). Hence an extension of our results to directed graphs with thickness two will unconditionally collapse NL to UL.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "4", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", keywords = "Directed graph reachability; planar graphs; unambiguous log-space", } @Article{David:2009:ISB, author = "Matei David and Toniann Pitassi and Emanuele Viola", title = "Improved Separations between Nondeterministic and Randomized Multiparty Communication", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "1", number = "2", pages = "5:1--5:??", month = sep, year = "2009", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/1595391.1595392", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", bibdate = "Tue Mar 16 10:08:03 MDT 2010", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "5", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Guruswami:2009:HSS, author = "Venkatesan Guruswami and Prasad Raghavendra", title = "Hardness of Solving Sparse Overdetermined Linear Systems: a 3-Query {PCP} over Integers", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "1", number = "2", pages = "6:1--6:??", month = sep, year = "2009", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/1595391.1595393", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", bibdate = "Tue Mar 16 10:08:03 MDT 2010", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "6", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Ben-Sasson:2009:SQP, author = "Eli Ben-Sasson and Prahladh Harsha and Oded Lachish and Arie Matsliah", title = "Sound 3-Query {PCPPs} Are Long", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "1", number = "2", pages = "7:1--7:??", month = sep, year = "2009", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/1595391.1595394", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", bibdate = "Tue Mar 16 10:08:03 MDT 2010", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "7", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Kyncl:2010:LRD, author = "Jan Kyn{\v{c}}l and Tom{\'a}{\v{s}} Vysko{\v{c}}il", title = "Logspace Reduction of Directed Reachability for Bounded Genus Graphs to the Planar Case", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "1", number = "3", pages = "8:1--8:??", month = mar, year = "2010", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/1714450.1714451", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", bibdate = "Tue Mar 16 10:08:04 MDT 2010", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "8", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Beame:2010:FCD, author = "Paul Beame and Russell Impagliazzo and Toniann Pitassi and Nathan Segerlind", title = "Formula Caching in {DPLL}", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "1", number = "3", pages = "9:1--9:??", month = mar, year = "2010", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/1714450.1714452", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", bibdate = "Tue Mar 16 10:08:04 MDT 2010", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "9", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Datta:2010:PDP, author = "Samir Datta and Raghav Kulkarni and Nutan Limaye and Meena Mahajan", title = "Planarity, Determinants, Permanents, and (Unique) Matchings", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "1", number = "3", pages = "10:1--10:??", month = mar, year = "2010", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/1714450.1714453", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", bibdate = "Tue Mar 16 10:08:04 MDT 2010", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "10", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Yin:2010:CPP, author = "Yitong Yin", title = "Cell-Probe Proofs", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "2", number = "1", pages = "1:1--1:??", month = nov, year = "2010", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/1867719.1867720", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", bibdate = "Tue Nov 23 11:20:48 MST 2010", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "1", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Hoefer:2010:TAC, author = "Martin Hoefer and Alexander Souza", title = "Tradeoffs and Average-Case Equilibria in Selfish Routing", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "2", number = "1", pages = "2:1--2:??", month = nov, year = "2010", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/1867719.1867721", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", bibdate = "Tue Nov 23 11:20:48 MST 2010", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "2", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Purdy:2011:LBC, author = "Eric Purdy", title = "Lower Bounds for Coin-Weighing Problems", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "2", number = "2", pages = "3:1--3:??", month = mar, year = "2011", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/1944857.1944858", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", bibdate = "Mon Mar 28 09:50:20 MDT 2011", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "3", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Arvind:2011:SGI, author = "Vikraman Arvind and Jacobo Tor{\'a}n", title = "Solvable Group Isomorphism Is (Almost) in {NP} $\cap$ {coNP}", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "2", number = "2", pages = "4:1--4:??", month = mar, year = "2011", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/1944857.1944859", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", bibdate = "Mon Mar 28 09:50:20 MDT 2011", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "4", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Fellows:2011:CDF, author = "Michael R. Fellows and Jiong Guo and Hannes Moser and Rolf Niedermeier", title = "A Complexity Dichotomy for Finding Disjoint Solutions of Vertex Deletion Problems", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "2", number = "2", pages = "5:1--5:??", month = mar, year = "2011", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/1944857.1944860", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", bibdate = "Mon Mar 28 09:50:20 MDT 2011", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "5", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Hitchcock:2011:KCR, author = "John M. Hitchcock and A. Pavan and N. V. Vinodchandran", title = "{Kolmogorov} Complexity in Randomness Extraction", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "3", number = "1", pages = "1:1--1:??", month = aug, year = "2011", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2003685.2003686", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", bibdate = "Mon Sep 5 16:58:07 MDT 2011", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "1", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Kulkarni:2011:PIP, author = "Raghav Kulkarni", title = "On the Power of Isolation in Planar Graphs", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "3", number = "1", pages = "2:1--2:??", month = aug, year = "2011", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2003685.2003687", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", bibdate = "Mon Sep 5 16:58:07 MDT 2011", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "2", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Smyth:2011:AQC, author = "Clifford Smyth", title = "Approximate Query Complexity", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "3", number = "1", pages = "3:1--3:??", month = aug, year = "2011", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2003685.2003688", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", bibdate = "Mon Sep 5 16:58:07 MDT 2011", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "3", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Cook:2012:PBP, author = "Stephen Cook and Pierre McKenzie and Dustin Wehr and Mark Braverman and Rahul Santhanam", title = "Pebbles and Branching Programs for Tree Evaluation", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "3", number = "2", pages = "4:1--4:??", month = jan, year = "2012", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2077336.2077337", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Fri Mar 16 15:22:48 MDT 2012", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "We introduce the tree evaluation problem, show that it is in LogDCFL (and hence in $P$), and study its branching program complexity in the hope of eventually proving a superlogarithmic space lower bound. The input to the problem is a rooted, balanced $d$-ary tree of height h, whose internal nodes are labeled with $d$-ary functions on $[ k ] = {1,\ldots{}, k}$, and whose leaves are labeled with elements of $[ k ]$. Each node obtains a value in $[ k ]$ equal to its $d$-ary function applied to the values of its $d$ children. The output is the value of the root. We show that the standard black pebbling algorithm applied to the binary tree of height h yields a deterministic $k$-way branching program with $O(k h)$ states solving this problem, and we prove that this upper bound is tight for $h = 2$ and $h = 3$. We introduce a simple semantic restriction called thrifty on $k$-way branching programs solving tree evaluation problems and show that the same state bound of $\Theta ( k h)$ is tight for all $h \geq 2$ for deterministic thrifty programs. We introduce fractional pebbling for trees and show that this yields nondeterministic thrifty programs with $\Theta(k h/2 + 1)$ states solving the Boolean problem `determine whether the root has value 1', and prove that this bound is tight for $h = 2, 3, 4$. We also prove that this same bound is tight for unrestricted nondeterministic $k$-way branching programs solving the Boolean problem for $h = 2, 3$.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "4", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Gal:2012:TQL, author = "Anna Gal and Andrew Mills", title = "Three-Query Locally Decodable Codes with Higher Correctness Require Exponential Length", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "3", number = "2", pages = "5:1--5:??", month = jan, year = "2012", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2077336.2077338", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Fri Mar 16 15:22:48 MDT 2012", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "Locally decodable codes are error-correcting codes with the extra property that, in order to retrieve the value of a single input position, it is sufficient to read a small number of positions of the codeword. We refer to the probability of getting the correct value as the correctness of the decoding algorithm. A breakthrough result by Yekhanin [2007] showed that 3-query linear locally decodable codes may have subexponential length. The construction of Yekhanin, and the three query constructions that followed, achieve correctness only up to a certain limit which is 1--3 $\delta$ for nonbinary codes, where an adversary is allowed to corrupt up to $\delta$ fraction of the codeword. The largest correctness for a subexponential length 3-query binary code is achieved in a construction by Woodruff [2008], and it is below 1--3 $\delta$. We show that achieving slightly larger correctness (as a function of $\delta$) requires exponential codeword length for 3-query codes. Previously, there were no larger than quadratic lower bounds known for locally decodable codes with more than 2 queries, even in the case of 3-query linear codes. Our lower bounds hold for linear codes over arbitrary finite fields and for binary nonlinear codes. Considering larger number of queries, we obtain lower bounds for $q$-query codes for $q > 3$, under certain assumptions on the decoding algorithm that have been commonly used in previous constructions. We also prove bounds on the largest correctness achievable by these decoding algorithms, regardless of the length of the code. Our results explain the limitations on correctness in previous constructions using such decoding algorithms. In addition, our results imply trade-offs on the parameters of error-correcting data structures.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "5", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Beame:2012:VMR, author = "Paul Beame and Trinh Huynh", title = "The Value of Multiple {Read\slash} Write Streams for Approximating Frequency Moments", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "3", number = "2", pages = "6:1--6:??", month = jan, year = "2012", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2077336.2077339", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Fri Mar 16 15:22:48 MDT 2012", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "We consider the read/write streams model, an extension of the standard data stream model in which an algorithm can create and manipulate multiple read/write streams in addition to its input data stream. Like the data stream model, the most important parameter for this model is the amount of internal memory used by such an algorithm. The other key parameters are the number of streams the algorithm uses and the number of passes it makes on these streams. We consider how the addition of multiple streams impacts the ability of algorithms to approximate the frequency moments of the input stream. We show that any randomized read/write stream algorithm with a fixed number of streams and a sublogarithmic number of passes that produces a constant factor approximation of the $k$ -th frequency moment $F_k$ of an input sequence of length of at most $N$ from $\{1,\ldots{},N\}$ requires space $\Omega(N^{1 - 4/k - \delta})$ for any $\delta > 0$. For comparison, it is known that with a single read-only one-pass data stream there is a randomized constant-factor approximation for $F_k$ using $\tilde{O}(N^{1 - 2/k})$ space, and that by sorting, which can be done deterministically in $O(\log N)$ passes using $3$ read/write streams, $F_k$ can be computed exactly. Therefore, although the ability to manipulate multiple read/write streams can add substantial power to the data stream model, with a sublogarithmic number of passes this does not significantly improve the ability to approximate higher frequency moments efficiently. We obtain our results by showing a new connection between the read/write streams model and the multiparty number-in-hand communication model.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "6", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Tani:2012:EQA, author = "Seiichiro Tani and Hirotada Kobayashi and Keiji Matsumoto", title = "Exact Quantum Algorithms for the Leader Election Problem", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "4", number = "1", pages = "1:1--1:??", month = mar, year = "2012", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2141938.2141939", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Tue Nov 6 18:23:48 MST 2012", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "This article gives a separation between quantum and classical models in pure (i.e., noncryptographic) computing abilities with no restriction on the amount of available computing resources, by considering the exact solvability of the leader election problem in anonymous networks, a celebrated unsolvable problem in classical distributed computing. The goal of the leader election problem is to elect a unique leader from among distributed parties. In an anonymous network, all parties with the same number of communication links are identical. It is well-known that no classical algorithm can exactly solve (i.e., in bounded time without error) the leader election problem in anonymous networks, even if the number of parties is given. This article devises a quantum algorithm that, if the number of parties is given, exactly solves the problem for any network topology in polynomial rounds with polynomial communication/time complexity with respect to the number of parties, when the parties are connected with quantum communication links and they have the ability of quantum computing. Our algorithm works even when only an upper bound of the number of parties is given. In such a case, no classical algorithm can solve the problem even under the zero-error setting, the setting in which error is not allowed but running time may be unbounded.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "1", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Cheraghchi:2012:ALT, author = "Mahdi Cheraghchi and Johan H{\aa}stad and Marcus Isaksson and Ola Svensson", title = "Approximating Linear Threshold Predicates", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "4", number = "1", pages = "2:1--2:??", month = mar, year = "2012", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2141938.2141940", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Tue Nov 6 18:23:48 MST 2012", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "We study constraint satisfaction problems on the domain {-1, 1}, where the given constraints are homogeneous linear threshold predicates, that is, predicates of the form $\sgn(w_1 x_1 + \cdots + w_n x_n)$ for some positive integer weights $w_1, \ldots{}, w_n$. Despite their simplicity, current techniques fall short of providing a classification of these predicates in terms of approximability. In fact, it is not easy to guess whether there exists a homogeneous linear threshold predicate that is approximation resistant or not. The focus of this article is to identify and study the approximation curve of a class of threshold predicates that allow for nontrivial approximation. Arguably the simplest such predicate is the majority predicate $\sgn(x_1 + \cdots + x_n)$, for which we obtain an almost complete understanding of the asymptotic approximation curve, assuming the Unique Games Conjecture. Our techniques extend to a more general class of ``majority-like'' predicates and we obtain parallel results for them. In order to classify these predicates, we introduce the notion of Chow-robustness that might be of independent interest.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "2", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{De:2012:ELB, author = "Anindya De and Thomas Watson", title = "Extractors and Lower Bounds for Locally Samplable Sources", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "4", number = "1", pages = "3:1--3:??", month = mar, year = "2012", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2141938.2141941", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Tue Nov 6 18:23:48 MST 2012", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "We consider the problem of extracting randomness from sources that are efficiently samplable, in the sense that each output bit of the sampler only depends on some small number $d$ of the random input bits. As our main result, we construct a deterministic extractor that, given any $d$-local source with min-entropy $k$ on $n$ bits, extracts $\Omega(k^2 / n d)$ bits that are $2^{-n \Omega (1)}$-close to uniform, provided $d \leq o(\log n)$ and $k \geq n^{2/3 + \gamma}$ (for arbitrarily small constants $\gamma > 0$). Using our result, we also improve a result of Viola [2010] who proved a $1/2 O(1/\log n)$ statistical distance lower bound for $o(\log n)$-local samplers trying to sample input-output pairs of an explicit boolean function, assuming the samplers use at most $n + n^{1 - \delta}$ random bits for some constant $\delta > 0$. Using a different function, we simultaneously improve the lower bound to $1/2 - 2^{-n \Omega (1)}$ and eliminate the restriction on the number of random bits.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "3", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Schoenebeck:2012:CCN, author = "Grant R. Schoenebeck and Salil Vadhan", title = "The Computational Complexity of {Nash} Equilibria in Concisely Represented Games", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "4", number = "2", pages = "4:1--4:??", month = may, year = "2012", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2189778.2189779", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Tue Nov 6 18:23:49 MST 2012", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "Games may be represented in many different ways, and different representations of games affect the complexity of problems associated with games, such as finding a Nash equilibrium. The traditional method of representing a game is to explicitly list all the payoffs, but this incurs an exponential blowup as the number of agents grows. We study two models of concisely represented games: circuit games, where the payoffs are computed by a given boolean circuit, and graph games, where each agent's payoff is a function of only the strategies played by its neighbors in a given graph. For these two models, we study the complexity of four questions: determining if a given strategy is a Nash equilibrium, finding a Nash equilibrium, determining if there exists a pure Nash equilibrium, and determining if there exists a Nash equilibrium in which the payoffs to a player meet some given guarantees. In many cases, we obtain tight results, showing that the problems are complete for various complexity classes.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "4", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Kawamura:2012:CTO, author = "Akitoshi Kawamura and Stephen Cook", title = "Complexity Theory for Operators in Analysis", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "4", number = "2", pages = "5:1--5:??", month = may, year = "2012", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2189778.2189780", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Tue Nov 6 18:23:49 MST 2012", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "We propose an extension of the framework for discussing the computational complexity of problems involving uncountably many objects, such as real numbers, sets and functions, that can be represented only through approximation. The key idea is to use a certain class of string functions as names representing these objects. These are more expressive than infinite sequences, which served as names in prior work that formulated complexity in more restricted settings. An advantage of using string functions is that we can define their size in a way inspired by higher-type complexity theory. This enables us to talk about computation on string functions whose time or space is bounded polynomially in the input size, giving rise to more general analogues of the classes P, NP, and PSPACE. We also define NP- and PSPACE-completeness under suitable many-one reductions. Because our framework separates machine computation and semantics, it can be applied to problems on sets of interest in analysis once we specify a suitable representation (encoding). As prototype applications, we consider the complexity of functions (operators) on real numbers, real sets, and real functions. For example, the task of numerical algorithms for solving a certain class of differential equations is naturally viewed as an operator taking real functions to real functions. As there was no complexity theory for operators, previous results only stated how complex the solution can be. We now reformulate them and show that the operator itself is polynomial-space complete.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "5", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Penna:2012:CRM, author = "Paolo Penna and Carmine Ventre", title = "Collusion-Resistant Mechanisms with Verification Yielding Optimal Solutions", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "4", number = "2", pages = "6:1--6:??", month = may, year = "2012", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2189778.2189781", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Tue Nov 6 18:23:49 MST 2012", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "A truthful mechanism consists of an algorithm augmented with a suitable payment function that guarantees that the players cannot improve their utilities by cheating. Mechanism design approaches are particularly appealing for designing protocols that cannot be manipulated by rational players. We present new constructions of so-called mechanisms with verification introduced by Nisan and Ronen [2001]. We first show how to obtain mechanisms that, for single-parameter domains, are resistant to coalitions of colluding agents even if they can exchange compensations. Based on this result we derive a class of exact truthful mechanisms with verification for arbitrary bounded domains. This class of problems includes most of the problems studied in the algorithmic mechanism design literature and for which exact solutions cannot be obtained with truthful mechanisms without verification. This result is an improvement over all known previous constructions of exact mechanisms with verification.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "6", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Beyersdorff:2012:PBD, author = "Olaf Beyersdorff and Nicola Galesi and Massimo Lauria and Alexander A. Razborov", title = "Parameterized Bounded-Depth {Frege} Is not Optimal", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "4", number = "3", pages = "7:1--7:??", month = sep, year = "2012", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2355580.2355582", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Tue Nov 6 18:23:50 MST 2012", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "A general framework for parameterized proof complexity was introduced by Dantchev et al. [2007]. There, the authors show important results on tree-like Parameterized Resolution---a parameterized version of classical Resolution---and their gap complexity theorem implies lower bounds for that system. The main result of this article significantly improves upon this by showing optimal lower bounds for a parameterized version of bounded-depth Frege. More precisely, we prove that the pigeonhole principle requires proofs of size n$^{\Omega (k)}$ in parameterized bounded-depth Frege, and, as a special case, in dag-like Parameterized Resolution. This answers an open question posed in Dantchev et al. [2007]. In the opposite direction, we interpret a well-known technique for FPT algorithms as a DPLL procedure for Parameterized Resolution. Its generalization leads to a proof search algorithm for Parameterized Resolution that in particular shows that tree-like Parameterized Resolution allows short refutations of all parameterized contradictions given as bounded-width CNFs.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "7", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Watson:2012:RWW, author = "Thomas Watson", title = "Relativized Worlds without Worst-Case to Average-Case Reductions for {NP}", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "4", number = "3", pages = "8:1--8:??", month = sep, year = "2012", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2355580.2355583", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Tue Nov 6 18:23:50 MST 2012", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "We prove that, relative to an oracle, there is no worst-case to average-case reduction for NP. We also handle classes that are somewhat larger than NP, as well as worst-case to errorless -average-case reductions. In fact, we prove that relative to an oracle, there is no worst-case to errorless-average-case reduction from NP to BPP$_{||}^{NP}$. We also handle reductions from NP to the polynomial-time hierarchy and beyond, under strong restrictions on the number of queries the reductions can make.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "8", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Kayal:2012:SSR, author = "Neeraj Kayal and Chandan Saha", title = "On the Sum of Square Roots of Polynomials and Related Problems", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "4", number = "4", pages = "9:1--9:??", month = nov, year = "2012", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2382559.2382560", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Sun May 5 09:31:28 MDT 2013", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "The sum of square roots over integers problem is the task of deciding the sign of a nonzero sum, {$ S = \Sigma_{i = 1}^n \delta_i \cdot \sqrt a_i $}, where \delta $_i$ \in {+1, -1} and a$_i$ 's are positive integers that are upper bounded by {$N$} (say). A fundamental open question in numerical analysis and computational geometry is whether {$ | S | \geq 1 / 2^{(n \cdot \log N) O(1)} $} when {$ S \neq 0 $}. We study a formulation of this problem over polynomials. Given an expression {$ S = \Sigma_{i = 1}^n c_i \cdot \sqrt f_i (x) $}, where $ c_i $'s belong to a field of characteristic $0$ and $ f_i $'s are univariate polynomials with degree bounded by $d$ and $ f_i(0) \neq 0 $ for all $i$, is it true that the minimum exponent of $x$ that has a nonzero coefficient in the power series {$S$} is upper bounded by {$ (n \cdot d)^{O(1)} $}, unless {$ S = 0 $}? We answer this question affirmatively. Further, we show that this result over polynomials can be used to settle (positively) the sum of square roots problem for a special class of integers: Suppose each integer $ a_i $ is of the form, {$ a_i = X^d_i + b_{i1} X^{di - 1} + \ldots {} + b_{idi} $}, $ d_i > 0 $, where {$X$} is a positive real number and $ b_{ij} $'s are integers. Let {$ B = \max (| b_{ij} |_{i, j}, 1) $} and $ d = \max_i \{ d_i \} $. If {$ X > (B + 1)^{(n \cdot d)O(1)} $} then a nonzero {$ S = \Sigma_{i = 1}^n \delta_i \sqrt a_i $} is lower bounded as {$ | S | \geq 1 / X^(n \cdot d)O(1) $}. The constant in {$ O (1) $}, as fixed by our analysis, is roughly $2$. We then consider the following more general problem. Given an arithmetic circuit computing a multivariate polynomial {$ f (X) $} and integer $d$, is the degree of {$ f (X) $} less than or equal to $d$ ? We give a {coRP$^{PP}$}-algorithm for this problem, improving previous results of Allender et al. [2009] and Koiran and Perifel [2007].", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "9", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Pass:2012:PRT, author = "Rafael Pass and Muthuramakrishnan Venkitasubramaniam", title = "A Parallel Repetition Theorem for Constant-Round {Arthur--Merlin} Proofs", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "4", number = "4", pages = "10:1--10:??", month = nov, year = "2012", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2382559.2382561", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Sun May 5 09:31:28 MDT 2013", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "We show a parallel-repetition theorem for constant-round Arthur--Merlin Proofs, using an efficient reduction. As a consequence, we show that parallel repetition reduces the soundness-error at an optimal rate (up to a negligible factor) in constant-round public-coin argument systems, and constant-round public-coin proofs of knowledge. The first of these results resolves an open question posed by Bellare, Impagliazzo, and Naor (FOCS'97).", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "10", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Ron:2012:AIM, author = "Dana Ron and Ronitt Rubinfeld and Muli Safra and Alex Samorodnitsky and Omri Weinstein", title = "Approximating the Influence of Monotone {Boolean} Functions in {$ O(\sqrt n) $} Query Complexity", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "4", number = "4", pages = "11:1--11:??", month = nov, year = "2012", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2382559.2382562", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Sun May 5 09:31:28 MDT 2013", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "The Total Influence ( Average Sensitivity ) of a discrete function is one of its fundamental measures. We study the problem of approximating the total influence of a monotone Boolean function, which we denote by {$ I[f] $}. We present a randomized algorithm that approximates the influence of such functions to within a multiplicative factor of $ (1 \pm \epsilon) $ by performing {$ O(\sqrt n I[f] \poly (1 / \epsilon)) $} queries. We also prove a lower bound of {$ \Omega (\sqrt n \log n \cdot I[f]) $} on the query complexity of any constant factor approximation algorithm for this problem (which holds for {$ I[f] = \Omega (1) $}), hence showing that our algorithm is almost optimal in terms of its dependence on $n$. For general functions, we give a lower bound of {$ \Omega (n I[f]) $}, which matches the complexity of a simple sampling algorithm.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "11", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Vlassis:2012:CCS, author = "Nikos Vlassis and Michael L. Littman and David Barber", title = "On the Computational Complexity of Stochastic Controller Optimization in {POMDPs}", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "4", number = "4", pages = "12:1--12:??", month = nov, year = "2012", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2382559.2382563", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Sun May 5 09:31:28 MDT 2013", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "We show that the problem of finding an optimal stochastic blind controller in a Markov decision process is an NP-hard problem. The corresponding decision problem is NP-hard in PSPACE and sqrt-sum-hard, hence placing it in NP would imply breakthroughs in long-standing open problems in computer science. Our result establishes that the more general problem of stochastic controller optimization in POMDPs is also NP-hard. Nonetheless, we outline a special case that is convex and admits efficient global solutions.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "12", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Austrin:2013:UP, author = "Per Austrin and Johan H{\aa}stad", title = "On the usefulness of predicates", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "5", number = "1", pages = "1:1--1:??", month = may, year = "2013", CODEN = "????", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Thu Dec 12 17:32:04 MST 2013", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "Motivated by the pervasiveness of strong inapproximability results for Max-CSPs, we introduce a relaxed notion of an approximate solution of a Max-CSP. In this relaxed version, loosely speaking, the algorithm is allowed to replace the constraints of an instance by some other (possibly real-valued) constraints, and then only needs to satisfy as many of the new constraints as possible. To be more precise, we introduce the following notion of a predicate $P$ being useful for a (real-valued) objective $Q$: given an almost satisfiable Max- $P$ instance, there is an algorithm that beats a random assignment on the corresponding Max-$Q$ instance applied to the same sets of literals. The standard notion of a nontrivial approximation algorithm for a Max-CSP with predicate $P$ is exactly the same as saying that $P$ is useful for $P$ itself. We say that $P$ is useless if it is not useful for any $Q$. This turns out to be equivalent to the following pseudo-randomness property: given an almost satisfiable instance of Max- $P$, it is hard to find an assignment such that the induced distribution on k -bit strings defined by the instance is not essentially uniform. Under the unique games conjecture, we give a complete and simple characterization of useful Max-CSPs defined by a predicate: such a Max-CSP is useless if and only if there is a pairwise independent distribution supported on the satisfying assignments of the predicate. It is natural to also consider the case when no negations are allowed in the CSP instance, and we derive a similar complete characterization (under the UGC) there as well. Finally, we also include some results and examples shedding additional light on the approximability of certain Max-CSPs.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "1", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Beyersdorff:2013:VPC, author = "Olaf Beyersdorff and Samir Datta and Andreas Krebs and Meena Mahajan and Gido Scharfenberger-Fabian and Karteek Sreenivasaiah and Michael Thomas and Heribert Vollmer", title = "Verifying proofs in constant depth", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "5", number = "1", pages = "2:1--2:??", month = may, year = "2013", CODEN = "????", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Thu Dec 12 17:32:04 MST 2013", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "In this paper we initiate the study of proof systems where verification of proofs proceeds by NC$^0$ circuits. We investigate the question which languages admit proof systems in this very restricted model. Formulated alternatively, we ask which languages can be enumerated by NC$^0$ functions. Our results show that the answer to this problem is not determined by the complexity of the language. On the one hand, we construct NC$^0$ proof systems for a variety of languages ranging from regular to NP complete. On the other hand, we show by combinatorial methods that even easy regular languages such as Exact-OR do not admit NC$^0$ proof systems. We also show that Majority does not admit NC$^0$ proof systems. Finally, we present a general construction of NC$^0$ proof systems for regular languages with strongly connected NFA's.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "2", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Cygan:2013:MCP, author = "Marek Cygan and Marcin Pilipczuk and Michal Pilipczuk and Jakub Onufry Wojtaszczyk", title = "On multiway cut parameterized above lower bounds", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "5", number = "1", pages = "3:1--3:??", month = may, year = "2013", CODEN = "????", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Thu Dec 12 17:32:04 MST 2013", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "We introduce a concept of parameterizing a problem above the optimum solution of its natural linear programming relaxation and prove that the node multiway cut problem is fixed-parameter tractable (FPT) in this setting. As a consequence we prove that node multiway cut is FPT, when parameterized above the maximum separating cut, resolving an open problem of Razgon. Our results imply $ O^*(4^k) $ algorithms for vertex cover above maximum matching and almost 2-SAT as well as an $ O^*(2^k) $ algorithm for node multiway cut with a standard parameterization by the solution size, improving previous bounds for these problems.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "3", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Englert:2013:EC, author = "Matthias Englert and Heiko R{\"o}glin and Jacob Sp{\"o}nemann and Berthold V{\"o}cking", title = "Economical Caching", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "5", number = "2", pages = "4:1--4:??", month = jul, year = "2013", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2493246.2493247", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Thu Dec 12 17:32:08 MST 2013", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "We study the management of buffers and storages in environments with unpredictably varying prices in a competitive analysis. In the economical caching problem, there is a storage with a certain capacity. For each time step, an online algorithm is given a price from the interval $ [1, \alpha] $, a consumption, and possibly a buying limit. The online algorithm has to decide the amount to purchase from some commodity, knowing the parameter $ \alpha $ but without knowing how the price evolves in the future. The algorithm can purchase at most the buying limit. If it purchases more than the current consumption, then the excess is stored in the storage; otherwise, the gap between consumption and purchase must be taken from the storage. The goal is to minimize the total cost. Interesting motivating applications are, for example, stream caching on mobile devices with different classes of service, battery management in micro hybrid cars, and the efficient purchase of resources. First we consider the simple but natural class of algorithms that can informally be described as memoryless. We show that these algorithms cannot achieve a competitive ratio below $ \sqrt \alpha $. Then we present a more sophisticated deterministic algorithm achieving a competitive ratio of where $W$ denotes the Lambert $W$ function. We prove that this algorithm is optimal and that not even randomized online algorithms can achieve a better competitive ratio. On the other hand, we show how to achieve a constant competitive ratio if the storage capacity of the online algorithm exceeds the storage capacity of an optimal offline algorithm by a factor of $ \log \alpha $.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "4", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Bogdanov:2013:HFL, author = "Andrej Bogdanov and Akinori Kawachi and Hidetoki Tanaka", title = "Hard Functions for Low-Degree Polynomials over Prime Fields", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "5", number = "2", pages = "5:1--5:??", month = jul, year = "2013", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2493246.2493248", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Thu Dec 12 17:32:08 MST 2013", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "In this article, we present a new hardness amplification for low-degree polynomials over prime fields, namely, we prove that if some function is mildly hard to approximate by any low-degree polynomials then the sum of independent copies of the function is very hard to approximate by them. This result generalizes the XOR lemma for low-degree polynomials over the binary field given by Viola and Wigderson [2008]. The main technical contribution is the analysis of the Gowers norm over prime fields. For the analysis, we discuss a generalized low-degree test, which we call the Gowers test, for polynomials over prime fields, which is a natural generalization of that over the binary field given by Alon et al. [2003]. This Gowers test provides a new technique to analyze the Gowers norm over prime fields. Actually, the rejection probability of the Gowers test can be analyzed in the framework of Kaufman and Sudan [2008]. However, our analysis is self-contained and quantitatively better. By using our argument, we also prove the hardness of modulo functions for low-degree polynomials over prime fields.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "5", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Williams:2013:ATP, author = "Ryan Williams", title = "Alternation-Trading Proofs, Linear Programming, and Lower Bounds", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "5", number = "2", pages = "6:1--6:??", month = jul, year = "2013", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2493246.2493249", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Thu Dec 12 17:32:08 MST 2013", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "A fertile area of recent research has demonstrated concrete polynomial-time lower bounds for natural hard problems on restricted computational models. Among these problems are Satisfiability, Vertex Cover, Hamilton Path, MOD$_6$-SAT, Majority-of-Majority-SAT, and Tautologies, to name a few. The proofs of these lower bounds follow a proof-by-contradiction strategy that we call resource trading or alternation trading. An important open problem is to determine how powerful such proofs can possibly be. We propose a methodology for studying these proofs that makes them amenable to both formal analysis and automated theorem proving. We prove that the search for better lower bounds can often be turned into a problem of solving a large series of linear programming instances. Implementing a small-scale theorem prover based on these results, we extract new human-readable time lower bounds for several problems and identify patterns that allow for further generalization. The framework can also be used to prove concrete limitations on the current techniques.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "6", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Ron:2013:ANR, author = "Dana Ron and Gilad Tsur", title = "On Approximating the Number of Relevant Variables in a Function", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "5", number = "2", pages = "7:1--7:??", month = jul, year = "2013", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2493246.2493250", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Thu Dec 12 17:32:08 MST 2013", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "In this work we consider the problem of approximating the number of relevant variables in a function given query access to the function. Since obtaining a multiplicative factor approximation is hard in general, we consider several relaxations of the problem. In particular, we consider a relaxation of the property testing variant of the problem and we consider relaxations in which we have a promise that the function belongs to a certain family of functions (e.g., linear functions). In the former relaxation the task is to distinguish between the case that the number of relevant variables is at most $k$, and the case in which it is far from any function in which the number of relevant variables is more than $ (1 + \gamma) k $ for a parameter $ \gamma $. We give both upper bounds and almost matching lower bounds for the relaxations we study.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "7", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Allender:2013:ISI, author = "Eric Allender and Shafi Goldwasser", title = "Introduction to the special issue on innovations in theoretical computer science 2012", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "5", number = "3", pages = "8:1--8:??", month = aug, year = "2013", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2493252.2493253", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Thu Dec 12 17:32:12 MST 2013", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", note = "Special issue on innovations in theoretical computer science 2012.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "8", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Pagh:2013:CMM, author = "Rasmus Pagh", title = "Compressed matrix multiplication", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "5", number = "3", pages = "9:1--9:??", month = aug, year = "2013", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2493252.2493254", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Thu Dec 12 17:32:12 MST 2013", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", note = "Special issue on innovations in theoretical computer science 2012.", abstract = "We present a simple algorithm that approximates the product of $n$-by-$n$ real matrices $A$ and $B$. Let $ || A B ||_F $ denote the Frobenius norm of $ A B $, and $b$ be a parameter determining the time\slash accuracy trade-off. Given $2$-wise independent hash functions $ h_1, h_2 : [n] \to [b] $, and $ s_1, s_2 : [n] \to \{ - 1, + 1 \} $ the algorithm works by first ``compressing'' the matrix product into the polynomial $ p (x) = \Sigma_{k = 1}^n \left (\Sigma_{i = 1}^n A_{ik} s_1 (i) x^{h 1 (i)} \right) \left (\Sigma_{j = 1}^n B_{kj} s_2 (j) x^{h 2 (j)} \right) $. Using the fast Fourier transform to compute polynomial multiplication, we can compute $ c_0, \ldots {}, c_{b - 1} $ such that $ \Sigma_i c_i x^i = (p (x) \bmod x^b) + (p (x) \div x^b) $ in time $ {\~ O}(n^2 + n b) $. An unbiased estimator of $ (A B)_{ij} $ with variance at most $ || A B ||_F^2 / b $ can then be computed as: $ C_{ij} = s_1 (i) s_2 (j) c_{(h_1 (i) + h_2 (j)) \bmod b} $. Our approach also leads to an algorithm for computing AB exactly, with high probability, in time $ {\~ O}(N + n b) $ in the case where $A$ and $B$ have at most $N$ nonzero entries, and $ A B $ has at most $b$ nonzero entries.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "9", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Viderman:2013:LTD, author = "Michael Viderman", title = "Linear-time decoding of regular expander codes", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "5", number = "3", pages = "10:1--10:??", month = aug, year = "2013", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2493252.2493255", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Thu Dec 12 17:32:12 MST 2013", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", note = "Special issue on innovations in theoretical computer science 2012.", abstract = "Sipser and Spielman (IEEE IT, [1996]) showed that any $ (c, d) $-regular expander code with expansion parameter $ > 3 / 4 $ is decodable in linear time from a constant fraction of errors. Feldman et al. (IEEE IT, [2007]) proved that expansion parameter $ > 2 / 3 + (1 / 3) c $ is sufficient to correct a constant fraction of errors in polynomial time using LP decoding. In this work, we give a simple combinatorial algorithm that achieves even better parameters. In particular, our algorithm runs in linear time and works for any expansion parameter $ > 2 / 3 - (1 / 6) c $. We also prove that our decoding algorithm can be executed in logarithmic time on a linear number of parallel processors.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "10", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Ozols:2013:QRS, author = "Maris Ozols and Martin Roetteler and J{\'e}r{\'e}mie Roland", title = "Quantum rejection sampling", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "5", number = "3", pages = "11:1--11:??", month = aug, year = "2013", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2493252.2493256", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Thu Dec 12 17:32:12 MST 2013", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", note = "Special issue on innovations in theoretical computer science 2012.", abstract = "Rejection sampling is a well-known method to sample from a target distribution, given the ability to sample from a given distribution. The method has been first formalized by von Neumann [1951] and has many applications in classical computing. We define a quantum analogue of rejection sampling: given a black box producing a coherent superposition of (possibly unknown) quantum states with some amplitudes, the problem is to prepare a coherent superposition of the same states, albeit with different target amplitudes. The main result of this article is a tight characterization of the query complexity of this quantum state generation problem. We exhibit an algorithm, which we call quantum rejection sampling, and analyze its cost using semidefinite programming. Our proof of a matching lower bound is based on the automorphism principle that allows to symmetrize any algorithm over the automorphism group of the problem. Our main technical innovation is an extension of the automorphism principle to continuous groups that arise for quantum state generation problems where the oracle encodes unknown quantum states, instead of just classical data. Furthermore, we illustrate how quantum rejection sampling may be used as a primitive in designing quantum algorithms, by providing three different applications. We first show that it was implicitly used in the quantum algorithm for linear systems of equations by Harrow et al. [2009]. Second we show that it can be used to speed up the main step in the quantum Metropolis sampling algorithm by Temme et al. [2011]. Finally, we derive a new quantum algorithm for the hidden shift problem of an arbitrary Boolean function and relate its query complexity to ``water-filling'' of the Fourier spectrum.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "11", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Drucker:2013:HCP, author = "Andrew Drucker", title = "High-confidence predictions under adversarial uncertainty", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "5", number = "3", pages = "12:1--12:??", month = aug, year = "2013", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2493252.2493257", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Thu Dec 12 17:32:12 MST 2013", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", note = "Special issue on innovations in theoretical computer science 2012.", abstract = "We study the setting in which the bits of an unknown infinite binary sequence $x$ are revealed sequentially to an observer. We show that very limited assumptions about $x$ allow one to make successful predictions about unseen bits of $x$. First, we study the problem of successfully predicting a single 0 from among the bits of $x$. In our model, we have only one chance to make a prediction, but may do so at a time of our choosing. This model is applicable to a variety of situations in which we want to perform an action of fixed duration, and need to predict a ``safe'' time-interval to perform it. Letting $ N_t $ denote the number of $1$'s among the first $t$ bits of $x$, we say that $x$ is ``$ \epsilon $-weakly sparse'' if $ \lim \inf (N_t / t) < = \epsilon $. Our main result is a randomized algorithm that, given any $ \epsilon $-weakly sparse sequence $x$, predicts a $0$ of $x$ with success probability as close as desired to $ 1 - \epsilon $. Thus, we can perform this task with essentially the same success probability as under the much stronger assumption that each bit of $x$ takes the value $1$ independently with probability $ \epsilon $. We apply this result to show how to successfully predict a bit ($0$ or $1$ ) under a broad class of possible assumptions on the sequence $x$. The assumptions are stated in terms of the behavior of a finite automaton $M$ reading the bits of $x$. We also propose and solve a variant of the well-studied ``ignorant forecasting'' problem. For every $ \epsilon > 0 $, we give a randomized forecasting algorithm $ S_\epsilon $ that, given sequential access to a binary sequence $x$, makes a prediction of the form: ``A $p$ fraction of the next $N$ bits will be $1$'s.'' (The algorithm gets to choose $p$, $N$, and the time of the prediction.) For any fixed sequence $x$, the forecast fraction $p$ is accurate to within $ \pm {} \epsilon $ with probability $ 1 - \epsilon $.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "12", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Chattopadhyay:2013:GIA, author = "Arkadev Chattopadhyay and Jacobo Tor{\'a}n and Fabian Wagner", title = "Graph Isomorphism is Not {AC$^0$}-Reducible to Group Isomorphism", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "5", number = "4", pages = "13:1--13:??", month = nov, year = "2013", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2540088", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Thu Dec 12 17:32:15 MST 2013", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "We give a new upper bound for the Group and Quasigroup Isomorphism problems when the input structures are given explicitly by multiplication tables. We show that these problems can be computed by polynomial size nondeterministic circuits of unbounded fan-in with $ O(\log \log n) $ depth and $ O(\log^2 n) $ nondeterministic bits, where n is the number of group elements. This improves the existing upper bound for the problems. In the previous bound the circuits have bounded fan-in but depth $ O(\log^2 n) $ and also $ O(\log^2 n) $ nondeterministic bits. We then prove that the kind of circuits from our upper bound cannot compute the Parity function. Since Parity is AC$^0$-reducible to Graph Isomorphism, this implies that Graph Isomorphism is strictly harder than Group or Quasigroup Isomorphism under the ordering defined by AC$^0$ reductions. We extend this result to the stronger ACC$^0 [p]$ reduction and its randomized version.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "13", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{De:2013:EOH, author = "Anindya De and Elchanan Mossel", title = "Explicit Optimal Hardness via {Gaussian} Stability Results", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "5", number = "4", pages = "14:1--14:??", month = nov, year = "2013", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2505766", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Thu Dec 12 17:32:15 MST 2013", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "The results of Raghavendra [2008] show that assuming Khot's Unique Games Conjecture [2002], for every constraint satisfaction problem there exists a generic semidefinite program that achieves the optimal approximation factor. This result is existential as it does not provide an explicit optimal rounding procedure nor does it allow to calculate exactly the Unique Games hardness of the problem. Obtaining an explicit optimal approximation scheme and the corresponding approximation factor is a difficult challenge for each specific approximation problem. Khot et al. [2004] established a general approach for determining the exact approximation factor and the corresponding optimal rounding algorithm for any given constraint satisfaction problem. However, this approach crucially relies on results explicitly proving optimal partitions in the Gaussian space. Until recently, Borell's result [1985] was the only nontrivial Gaussian partition result known. In this article we derive the first explicit optimal approximation algorithm and the corresponding approximation factor using a new result on Gaussian partitions due to Isaksson and Mossel [2012]. This Gaussian result allows us to determine the exact Unique Games Hardness of MAX-$3$-EQUAL. In particular, our results show that Zwick's algorithm for this problem achieves the optimal approximation factor and prove that the approximation achieved by the algorithm is $ \approx 0.796 $ as conjectured by Zwick [1998]. We further use the previously known optimal Gaussian partitions results to obtain a new Unique Games Hardness factor for MAX-$k$-CSP: Using the well-known fact that jointly normal pairwise independent random variables are fully independent, we show that the UGC hardness of Max-$k$-CSP is $ \lceil (k + 1) / 2 \rceil 2^{k - 1} $, improving on results of Austrin and Mossel [2009].", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "14", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Dalmau:2013:RSC, author = "V{\'\i}ctor Dalmau and Andrei Krokhin", title = "Robust Satisfiability for {CSPs}: Hardness and Algorithmic Results", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "5", number = "4", pages = "15:1--15:??", month = nov, year = "2013", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2540090", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Thu Dec 12 17:32:15 MST 2013", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "An algorithm for a constraint satisfaction problem is called robust if it outputs an assignment satisfying at least a $ (1 - f (\epsilon)) $-fraction of constraints for each $ (1 - \epsilon) $-satisfiable instance (i.e., such that at most a \epsilon -fraction of constraints needs to be removed to make the instance satisfiable), where $ f(\epsilon) \to 0 $ as $ \epsilon \to 0 $. We establish an algebraic framework for analyzing constraint satisfaction problems admitting an efficient robust algorithm with functions $f$ of a given growth rate. We use this framework to derive hardness results. We also describe three classes of problems admitting an efficient robust algorithm such that $f$ is $ O (1 / \log (1 / \epsilon)) $, $ O(\epsilon^{1 / k}) $ for some $ k > 1 $, and $ O(\epsilon) $, respectively. Finally, we give a complete classification of robust satisfiability with a given $f$ for the Boolean case.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "15", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Fellows:2013:DFP, author = "Michael Fellows and Fedor V. Fomin and Daniel Lokshtanov and Elena Losievskaja and Frances Rosamond and Saket Saurabh", title = "Distortion is Fixed Parameter Tractable", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "5", number = "4", pages = "16:1--16:??", month = nov, year = "2013", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2489789", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Thu Dec 12 17:32:15 MST 2013", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "We study low-distortion embedding of metric spaces into the line, and more generally, into the shortest path metric of trees, from the parameterized complexity perspective. Let $ M = M (G) $ be the shortest path metric of an edge-weighted graph $G$, with the vertex set $ V (G) $ and the edge set $ E (G) $, on $n$ vertices. We give the first fixed parameter tractable algorithm that for an unweighted graph metric $M$ and integer $d$ either constructs an embedding of $M$ into the line with distortion at most $d$, or concludes that no such embedding exists. Our algorithm requires O( nd$^4$ (2 d + 1)$^{2d}$ ) time which is a significant improvement over the best previous algorithm that runs in time $ O(n^{4d + 2} d^{O(1)}) $. Because of its apparent similarity to the notoriously hard Bandwidth Minimization problem, we find it surprising that this problem turns out to be fixed parameter tractable. We extend our results on embedding unweighted graph metric into the line in two ways. First, we give an algorithm to construct small-distortion embeddings of weighted graph metrics. The running time of our algorithm is $ O(n (d W)^4 (2 d + 1)^{2dW}) $, where $W$ is the largest edge weight of the input graph. To complement this result, we show that the exponential dependence on the maximum edge weight is unavoidable. In particular, we show that deciding whether a weighted graph metric $ M (G) $ with maximum weight $ W < | V (G)| $ can be embedded into the line with distortion at most $d$ is NP-complete for every fixed rational $ d \geq 2 $. This rules out any possibility of an algorithm with running time $ O((n W)^{h(d)}) $ where $h$ is a function of $d$ alone. Second, we consider more general host metrics for which analogous results hold. In particular, we prove that for any tree $T$ with maximum degree \Delta, embedding $M$ into a shortest path metric of $T$ is fixed parameter tractable, parameterized by $ (\Delta, d) $.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "16", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Razborov:2013:RA, author = "Alexander Razborov and Emanuele Viola", title = "Real Advantage", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "5", number = "4", pages = "17:1--17:??", month = nov, year = "2013", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2540089", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Thu Dec 12 17:32:15 MST 2013", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "We highlight the challenge of proving correlation bounds between boolean functions and real-valued polynomials, where any non-boolean output counts against correlation. We prove that real-valued polynomials of degree $ 1 2 \lg_2 \lg_2 n $ have correlation with parity at most zero. Such a result is false for modular and threshold polynomials. Its proof is based on a variant of an anti-concentration result by Costello et al. [2006].", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "17", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Harkins:2013:ELA, author = "Ryan C. Harkins and John M. Hitchcock", title = "Exact Learning Algorithms, Betting Games, and Circuit Lower Bounds", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "5", number = "4", pages = "18:1--18:??", month = nov, year = "2013", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2539126.2539130", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Thu Dec 12 17:32:15 MST 2013", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "This article extends and improves the work of Fortnow and Klivans [2009], who showed that if a circuit class $C$ has an efficient learning algorithm in Angluin's model of exact learning via equivalence and membership queries [Angluin 1988], then we have the lower bound EXP$^{NP}$ not $C$. We use entirely different techniques involving betting games [Buhrman et al. 2001] to remove the NP oracle and improve the lower bound to EXP not $C$. This shows that it is even more difficult to design a learning algorithm for $C$ than the results of Fortnow and Klivans [2009] indicated. We also investigate the connection between betting games and natural proofs, and as a corollary the existence of strong pseudorandom generators. Our results also yield further evidence that the class of Boolean circuits has no efficient exact learning algorithm. This is because our separation is strong in that it yields a natural proof [Razborov and Rudich 1997] against the class. From this we conclude that an exact learning algorithm for Boolean circuits would imply that strong pseudorandom generators do not exist, which contradicts widely believed conjectures from cryptography. As a corollary we obtain that if strong pseudorandom generators exist, then there is no exact learning algorithm for Boolean circuits.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "18", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Ada:2014:HBP, author = "Anil Ada and Arkadev Chattopadhyay and Stephen A. Cook and Lila Fontes and Michal Kouck{\'y} and Toniann Pitassi", title = "The Hardness of Being Private", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "6", number = "1", pages = "1:1--1:??", month = mar, year = "2014", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2567671", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Tue Apr 1 06:02:31 MDT 2014", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "Kushilevitz [1989] initiated the study of information-theoretic privacy within the context of communication complexity. Unfortunately, it has been shown that most interesting functions are not privately computable [Kushilevitz 1989, Brandt and Sandholm 2008]. The unattainability of perfect privacy for many functions motivated the study of approximate privacy. Feigenbaum et al. [2010a, 2010b] define notions of worst-case as well as average-case approximate privacy and present several interesting upper bounds as well as some open problems for further study. In this article, we obtain asymptotically tight bounds on the trade-offs between both the worst-case and average-case approximate privacy of protocols and their communication cost for Vickrey auctions. Further, we relate the notion of average-case approximate privacy to other measures based on information cost of protocols. This enables us to prove exponential lower bounds on the subjective approximate privacy of protocols for computing the Intersection function, independent of its communication cost. This proves a conjecture of Feigenbaum et al. [2010a].", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "1", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Austrin:2014:NNH, author = "Per Austrin and Ryan O'Donnell and Li-Yang Tan and John Wright", title = "New {NP}-Hardness Results for $3$-Coloring and $2$-to-$1$ Label Cover", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "6", number = "1", pages = "2:1--2:??", month = mar, year = "2014", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2537800", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Tue Apr 1 06:02:31 MDT 2014", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "We show that given a 3-colorable graph, it is NP-hard to find a 3-coloring with $ (16 / 17 + \epsilon) $ of the edges bichromatic. In a related result, we show that given a satisfiable instance of the 2-to-1 Label Cover problem, it is NP-hard to find a $ (23 / 24 + \epsilon) $-satisfying assignment.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "2", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Glasser:2014:UDN, author = "Christian Gla{\ss}er and John M. Hitchcock and A. Pavan and Stephan Travers", title = "Unions of Disjoint {NP}-Complete Sets", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "6", number = "1", pages = "3:1--3:??", month = mar, year = "2014", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2591508", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Tue Apr 1 06:02:31 MDT 2014", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "We study the following question: if A and B are disjoint NP-complete sets, then is A \cup B NP-complete? We provide necessary and sufficient conditions under which the union of disjoint NP-complete sets remain complete.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "3", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Sun:2014:ECN, author = "Shu-Ming Sun and Ning Zhong", title = "On Effective Convergence of Numerical Solutions for Differential Equations", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "6", number = "1", pages = "4:1--4:??", month = mar, year = "2014", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2578219", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Tue Apr 1 06:02:31 MDT 2014", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "This article studies the effective convergence of numerical solutions of initial value problems (IVPs) for ordinary differential equations (ODEs). A convergent sequence $ \{ Y_m \} $ of numerical solutions is said to be effectively convergent to the exact solution if there is an algorithm that computes an $ N \in N $, given an arbitrary $ n \in N $ as input, such that the error between $ Y_m $ and the exact solution is less than $ 2^{-n} $ for all $ m \geq N $. It is proved that there are convergent numerical solutions generated from Euler's method which are not effectively convergent. It is also shown that a theoretically-proved-computable solution using Picard's iteration method might not be computable by classical numerical methods, which suggests that sometimes there is a gap between theoretical computability and practical numerical computations concerning solutions of ODEs. Moreover, it is noted that the main theorem (Theorem 4.1) provides an example of an IVP with a nonuniform Lipschitz function for which the numerical solutions generated by Euler's method are still convergent.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "4", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{ODonnell:2014:OLB, author = "Ryan O'Donnell and Yi Wu and Yuan Zhou", title = "Optimal Lower Bounds for Locality-Sensitive Hashing (Except When $q$ is Tiny)", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "6", number = "1", pages = "5:1--5:??", month = mar, year = "2014", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2578221", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Tue Apr 1 06:02:31 MDT 2014", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/hash.bib; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "We study lower bounds for Locality-Sensitive Hashing (LSH) in the strongest setting: point sets in $ \{ 0, 1 \}^d $ under the Hamming distance. Recall that $H$ is said to be an $ (r, c r, p, q) $-sensitive hash family if all pairs $ x, y \in \{ 0, 1 \}^d $ with $ {\rm dist}(x, y) \leq r $ have probability at least $p$ of collision under a randomly chosen $ h \in H $, whereas all pairs $ x, y \in \{ 0, 1 \}^d $ with $ {\rm dist}(x, y) \geq c r $ have probability at most $q$ of collision. Typically, one considers $ d \to \infty $, with $ c > 1 $ fixed and $q$ bounded away from $0$. For its applications to approximate nearest-neighbor search in high dimensions, the quality of an LSH family $H$ is governed by how small its $ \rho $ parameter $ \rho = \ln (1 / p) / l n(1 / q) $ is as a function of the parameter $c$. The seminal paper of Indyk and Motwani [1998] showed that for each $ c \geq 1 $, the extremely simple family $ H = \{ x \mapsto x $ _i$ : i \in [d] \} $ achieves $ \rho \leq 1 / c $. The only known lower bound, due to Motwani et al. [2007], is that $ \rho $ must be at least $ (e^{1 / c} - 1) / (e^{1 / c} + 1) \geq .46 / c $ (minus $ o_d(1) $ ). The contribution of this article is twofold. (1) We show the ``optimal'' lower bound for $ \rho $: it must be at least $ 1 / c $ (minus $ o_d(1) $ ). Our proof is very simple, following almost immediately from the observation that the noise stability of a boolean function at time $t$ is a log-convex function of $t$. (2) We raise and discuss the following issue: neither the application of LSH to nearest-neighbor search nor the known LSH lower bounds hold as stated if the q parameter is tiny. Here, ``tiny'' means $ q = 2^{- \Theta (d)} $, a parameter range we believe is natural.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "5", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Cygan:2014:CCG, author = "Marek Cygan and Stefan Kratsch and Marcin Pilipczuk and Michal Pilipczuk and Magnus Wahlstr{\"o}m", title = "Clique Cover and Graph Separation: New Incompressibility Results", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "6", number = "2", pages = "6:1--6:??", month = may, year = "2014", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2594439", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Thu Jun 5 14:42:53 MDT 2014", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "The field of kernelization studies polynomial-time preprocessing routines for hard problems in the framework of parameterized complexity. In this article, we show that, unless the polynomial hierarchy collapses to its third level, the following parameterized problems do not admit a polynomial-time preprocessing algorithm that reduces the size of an instance to polynomial in the parameter: ---Edge Clique Cover, parameterized by the number of cliques, ---Directed Edge/Vertex Multiway Cut, parameterized by the size of the cutset, even in the case of two terminals, ---Edge/Vertex Multicut, parameterized by the size of the cutset, and --- k -Way Cut, parameterized by the size of the cutset.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "6", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Chen:2014:HIA, author = "Yijia Chen and J{\"o}rg Flum and Moritz M{\"u}ller", title = "Hard Instances of Algorithms and Proof Systems", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "6", number = "2", pages = "7:1--7:??", month = may, year = "2014", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2601336", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Thu Jun 5 14:42:53 MDT 2014", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "If the class TAUT of tautologies of propositional logic has no almost optimal algorithm, then every algorithm A deciding TAUT has a hard sequence, that is, a polynomial time computable sequence witnessing that A is not almost optimal. We show that this result extends to every $\Pi t p$-complete problem with $t \geq 1$; however, assuming the Measure Hypothesis, there is a problem which has no almost optimal algorithm but is decided by an algorithm without hard sequences. For problems Q with an almost optimal algorithm, we analyze whether every algorithm deciding Q, which is not almost optimal, has a hard sequence.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "7", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Goldberg:2014:CAC, author = "Leslie Ann Goldberg and Mark Jerrum", title = "The Complexity of Approximately Counting Tree Homomorphisms", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "6", number = "2", pages = "8:1--8:??", month = may, year = "2014", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2600917", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Thu Jun 5 14:42:53 MDT 2014", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "We study two computational problems, parameterised by a fixed tree H. \#HOMSTO( H ) is the problem of counting homomorphisms from an input graph G to H. \#WHOMSTO( H ) is the problem of counting weighted homomorphisms to H, given an input graph G and a weight function for each vertex v of G. Even though H is a tree, these problems turn out to be sufficiently rich to capture all of the known approximation behaviour in \# P. We give a complete trichotomy for \#WHOMSTO( H ). If H is a star, then \#WHOMSTO( H ) is in FP. If H is not a star but it does not contain a certain induced subgraph J 3, then \#WHOMSTO( H ) is equivalent under approximation-preserving (AP) reductions to \#BIS, the problem of counting independent sets in a bipartite graph. This problem is complete for the class \#RH \Pi 1 under AP-reductions. Finally, if H contains an induced J$_3$, then \#WHOMSTO( H ) is equivalent under AP-reductions to \#SAT, the problem of counting satisfying assignments to a CNF Boolean formula. Thus, \#WHOMSTO( H ) is complete for \#P under AP-reductions. The results are similar for \#HOMSTO( H ) except that a rich structure emerges if H contains an induced J$_3$. We show that there are trees H for which \#HOMSTO( H ) is \# SAT -equivalent (disproving a plausible conjecture of Kelk). However, it is still not known whether \#HOMSTO( H ) is \#SAT-hard for every tree H which contains an induced J 3. It turns out that there is an interesting connection between these homomorphism-counting problems and the problem of approximating the partition function of the ferromagnetic Potts model. In particular, we show that for a family of graphs Jq, parameterised by a positive integer q, the problem \#HOMSTO( Jq ) is AP-interreducible with the problem of approximating the partition function of the q -state Potts model. It was not previously known that the Potts model had a homomorphism-counting interpretation. We use this connection to obtain some additional upper bounds for the approximation complexity of \#HOMSTO( Jq ).", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "8", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Etessami:2014:NCC, author = "Kousha Etessami and Alistair Stewart and Mihalis Yannakakis", title = "A Note on the Complexity of Comparing Succinctly Represented Integers, with an Application to Maximum Probability Parsing", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "6", number = "2", pages = "9:1--9:??", month = may, year = "2014", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2601327", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Thu Jun 5 14:42:53 MDT 2014", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "The following two decision problems capture the complexity of comparing integers or rationals that are succinctly represented in product-of-exponentials notation, or equivalently, via arithmetic circuits using only multiplication and division gates, and integer inputs. Input instance: Four lists of positive integers: a 1,\ldots{}, an \in N+ n; b 1,\ldots{}, bn \in N+ n; c 1,\ldots{}, cm \in N+ m; d 1, \ldots{}, dm \in N+ m; where each of the integers is represented in binary. Problem 1 (equality testing): Decide whether $a_1 b_1 a_2 b_2 \cdots a_n b_n = c_1 d_1 c_2 d_2 \cdots c_m d_m$. Problem 2 (inequality testing): Decide whether $a_1 b_1 a_2 b_2 \cdots a_n b_n \geq c_1 d_1 c_2 d_2 \cdots c_m d_m$. Problem 1 is easily decidable in polynomial time using a simple iterative algorithm. Problem 2 is much harder. We observe that the complexity of Problem 2 is intimately connected to deep conjectures and results in number theory. In particular, if a refined form of the ABC conjecture formulated by Baker in 1998 holds, or if the older Lang-Waldschmidt conjecture (formulated in 1978) on linear forms in logarithms holds, then Problem 2 is decidable in P-time (in the standard Turing model of computation). Moreover, it follows from the best available quantitative bounds on linear forms in logarithms, namely, by Baker and W{\"u}stholz [1993] or Matveev [2000], that if m and n are fixed universal constants then Problem 2 is decidable in P-time (without relying on any conjectures). This latter fact was observed earlier by Shub [1993]. We describe one application: P-time maximum probability parsing for arbitrary stochastic context-free grammars (where \epsilon -rules are allowed).", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "9", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Allender:2014:ISI, author = "Eric Allender and Shafi Goldwasser", title = "Introduction to the Special Issue on Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science 2012 --- {Part II}", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "6", number = "3", pages = "10:1--10:??", month = jul, year = "2014", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2638595", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Thu Oct 1 16:40:04 MDT 2015", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "10", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", remark = "Special issue on innovations in theoretical computer science 2012 --- Part II.", } @Article{Kanade:2014:LHS, author = "Varun Kanade and Thomas Steinke", title = "Learning Hurdles for Sleeping Experts", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "6", number = "3", pages = "11:1--11:??", month = jul, year = "2014", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2505983", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Thu Oct 1 16:40:04 MDT 2015", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "We study the online decision problem in which the set of available actions varies over time, also called the sleeping experts problem. We consider the setting in which the performance comparison is made with respect to the best ordering of actions in hindsight. In this article, both the payoff function and the availability of actions are adversarial. Kleinberg et al. [2010] gave a computationally efficient no-regret algorithm in the setting in which payoffs are stochastic. Kanade et al. [2009] gave an efficient no-regret algorithm in the setting in which action availability is stochastic. However, the question of whether there exists a computationally efficient no-regret algorithm in the adversarial setting was posed as an open problem by Kleinberg et al. [2010]. We show that such an algorithm would imply an algorithm for PAC learning DNF, a long-standing important open problem. We also consider the setting in which the number of available actions is restricted and study its relation to agnostic-learning monotone disjunctions over examples with bounded Hamming weight.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "11", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", remark = "Special issue on innovations in theoretical computer science 2012 --- Part II.", } @Article{Valiant:2014:ERF, author = "Paul Valiant", title = "Evolvability of Real Functions", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "6", number = "3", pages = "12:1--12:??", month = jul, year = "2014", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2633598", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Thu Oct 1 16:40:04 MDT 2015", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "We formulate a notion of evolvability for functions with domain and range that are real-valued vectors, a compelling way of expressing many natural biological processes. We show that linear and fixed-degree polynomial functions are evolvable in the following dually-robust sense: There is a single evolution algorithm that, for all convex loss functions, converges for all distributions. It is possible that such dually-robust results can be achieved by simpler and more-natural evolution algorithms. Towards this end, we introduce a simple and natural algorithm that we call wide-scale random noise and prove a corresponding result for the L$_2$ metric. We conjecture that the algorithm works for a more general class of metrics.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "12", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", remark = "Special issue on innovations in theoretical computer science 2012 --- Part II.", } @Article{Brakerski:2014:LFH, author = "Zvika Brakerski and Craig Gentry and Vinod Vaikuntanathan", title = "(Leveled) Fully Homomorphic Encryption without Bootstrapping", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "6", number = "3", pages = "13:1--13:??", month = jul, year = "2014", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2633600", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Thu Oct 1 16:40:04 MDT 2015", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/cryptography2010.bib; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "We present a novel approach to fully homomorphic encryption (FHE) that dramatically improves performance and bases security on weaker assumptions. A central conceptual contribution in our work is a new way of constructing leveled, fully homomorphic encryption schemes (capable of evaluating arbitrary polynomial-size circuits of a-priori bounded depth), without Gentry's bootstrapping procedure. Specifically, we offer a choice of FHE schemes based on the learning with error (LWE) or Ring LWE (RLWE) problems that have 2 \lambda security against known attacks. We construct the following. (1) A leveled FHE scheme that can evaluate depth-$L$ arithmetic circuits (composed of fan-in 2 gates) using $O(\lambda . L 3)$ per-gate computation, quasilinear in the security parameter. Security is based on RLWE for an approximation factor exponential in $L$. This construction does not use the bootstrapping procedure. (2) A leveled FHE scheme that can evaluate depth-$L$ arithmetic circuits (composed of fan-in 2 gates) using $O (\lambda 2)$ per-gate computation, which is independent of $L$. Security is based on RLWE for quasipolynomial factors. This construction uses bootstrapping as an optimization. We obtain similar results for LWE, but with worse performance. All previous (leveled) FHE schemes required a per-gate computation of \Omega (\lambda 3.5), and all of them relied on subexponential hardness assumptions. We introduce a number of further optimizations to our scheme based on the Ring LWE assumption. As an example, for circuits of large width (e.g., where a constant fraction of levels have width $ \Omega (\lambda)$), we can reduce the per-gate computation of the bootstrapped version to $O (\lambda)$, independent of $L$, by batching the bootstrapping operation. At the core of our construction is a new approach for managing the noise in lattice-based ciphertexts, significantly extending the techniques of Brakerski and Vaikuntanathan [2011b].", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "13", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", remark = "Special issue on innovations in theoretical computer science 2012 --- Part II.", } @Article{Cook:2014:OWF, author = "James Cook and Omid Etesami and Rachel Miller and Luca Trevisan", title = "On the One-Way Function Candidate Proposed by {Goldreich}", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "6", number = "3", pages = "14:1--14:??", month = jul, year = "2014", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2633602", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Thu Oct 1 16:40:04 MDT 2015", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "Goldreich [2000] proposed a candidate one-way function based on a bipartite graph of small right-degree d, where the vertices on the left (resp. right) represent input (resp. output) bits of the function. Each output bit is computed by evaluating a fixed d -ary binary predicate on the input bits adjacent to that output bit. We study this function when the predicate is random or depends linearly on many of its input bits. We assume that the graph is a random balanced bipartite graph with right-degree d. Inverting this function as a one-way function by definition means finding an element in the preimage of output of this function for a random input. We bound the expected size of this preimage. Next, using the preceding bound, we prove that two restricted types of backtracking algorithms called myopic and drunk backtracking algorithms with high probability take exponential time to invert the function, even if we allow the algorithms to use DPLL elimination rules. (For drunk algorithms, a similar result was proved by Itsykson [2010].) We also ran a SAT solver on the satisfiability problem equivalent to the problem of inverting the function, and experimentally observed an exponential increase in running time as a function of the input length.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "14", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", remark = "Special issue on innovations in theoretical computer science 2012 --- Part II.", } @Article{Cook:2014:CCC, author = "Stephen A. Cook and Yuval Filmus and Dai Tri Man L{\^e}", title = "The complexity of the comparator circuit value problem", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "6", number = "4", pages = "15:1--15:??", month = aug, year = "2014", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2635822", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Mon Aug 18 17:06:20 MDT 2014", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "In 1990, Subramanian [1990] defined the complexity class CC as the set of problems log-space reducible to the comparator circuit value problem (CCV). He and Mayr showed that NL $ \subseteq $ CC $ \subseteq $ P, and proved that in addition to CCV several other problems are complete for CC, including the stable marriage problem, and finding the lexicographically first maximal matching in a bipartite graph. Although the class has not received much attention since then, we are interested in CC because we conjecture that it is incomparable with the parallel class NC which also satisfies NL $ \subseteq $ NC $ \subseteq $ P, and note that this conjecture implies that none of the CC-complete problems has an efficient polylog time parallel algorithm. We provide evidence for our conjecture by giving oracle settings in which relativized CC and relativized NC are incomparable. We give several alternative definitions of CC, including (among others) the class of problems computed by uniform polynomial-size families of comparator circuits supplied with copies of the input and its negation, the class of problems AC0-reducible to Ccv, and the class of problems computed by uniform AC0 circuits with AXccv gates. We also give a machine model for CC, which corresponds to its characterization as log-space uniform polynomial-size families of comparator circuits. These various characterizations show that CC is a robust class. Our techniques also show that the corresponding function class FCC is closed under composition. The main technical tool we employ is universal comparator circuits. Other results include a simpler proof of NL $ \subseteq $ CC, a more careful analysis showing the lexicographically first maximal matching problem and its variants are CC-complete under AC0 many-one reductions, and an explanation of the relation between the Gale--Shapley algorithm and Subramanian's algorithm for stable marriage. This article continues the previous work of Cook et al. [2011], which focused on Cook-Nguyen style uniform proof complexity, answering several open questions raised in that article.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "15", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Fellows:2014:FCU, author = "Michael R. Fellows and Bart M. P. Jansen", title = "{FPT} is characterized by useful obstruction sets: Connecting algorithms, kernels, and quasi-orders", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "6", number = "4", pages = "16:1--16:??", month = aug, year = "2014", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2635820", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Mon Aug 18 17:06:20 MDT 2014", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "Many graph problems were first shown to be fixed-parameter tractable using the results of Robertson and Seymour on graph minors. We show that the combination of finite, computable obstruction sets and efficient order tests is not just one way of obtaining strongly uniform FPT algorithms, but that all of FPT may be captured in this way. Our new characterization of FPT has a strong connection to the theory of kernelization, as we prove that problems with polynomial kernels can be characterized by obstruction sets whose elements have polynomial size. Consequently we investigate the interplay between the sizes of problem kernels and the sizes of the elements of such obstruction sets, obtaining several examples of how results in one area yield new insights in the other. We show how exponential-size minor-minimal obstructions for pathwidth $k$ form the crucial ingredient in a novel or-cross-composition for $k$-Pathwidth, complementing the trivial and-composition that is known for this problem. In the other direction, we show that or-cross-compositions into a parameterized problem can be used to rule out the existence of efficiently generated quasi-orders on its instances that characterize the no-instances by polynomial-size obstructions.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "16", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Gobel:2014:CCH, author = "Andreas G{\"o}bel and Leslie Ann Goldberg and David Richerby", title = "The complexity of counting homomorphisms to cactus graphs modulo 2", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "6", number = "4", pages = "17:1--17:??", month = aug, year = "2014", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2635825", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Mon Aug 18 17:06:20 MDT 2014", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "A homomorphism from a graph $G$ to a graph $H$ is a function from $ V(G)$ to $ V(H)$ that preserves edges. Many combinatorial structures that arise in mathematics and in computer science can be represented naturally as graph homomorphisms and as weighted sums of graph homomorphisms. In this article, we study the complexity of counting homomorphisms modulo 2. The complexity of modular counting was introduced by Papadimitriou and Zachos and it has been pioneered by Valiant who famously introduced a problem for which counting modulo 7 is easy but counting modulo 2 is intractable. Modular counting provides a rich setting in which to study the structure of homomorphism problems. In this case, the structure of the graph $H$ has a big influence on the complexity of the problem. Thus, our approach is graph-theoretic. We give a complete solution for the class of cactus graphs, which are connected graphs in which every edge belongs to at most one cycle. Cactus graphs arise in many applications such as the modelling of wireless sensor networks and the comparison of genomes. We show that, for some cactus graphs $H$, counting homomorphisms to $H$ modulo 2 can be done in polynomial time. For every other fixed cactus graph $H$, the problem is complete in the complexity class $ \oplus P$, which is a wide complexity class to which every problem in the polynomial hierarchy can be reduced (using randomised reductions). Determining which $H$ lead to tractable problems can be done in polynomial time. Our result builds upon the work of Faben and Jerrum, who gave a dichotomy for the case in which $H$ is a tree.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "17", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Watson:2014:ALB, author = "Thomas Watson", title = "Advice Lower Bounds for the Dense Model Theorem", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "7", number = "1", pages = "1:1--1:??", month = dec, year = "2014", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2676659", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Tue Jan 13 17:53:00 MST 2015", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "We prove a lower bound on the amount of nonuniform advice needed by black-box reductions for the Dense Model Theorem of Green, Tao, and Ziegler, and of Reingold, Trevisan, Tulsiani, and Vadhan. The latter theorem roughly says that for every distribution $D$ that is $ \delta $-dense in a distribution that is $ \epsilon '$-indistinguishable from uniform, there exists a ``dense model'' for $D$, that is, a distribution that is $ \delta $ -dense in the uniform distribution and is $ \epsilon $-indistinguishable from $D$. This $ \epsilon $-indistinguishability is with respect to an arbitrary small class of functions $F$. For the natural case where $ \epsilon ' \geq \Omega (\epsilon \delta)$ and $ \epsilon \geq \delta O(1)$, our lower bound implies that $ \Omega (\sqrt (1 / \epsilon) \log (1 / \delta) \cdot \log | F |)$ advice bits are necessary for a certain type of reduction that establishes a stronger form of the Dense Model Theorem (and which encompasses all known proofs of the Dense Model Theorem in the literature). There is only a polynomial gap between our lower bound and the best upper bound for this case (due to Zhang), which is $ O ((1 / \epsilon^2) \log (1 / \delta) \cdot \log | F |)$. Our lower bound can be viewed as an analogue of list size lower bounds for list-decoding of error-correcting codes, but for ``dense model decoding'' instead.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "1", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Awasthi:2014:LLF, author = "Pranjal Awasthi and Madhav Jha and Marco Molinaro and Sofya Raskhodnikova", title = "Limitations of Local Filters of {Lipschitz} and Monotone Functions", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "7", number = "1", pages = "2:1--2:??", month = dec, year = "2014", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2692372.2692373", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Tue Jan 13 17:53:00 MST 2015", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "We study local filters for two properties of functions of the form $ f : \{ 0, 1 d \} \to R $: the Lipschitz property and monotonicity. A local filter with additive error a is a randomized algorithm that is given black-box access to a function $f$ and a query point $x$ in the domain of $f$. It outputs a value $f$ (x) such that (i) the reconstructed function $ f(x)$ satisfies the property (in our case, is Lipschitz or monotone) and (ii) if the input function $f$ satisfies the property, then for every point $x$ in the domain (with high constant probability) the reconstructed value $ F(x)$ differs from $ f(x)$ by at most $a$. Local filters were introduced by Saks and Seshadhri [2010]. The relaxed definition we study is due to Bhattacharyya et al. [2012], except that we further relax it by allowing additive error. Local filters for Lipschitz and monotone functions have applications to areas such as data privacy. We show that every local filter for Lipschitz or monotone functions runs in time exponential in the dimension d, even when the filter is allowed significant additive error. Prior lower bounds (for local filters with no additive error, that is, with $ a = 0$) applied only to a more restrictive class of filters, for example, nonadaptive filters. To prove our lower bounds, we construct families of hard functions and show that lookups of a local filter on these functions are captured by a combinatorial object that we call a $c$-connector. Then we present a lower bound on the maximum outdegree of a $c$-connector and show that it implies the desired bounds on the running time of local filters. Our lower bounds, in particular, imply the same bound on the running time for a class of privacy mechanisms.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "2", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Greco:2014:CNC, author = "Gianluigi Greco and Enrico Malizia and Luigi Palopoli and Francesco Scarcello", title = "The Complexity of the Nucleolus in Compact Games", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "7", number = "1", pages = "3:1--3:??", month = dec, year = "2014", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2692372.2692374", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Tue Jan 13 17:53:00 MST 2015", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "The nucleolus is a well-known solution concept for coalitional games to fairly distribute the total available worth among the players. The nucleolus is known to be NP -hard to compute over compact coalitional games, that is, over games whose functions specifying the worth associated with each coalition are encoded in terms of polynomially computable functions over combinatorial structures. In particular, hardness results have been exhibited over minimum spanning tree games, threshold games, and flow games. However, due to its intricate definition involving reasoning over exponentially many coalitions, a nontrivial upper bound on its complexity was missing in the literature and looked for. This article faces this question and precisely characterizes the complexity of the nucleolus, by exhibiting an upper bound that holds on any class of compact games, and by showing that this bound is tight even on the (structurally simple) class of graph games. The upper bound is established by proposing a variant of the standard linear-programming based algorithm for nucleolus computation and by studying a framework for reasoning about succinctly specified linear programs, which are contributions of interest in their own. The hardness result is based on an elaborate combinatorial reduction, which is conceptually relevant for it provides a ``measure'' of the computational cost to be paid for guaranteeing voluntary participation to the distribution process. In fact, the pre-nucleolus is known to be efficiently computable over graph games, with this solution concept being defined as the nucleolus but without guaranteeing that each player is granted with it at least the worth she can get alone, that is, without collaborating with the other players. Finally, this article identifies relevant tractable classes of coalitional games, based on the notion of type of a player. Indeed, in most applications where many players are involved, it is often the case that such players do belong in fact to a limited number of classes, which is known in advance and may be exploited for computing the nucleolus in a fast way.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "3", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Kratsch:2014:KLB, author = "Stefan Kratsch and Marcin Pilipczuk and Ashutosh Rai and Venkatesh Raman", title = "Kernel Lower Bounds using Co-Nondeterminism: Finding Induced Hereditary Subgraphs", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "7", number = "1", pages = "4:1--4:??", month = dec, year = "2014", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2691321", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Tue Jan 13 17:53:00 MST 2015", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "This work further explores the applications of co-nondeterminism for showing kernelization lower bounds. The only known example prior to this work excludes polynomial kernelizations for the so-called Ramsey problem of finding an independent set or a clique of at least $k$ vertices in a given graph [Kratsch 2012]. We study the more general problem of finding induced subgraphs on $k$ vertices fulfilling some hereditary property $ \Pi $, called $ \Pi $-Induced Subgraph. The problem is NP-hard for all nontrivial choices of $ \Pi $ by a classic result of Lewis and Yannakakis [1980]. The parameterized complexity of this problem was classified by Khot and Raman [2002] depending on the choice of $ \Pi $. The interesting cases for kernelization are for $ \Pi $ containing all independent sets and all cliques, since the problem is trivially polynomial time solvable or W[1]-hard otherwise. Our results are twofold. Regarding $ \Pi $-Induced Subgraph, we show that for a large choice of natural graph properties $ \Pi $, including chordal, perfect, cluster, and cograph, there is no polynomial kernel with respect to $k$. This is established by two theorems, each one capturing different (but not necessarily exclusive) sets of properties: one using a co-nondeterministic variant of OR-cross-composition and one by a polynomial parameter transformation from Ramsey. Additionally, we show how to use improvement versions of NP-hard problems as source problems for lower bounds, without requiring their NP-hardness. For example, for $ \Pi $-Induced Subgraph our compositions may assume existing solutions of size $ k - 1$. This follows from the more general fact that source problems for OR-(cross-)compositions need only be NP-hard under co-nondeterministic reductions. We believe this to be useful for further lower-bound proofs, for example, since improvement versions simplify the construction of a disjunction (OR) of instances required in compositions. This adds a second way of using co-nondeterminism for lower bounds.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "4", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Filmus:2015:ELB, author = "Yuval Filmus and Toniann Pitassi and Rahul Santhanam", title = "Exponential Lower Bounds for {AC$0$-Frege} Imply Superpolynomial {Frege} Lower Bounds", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "7", number = "2", pages = "5:1--5:??", month = may, year = "2015", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2656209", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Tue May 12 06:02:22 MDT 2015", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "We give a general transformation that turns polynomial-size Frege proofs into subexponential-size AC$^0$-Frege proofs. This indicates that proving truly exponential lower bounds for AC$^0$-Frege is hard, as it is a long-standing open problem to prove superpolynomial lower bounds for Frege. Our construction is optimal for proofs of formulas of unbounded depth. As a consequence of our main result, we are able to shed some light on the question of automatizability for bounded-depth Frege systems. First, we present a simpler proof of the results of Bonet et al. showing that under cryptographic assumptions, bounded-depth Frege proofs are not automatizable. Second, we show that because our proof is more general, under the right cryptographic assumptions, it could resolve the automatizability question for lower-depth Frege systems.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "5", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Blaser:2015:SCT, author = "Markus Bl{\"a}ser and Bodo Manthey", title = "Smoothed Complexity Theory", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "7", number = "2", pages = "6:1--6:??", month = may, year = "2015", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2656210", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Tue May 12 06:02:22 MDT 2015", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "Smoothed analysis is a new way of analyzing algorithms introduced by Spielman and Teng. Classical methods like worst-case or average-case analysis have accompanying complexity classes, such as P and Avg-P, respectively. Whereas worst-case or average-case analysis give us a means to talk about the running time of a particular algorithm, complexity classes allow us to talk about the inherent difficulty of problems. Smoothed analysis is a hybrid of worst-case and average-case analysis and compensates some of their drawbacks. Despite its success for the analysis of single algorithms and problems, there is no embedding of smoothed analysis into computational complexity theory, which is necessary to classify problems according to their intrinsic difficulty. We propose a framework for smoothed complexity theory, define the relevant classes, and prove some first hardness results (of bounded halting and tiling) and tractability results (binary optimization problems, graph coloring, satisfiability) within this framework.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "6", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Chen:2015:FCC, author = "Hubie Chen and Moritz M{\"u}ller", title = "The Fine Classification of Conjunctive Queries and Parameterized Logarithmic Space", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "7", number = "2", pages = "7:1--7:??", month = may, year = "2015", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2751316", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Tue May 12 06:02:22 MDT 2015", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "We perform a fundamental investigation of the complexity of conjunctive query evaluation from the perspective of parameterized complexity. We classify sets of Boolean conjunctive queries according to the complexity of this problem. Previous work showed that a set of conjunctive queries is fixed-parameter tractable precisely when the set is equivalent to a set of queries having bounded treewidth. We present a fine classification of query sets up to parameterized logarithmic space reduction. We show that, in the bounded treewidth regime, there are three complexity degrees and that the properties that determine the degree of a query set are bounded pathwidth and bounded tree depth. We also engage in a study of the two higher degrees via logarithmic space machine characterizations and complete problems. Our work yields a significantly richer perspective on the complexity of conjunctive queries and, at the same time, suggests new avenues of research in parameterized complexity.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "7", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Komarath:2015:PEB, author = "Balagopal Komarath and Jayalal Sarma", title = "Pebbling, Entropy, and Branching Program Size Lower Bounds", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "7", number = "2", pages = "8:1--8:??", month = may, year = "2015", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2751320", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Tue May 12 06:02:22 MDT 2015", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "We contribute to the program of proving lower bounds on the size of branching programs solving the Tree Evaluation Problem introduced by Cook et al. [2012]. Proving a superpolynomial lower bound for the size of nondeterministic thrifty branching programs would be an important step toward separating NL from P using the tree evaluation problem. First, we show that Read-Once Nondeterministic Thrifty BPs are equivalent to whole black-white pebbling algorithms, thus showing a tight lower bound (ignoring polynomial factors) for this model. We then introduce a weaker restriction of nondeterministic thrifty branching programs called Bitwise Independence. The best known [Cook et al. 2012] nondeterministic thrifty branching programs (of size $ O(k^{h / 2 + 1})$) for the tree evaluation problem are Bitwise Independent. As our main result, we show that any Bitwise Independent Nondeterministic Thrifty Branching Program solving $ {\rm BT}_2 (h, k)$ must have at least $ (k2)^{h / 2}$ states. Prior to this work, lower bounds were known for nondeterministic thrifty branching programs only for fixed heights $ h = 2, 3, 4$ [Cook et al. 2012]. We prove our results by associating a fractional black-white pebbling strategy with any bitwise independent nondeterministic thrifty branching program solving the Tree Evaluation Problem. Such a connection was not known previously, even for fixed heights. Our main technique is the entropy method introduced by Jukna and Z{\'a}k [2001] originally in the context of proving lower bounds for read-once branching programs. We also show that the previous lower bounds known [Cook et al. 2012] for deterministic branching programs for the Tree Evaluation Problem can be obtained using this approach. Using this method, we also show tight lower bounds for any $k$-way deterministic branching program solving the Tree Evaluation Problem when the instances are restricted to have the same group operation in all internal nodes.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "8", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{ODonnell:2015:HMM, author = "Ryan O'Donnell and Yi Wu and Yuan Zhou", title = "Hardness of {Max-2Lin} and {Max-3Lin} over Integers, Reals, and Large Cyclic Groups", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "7", number = "2", pages = "9:1--9:??", month = may, year = "2015", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2751322", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Tue May 12 06:02:22 MDT 2015", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "In 1997, H{\aa}stad showed NP-hardness of $ (1 - \epsilon, 1 / q + \delta)$-approximating Max-3Lin($ Z_q$); however, it was not until 2007 that Guruswami and Raghavendra were able to show NP-hardness of $ (1 - \epsilon, \delta)$-approximating Max-3Lin($Z$). In 2004, Khot--Kindler--Mossel--O'Donnell showed UG-hardness of $ (1 - \epsilon, \delta)$-approximating Max-2Lin($ Z_q$) for $ q = q (\epsilon, \delta)$ a sufficiently large constant; however, achieving the same hardness for Max-2Lin($Z$) was given as an open problem in Raghavendra's 2009 thesis. In this work, we show that fairly simple modifications to the proofs of the Max-3Lin($ Z_q$) and Max-2Lin($ Z_q$) results yield optimal hardness results over $Z$. In fact, we show a kind of ``bicriteria'' hardness: Even when there is a $ (1 - \epsilon)$-good solution over $Z$, it is hard for an algorithm to find a $ \delta $-good solution over $Z$, $R$, or $ Z_m$ for any $ m \geq q (\epsilon, \delta)$ of the algorithm's choosing.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "9", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Ambainis:2015:LBD, author = "Andris Ambainis and William Gasarch and Aravind Srinivasan and Andrey Utis", title = "Lower Bounds on the Deterministic and Quantum Communication Complexity of {Hamming}-Distance Problems", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "7", number = "3", pages = "10:1--10:??", month = jul, year = "2015", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2698587", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Fri Aug 7 10:02:02 MDT 2015", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "Alice and Bob want to know if two strings of length n are almost equal. That is, do the strings differ on at most a bits? Let $ 0 \leq a \leq n - 1 $. We show (1) any deterministic protocol-as well as any error-free quantum protocol ($ C* $ version)-for this problem requires at least $ n - 2 $ bits of communication, and (2) a lower bound of $ n / 2 - 1 $ for error-free $ Q* $ quantum protocols. We also show the same results for determining if two strings differ in exactly $a$ bits. Our results are obtained by lower-bounding the ranks of the appropriate matrices.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "10", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Jerrum:2015:SHF, author = "Mark Jerrum and Kitty Meeks", title = "Some Hard Families of Parameterized Counting Problems", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "7", number = "3", pages = "11:1--11:??", month = jul, year = "2015", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2786017", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Fri Aug 7 10:02:02 MDT 2015", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "We consider parameterized subgraph counting problems of the following form: given a graph $f$G, how many $k$-tuples of its vertices induce a subgraph with a given property? A number of such problems are known to be \#W[1]-complete; here, we substantially generalize some of these existing results by proving hardness for two large families of such problems. We demonstrate that it is \#W[1]-hard to count the number of $k$-vertex subgraphs having any property where the number of distinct edge densities of labeled subgraphs that satisfy the property is $ o(k^2)$. In the special case in which the property in question depends only on the number of edges in the subgraph, we give a strengthening of this result, which leads to our second family of hard problems.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "11", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Case:2015:MD, author = "Adam Case and Jack H. Lutz", title = "Mutual Dimension", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "7", number = "3", pages = "12:1--12:??", month = jul, year = "2015", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2786566", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Fri Aug 7 10:02:02 MDT 2015", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "We define the lower and upper mutual dimensions $ {\rm mdim}(x : y) $ and $ {\rm Mdim}(x : y) $ between any two points $x$ and $y$ in Euclidean space. Intuitively, these are the lower and upper densities of the algorithmic information shared by $x$ and $y$. We show that these quantities satisfy the main desiderata for a satisfactory measure of mutual algorithmic information. Our main theorem, the data processing inequality for mutual dimension, says that if $ f : R^m > R^n$ is computable and Lipschitz, then the inequalities $ {\rm mdim}(f(x) : y) \leq {\rm mdim} (x : y)$ and $ {\rm Mdim}(f(x) : y) \leq {\rm Mdim}(x : y)$ hold for all $ x \in R^m$ and $ y \in R^t$. We use this inequality and related inequalities that we prove in like fashion to establish conditions under which various classes of computable functions on Euclidean space preserve or otherwise transform mutual dimensions between points.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "12", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Fernau:2015:UPT, author = "Henning Fernau and Alejandro L{\'o}pez-Ortiz and Jazm{\'\i}n Romero", title = "Using Parametric Transformations Toward Polynomial Kernels for Packing Problems Allowing Overlaps", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "7", number = "3", pages = "13:1--13:??", month = jul, year = "2015", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2786015", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Fri Aug 7 10:02:02 MDT 2015", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "We consider the problem of discovering overlapping communities in networks that we model as generalizations of the Set and Graph Packing problems with overlap. As usual for Set Packing problems, we seek a collection $ S^' \subseteq S $ consisting of at least $k$ sets subject to certain disjointness restrictions. In the $r$-Set Packing with $t$-Membership, each element of $U$ belongs to at most $t$ sets of $ S^'$, while in $r$-Set Packing with $t$-Overlap, each pair of sets in $ S^'$ overlaps in at most $t$ elements. For both problems, each set of $S$ has at most $r$ elements. Similarly, both of our Graph Packing problems seek a collection $K$ of at least $k$ subgraphs in a graph $G$, each isomorphic to a graph $ H \in H$. In $H$-Packing with $t$-Membership, each vertex of $G$ belongs to at most $t$ subgraphs of $K$, while in $H$-Packing with $t$-Overlap, each pair of subgraphs in K overlaps in at most $t$ vertices. For both problems, each member of $H$ has at most $r$ vertices and $m$ edges, where $t$, $r$, and $m$ are constants. Here, we show NP-completeness results for all of our packing problems. Furthermore, we give a dichotomy result for the $H$-Packing with $t$-Membership problem analogous to the Kirkpatrick and Hell dichotomy [Kirkpatrick and Hell 1978]. Using polynomial parameter transformations, we reduce the $r$-Set Packing with $t$-Membership to a problem kernel with $ O((r + 1)^r k^r)$ elements and the $H$ Packing with $t$-Membership and its edge version to problem kernels with $ O((r + 1)^r k^r)$ and $ O((m + 1)^m k^m)$ vertices, respectively. On the other hand, by generalizing [Fellows et al. 2008; Moser 2009], we achieve a kernel with $ O(r^r k^{r - t - 1})$ elements for the $r$-Set Packing with $t$ Overlap and kernels with $ O(r^r k^{r - t - 1})$ and $ O(m^m k^{m - t - 1})$ vertices for the $H$-Packing with $t$-Overlap and its edge version, respectively. In all cases, $k$ is the input parameter, while $t$, $r$, and $m$ are constants.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "13", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Drange:2015:ESC, author = "P{\aa}l Gr{\o}n{\aa}s Drange and Fedor V. Fomin and Michal Pilipczuk and Yngve Villanger", title = "Exploring the Subexponential Complexity of Completion Problems", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "7", number = "4", pages = "14:1--14:??", month = sep, year = "2015", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2799640", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Thu Oct 1 16:40:05 MDT 2015", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "Let $F$ be a family of graphs. In the $F$-Completion problem, we are given an $n$-vertex graph $G$ and an integer $k$ as input, and asked whether at most $k$ edges can be added to $G$ so that the resulting graph does not contain a graph from $F$ as an induced subgraph. It was shown recently that two special cases of $F$-Completion, namely, (i) the problem of completing into a chordal graph known as Minimum Fill-in (SIAM J. Comput. 2013), which corresponds to the case of $ F = \{ C_4, C_5, C_6, \ldots \} $, and (ii) the problem of completing into a split graph (Algorithmica 2015), that is, the case of $ F = C_4, 2 K_2, C_5$, are solvable in parameterized subexponential time $ 2^{O (\sqrt k \log k)} n^{O(1)}$. The exploration of this phenomenon is the main motivation for our research on $F$-Completion. In this article, we prove that completions into several well-studied classes of graphs without long induced cycles and paths also admit parameterized subexponential time algorithms by showing that: --- The problem Trivially Perfect Completion, which is $F$-Completion for $ F = C_4, P_4$, a cycle and a path on four vertices, is solvable in parameterized subexponential time $ 2^{O (\sqrt k \log k)} n^{O(1)}$. --- The problems known in the literature as Pseudosplit Completion, the case in which F2 $ K_2$, $ C_4$, and Threshold Completion, in which $ F = 2 K_2, P_4, C_4$, are also solvable in time $ 2^{O (\sqrt k \log k)} n^{O(1)}$. We complement our algorithms for $F$-Completion with the following lower bounds: --- For $ F = 2 K_2$, $ F = C_4$,$ F = P o_4$, and $ F = {2 K_2, P_4}$, $F$-Completion cannot be solved in time $ 2^{o(k)} n^{O(1)}$ unless the Exponential Time Hypothesis (ETH) fails. Our upper and lower bounds provide a complete picture of the subexponential parameterized complexity of $F$-Completion problems for any $ F \subseteq {2 K_2, C_4, P_4}$.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "14", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Regev:2015:QXG, author = "Oded Regev and Thomas Vidick", title = "Quantum {XOR} Games", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "7", number = "4", pages = "15:1--15:??", month = sep, year = "2015", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2799560", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Thu Oct 1 16:40:05 MDT 2015", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "We introduce quantum XOR games, a model of two-player, one-round games that extends the model of XOR games by allowing the referee's questions to the players to be quantum states. We give examples showing that quantum XOR games exhibit a wide range of behaviors that are known not to exist for standard XOR games, such as cases in which the use of entanglement leads to an arbitrarily large advantage over the use of no entanglement. By invoking two deep extensions of Grothendieck's inequality, we present an efficient algorithm that gives a constant-factor approximation to the best performance that players can obtain in a given game, both in the case that they have no shared entanglement and that they share unlimited entanglement. As a byproduct of the algorithm, we prove some additional interesting properties of quantum XOR games, such as the fact that sharing a maximally entangled state of arbitrary dimension gives only a small advantage over having no entanglement at all.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "15", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Goldreich:2015:IOP, author = "Oded Goldreich and Or Meir", title = "Input-Oblivious Proof Systems and a Uniform Complexity Perspective on {P\slash poly}", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "7", number = "4", pages = "16:1--16:??", month = sep, year = "2015", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2799645", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Thu Oct 1 16:40:05 MDT 2015", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "An input-oblivious proof system is a proof system in which the proof does not depend on the claim being proved. Input-oblivious versions of NP and MA were introduced in passing by Fortnow, Santhanam, and Williams, who also showed that those classes are related to questions on circuit complexity. In this article, we wish to highlight the notion of input-oblivious proof systems and initiate a more systematic study of them. We begin by describing in detail the results of Fortnow et al. and discussing their connection to circuit complexity. We then extend the study to input-oblivious versions of IP, and PCP, and ZK and present few preliminary results regarding those versions.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "16", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Teutsch:2015:ADM, author = "Jason Teutsch and Marius Zimand", title = "On Approximate Decidability of Minimal Programs", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "7", number = "4", pages = "17:1--17:??", month = sep, year = "2015", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2799561", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Thu Oct 1 16:40:05 MDT 2015", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "An index $e$ in a numbering of partial-recursive functions is called minimal if every lesser index computes a different function from $e$. Since the 1960s, it has been known that, in any reasonable programming language, no effective procedure determines whether or not a given index is minimal. We investigate whether the task of determining minimal indices can be solved in an approximate sense. Our first question, regarding the set of minimal indices, is whether there exists an algorithm that can correctly label 1 out of $k$ indices as either minimal or nonminimal. Our second question, regarding the function that computes minimal indices, is whether one can compute a short list of candidate indices that includes a minimal index for a given program. We give negative answers to both questions for the important case of numberings with linearly bounded translators.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "17", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Kratsch:2016:PCK, author = "Stefan Kratsch and D{\'a}niel Marx and Magnus Wahlstr{\"o}m", title = "Parameterized Complexity and Kernelizability of Max Ones and Exact Ones Problems", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "8", number = "1", pages = "1:1--1:??", month = feb, year = "2016", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2858787", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Sat Feb 6 08:06:18 MST 2016", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "For a finite set $ \Gamma $ of Boolean relations, Max Ones SAT($ \Gamma $) and Exact Ones SAT($ \Gamma $) are generalized satisfiability problems where every constraint relation is from $ \Gamma $, and the task is to find a satisfying assignment with at least/exactly $k$ variables set to $1$, respectively. We study the parameterized complexity of these problems, including the question whether they admit polynomial kernels. For Max Ones SAT($ \Gamma $), we give a classification into five different complexity levels: polynomial-time solvable, admits a polynomial kernel, fixed-parameter tractable, solvable in polynomial time for fixed $k$, and NP-hard already for $ k = 1$. For Exact Ones SAT($ \Gamma $), we refine the classification obtained earlier by taking a closer look at the fixed-parameter tractable cases and classifying the sets $ \Gamma $ for which Exact Ones SAT($ \Gamma $) admits a polynomial kernel.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "1", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Volkovich:2016:CAR, author = "Ilya Volkovich", title = "Characterizing Arithmetic Read-Once Formulae", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "8", number = "1", pages = "2:1--2:??", month = feb, year = "2016", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2858783", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Sat Feb 6 08:06:18 MST 2016", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "An arithmetic Read-Once Formula (ROF for short) is a formula (i.e., a tree of computation) in which the operations are $ \{ +, \times \} $ and such that every input variable labels at most one leaf. We give a simple characterization of such formulae. Other than being interesting in its own right, our characterization gives rise to a property-testing algorithm for functions computable by such formulae. To the best of our knowledge, prior to our work, no characterization and/or property-testing algorithm was known for this kind of formulae.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "2", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Schmitz:2016:CHB, author = "Sylvain Schmitz", title = "Complexity Hierarchies beyond Elementary", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "8", number = "1", pages = "3:1--3:??", month = feb, year = "2016", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2858784", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Sat Feb 6 08:06:18 MST 2016", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "We introduce a hierarchy of fast-growing complexity classes and show its suitability for completeness statements of many nonelementary problems. This hierarchy allows the classification of many decision problems with a nonelementary complexity, which occur naturally in areas such as logic, combinatorics, formal languages, and verification, with complexities ranging from simple towers of exponentials to Ackermannian and beyond.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "3", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Ailon:2016:OLR, author = "Nir Ailon", title = "An {$ \Omega ((n \log n) / R) $} Lower Bound for {Fourier} Transform Computation in the {$R$}-Well Conditioned Model", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "8", number = "1", pages = "4:1--4:??", month = feb, year = "2016", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2858785", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Sat Feb 6 08:06:18 MST 2016", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "Obtaining a nontrivial (superlinear) lower bound for computation of the Fourier transform in the linear circuit model has been a long-standing open problem for more than 40 years. An early result by Morgenstern from 1973, provides an $ \Omega (n \log n) $ lower bound for the unnormalized Fourier transform when the constants used in the computation are bounded. The proof uses a potential function related to a determinant. That result does not explain why the normalized Fourier transform (of unit determinant) should be difficult to compute in the same model. Hence, it is not scale insensitive. More recently, Ailon [2013] showed that if only unitary 2-by-2 gates are used, and additionally no extra memory is allowed, then the normalized Fourier transform requires $ \Omega (n \log n) $ steps. This rather limited result is also sensitive to scaling, but highlights the complexity inherent in the Fourier transform arising from introducing entropy, unlike, say, the identity matrix (which is as complex as the Fourier transform using Morgenstern's arguments, under proper scaling). This work improves on Ailon [2013] in two ways: First, we eliminate the scaling restriction and provide a lower bound for computing any scaling of the Fourier transform. Second, we allow the computational model to use extra memory. Our restriction is that the composition of all gates up to any point must be a well- conditioned linear transformation. The lower bound is $ \Omega (R^{-1} n \log n) $, where $R$ is the uniform condition number. Well-conditioned is a natural requirement for algorithms accurately computing linear transformations on machine architectures of bounded word size. Hence, this result can be seen as a tradeoff between speed and accuracy. The main technical contribution is an extension of matrix entropy used in Ailon [2013] for unitary matrices to a potential function computable for any invertible matrix, using ``quasi-entropy'' of ``quasi-probabilities.''", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "4", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Fischer:2016:TRO, author = "Eldar Fischer and Yonatan Goldhirsh and Oded Lachish", title = "Testing Read-Once Formula Satisfaction", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "8", number = "2", pages = "5:1--5:??", month = may, year = "2016", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2897184", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Sat May 21 08:02:14 MDT 2016", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "We study the query complexity of testing for properties defined by read-once formulas, as instances of massively parametrized properties, and prove several testability and nontestability results. First, we prove the testability of any property accepted by a Boolean read-once formula involving any bounded arity gates, with a number of queries exponential in $ \epsilon $, doubly exponential in the arity, and independent of all other parameters. When the gates are limited to being monotone, we prove that there is an estimation algorithm that outputs an approximation of the distance of the input from satisfying the property. For formulas only involving And/Or gates, we provide a more efficient test whose query complexity is only quasipolynomial in $ \epsilon $ . On the other hand, we show that such testability results do not hold in general for formulas over non-Boolean alphabets. Specifically, we construct a property defined by a read-once arity 2 (non-Boolean) formula over an alphabet of size 4, such that any 1/4-test for it requires a number of queries depending on the formula size. We also present such a formula over an alphabet of size 5 that also satisfies a strong monotonicity condition.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "5", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Fellows:2016:TPM, author = "Michael R. Fellows and Danny Hermelin and Frances Rosamond and Hadas Shachnai", title = "Tractable Parameterizations for the Minimum Linear Arrangement Problem", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "8", number = "2", pages = "6:1--6:??", month = may, year = "2016", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2898352", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Sat May 21 08:02:14 MDT 2016", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "The M inimum Linear Arrangement (MLA) problem involves embedding a given graph on the integer line so that the sum of the edge lengths of the embedded graph is minimized. Most layout problems are either intractable or not known to be tractable, parameterized by the treewidth of the input graph. We investigate MLA with respect to three parameters that provide more structure than treewidth. In particular, we give a factor $ (1 + \epsilon) $-approximation algorithm for MLA parameterized by $ (\epsilon, k) $, where $k$ is the vertex cover number of the input graph. By a similar approach, we obtain two FPT algorithms that exactly solve MLA parameterized by, respectively, the max leaf and edge clique cover numbers of the input graph.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "6", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Goldreich:2016:SBT, author = "Oded Goldreich and Dana Ron", title = "On Sample-Based Testers", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "8", number = "2", pages = "7:1--7:??", month = may, year = "2016", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2898355", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Sat May 21 08:02:14 MDT 2016", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "The standard definition of property testing endows the tester with the ability to make arbitrary queries to ``elements'' of the tested object. In contrast, sample-based testers only obtain independently distributed elements (a.k.a. labeled samples) of the tested object. While sample-based testers were defined by Goldreich, Goldwasser, and Ron (JACM 1998), with few exceptions, most research in property testing has focused on query-based testers. In this work, we advance the study of sample-based property testers by providing several general positive results as well as by revealing relations between variants of this testing model. In particular: -We show that certain types of query-based testers yield sample-based testers of sublinear sample complexity. For example, this holds for a natural class of proximity oblivious testers. -We study the relation between distribution-free sample-based testers and one-sided error sample-based testers w.r.t. the uniform distribution. While most of this work ignores the time complexity of testing, one part of it does focus on this aspect. The main result in this part is a sublinear- time sample-based tester, in the dense graphs model, for $k$-colorability, for any $k \geq 2$.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "7", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Kumar:2016:ACL, author = "Mrinal Kumar and Gaurav Maheshwari and Jayalal Sarma", title = "Arithmetic Circuit Lower Bounds via Maximum-Rank of Partial Derivative Matrices", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "8", number = "3", pages = "8:1--8:??", month = may, year = "2016", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2898437", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Wed May 25 17:15:05 MDT 2016", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "We introduce the polynomial coefficient matrix and identify the maximum rank of this matrix under variable substitution as a complexity measure for multivariate polynomials. We use our techniques to prove super-polynomial lower bounds against several classes of non-multilinear arithmetic circuits. In particular, we obtain the following results: --- As our first main result, we prove that any homogeneous depth-3 circuit for computing the product of d matrices of dimension $ n \times $ n requires $ \Omega (n^{d - 1} / 2^d) $ size. This improves the lower bounds in Nisan and Wigderson [1995] for $ d = \omega (1) $. --- As our second main result, we show that there is an explicit polynomial on $n$ variables and degree at most $ n / 2$ for which any depth-$3$ circuit of product dimension at most $ n / 10$ (dimension of the space of affine forms feeding into each product gate) requires size $ 2^{\Omega (n)}$. This generalizes the lower bounds against diagonal circuits proved in Saxena [2008]. Diagonal circuits are of product dimension $1$. --- We prove a $ n^{ \Omega ( = log n)}$ lower bound on the size of product-sparse formulas. By definition, any multilinear formula is a product-sparse formula. Thus, this result extends the known super-polynomial lower bounds on the size of multilinear formulas [Raz 2006]. --- We prove a $ 2^{ \Omega (n)}$ lower bound on the size of partitioned arithmetic branching programs. This result extends the known exponential lower bound on the size of ordered arithmetic branching programs [Jansen 2008].", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "8", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Fulla:2016:GCW, author = "Peter Fulla and Stanislav Zivn{\'y}", title = "A {Galois} Connection for Weighted (Relational) Clones of Infinite Size", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "8", number = "3", pages = "9:1--9:??", month = may, year = "2016", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2898438", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Wed May 25 17:15:05 MDT 2016", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "A Galois connection between clones and relational clones on a fixed finite domain is one of the cornerstones of the so-called algebraic approach to the computational complexity of non-uniform Constraint Satisfaction Problems (CSPs). Cohen et al. established a Galois connection between finitely-generated weighted clones and finitely-generated weighted relational clones [SICOMP'13], and asked whether this connection holds in general. We answer this question in the affirmative for weighted (relational) clones with real weights and show that the complexity of the corresponding valued CSPs is preserved.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "9", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Haviv:2016:LDS, author = "Ishay Haviv and Oded Regev", title = "The List-Decoding Size of {Fourier}-Sparse {Boolean} Functions", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "8", number = "3", pages = "10:1--10:??", month = may, year = "2016", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2898439", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Wed May 25 17:15:05 MDT 2016", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "A function defined on the Boolean hypercube is $k$-Fourier-sparse if it has at most $k$ nonzero Fourier coefficients. For a function $ f : F_2^n \to R$ and parameters $k$ and $d$, we prove a strong upper bound on the number of $k$-Fourier-sparse Boolean functions that disagree with $f$ on at most $d$ inputs. Our bound implies that the number of uniform and independent random samples needed for learning the class of $k$-Fourier-sparse Boolean functions on $n$ variables exactly is at most $ O (n \cdot k \log k)$. As an application, we prove an upper bound on the query complexity of testing Booleanity of Fourier-sparse functions. Our bound is tight up to a logarithmic factor and quadratically improves on a result due to Gur and Tamuz [2013].", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "10", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Nguyen:2016:SPN, author = "Dung Nguyen and Alan L. Selman", title = "Structural Properties of Nonautoreducible Sets", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "8", number = "3", pages = "11:1--11:??", month = may, year = "2016", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2898440", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Wed May 25 17:15:05 MDT 2016", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "We investigate autoreducibility properties of complete sets for NEXP under different polynomial-time reductions. Specifically, we show under some polynomial-time reductions that there are complete sets for NEXP that are not autoreducible. We obtain the following main results: -For any positive integers s and k such that 2$^s$ --- 1 {$>$} k, there is a \leq $_{s - T}^p$ -complete set for NEXP that is not \leq $_{k - tt}^p$ -autoreducible. -For every constant c {$>$} 1, there is a \leq $_{2 - T}^p$ -complete set for NEXP that is not autoreducible under nonadaptive reductions that make no more than three queries, such that each of them has a length between n$^{1 / c}$ and n$^c$, where n is input size. -For any positive integer k, there is a \leq $_{k - tt}^p$ -complete set for NEXP that is not autoreducible under \leq $_{k - tt}^p$ -reductions whose truth table is not a disjunction or a negated disjunction. Finally, we show that settling the question of whether every \leq $_{dtt}^p$ -complete set for NEXP is \leq $_{NOR - tt}^p$ -autoreducible either positively or negatively would lead to major results about the exponential time complexity classes.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "11", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Gobel:2016:CHS, author = "Andreas G{\"o}bel and Leslie Ann Goldberg and David Richerby", title = "Counting Homomorphisms to Square-Free Graphs, Modulo 2", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "8", number = "3", pages = "12:1--12:??", month = may, year = "2016", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2898441", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Wed May 25 17:15:05 MDT 2016", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "We study the problem $ \oplus $ Homs ToH of counting, modulo 2, the homomorphisms from an input graph to a fixed undirected graph H. A characteristic feature of modular counting is that cancellations make wider classes of instances tractable than is the case for exact (nonmodular) counting; thus, subtle dichotomy theorems can arise. We show the following dichotomy: for any $H$ that contains no 4-cycles, $ \oplus $ Homs To H is either in polynomial time or is $ \oplus $ P-complete. This partially confirms a conjecture of Faben and Jerrum that was previously only known to hold for trees and for a restricted class of tree-width-2 graphs called cactus graphs. We confirm the conjecture for a rich class of graphs, including graphs of unbounded tree-width. In particular, we focus on square-free graphs, which are graphs without 4-cycles. These graphs arise frequently in combinatorics, for example, in connection with the strong perfect graph theorem and in certain graph algorithms. Previous dichotomy theorems required the graph to be tree-like so that tree-like decompositions could be exploited in the proof. We prove the conjecture for a much richer class of graphs by adopting a much more general approach.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "12", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Caragiannis:2016:LDA, author = "Ioannis Caragiannis and Christos Kaklamanis and Maria Kyropoulou", title = "Limitations of Deterministic Auction Design for Correlated Bidders", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "8", number = "4", pages = "13:1--13:??", month = jul, year = "2016", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2934309", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Mon Dec 26 17:25:10 MST 2016", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "The seminal work of Myerson (Mathematics of OR '81) characterizes incentive-compatible single-item auctions among bidders with independent valuations. In this setting, relatively simple deterministic auction mechanisms achieve revenue optimality. When bidders have correlated valuations, designing the revenue-optimal deterministic auction is a computationally demanding problem; indeed, Papadimitriou and Pierrakos (STOC '11) proved that it is APX-hard, obtaining an explicit inapproximability factor of 1999/2000 = 99.95\%. In the current article, we strengthen this inapproximability factor to 63/64 \approx 98.5\%. Our proof is based on a gap-preserving reduction from the M ax-NM 3SAT problem; a variant of the maximum satisfiability problem where each clause has exactly three literals and no clause contains both negated and unnegated literals. We furthermore show that the gap between the revenue of deterministic and randomized auctions can be as low as 13/14 \approx 92.9\%, improving an explicit gap of 947/948 \approx 99.9\% by Dobzinski, Fu, and Kleinberg (STOC '11).", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "13", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Gurjar:2016:PGP, author = "Rohit Gurjar and Arpita Korwar and Jochen Messner and Simon Straub and Thomas Thierauf", title = "Planarizing Gadgets for Perfect Matching Do Not Exist", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "8", number = "4", pages = "14:1--14:??", month = jul, year = "2016", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2934310", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Mon Dec 26 17:25:10 MST 2016", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "To reduce a graph problem to its planar version, a standard technique is to replace crossings in a drawing of the input graph by planarizing gadgets. We show unconditionally that such a reduction is not possible for the perfect matching problem and also extend this to some other problems related to perfect matching. We further show that there is no planarizing gadget for the Hamiltonian cycle problem.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "14", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Ron:2016:PEH, author = "Dana Ron and Gilad Tsur", title = "The Power of an Example: Hidden Set Size Approximation Using Group Queries and Conditional Sampling", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "8", number = "4", pages = "15:1--15:??", month = jul, year = "2016", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2930657", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Mon Dec 26 17:25:10 MST 2016", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "We study a basic problem of approximating the size of an unknown set S in a known universe U. We consider two versions of the problem. In both versions, the algorithm can specify subsets T \subseteq U. In the first version, which we refer to as the group query or subset query version, the algorithm is told whether T \cap S is nonempty. In the second version, which we refer to as the subset sampling version, if T \cap S is nonempty, then the algorithm receives a uniformly selected element from T \cap S. We study the difference between these two versions in both the case that the algorithm is adaptive and the case in which it is nonadaptive. Our main focus is on a natural family of allowed subsets, which correspond to intervals, as well as variants of this family.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "15", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Gal:2016:SEA, author = "Anna G{\'a}l and Jing-Tang Jang and Nutan Limaye and Meena Mahajan and Karteek Sreenivasaiah", title = "Space-Efficient Approximations for Subset Sum", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "8", number = "4", pages = "16:1--16:??", month = jul, year = "2016", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2894843", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Mon Dec 26 17:25:10 MST 2016", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "SubsetSum is a well-known NP-complete problem: given $t \in Z^+$ and a set $S$ of $m$ positive integers, output YES if and only if there is a subset $S' \subseteq S$ such that the sum of all numbers in $S'$ equals $t$. The problem and its search and optimization versions are known to be solvable in pseudopolynomial time in general. We develop a one-pass deterministic streaming algorithm that uses space $ O(\frac {\log t}{\epsilon })$ and decides if some subset of the input stream adds up to a value in the range $ \{ (1 \pm \epsilon) t \} $. Using this algorithm, we design space-efficient fully polynomial-time approximation schemes (FPTAS) solving the search and optimization versions of SubsetSum. Our algorithms run in $ O(\frac {1}{\epsilon m^2})$ time and $ O(\frac {1}{\epsilon })$ space on unit-cost RAMs, where $ 1 + \epsilon $ is the approximation factor. This implies constant space quadratic time FPTAS on unit-cost RAMs when \epsilon is a constant. Previous FPTAS used space linear in $m$. In addition, we show that on certain inputs, when a solution is located within a short prefix of the input sequence, our algorithms may run in sublinear time. We apply our techniques to the problem of finding balanced separators, and we extend our results to some other variants of the more general knapsack problem. When the input numbers are encoded in unary, the decision version has been known to be in $ \log $ space. We give streaming space lower and upper bounds for unary SubsetSum (USS). If the input length is $N$ when the numbers are encoded in unary, we show that randomized s pass streaming algorithms for exact SubsetSum need space $ \Omega (\frac {\sqrt {N}}{s})$ and give a simple deterministic two-pass streaming algorithm using $ O(\sqrt {N \log N})$ space. Finally, we formulate an encoding under which USS is monotone and show that the exact and approximate versions in this formulation have monotone $ O(\log^2 t)$ depth Boolean circuits. We also show that any circuit using $ \epsilon $-approximator gates for SubsetSum under this encoding needs $ \Omega (n / \log n)$ gates to compute the disjointness function.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "16", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Lauria:2016:RLB, author = "Massimo Lauria", title = "A Rank Lower Bound for Cutting Planes Proofs of {Ramsey's Theorem}", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "8", number = "4", pages = "17:1--17:??", month = jul, year = "2016", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2903266", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Mon Dec 26 17:25:10 MST 2016", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "Ramsey's Theorem is a cornerstone of combinatorics and logic. In its simplest formulation it says that for every $ k > 0 $ and $ s > 0 $, there is a minimum number $ r(k, s) $ such that any simple graph with at least $ r (k, s) $ vertices contains either a clique of size $k$ or an independent set of size $s$. We study the complexity of proving upper bounds for the number $ r (k, k)$. In particular, we focus on the propositional proof system cutting planes; we show that any cutting plane proof of the upper bound ``$ r (k, k) \leq 4^k$'' requires high rank. In order to do that we show a protection lemma which could be of independent interest.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "17", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Viola:2016:QMH, author = "Emanuele Viola", title = "Quadratic Maps Are Hard to Sample", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "8", number = "4", pages = "18:1--18:??", month = jul, year = "2016", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2934308", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Mon Dec 26 17:25:10 MST 2016", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "This note proves the existence of a quadratic GF(2) map $ p \colon \{ 0, 1 \}^n \to \{ 0, 1 \} $ such that no constant-depth circuit of size $ \poly (n) $ can sample the distribution $ (u, p(u)) $ for uniform $u$.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "18", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Hrubes:2016:HMV, author = "P. Hrubes", title = "On Hardness of Multilinearization and {VNP}-Completeness in Characteristic $2$", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "9", number = "1", pages = "1:1--1:??", month = dec, year = "2016", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2940323", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Mon Dec 26 17:25:10 MST 2016", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "For a Boolean function $ f \colon \{ 0, 1 \}^n \to \{ 0, 1 \} $, let $ \fcirc $ be the unique multilinear polynomial such that $ f(x) = \fcirc (x) $ holds for every $ x \in \{ 0, 1 \}^n $. We show that, assuming VP /= VNP, there exists a polynomial-time computable $f$ such that $ \fcirc $ requires superpolynomial arithmetic circuits. In fact, this $f$ can be taken as a monotone 2-CNF, or a product of affine functions. This holds over any field. To prove the results in characteristic 2, we design new VNP-complete families in this characteristic. This includes the polynomial EC$_n$ counting edge covers in a graph and the polynomial mclique$_n$ counting cliques in a graph with deleted perfect matching. They both correspond to polynomial-time decidable problems, a phenomenon previously encountered only in characteristic /= 2.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "1", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Krebs:2016:SDP, author = "Andreas Krebs and Nutan Limaye and Meena Mahajan and Karteek Sreenivasaiah", title = "Small Depth Proof Systems", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "9", number = "1", pages = "2:1--2:??", month = dec, year = "2016", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2956229", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Mon Dec 26 17:25:10 MST 2016", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "A proof system for a language L is a function f such that Range( f ) is exactly L. In this article, we look at proof systems from a circuit complexity point of view and study proof systems that are computationally very restricted. The restriction we study is proof systems that can be computed by bounded fanin circuits of constant depth (NC$^0$ ) or of O (log \log n ) depth but with O (1) alternations (poly \log AC$^0$ ). Each output bit depends on very few input bits; thus such proof systems correspond to a kind of local error correction on a theorem-proof pair. We identify exactly how much power we need for proof systems to capture all regular languages. We show that all regular languages have poly \log AC$^0$ proof systems, and from a previous result (Beyersdorff et al. [2011a], where NC$^0$ proof systems were first introduced), this is tight. Our technique also shows that M aj has poly \log AC$^0$ proof system. We explore the question of whether T aut has NC$^0$ proof systems. Addressing this question about 2TAUT, and since 2TAUT is closely related to reachability in graphs, we ask the same question about Reachability. We show that if Directed reachability has NC$^0$ proof systems, then so does 2TAUT. We then show that both Undirected Reachability and Directed UnReachability have NC$^0$ proof systems, but Directed Reachability is still open. In the context of how much power is needed for proof systems for languages in NP, we observe that proof systems for a good fraction of languages in NP do not need the full power of AC$^0$; they have SAC$^0$ or coSAC$^0$ proof systems.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "2", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Arvind:2016:NVC, author = "V. Arvind and P. S. Joglekar and S. Raja", title = "Noncommutative {Valiant}'s Classes: Structure and Complete Problems", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "9", number = "1", pages = "3:1--3:??", month = dec, year = "2016", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2956230", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Mon Dec 26 17:25:10 MST 2016", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "In this article, we explore the noncommutative analogues, VP$_{nc}$ and VNP$_{nc}$, of Valiant's algebraic complexity classes and show some striking connections to classical formal language theory. Our main results are the following: --- We show that Dyck polynomials (defined from the Dyck languages of formal language theory) are complete for the class VP$_{nc}$ under $ \leq_{abp}$ reductions. To the best of our knowledge, these are the first natural polynomial families shown to be VP$_{nc}$ -complete. Likewise, it turns out that PAL (palindrome polynomials defined from palindromes) are complete for the class VSKEW$_{nc}$ (defined by polynomial-size skew circuits) under $ \leq_{abp}$ reductions. The proof of these results is by suitably adapting the classical Chomsky--Sch{\"u}tzenberger theorem showing that Dyck languages are the hardest CFLs. --- Assuming that VP$_{nc}$ /= VNP$_{nc}$, we exhibit a strictly infinite hierarchy of $p$-families, with respect to the projection reducibility, between the complexity classes VP$_{nc}$ and VNP$_{nc}$ (analogous to Ladner's theorem [Ladner 1975]). --- Additionally, inside VP$_{nc}$, we show that there is a strict hierarchy of p-families (based on the nesting depth of Dyck polynomials) with respect to the $ \leq_{abp}$ reducibility (defined explicitly in this article).", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "3", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Fontes:2016:RDD, author = "Lila Fontes and Rahul Jain and Iordanis Kerenidis and Sophie Laplante and Mathieu Lauri{\`e}re and J{\'e}r{\'e}mie Roland", title = "Relative Discrepancy Does Not Separate Information and Communication Complexity", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "9", number = "1", pages = "4:1--4:??", month = dec, year = "2016", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/2967605", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Mon Dec 26 17:25:10 MST 2016", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "Does the information complexity of a function equal its communication complexity? We examine whether any currently known techniques might be used to show a separation between the two notions. Ganor et al. [2014] recently provided such a separation in the distributional case for a specific input distribution. We show that in the non-distributional setting, the relative discrepancy bound is smaller than the information complexity; hence, it cannot separate information and communication complexity. In addition, in the distributional case, we provide a linear program formulation for relative discrepancy and relate it to variants of the partition bound, resolving also an open question regarding the relation of the partition bound and information complexity. Last, we prove the equivalence between the adaptive relative discrepancy and the public-coin partition, implying that the logarithm of the adaptive relative discrepancy bound is quadratically tight with respect to communication.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "4", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Beame:2016:NAF, author = "Paul Beame and Nathan Grosshans and Pierre McKenzie and Luc Segoufin", title = "Nondeterminism and An Abstract Formulation of {Neciporuk}'s Lower Bound Method", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "9", number = "1", pages = "5:1--5:??", month = dec, year = "2016", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3013516", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Mon Dec 26 17:25:10 MST 2016", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "A formulation of Neciporuk's lower bound method slightly more inclusive than the usual complexity-measure-specific formulation is presented. Using this general formulation, limitations to lower bounds achievable by the method are obtained for several computation models, such as branching programs and Boolean formulas having access to a sublinear number of nondeterministic bits. In particular, it is shown that any lower bound achievable by the method of Neciporuk for the size of nondeterministic and parity branching programs is at most $O(n^{3 / 2} / \log n)$.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "5", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Artemenko:2017:PGO, author = "Sergei Artemenko and Ronen Shaltiel", title = "Pseudorandom Generators with Optimal Seed Length for Non-{Boolean} Poly-Size Circuits", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "9", number = "2", pages = "6:1--6:??", month = may, year = "2017", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3018057", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Mon Jul 24 17:35:50 MDT 2017", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/cryptography2010.bib; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/prng.bib; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "A sampling procedure for a distribution $P$ over $ \{ 0, 1 \}^l$ is a function $ C : \{ 0, 1 \}^n \to \{ 0, 1 \}^l$ such that the distribution $ C(U_n)$ (obtained by applying $C$ on the uniform distribution $ U_n$) is the ``desired distribution'' $P$. Let $ n > r \geq l = n^{\Omega (1)}$. An $ \epsilon - n b$-PRG (defined by Dubrov and Ishai [2006]) is a function $ G : \{ 0, 1 \}^r \to \{ 0, 1 \}^n$ such that for every $ C : \{ 0, 1 \}^n \to \{ 0, 1 \}^l$ in some class of ``interesting sampling procedures,'' '$ C(U_r) = C(G (U_r))$ is $ \epsilon $-close to $ C(U_n)$ in statistical distance. We construct poly-time computable nb-PRGs with $ r = O (l)$ for poly-size circuits relying on the assumption that there exists $ \beta > 0$ and a problem $L$ in $ E = {\rm DTIME}(2^{O(n)})$ such that for every large enough n, nondeterministic circuits of size $ 2^{ \beta n}$ that have NP-gates cannot solve $L$ on inputs of length $n$. This assumption is a scaled nonuniform analog of (the widely believed) EXP /= $ \Sigma_2^P$, and similar assumptions appear in various contexts in derandomization. Previous nb-PRGs of Dubrov and Ishai have $ r = \Omega (l^2)$ and are based on very strong cryptographic assumptions or, alternatively, on nonstandard assumptions regarding incompressibility of functions on random inputs. When restricting to poly-size circuits $ C : \{ 0, 1 \}^n \to \{ 0, 1 \}^l$ with Shannon entropy $ H(C(U_n)) \leq k$, for $ l > k = n^{\Omega (1)}$, our nb-PRGs have $ r = O (k)$. The nb-PRGs of Dubrov and Ishai use seed length $ r = \Omega (k^2)$ and require that the probability distribution of $ C(U_n)$ is efficiently computable. Our nb-PRGs follow from a notion of ``conditional PRGs,'' which may be of independent interest. These are PRGs where $ G(U_r)$ remains pseudorandom even when conditioned on a ``large'' event $ \{ A(G(U_r)) = 1 \} $, for an arbitrary poly-size circuit $A$. A related notion was considered by Shaltiel and Umans [2005] in a different setting, and our proofs use ideas from that paper, as well as ideas of Dubrov and Ishai. We also give an unconditional construction of poly-time computable nb-PRGs for $ \poly (n)$-size, depth $d$ circuits $ C : \{ 0, 1 \}^n \to \{ 0, 1 \}^l$ with $ r = O(l \cdot \log^{d + O (1)} n)$. This improves upon the previous work of Dubrov and Ishai that has $ r \geq l^2$. This result follows by adapting a recent PRG construction of Trevisan and Xue [2013] to the case of nb-PRGs. We also show that this PRG can be implemented by a uniform family of constant-depth circuits with slightly increased seed length.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "6", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Bhattacharyya:2017:LBC, author = "Arnab Bhattacharyya and Sivakanth Gopi", title = "Lower Bounds for Constant Query Affine-Invariant {LCCs} and {LTCs}", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "9", number = "2", pages = "7:1--7:??", month = may, year = "2017", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3016802", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Mon Jul 24 17:35:50 MDT 2017", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "Affine-invariant codes are codes whose coordinates form a vector space over a finite field and which are invariant under affine transformations of the coordinate space. They form a natural, well-studied class of codes; they include popular codes such as Reed--Muller and Reed--Solomon. A particularly appealing feature of affine-invariant codes is that they seem well suited to admit local correctors and testers. In this work, we give lower bounds on the length of locally correctable and locally testable affine-invariant codes with constant query complexity. We show that if a code $ C \subset \Sigma^{K n} $ is an $r$-query affine invariant locally correctable code (LCC), where $K$ is a finite field and $ \Sigma $ is a finite alphabet, then the number of codewords in $C$ is at most $ \exp (O_{K, r, | \Sigma |}(n^{r - 1}))$. Also, we show that if $ C \subset \Sigma^K n$ is an $r$-query affine invariant locally testable code (LTC), then the number of codewords in C is at most $ \exp (O_{K, r, | \Sigma |} (n^{r - 2}))$. The dependence on n in these bounds is tight for constant-query LCCs/LTCs, since Guo, Kopparty, and Sudan (ITCS'13) constructed affine-invariant codes via lifting that have the same asymptotic tradeoffs. Note that our result holds for non-linear codes, whereas previously, Ben-Sasson and Sudan (RANDOM'11) assumed linearity to derive similar results. Our analysis uses higher-order Fourier analysis. In particular, we show that the codewords corresponding to an affine-invariant LCC/LTC must be far from each other with respect to Gowers norm of an appropriate order. This then allows us to bound the number of codewords, using known decomposition theorems, which approximate any bounded function in terms of a finite number of low-degree non-classical polynomials, up to a small error in the Gowers norm.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "7", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Gurjar:2017:EPM, author = "Rohit Gurjar and Arpita Korwar and Jochen Messner and Thomas Thierauf", title = "Exact Perfect Matching in Complete Graphs", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "9", number = "2", pages = "8:1--8:??", month = may, year = "2017", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3041402", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Mon Jul 24 17:35:50 MDT 2017", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "A red-blue graph is a graph where every edge is colored either red or blue. The exact perfect matching problem asks for a perfect matching in a red-blue graph that has exactly a given number of red edges. We show that for complete and bipartite complete graphs, the exact perfect matching problem is logspace equivalent to the perfect matching problem. Hence, an efficient parallel algorithm for perfect matching would carry over to the exact perfect matching problem for this class of graphs. We also report some progress in extending the result to arbitrary graphs.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "8", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Galanis:2017:CTA, author = "Andreas Galanis and Leslie Ann Goldberg and Mark Jerrum", title = "A Complexity Trichotomy for Approximately Counting List {$H$}-Colorings", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "9", number = "2", pages = "9:1--9:??", month = may, year = "2017", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3037381", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Mon Jul 24 17:35:50 MDT 2017", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "We examine the computational complexity of approximately counting the list H -colorings of a graph. We discover a natural graph-theoretic trichotomy based on the structure of the graph H. If H is an irreflexive bipartite graph or a reflexive complete graph, then counting list H -colorings is trivially in polynomial time. Otherwise, if H is an irreflexive bipartite permutation graph or a reflexive proper interval graph, then approximately counting list H -colorings is equivalent to \#BIS, the problem of approximately counting independent sets in a bipartite graph. This is a well-studied problem that is believed to be of intermediate complexity-it is believed that it does not have an FPRAS, but that it is not as difficult as approximating the most difficult counting problems in \#P. For every other graph H, approximately counting list H -colorings is complete for \#P with respect to approximation-preserving reductions (so there is no FPRAS unless NP = RP). Two pleasing features of the trichotomy are (1) it has a natural formulation in terms of hereditary graph classes, and (2) the proof is largely self-contained and does not require any universal algebra (unlike similar dichotomies in the weighted case). We are able to extend the hardness results to the bounded-degree setting, showing that all hardness results apply to input graphs with maximum degree at most 6.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "9", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Dhayal:2017:MMP, author = "Anant Dhayal and Jayalal Sarma and Saurabh Sawlani", title = "Min\slash Max-Poly Weighting Schemes and the {NL} versus {UL} Problem", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "9", number = "2", pages = "10:1--10:??", month = may, year = "2017", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3070902", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Mon Jul 24 17:35:50 MDT 2017", bibsource = "http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/journals/toct/; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/hash.bib; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "For a graph $ G (V, E) (| V | = n) $ and a vertex $ s \in V $, a weighting scheme $ (W : E \mapsto Z^+) $ is called a min-unique (resp. max-unique) weighting scheme if, for any vertex $v$ of the graph $G$, there is a unique path of minimum (resp. maximum) weight from $s$ to $v$, where weight of a path is the sum of the weights assigned to the edges. Instead, if the number of paths of minimum (resp. maximum) weight is bounded by $ n^c$ for some constant $c$, then the weighting scheme is called a min-poly (resp. max-poly) weighting scheme. In this article, we propose an unambiguous nondeterministic log-space (UL) algorithm for the problem of testing reachability graphs augmented with a min-poly weighting scheme. This improves the result in Reinhardt and Allender [2000], in which a UL algorithm was given for the case when the weighting scheme is min-unique. Our main technique involves triple inductive counting and generalizes the techniques of Immerman [1988], Szelepcs{\'e}nyi [1988], and Reinhardt and Allender [2000], combined with a hashing technique due to Fredman et al. [1984] (also used in Garvin et al. [2014]). We combine this with a complementary unambiguous verification method to give the desired UL algorithm. At the other end of the spectrum, we propose a UL algorithm for testing reachability in layered DAGs augmented with max-poly weighting schemes. To achieve this, we first reduce reachability in layered DAGs to the longest path problem for DAGs with a unique source, such that the reduction also preserves the max-unique and max-poly properties of the graph. Using our techniques, we generalize the double inductive counting method in Limaye et al. [2009], in which the UL algorithm was given for the longest path problem on DAGs with a unique sink and augmented with a max-unique weighting scheme. An important consequence of our results is that, to show NL = UL, it suffices to design log-space computable min-poly (or max-poly) weighting schemes for layered DAGs.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "10", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Chen:2017:AMC, author = "Hubie Chen and Benoit Larose", title = "Asking the Metaquestions in Constraint Tractability", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "9", number = "3", pages = "11:1--11:??", month = oct, year = "2017", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3134757", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Mon Jan 22 09:30:15 MST 2018", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "The constraint satisfaction problem (CSP) involves deciding, given a set of variables and a set of constraints on the variables, whether or not there is an assignment to the variables satisfying all of the constraints. One formulation of the CSP is as the problem of deciding, given a pair (G H) of relational structures, whether or not there is a homomorphism from the first structure to the second structure. The CSP is generally NP-hard; a common way to restrict this problem is to fix the second structure H so that each structure H gives rise to a problem CSP(H). The problem family CSP(H) has been studied using an algebraic approach, which links the algorithmic and complexity properties of each problem CSP(H) to a set of operations, the so-called polymorphisms of H. Certain types of polymorphisms are known to imply the polynomial-time tractability of CSP(H), and others are conjectured to do so. This article systematically studies-for various classes of polymorphisms-the computational complexity of deciding whether or not a given structure H admits a polymorphism from the class. Among other results, we prove the NP-completeness of deciding a condition conjectured to characterize the tractable problems CSP(H), as well as the NP-completeness of deciding if CSP(H) has bounded width.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "11", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Elberfeld:2017:CGB, author = "Michael Elberfeld and Pascal Schweitzer", title = "Canonizing Graphs of Bounded Tree Width in Logspace", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "9", number = "3", pages = "12:1--12:??", month = oct, year = "2017", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3132720", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Mon Jan 22 09:30:15 MST 2018", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "Graph canonization is the problem of computing a unique representative, a canon, from the isomorphism class of a given graph. This implies that two graphs are isomorphic exactly if their canons are equal. We show that graphs of bounded tree width can be canonized by logarithmic-space (logspace) algorithms. This implies that the isomorphism problem for graphs of bounded tree width can be decided in logspace. In the light of isomorphism for trees being hard for the complexity class logspace, this makes the ubiquitous class of graphs of bounded tree width one of the few classes of graphs for which the complexity of the isomorphism problem has been exactly determined.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "12", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Schmid:2017:FCS, author = "Markus L. Schmid", title = "Finding Consensus Strings with Small Length Difference between Input and Solution Strings", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "9", number = "3", pages = "13:1--13:??", month = oct, year = "2017", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3110290", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Mon Jan 22 09:30:15 MST 2018", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "The Closest Substring Problem is to decide, for given strings $ s_1 $, \ldots{}, $ s_k $ of length at most $l$ and numbers $m$ and $d$, whether there is a length-$m$ string $s$ and length-$m$ substrings $ s^'_i$ of s$_i$, such that $s$ has a Hamming distance of at most $d$ from each $ s^'_i$. If we instead require the sum of all the Hamming distances between $s$ and each $ s^'_i$ to be bounded by $d$, then it is called the Consensus Patterns Problem. We contribute to the parameterised complexity analysis of these classical NP-hard string problems by investigating the parameter ($ l - m$), i.e., the length difference between input and solution strings. For most combinations of ($ l - m$) and one of the classical parameters ($m$, $l$, $k$, or $d$), we obtain fixed-parameter tractability. However, even for constant ($ l - m$) and constant alphabet size, both problems remain NP-hard. While this follows from known results with respect to the Closest Substring, we need a new reduction in the case of the Consensus Patterns. As a by-product of this reduction, we obtain an exact exponential-time algorithm for both problems, which is based on an alphabet reduction.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "13", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Adamaszek:2017:HAS, author = "Anna Adamaszek and Tomasz Kociumaka and Marcin Pilipczuk and Michal Pilipczuk", title = "Hardness of Approximation for Strip Packing", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "9", number = "3", pages = "14:1--14:??", month = oct, year = "2017", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3092026", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Mon Jan 22 09:30:15 MST 2018", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "Strip packing is a classical packing problem, where the goal is to pack a set of rectangular objects into a strip of a given width, while minimizing the total height of the packing. The problem has multiple applications, for example, in scheduling and stock-cutting, and has been studied extensively. When the dimensions of the objects are allowed to be exponential in the total input size, it is known that the problem cannot be approximated within a factor better than 3/2, unless P = NP. However, there was no corresponding lower bound for polynomially bounded input data. In fact, Nadiradze and Wiese [SODA 2016] have recently proposed a $ (1.4 + \epsilon)$-approximation algorithm for this variant, thus showing that strip packing with polynomially bounded data can be approximated better than when exponentially large values are allowed in the input. Their result has subsequently been improved to a $ (4 / 3 + \epsilon)$-approximation by two independent research groups [FSTTCS 2016, WALCOM 2017]. This raises a question whether strip packing with polynomially bounded input data admits a quasi-polynomial time approximation scheme, as is the case for related two-dimensional packing problems like maximum independent set of rectangles or two-dimensional knapsack. In this article, we answer this question in negative by proving that it is NP-hard to approximate strip packing within a factor better than 12/11, even when restricted to polynomially bounded input data. In particular, this shows that the strip packing problem admits no quasi-polynomial time approximation scheme, unless NP $ \subseteq $ DTIME($ 2^{\polylog (n)}$).", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "14", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Chen:2017:PCM, author = "Hubie Chen", title = "Proof Complexity Modulo the Polynomial Hierarchy: Understanding Alternation as a Source of Hardness", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "9", number = "3", pages = "15:1--15:??", month = oct, year = "2017", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3087534", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Mon Jan 22 09:30:15 MST 2018", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "We present and study a framework in which one can present alternation-based lower bounds on proof length in proof systems for quantified Boolean formulas. A key notion in this framework is that of proof system ensemble, which is (essentially) a sequence of proof systems where, for each, proof checking can be performed in the polynomial hierarchy. We introduce a proof system ensemble called relaxing QU-res that is based on the established proof system QU-resolution. Our main results include an exponential separation of the treelike and general versions of relaxing QU-res and an exponential lower bound for relaxing QU-res; these are analogs of classical results in propositional proof complexity.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "15", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Iwama:2018:PT, author = "Kazuo Iwama and Yuichi Yoshida", title = "Parameterized Testability", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "9", number = "4", pages = "16:1--16:??", month = jan, year = "2018", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3155294", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Mon Jan 22 09:30:15 MST 2018", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "This article studies property testing for NP optimization problems with parameter $k$ under the general graph model with an augmentation of random edge sampling capability. It is shown that a variety of such problems, including $k$-Vertex Cover, $k$-Feedback Vertex Set, $k$-Multicut, $k$-Path-Free, and $k$-Dominating Set, are constant-query testable if $k$ is constant. It should be noted that the first four problems are fixed parameter tractable (FPT) and it turns out that algorithmic techniques for their FPT algorithms (branch-and-bound search, color coding, etc.) are also useful for our testers. $k$-Dominating Set is $ W [2]$-hard, but we can still test the property with a constant number of queries, since the definition of $ \epsilon $-farness makes the problem trivial for non-sparse graphs that are the source of hardness for the original optimization problem. We also consider $k$-Odd Cycle Transversal, which is another well-known FPT problem, but we only give a sublinear-query tester when $k$ is a constant.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "16", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Pallavoor:2018:PPT, author = "Ramesh Krishnan S. Pallavoor and Sofya Raskhodnikova and Nithin Varma", title = "Parameterized Property Testing of Functions", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "9", number = "4", pages = "17:1--17:??", month = jan, year = "2018", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3155296", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Mon Jan 22 09:30:15 MST 2018", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "We investigate the parameters in terms of which the complexity of sublinear-time algorithms should be expressed. Our goal is to find input parameters that are tailored to the combinatorics of the specific problem being studied and design algorithms that run faster when these parameters are small. This direction enables us to surpass the (worst-case) lower bounds, expressed in terms of the input size, for several problems. Our aim is to develop a similar level of understanding of the complexity of sublinear-time algorithms to the one that was enabled by research in parameterized complexity for classical algorithms. Specifically, we focus on testing properties of functions. By parameterizing the query complexity in terms of the size r of the image of the input function, we obtain testers for monotonicity and convexity of functions of the form $ f \colon [n] \to R $ with query complexity $ O(\log r) $, with no dependence on $n$. The result for monotonicity circumvents the $ \Omega (\log n)$ lower bound by Fischer (Inf. Comput. 2004) for this problem. We present several other parameterized testers, providing compelling evidence that expressing the query complexity of property testers in terms of the input size is not always the best choice.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "17", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Pilipczuk:2018:SEA, author = "Michal Pilipczuk and Marcin Wrochna", title = "On Space Efficiency of Algorithms Working on Structural Decompositions of Graphs", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "9", number = "4", pages = "18:1--18:??", month = jan, year = "2018", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3154856", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Mon Jan 22 09:30:15 MST 2018", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "Dynamic programming on path and tree decompositions of graphs is a technique that is ubiquitous in the field of parameterized and exponential-time algorithms. However, one of its drawbacks is that the space usage is exponential in the decomposition's width. Following the work of Allender et al. [5], we investigate whether this space complexity explosion is unavoidable. Using the idea of reparameterization of Cai and Juedes [18], we prove that the question is closely related to a conjecture that the Longest Common Subsequence problem parameterized by the number of input strings does not admit an algorithm that simultaneously uses XP time and FPT space. Moreover, we extend the complexity landscape sketched for pathwidth and treewidth by Allender et al. by considering the parameter tree-depth. We prove that computations on tree-depth decompositions correspond to a model of non-deterministic machines that work in polynomial time and logarithmic space, with access to an auxiliary stack of maximum height equal to the decomposition's depth. Together with the results of Allender et al., this describes a hierarchy of complexity classes for polynomial-time non-deterministic machines with different restrictions on the access to working space, which mirrors the classic relations between treewidth, pathwidth, and tree-depth.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "18", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Chakraborty:2018:SPT, author = "Diptarka Chakraborty and Raghunath Tewari", title = "An {$ O(n \epsilon) $} Space and Polynomial Time Algorithm for Reachability in Directed Layered Planar Graphs", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "9", number = "4", pages = "19:1--19:??", month = jan, year = "2018", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3154857", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Mon Jan 22 09:30:15 MST 2018", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "Given a graph $G$ and two vertices $s$ and $t$ in it, graph reachability is the problem of checking whether there exists a path from $s$ to $t$ in $G$. We show that reachability in directed layered planar graphs can be decided in polynomial time and $ O(n^\epsilon)$ space, for any $ \epsilon > 0$. The previous best-known space bound for this problem with polynomial time was approximately $ O(\sqrt n)$ space (Imai et al. 2013). Deciding graph reachability in SC (Steve's class) is an important open question in complexity theory, and in this article, we make progress toward resolving this question.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "19", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Chang:2018:MMS, author = "Ching-Lueh Chang", title = "Metric $1$-Median Selection: Query Complexity vs. Approximation Ratio", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "9", number = "4", pages = "20:1--20:??", month = jan, year = "2018", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3154858", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Mon Jan 22 09:30:15 MST 2018", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "Consider the problem of finding a point in a metric space $ (\{ 1, 2, \ldots, n \}, d) $ with the minimum average distance to other points. We show that this problem has no deterministic $ o(n^{1 + 1 / (h - 1)} / h)$-query $ 2 h c (1 - \epsilon)$-approximation algorithms for any constant $ \epsilon > 0$ and any $ h = h (n) \in Z^+ \backslash \{ 1 \} $ satisfying $ h = o (n 1 / (h - 1))$. Combining our result with existing ones, we determine the best approximation ratio achievable by deterministic $ O(n^{1 + \epsilon })$-query (respectively, $ O(n^{1 + \epsilon })$-time) algorithms to be $ 2 \lceil 1 / \epsilon \rceil $, for all constants $ \epsilon \in (0, 1)$.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "20", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Aydinlioglu:2018:ARU, author = "Baris Aydinlioglu and Eric Bach", title = "Affine Relativization: Unifying the Algebrization and Relativization Barriers", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "10", number = "1", pages = "1:1--1:??", month = jan, year = "2018", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3170704", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Wed Oct 17 17:24:49 MDT 2018", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "We strengthen existing evidence for the so-called ``algebrization barrier.'' Algebrization-short for algebraic relativization-was introduced by Aaronson and Wigderson (AW) (STOC 2008) to characterize proofs involving arithmetization, simulation, and other ``current techniques.'' However, unlike relativization, eligible statements under this notion do not seem to have basic closure properties, making it conceivable to take two proofs, both with algebrizing conclusions, and combine them to get a proof without. Further, the notion is undefined for most types of statements and does not seem to yield a general criterion by which we can tell, given a proof, whether it algebrizes. In fact, the very notion of an algebrizing proof is never made explicit, and casual attempts to define it are problematic. All these issues raise the question of what evidence, if any, is obtained by knowing whether some statement does or does not algebrize. We give a reformulation of algebrization without these shortcomings. First, we define what it means for any statement/proof to hold relative to any language, with no need to refer to devices like a Turing machine with an oracle tape. Our approach dispels the widespread misconception that the notion of oracle access is inherently tied to a computational model. We also connect relativizing statements to proofs, by showing that every proof that some statement relativizes is essentially a relativizing proof of that statement. We then define a statement/proof as relativizing affinely if it holds relative to every affine oracle -here an affine oracle is the result of a particular error correcting code applied to the characteristic string of a language. We show that every statement that AW declare as algebrizing does relativize affinely, in fact, has a proof that relativizes affinely, and that no such proof exists for any of the statements shown not-algebrizing by AW in the classical computation model. Our work complements, and goes beyond, the subsequent work by Impagliazzo, Kabanets, and Kolokolova (STOC 2009), which also proposes a reformulation of algebrization, but falls short of recovering some key results of AW, most notably regarding the NEXP versus P/poly question. Using our definitions, we obtain new streamlined proofs of several classic results in complexity, including PSPACE \subset IP and NEXP \subset MIP. This may be of separate interest.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "1", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Watson:2018:CCS, author = "Thomas Watson", title = "Communication Complexity of Statistical Distance", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "10", number = "1", pages = "2:1--2:??", month = jan, year = "2018", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3170708", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Wed Oct 17 17:24:49 MDT 2018", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "We prove nearly matching upper and lower bounds on the randomized communication complexity of the following problem: Alice and Bob are each given a probability distribution over n elements, and they wish to estimate within \pm \epsilon the statistical (total variation) distance between their distributions. For some range of parameters, there is up to a log n factor gap between the upper and lower bounds, and we identify a barrier to using information complexity techniques to improve the lower bound in this case. We also prove a side result that we discovered along the way: the randomized communication complexity of n -bit Majority composed with n -bit Greater Than is \Theta ( n log n ).", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "2", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Anderson:2018:ITL, author = "Matthew Anderson and Michael A. Forbes and Ramprasad Saptharishi and Amir Shpilka and Ben Lee Volk", title = "Identity Testing and Lower Bounds for Read-$k$ Oblivious Algebraic Branching Programs", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "10", number = "1", pages = "3:1--3:??", month = jan, year = "2018", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3170709", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Wed Oct 17 17:24:49 MDT 2018", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "Read-$k$ oblivious algebraic branching programs are a natural generalization of the well-studied model of read-once oblivious algebraic branching program (ABP). In this work, we give an exponential lower bound of $ \exp (n / k^{O(k)})$ on the width of any read-$k$ oblivious ABP computing some explicit multilinear polynomial $f$ that is computed by a polynomial-size depth-3 circuit. We also study the polynomial identity testing (PIT) problem for this model and obtain a white-box subexponential-time PIT algorithm. The algorithm runs in time $ 2^{\~ O(n^{1 - 1 / (2k) - 1})}$ and needs white box access only to know the order in which the variables appear in the ABP.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "3", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Goos:2018:RCV, author = "Mika G{\"o}{\"o}s and T. S. Jayram and Toniann Pitassi and Thomas Watson", title = "Randomized Communication versus Partition Number", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "10", number = "1", pages = "4:1--4:??", month = jan, year = "2018", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3170711", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Wed Oct 17 17:24:49 MDT 2018", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "We show that randomized communication complexity can be superlogarithmic in the partition number of the associated communication matrix, and we obtain near-optimal randomized lower bounds for the Clique versus Independent Set problem. These results strengthen the deterministic lower bounds obtained in prior work (G{\"o}{\"o}s, Pitassi, and Watson, FOCS'15). One of our main technical contributions states that information complexity when the cost is measured with respect to only 1-inputs (or only 0-inputs) is essentially equivalent to information complexity with respect to all inputs.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "4", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{ODonnell:2018:WCQ, author = "Ryan O'Donnell and A. C. Cem Say", title = "The Weakness of {CTC} Qubits and the Power of Approximate Counting", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "10", number = "2", pages = "5:1--5:??", month = may, year = "2018", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3196832", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Wed Oct 17 17:24:50 MDT 2018", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "We present results in structural complexity theory concerned with the following interrelated topics: computation with postselection/restarting, closed timelike curves (CTCs), and approximate counting. The first result is a new characterization of the lesser known complexity class BPP$_{path}$ in terms of more familiar concepts. Precisely, BPP$_{path}$ is the class of problems that can be efficiently solved with a nonadaptive oracle for the approximate counting problem. Similarly, PP equals the class of problems that can be solved efficiently with nonadaptive queries for the related approximate difference problem. Another result is concerned with the computational power conferred by CTCs, or equivalently, the computational complexity of finding stationary distributions for quantum channels. Using the preceding characterization of PP, we show that any poly( n )-time quantum computation using a CTC of O (log n ) qubits may as well just use a CTC of 1 classical bit. This result essentially amounts to showing that one can find a stationary distribution for a poly( n )-dimensional quantum channel in PP.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "5", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Komusiewicz:2018:TRT, author = "Christian Komusiewicz", title = "Tight Running Time Lower Bounds for Vertex Deletion Problems", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "10", number = "2", pages = "6:1--6:??", month = may, year = "2018", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3186589", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Wed Oct 17 17:24:50 MDT 2018", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "For a graph class $ \Pi $, the $ \Pi $-Vertex Deletion problem has as input an undirected graph G = ( V, E ) and an integer k and asks whether there is a set of at most k vertices that can be deleted from G such that the resulting graph is a member of $ \Pi $. By a classic result of Lewis and Yannakakis [17], $ \Pi $-Vertex Deletion is NP-hard for all hereditary properties $ \Pi $. We adapt the original NP-hardness construction to show that under the exponential time hypothesis (ETH), tight complexity results can be obtained. We show that \Pi -Vertex Deletion does not admit a 2$^{o (n)}$ -time algorithm where n is the number of vertices in G. We also obtain a dichotomy for running time bounds that include the number m of edges in the input graph. On the one hand, if $ \Pi $ contains all edgeless graphs, then there is no 2$^{o (n + m)}$ -time algorithm for \Pi -Vertex Deletion. On the other hand, if there is a fixed edgeless graph that is not contained in $ \Pi $ and containment in $ \Pi $ can be determined in 2$^{O (n)}$ time or 2$^{o (m)}$ time, then $ \Pi $-Vertex Deletion can be solved in 2$^{O (\& sqrt; m)}$ + O ( n ) or 2$^{o (m)}$ + O ( n ) time, respectively. We also consider restrictions on the domain of the input graph G. For example, we obtain that $ \Pi $-Vertex Deletion cannot be solved in 2$^{o (\& sqrt; n)}$ time if G is planar and $ \Pi $ is hereditary and contains and excludes infinitely many planar graphs. Finally, we provide similar results for the problem variant where the deleted vertex set has to induce a connected graph.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "6", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Lutz:2018:AIP, author = "Jack H. Lutz and Neil Lutz", title = "Algorithmic Information, Plane {Kakeya} Sets, and Conditional Dimension", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "10", number = "2", pages = "7:1--7:??", month = may, year = "2018", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3201783", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Wed Oct 17 17:24:50 MDT 2018", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "We formulate the conditional Kolmogorov complexity of x given y at precision r, where x and y are points in Euclidean spaces and r is a natural number. We demonstrate the utility of this notion in two ways; (1) We prove a point-to-set principle that enables one to use the (relativized, constructive) dimension of a single point in a set E in a Euclidean space to establish a lower bound on the (classical) Hausdorff dimension of E. We then use this principle, together with conditional Kolmogorov complexity in Euclidean spaces, to give a new proof of the known, two-dimensional case of the Kakeya conjecture. This theorem of geometric measure theory, proved by Davies in 1971, says that every plane set containing a unit line segment in every direction has Hausdorff dimension 2. (2)We use conditional Kolmogorov complexity in Euclidean spaces to develop the lower and upper conditional dimensions dim( x | y ) and Dim( x | y ) of x given y, where x and y are points in Euclidean spaces. Intuitively, these are the lower and upper asymptotic algorithmic information densities of x conditioned on the information in y. We prove that these conditional dimensions are robust and that they have the correct information-theoretic relationships with the well-studied dimensions dim( x ) and Dim( x ) and the mutual dimensions mdim( x: y ) and Mdim( x: y ).", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "7", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Gharibian:2018:GSC, author = "Sevag Gharibian and Jamie Sikora", title = "Ground State Connectivity of Local {Hamiltonians}", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "10", number = "2", pages = "8:1--8:??", month = may, year = "2018", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3186587", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Wed Oct 17 17:24:50 MDT 2018", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "The study of ground state energies of local Hamiltonians has played a fundamental role in quantum complexity theory. In this article, we take a new direction by introducing the physically motivated notion of ``ground state connectivity'' of local Hamiltonians, which captures problems in areas ranging from quantum stabilizer codes to quantum memories. Roughly, ``ground state connectivity'' corresponds to the natural question: Given two ground states | \Psi \rangle and | \phi \rangle of a local Hamiltonian H, is there an ``energy barrier'' (with respect to H ) along any sequence of local operations mapping | \Psi \rangle to | \phi \rangle ? We show that the complexity of this question can range from QCMA-complete to PSPACE-complete, as well as NEXP-complete for an appropriately defined ``succinct'' version of the problem. As a result, we obtain a natural QCMA-complete problem, a goal which has generally proven difficult since the conception of QCMA over a decade ago. Our proofs rely on a new technical tool, the Traversal Lemma, which analyzes the Hilbert space a local unitary evolution must traverse under certain conditions. We show that this lemma is essentially tight with respect to the length of the unitary evolution in question.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "8", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Bliznets:2018:HAF, author = "Ivan Bliznets and Marek Cygan and Pawel Komosa and Michal Pilipczuk", title = "Hardness of Approximation for {$H$}-free Edge Modification Problems", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "10", number = "2", pages = "9:1--9:??", month = may, year = "2018", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3196834", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Wed Oct 17 17:24:50 MDT 2018", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "The H --- free Edge Deletion problem asks, for a given graph G and integer k, whether it is possible to delete at most k edges from G to make it H -free-that is, not containing H as an induced subgraph. The H -free Edge Completion problem is defined similarly, but we add edges instead of deleting them. The study of these two problem families has recently been the subject of intensive studies from the point of view of parameterized complexity and kernelization. In particular, it was shown that the problems do not admit polynomial kernels (under plausible complexity assumptions) for almost all graphs H, with several important exceptions occurring when the class of H -free graphs exhibits some structural properties. In this work, we complement the parameterized study of edge modification problems to H -free graphs by considering their approximability. We prove that whenever H is 3-connected and has at least two nonedges, then both H --- free Edge Deletion and H -free Edge Completion are very hard to approximate: they do not admit poly(OPT)-approximation in polynomial time, unless P=NP, or even in time subexponential in OPT, unless the exponential time hypothesis fails. The assumption of the existence of two nonedges appears to be important: we show that whenever H is a complete graph without one edge, then H -free Edge Deletion is tightly connected to the Min Horn Deletion problem, whose approximability is still open. Finally, in an attempt to extend our hardness results beyond 3-connected graphs, we consider the cases of H being a path or a cycle, and we achieve an almost complete dichotomy there.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "9", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Minahan:2018:CDI, author = "Daniel Minahan and Ilya Volkovich", title = "Complete Derandomization of Identity Testing and Reconstruction of Read-Once Formulas", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "10", number = "3", pages = "10:1--10:??", month = jun, year = "2018", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3196836", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Wed Oct 17 17:24:50 MDT 2018", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "In this article, we study the identity testing problem of arithmetic read-once formulas (ROFs) and some related models. An ROF is a formula (a circuit whose underlying graph is a tree) in which the operations are { +, $ \times $ } and such that every input variable labels at most one leaf. We obtain the first polynomial-time deterministic identity testing algorithm that operates in the black-box setting for ROFs, as well as some other related models. As an application, we obtain the first polynomial-time deterministic reconstruction algorithm for such formulas. Our results are obtained by improving and extending the analysis of the algorithm of Shpilka and Yolkovich [51].", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "10", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Filmus:2018:IPS, author = "Yuval Filmus and Guy Kindler and Elchanan Mossel and Karl Wimmer", title = "Invariance Principle on the Slice", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "10", number = "3", pages = "11:1--11:??", month = jun, year = "2018", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3186590", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Wed Oct 17 17:24:50 MDT 2018", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "The non-linear invariance principle of Mossel, O'Donnell, and Oleszkiewicz establishes that if $ f(x_1, \ldots, x_n) $ is a multilinear low-degree polynomial with low influences, then the distribution of if $ f(b_1, \ldots, b_n) $ is close (in various senses) to the distribution of $ f(G_1, \ldots, G_n) $, where $ B_i \in R \{ - 1, 1 \} $ are independent Bernoulli random variables and $ G_i \asymp N(0, 1) $ are independent standard Gaussians. The invariance principle has seen many applications in theoretical computer science, including the Majority is Stablest conjecture, which shows that the Goemans--Williamson algorithm for MAX-CUT is optimal under the Unique Games Conjecture. More generally, MOO's invariance principle works for any two vectors of hypercontractive random variables $ (X_1, \ldots, X_n) $, $ (Y_1, \ldots, Y_n) $ such that (i) Matching moments: $ X_i $ and $ Y_i $ have matching first and second moments and (ii) Independence: the variables $ X_1 $, \ldots, $ X_n $ are independent, as are $ Y_1 $, \ldots, $ Y_n $. The independence condition is crucial to the proof of the theorem, yet in some cases we would like to use distributions $ X_1 $, \ldots, $ X_n $ in which the individual coordinates are not independent. A common example is the uniform distribution on the slice $ (^{[n]}_k) $ which consists of all vectors $ (x_1, \ldots, x_n) \in \{ 0, 1 \}^n $ with Hamming weight $k$. The slice shows up in theoretical computer science (hardness amplification, direct sum testing), extremal combinatorics (Erd{\H{o}}s--Ko--Rado theorems), and coding theory (in the guise of the Johnson association scheme). Our main result is an invariance principle in which $ (X_1, \ldots, X_n)$ is the uniform distribution on a slice $ (^{[n]}_{pn})$ and $ (Y_1, \ldots, Y_n)$ consists either of $n$ independent $ {\em Ber}(p)$ random variables, or of $n$ independent $ N(p, p (1 - p))$ random variables. As applications, we prove a version of Majority is Stablest for functions on the slice, a version of Bourgain's tail theorem, a version of the Kindler-Safra structural theorem, and a stability version of the $t$-intersecting Erd{\H{o}}s--Ko--Rado theorem, combining techniques of Wilson and Friedgut. Our proof relies on a combination of ideas from analysis and probability, algebra, and combinatorics. In particular, we make essential use of recent work of the first author which describes an explicit Fourier basis for the slice.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "11", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Thapper:2018:LSR, author = "Johan Thapper and Stanislav Zivn{\'y}", title = "The Limits of {SDP} Relaxations for General-Valued {CSPs}", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "10", number = "3", pages = "12:1--12:??", month = jun, year = "2018", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3201777", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Wed Oct 17 17:24:50 MDT 2018", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "It has been shown that for a general-valued constraint language \Gamma the following statements are equivalent: (1) any instance of VCSP( \Gamma ) can be solved to optimality using a constant level of the Sherali--Adams LP hierarchy, (2) any instance of VCSP( \Gamma ) can be solved to optimality using the third level of the Sherali--Adams LP hierarchy, and (3) the support of \Gamma satisfies the `` bounded width condition '' (i.e., it contains weak near-unanimity operations of all arities). We show that if the support of \Gamma violates the bounded width condition then not only is VCSP( \Gamma ) not solved by a constant level of the Sherali--Adams LP hierarchy, but it also requires linear levels of the Lasserre SDP hierarchy (also known as the sum-of-squares SDP hierarchy). For \Gamma corresponding to linear equations in an Abelian group, this result follows from existing work on inapproximability of Max-CSPs. By a breakthrough result of Lee, Raghavendra, and Steurer [STOC'15], our result implies that for any \Gamma whose support violates the bounded width condition no SDP relaxation of polynomial size solves VCSP( \Gamma ). We establish our result by proving that various reductions preserve exact solvability by the Lasserre SDP hierarchy (up to a constant factor in the level of the hierarchy). Our results hold for general-valued constraint languages (i.e., sets of functions on a fixed finite domain that take on rational or infinite values) and thus also hold in notable special cases of { 0, \infty }-valued languages (CSPs), {0, 1}-valued languages (Min-CSPs/Max-CSPs), and Q-valued languages (finite-valued CSPs).", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "12", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Pilipczuk:2018:DMW, author = "Marcin Pilipczuk and Magnus Wahlstr{\"o}m", title = "Directed Multicut is {$ W[1] $}-hard, Even for Four Terminal Pairs", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "10", number = "3", pages = "13:1--13:??", month = jun, year = "2018", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3201775", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Wed Oct 17 17:24:50 MDT 2018", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "We prove that Multicut in directed graphs, parameterized by the size of the cutset, is W [1]-hard and hence unlikely to be fixed-parameter tractable even if restricted to instances with only four terminal pairs. This negative result almost completely resolves one of the central open problems in the area of parameterized complexity of graph separation problems, posted originally by Marx and Razgon [SIAM J. Comput. 43(2):355--388 (2014)], leaving only the case of three terminal pairs open. The case of two terminal pairs was shown to be FPT by Chitnis et al. [SIAM J. Comput. 42(4):1674--1696 (2013)]. Our gadget methodology also allows us to prove W [1]-hardness of the Steiner Orientation problem parameterized by the number of terminal pairs, resolving an open problem of Cygan, Kortsarz, and Nutov [SIAM J. Discrete Math. 27(3):1503-1513 (2013)].", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "13", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Lee:2018:CPP, author = "Chin Ho Lee and Emanuele Viola", title = "The Coin Problem for Product Tests", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "10", number = "3", pages = "14:1--14:??", month = jun, year = "2018", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3201787", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Wed Oct 17 17:24:50 MDT 2018", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "Let X$_{m, \epsilon }$ be the distribution over m bits X$_1$, \ldots{}, X$_m$ where the X$_i$ are independent and each X$_i$ equals 1 with probability (1- \epsilon )/2 and 0 with probability (1 --- \epsilon )/2. We consider the smallest value \epsilon $^*$ of \epsilon such that the distributions X$_{m, \epsilon }$ and X$_{m, 0}$ can be distinguished with constant advantage by a function f: {0,1}$^m$ -{$>$} S, which is the product of k functions f$_1$, f$_2$, \ldots{}, f$_k$ on disjoint inputs of n bits, where each f$_i$: {0,1}$^n$ -{$>$} S and m = nk. We prove that \epsilon $^*$ = \Theta (1/\&sqrt; n log k ) if S = [-1,1], while \epsilon $^*$ = \Theta (1/\&sqrt; nk ) if S is the set of unit-norm complex numbers.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "14", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Ganardi:2018:CEF, author = "Moses Ganardi and Danny Hucke and Daniel K{\"o}nig and Markus Lohrey", title = "Circuits and Expressions over Finite Semirings", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "10", number = "4", pages = "15:1--15:??", month = oct, year = "2018", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3241375", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Wed Oct 17 17:24:50 MDT 2018", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "The computational complexity of the circuit and expression evaluation problem for finite semirings is considered, where semirings are not assumed to have an additive or a multiplicative identity. The following dichotomy is shown: If a finite semiring is such that (i) the multiplicative semigroup is solvable and (ii) it does not contain a subsemiring with an additive identity 0 and a multiplicative identity 1 /= 0, then the circuit evaluation problem is in DET \subseteq NC$^2$, and the expression evaluation problem for the semiring is in TC$^0$. For all other finite semirings, the circuit evaluation problem is P-complete and the expression evaluation problem is NC$^1$ -complete. As an application, we determine the complexity of intersection non-emptiness problems for given context-free grammars (regular expressions) with a fixed regular language.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "15", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Bhattacharyya:2018:PTJ, author = "Rishiraj Bhattacharyya and Sourav Chakraborty", title = "Property Testing of Joint Distributions using Conditional Samples", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "10", number = "4", pages = "16:1--16:??", month = oct, year = "2018", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3241377", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Wed Oct 17 17:24:50 MDT 2018", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "In this article, we consider the problem of testing properties of joint distributions under the Conditional Sampling framework. In the standard sampling model, sample complexity of testing properties of joint distributions are exponential in the dimension, resulting in inefficient algorithms for practical use. While recent results achieve efficient algorithms for product distributions with significantly smaller sample complexity, no efficient algorithm is expected when the marginals are not independent. In this article, we initialize the study of conditional sampling in the multidimensional setting. We propose a subcube conditional sampling model where the tester can condition on a (adaptively) chosen subcube of the domain. Due to its simplicity, this model is potentially implementable in many practical applications, particularly when the distribution is a joint distribution over \Sigma $^n$ for some set \Sigma . We present algorithms for various fundamental properties of distributions in the subcube-conditioning model and prove that the sample complexity is polynomial in the dimension n (and not exponential as in the traditional model). We present an algorithm for testing identity to a known distribution using {\~O}( n$^2$ )-subcube-conditional samples, an algorithm for testing identity between two unknown distributions using {\~O}( n$^5$ )-subcube-conditional samples and an algorithm for testing identity to a product distribution using {\~O}( n$^5$ )-subcube-conditional samples. The central concept of our technique involves an elegant chain rule, which can be proved using basic techniques of probability theory, yet it is powerful enough to avoid the curse of dimensionality.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "16", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Guo:2018:USM, author = "Heng Guo and Pinyan Lu", title = "Uniqueness, Spatial Mixing, and Approximation for Ferromagnetic $2$-Spin Systems", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "10", number = "4", pages = "17:1--17:??", month = oct, year = "2018", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3265025", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Wed Oct 17 17:24:50 MDT 2018", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "We give fully polynomial-time approximation schemes (FPTAS) for the partition function of ferromagnetic 2-spin systems in certain parameter regimes. The threshold we obtain is almost tight up to an integrality gap. Our technique is based on the correlation decay framework. The main technical contribution is a new potential function, with which we establish a new kind of spatial mixing.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "17", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Agrawal:2018:SFV, author = "Akanksha Agrawal and Daniel Lokshtanov and Amer E. Mouawad and Saket Saurabh", title = "Simultaneous Feedback Vertex Set: a Parameterized Perspective", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "10", number = "4", pages = "18:1--18:??", month = oct, year = "2018", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3265027", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Wed Oct 17 17:24:50 MDT 2018", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "For a family F of graphs, a graph G, and a positive integer k, the F-Deletion problem asks whether we can delete at most k vertices from G to obtain a graph in F. F-Deletion generalizes many classical graph problems such as Vertex Cover, Feedback Vertex Set, and Odd Cycle Transversal. For an integer $ \alpha \geq 1 $, an $n$ vertex (multi) graph $ G = (V, \cup_{i = 1}^{ \alpha } E_i)$, where the edge set of $G$ is partitioned into $ \alpha $ color classes, is called an $ \alpha $-edge-colored (multi) graph. A natural extension of the F-Deletion problem to edge-colored graphs is the Simultaneous F Deletion problem. In the latter problem, we are given an $ \alpha $-edge-colored graph G and the goal is to find a set S of at most k vertices such that each graph G$_i$ --- S, where G$_i$ = ( V, E$_i$ ) and $ 1 \leq i \leq \alpha $, is in F. In this work, we study Simultaneous F-Deletion for F being the family of forests. In other words, we focus on the Simultaneous Feedback Vertex Set (SimFVS) problem. Algorithmically, we show that, like its classical counterpart, SimFVS parameterized by k is fixed-parameter tractable (FPT) and admits a polynomial kernel, for any fixed constant $ \alpha $. In particular, we give an algorithm running in 2$^{O (\alpha k)}$ n$^{O (1)}$ time and a kernel with O ( \alpha k$^{3(\alpha + 1)}$ ) vertices. The running time of our algorithm implies that SimFVS is FPT even when $ \alpha \in o (\log n)$. We complement this positive result by showing that if we allow $ \alpha $ to be in $ O(\log n)$, where $n$ is the number of vertices in the input graph, then SimFVS becomes $ W[1]$-hard. In particular, when $ \alpha $ is roughly equal to $ c \log n$, for a non-zero positive constant $c$, the problem becomes $ W[1]$-hard. Our positive results answer one of the open problems posed by Cai and Ye (MFCS 2014).", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "18", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Boczkowski:2018:SCP, author = "Lucas Boczkowski and Iordanis Kerenidis and Fr{\'e}d{\'e}ric Magniez", title = "Streaming Communication Protocols", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "10", number = "4", pages = "19:1--19:??", month = oct, year = "2018", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3276748", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Wed Oct 17 17:24:50 MDT 2018", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", abstract = "We define the Streaming Communication model that combines the main aspects of communication complexity and streaming. Input arrives as a stream, spread between several agents across a network. Each agent has a bounded memory, which can be updated upon receiving a new bit, or a message from another agent. We provide tight tradeoffs between the necessary resources, i.e., communication between agents and memory, for some of the canonical problems from communication complexity by proving a strong general lower bound technique. Second, we analyze the Approximate Matching problem and show that the complexity of this problem (i.e., the achievable approximation ratio) in the one-way variant of our model is strictly different both from the streaming complexity and the one-way communication complexity thereof.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "19", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Ganardi:2019:UTB, author = "Moses Ganardi and Markus Lohrey", title = "A Universal Tree Balancing Theorem", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "11", number = "1", pages = "1:1--1:??", month = jan, year = "2019", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3278158", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Tue Oct 22 10:25:09 MDT 2019", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", URL = "https://dl.acm.org/ft_gateway.cfm?id=3278158", abstract = "We present a general framework for balancing expressions (terms) in the form of so-called tree straight-line programs. The latter can be seen as circuits over the free term algebra extended by contexts (terms with a hole) and the operations, which insert terms/contexts into contexts. In Ref. [16], it was shown that one can compute for a given term of size n in logspace a tree straight-line program of depth O (log n ) and size O ( n / log n ). In the present article, it is shown that the conversion can be done in DLOGTIME-uniform TC$^0$. This allows reducing the term evaluation problem over an arbitrary algebra A to the term evaluation problem over a derived two-sorted algebra F ( A ). Three applications are presented: (i) an alternative proof for a recent result by Krebs et al. [25] on the expression evaluation problem is given; (ii) it is shown that expressions for an arbitrary (possibly non-commutative) semiring can be transformed in DLOGTIME-uniform TC$^0$ into equivalent circuits of logarithmic depth and size O ( n / log n ); and, (iii) a corresponding result for regular expressions is shown.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "1", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Kayal:2019:RFR, author = "Neeraj Kayal and Vineet Nair and Chandan Saha and S{\'e}bastien Tavenas", title = "Reconstruction of Full Rank Algebraic Branching Programs", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "11", number = "1", pages = "2:1--2:??", month = jan, year = "2019", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3282427", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Tue Oct 22 10:25:09 MDT 2019", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", URL = "https://dl.acm.org/ft_gateway.cfm?id=3282427", abstract = "An algebraic branching program (ABP) A can be modelled as a product expression $ X_1 \middot X_2 \ldots {} X_d $, where $ X_1 $ and $ X_d $ are 1 $ \times $ w and w $ \times $ 1 matrices, respectively, and every other $ X_k $ is a w $ \times $ w matrix; the entries of these matrices are linear forms in m variables over a field F (which we assume to be either Q or a field of characteristic poly( m )). The polynomial computed by A is the entry of the 1 $ \times $ 1 matrix obtained from the product $ \Pi_{k = 1}^d X_k $. We say A is a full rank ABP if the $ w^2 (d - 2) + 2 w $ linear forms occurring in the matrices $ X_1, X_2, \ldots {}, X_d $ are F-linearly independent. Our main result is a randomized reconstruction algorithm for full rank ABPs: Given blackbox access to an m -variate polynomial f of degree at most m, the algorithm outputs a full rank ABP computing f if such an ABP exists, or outputs ``no full rank ABP exists'' (with high probability). The running time of the algorithm is polynomial in $m$ and $ \beta $, where $ \beta $ is the bit length of the coefficients of $f$. The algorithm works even if $ X_k$ is a $ w_{k - 1} \times w_k$ matrix (with $ w_0 = w_d = 1$), and $ w = (w_1, \ldots {}, w_{d - 1})$ is unknown. The result is obtained by designing a randomized polynomial time equivalence test for the family of iterated matrix multiplication polynomial IMM$_{w, d}$, the (1, 1)-th entry of a product of d rectangular symbolic matrices whose dimensions are according to $ w \in N^{d - 1}$. At its core, the algorithm exploits a connection between the irreducible invariant subspaces of the Lie algebra of the group of symmetries of a polynomial $f$ that is equivalent to IMM$_{w, d}$ and the ``layer spaces'' of a full rank ABP computing f. This connection also helps determine the group of symmetries of IMM$_{w, d}$ and show that IMM$_{w, d}$ is characterized by its group of symmetries.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "2", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Larose:2019:SHC, author = "Beno{\^\i}t Larose and Barnaby Martin and Dani{\"e}l Paulusma", title = "Surjective H-Colouring over Reflexive Digraphs", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "11", number = "1", pages = "3:1--3:??", month = jan, year = "2019", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3282431", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Tue Oct 22 10:25:09 MDT 2019", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", URL = "https://dl.acm.org/ft_gateway.cfm?id=3282431", abstract = "The Surjective H-Colouring problem is to test if a given graph allows a vertex-surjective homomorphism to a fixed graph H. The complexity of this problem has been well studied for undirected (partially) reflexive graphs. We introduce endo-triviality, the property of a structure that all of its endomorphisms that do not have range of size 1 are automorphisms, as a means to obtain complexity-theoretic classifications of Surjective H-Colouring in the case of reflexive digraphs. Chen (2014) proved, in the setting of constraint satisfaction problems, that Surjective H-Colouring is NP-complete if H has the property that all of its polymorphisms are essentially unary. We give the first concrete application of his result by showing that every endo-trivial reflexive digraph H has this property. We then use the concept of endo-triviality to prove, as our main result, a dichotomy for Surjective H-Colouring when H is a reflexive tournament: if H is transitive, then Surjective H-Colouring is in NL; otherwise, it is NP-complete. By combining this result with some known and new results, we obtain a complexity classification for Surjective H-Colouring when H is a partially reflexive digraph of size at most 3.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "3", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Fulla:2019:CBS, author = "Peter Fulla and Hannes Uppman and Stanislav Zivn{\'y}", title = "The Complexity of {Boolean} Surjective General-Valued {CSPs}", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "11", number = "1", pages = "4:1--4:??", month = jan, year = "2019", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3282429", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Tue Oct 22 10:25:09 MDT 2019", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", URL = "https://dl.acm.org/ft_gateway.cfm?id=3282429", abstract = "Valued constraint satisfaction problems (VCSPs) are discrete optimisation problems with a $ (Q \cup \infty)$-valued objective function given as a sum of fixed-arity functions. In Boolean surjective VCSPs, variables take on labels from $ D = \{ 0, 1 \} $, and an optimal assignment is required to use both labels from $D$. Examples include the classical global Min-Cut problem in graphs and the Minimum Distance problem studied in coding theory. We establish a dichotomy theorem and thus give a complete complexity classification of Boolean surjective VCSPs with respect to exact solvability. Our work generalises the dichotomy for $ \{ 0, \infty \} $-valued constraint languages (corresponding to surjective decision CSPs) obtained by Creignou and H{\'e}brard. For the maximisation problem of $ Q_{\geq 0}$-valued surjective VCSPs, we also establish a dichotomy theorem with respect to approximability. Unlike in the case of Boolean surjective (decision) CSPs, there appears a novel tractable class of languages that is trivial in the non-surjective setting. This newly discovered tractable class has an interesting mathematical structure related to downsets and upsets. Our main contribution is identifying this class and proving that it lies on the borderline of tractability. A crucial part of our proof is a polynomial-time algorithm for enumerating all near-optimal solutions to a generalised Min-Cut problem, which might be of independent interest.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "4", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Iwama:2019:ROB, author = "Kazuo Iwama and Atsuki Nagao", title = "Read-Once Branching Programs for Tree Evaluation Problems", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "11", number = "1", pages = "5:1--5:??", month = jan, year = "2019", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3282433", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Tue Oct 22 10:25:09 MDT 2019", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", URL = "https://dl.acm.org/ft_gateway.cfm?id=3282433", abstract = "Toward the ultimate goal of separating L and P, Cook, McKenzie, Wehr, Braverman, and Santhanam introduced the Tree Evaluation Problem ( TEP ). For fixed integers h and k > 0, FT$_h$ ( k ) is given as a complete, rooted binary tree of height h, in which each root node is associated with a function from [ k ]$^2$ to [ k ], and each leaf node with a number in [ k ]. The value of an internal node v is defined naturally; that is, if it has a function f and the values of its two child nodes are a and b, then the value of v is f ( a, b ). Our task is to compute the value of the root node by sequentially executing this function evaluation in a bottom-up fashion. The problem is obviously in P, and, if we could prove that any branching program solving FT$^h$ ( k ) needs at least k$^{r (h)}$ states for any unbounded function r, then this problem is not in L, thus achieving our goal. The mentioned authors introduced a restriction called thrifty against the structure of BP's (i,e., against the algorithm for solving the problem) and proved that any thrifty BP needs \Omega ( k$^h$ ) states. This article proves a similar lower bound for read-once branching programs, which allows us to get rid of the restriction on the order of nodes read by the BP that is the nature of the thrifty restriction.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "5", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Blais:2019:DTL, author = "Eric Blais and Cl{\'e}ment L. Canonne and Tom Gur", title = "Distribution Testing Lower Bounds via Reductions from Communication Complexity", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "11", number = "2", pages = "6:1--6:??", month = apr, year = "2019", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3305270", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Tue Oct 22 10:25:10 MDT 2019", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", URL = "https://dl.acm.org/ft_gateway.cfm?id=3305270", abstract = "We present a new methodology for proving distribution testing lower bounds, establishing a connection between distribution testing and the simultaneous message passing (SMP) communication model. Extending the framework of Blais, Brody, and Matulef [15], we show a simple way to reduce (private-coin) SMP problems to distribution testing problems. This method allows us to prove new distribution testing lower bounds, as well as to provide simple proofs of known lower bounds. Our main result is concerned with testing identity to a specific distribution, p, given as a parameter. In a recent and influential work, Valiant and Valiant [55] showed that the sample complexity of the aforementioned problem is closely related to the l$_{2 / 3}$ -quasinorm of p. We obtain alternative bounds on the complexity of this problem in terms of an arguably more intuitive measure and using simpler proofs. More specifically, we prove that the sample complexity is essentially determined by a fundamental operator in the theory of interpolation of Banach spaces, known as Peetre's K-functional. We show that this quantity is closely related to the size of the effective support of p (loosely speaking, the number of supported elements that constitute the vast majority of the mass of p ). This result, in turn, stems from an unexpected connection to functional analysis and refined concentration of measure inequalities, which arise naturally in our reduction.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "6", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Cai:2019:GAG, author = "Jin-Yi Cai and Michael Kowalczyk and Tyson Williams", title = "Gadgets and Anti-Gadgets Leading to a Complexity Dichotomy", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "11", number = "2", pages = "7:1--7:??", month = apr, year = "2019", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3305272", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Tue Oct 22 10:25:10 MDT 2019", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", URL = "https://dl.acm.org/ft_gateway.cfm?id=3305272", abstract = "We introduce an idea called anti-gadgets for reductions in complexity theory. These anti-gadgets are presented as graph fragments, but their effect is equivalent to erasing the presence of other graph fragments, as if we had managed to include a negative copy of a certain graph gadget. We use this idea to prove a complexity dichotomy theorem for the partition function Z(G) of spin systems over 3-regular directed graphs G, $$ Z (G) = \Sigma_{ \sigma : V (G) \to \{ 0, 1 \} } \Pi_{(u, v) \in E (G)} f(\sigma (u), \sigma (v)) $$, where each edge is given a (not necessarily symmetric) complex-valued binary function $ f : { 0, 1}^2 \to C $. We show that $ Z(G) $ is either computable in polynomial time or \#P-hard, depending explicitly on $f$. When the input graph $G$ is planar, there is an additional class of polynomial time computable partition functions $ Z(G)$, while everything else remains \#P-hard. Furthermore, this additional class is precisely those that can be transformed by a holographic reduction to matchgates, followed by the Fisher--Kasteleyn--Temperley algorithm via Pfaffians.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "7", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Dinesh:2019:CLB, author = "Krishnamoorthy Dinesh and Sajin Koroth and Jayalal Sarma", title = "Characterization and Lower Bounds for Branching Program Size using Projective Dimension", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "11", number = "2", pages = "8:1--8:??", month = apr, year = "2019", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3305274", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Tue Oct 22 10:25:10 MDT 2019", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", URL = "https://dl.acm.org/ft_gateway.cfm?id=3305274", abstract = "We study projective dimension, a graph parameter, denoted by pd( G ) for a bipartite graph G, introduced by Pudl{\'a}k and R{\"o}dl (1992). For a Boolean function f (on n bits), Pudl{\'a}k and R{\"o}dl associated a bipartite graph G$_f$ and showed that size of the optimal branching program computing f, denoted by bpsize( f ), is at least pd( G$_f$ ) (also denoted by pd( f )). Hence, proving lower bounds for pd( f ) implies lower bounds for bpsize( f ). Despite several attempts (Pudl{\'a}k and R{\"o}dl (1992), R{\'o}nyai et al. (2000)), proving super-linear lower bounds for projective dimension of explicit families of graphs has remained elusive. We observe that there exist a Boolean function f for which the gap between the pd( f ) and bpsize( f ) is 2$^{ \Omega (n)}$. Motivated by the argument in Pudl{\'a}k and R{\"o}dl (1992), we define two variants of projective dimension: projective dimension with intersection dimension 1, denoted by upd( f ), and bitwise decomposable projective dimension, denoted by bitpdim( f ). We show the following results: (a) We observe that there exist a Boolean function f for which the gap between upd( f ) and bpsize( f ) is 2$^{ \Omega (n)}$. In contrast, we also show that the bitwise decomposable projective dimension characterizes size of the branching program up to a polynomial factor. That is, there exists a constant c > 0 and for any function f, bitpdim( f )/6 \leq bpsize( f ) \leq (bitpdim( f )) $^c$. (b) We introduce a new candidate family of functions f for showing super-polynomial lower bounds for bitpdim( f ). As our main result, for this family of functions, we demonstrate gaps between pd( f ) and the above two new measures for f: pd( f ) = O ( \sqrt n ) upd( f ) = \Omega ( n ) bitpdim( f ) = \Omega ( n$^{1.5}$ / log n ). We adapt Nechiporuk's techniques for our linear algebraic setting to prove the best-known bpsize lower bounds for bitpdim. Motivated by this linear algebraic setting of our main result, we derive exponential lower bounds for two restricted variants of pd( f ) and upd( f ) by observing that they are exactly equal to well-studied graph parameters-bipartite clique cover number and bipartite partition number, respectively.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "8", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Kerenidis:2019:MPP, author = "Iordanis Kerenidis and Adi Ros{\'e}n and Florent Urrutia", title = "Multi-Party Protocols, Information Complexity and Privacy", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "11", number = "2", pages = "9:1--9:??", month = apr, year = "2019", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3313230", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Tue Oct 22 10:25:10 MDT 2019", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", URL = "https://dl.acm.org/ft_gateway.cfm?id=3313230", abstract = "We introduce a new information-theoretic measure, which we call Public Information Complexity (PIC), as a tool for the study of multi-party computation protocols, and of quantities such as their communication complexity, or the amount of randomness they require in the context of information-theoretic private computations. We are able to use this measure directly in the natural asynchronous message-passing peer-to-peer model and show a number of interesting properties and applications of our new notion: The Public Information Complexity is a lower bound on the Communication Complexity and an upper bound on the Information Complexity; the difference between the Public Information Complexity and the Information Complexity provides a lower bound on the amount of randomness used in a protocol; any communication protocol can be compressed to its Public Information Cost; and an explicit calculation of the zero-error Public Information Complexity of the k -party, n -bit Parity function, where a player outputs the bitwise parity of the inputs. The latter result also establishes that the amount of randomness needed by a private protocol that computes this function is \Omega ( n ).", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "9", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Ramya:2019:LBS, author = "C. Ramya and B. V. Raghavendra Rao", title = "Lower bounds for Sum and Sum of Products of Read-once Formulas", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "11", number = "2", pages = "10:1--10:??", month = apr, year = "2019", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3313232", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Tue Oct 22 10:25:10 MDT 2019", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", URL = "https://dl.acm.org/ft_gateway.cfm?id=3313232", abstract = "We study limitations of polynomials computed by depth-2 circuits built over read-once formulas (ROFs). In particular: (*) We prove a $ 2^{ \Omega (n)} $ lower bound for the sum of ROFs computing the $ 2 n$-variate polynomial in VP defined by Raz and Yehudayoff. (*) We obtain a $ 2^{ \Omega (\sqrt {n})}$ lower bound on the size of $ \Sigma \Pi^{[n^{1 / 15}]}$ arithmetic circuits built over restricted ROFs of unbounded depth computing the permanent of an $ n \times n$ matrix (superscripts on gates denote bound on the fan-in). The restriction is that the number of variables with + gates as a parent in a proper sub formula of the ROF has to be bounded by $ \sqrt {n}$. This proves an exponential lower bound for a subclass of possibly non-multilinear formulas of unbounded depth computing the permanent polynomial. (*) We also show an exponential lower bound for the above model against a polynomial in VP. (*) Finally, we observe that the techniques developed yield an exponential lower bound on the size of $ \Sigma \Pi^{[N^{1 / 30}]}$ arithmetic circuits built over syntactically multi-linear $ \Sigma \Pi \Sigma^{[N^{1 / 4}]}$ arithmetic circuits computing a product of variable disjoint linear forms on $N$ variables, where the superscripts on gates denote bound on the fan-in. Our proof techniques are built on the measure developed by Kumar et al. [14] and are based on a non-trivial analysis of ROFs under random partitions. Further, our results exhibit strengths and provide more insight into the lower bound techniques introduced by Raz [19].", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "10", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Kolay:2019:CCG, author = "Sudeshna Kolay and Fahad Panolan and Saket Saurabh", title = "Communication Complexity and Graph Families", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "11", number = "2", pages = "11:1--11:??", month = apr, year = "2019", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3313234", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Tue Oct 22 10:25:10 MDT 2019", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", URL = "https://dl.acm.org/ft_gateway.cfm?id=3313234", abstract = "Given a graph G and a pair ( F$_1$, F$_2$ ) of graph families, the function GDISJ$_{G, F 1}$, F$_2$ takes as input, two induced subgraphs G$_1$ and G$_2$ of G, such that G$_1$ \in F$_1$ and G$_2$ \in F$_2$ and returns 1 if V ( G$_1$ ) \cap V ( G$_2$ )= \oslash and 0 otherwise. We study the communication complexity of this problem in the two-party model. In particular, we look at pairs of hereditary graph families. We show that the communication complexity of this function, when the two graph families are hereditary, is sublinear if and only if there are finitely many graphs in the intersection of these two families. Then, using concepts from parameterized complexity, we obtain nuanced upper bounds on the communication complexity of GDISJ$_{G, F 1}$, F$_2$ . A concept related to communication protocols is that of a ( F$_1$, F$_2$ )-separating family of a graph G. A collection F of subsets of V ( G ) is called a ( F$_1$, F$_2$ )- separating family for G, if for any two vertex disjoint induced subgraphs G$_1$ \in F$_1$, G$_2$ \in F$_2$, there is a set F \in F with V ( G$_1$ ) \subseteq F and V ( G$_2$ ) \cap F = \oslash . Given a graph G on n vertices, for any pair ( F$_1$, F$_2$ ) of hereditary graph families with sublinear communication complexity for GDISJ$_{G, F 1}$, F$_2$, we give an enumeration algorithm that finds a subexponential sized ( F$_1$, F$_2$ )-separating family. In fact, we give an enumeration algorithm that finds a 2$^{o (k)}$ n$^{O (1)}$ sized ( F$_1$, F$_2$ )-separating family, where k denotes the size of a minimum sized set S of vertices such that V ( G )\ S has a bipartition ( V$_1$, V$_2$ ) with G [ V$_1$ ] \in F$_1$ and G [ V$_2$ ] \in F$_2$. We exhibit a wide range of applications for these separating families, to obtain combinatorial bounds, enumeration algorithms, as well as exact and FPT algorithms for several problems.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "11", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Schoenebeck:2019:BWC, author = "Grant Schoenebeck and Biaoshuai Tao", title = "Beyond Worst-case (In)approximability of Nonsubmodular Influence Maximization", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "11", number = "3", pages = "12:1--12:??", month = jun, year = "2019", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3313904", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Tue Oct 22 10:25:10 MDT 2019", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", URL = "https://dl.acm.org/ft_gateway.cfm?id=3313904", abstract = "We consider the problem of maximizing the spread of influence in a social network by choosing a fixed number of initial seeds, formally referred to as the influence maximization problem. It admits a (1-1/e)-factor approximation algorithm if the influence function is submodular. Otherwise, in the worst case, the problem is NP-hard to approximate to within a factor of N$^{1 - \epsilon }$. This article studies whether this worst-case hardness result can be circumvented by making assumptions about either the underlying network topology or the cascade model. All our assumptions are motivated by many real-life social network cascades. First, we present strong inapproximability results for a very restricted class of networks called the (stochastic) hierarchical blockmodel, a special case of the well-studied (stochastic) blockmodel in which relationships between blocks admit a tree structure. We also provide a dynamic-programming-based polynomial time algorithm, which optimally computes a directed variant of the influence maximization problem on hierarchical blockmodel networks. Our algorithm indicates that the inapproximability result is due to the bidirectionality of influence between agent-blocks. Second, we present strong inapproximability results for a class of influence functions that are ``almost'' submodular, called 2-quasi-submodular. Our inapproximability results hold even for any 2-quasi-submodular f fixed in advance. This result also indicates that the ``threshold'' between submodularity and nonsubmodularity is sharp, regarding the approximability of influence maximization.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "12", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Bonamy:2019:TLB, author = "Marthe Bonamy and {\l}Ukasz Kowalik and Micha{\l} Pilipczuk and Arkadiusz Soca{\l}a and Marcin Wrochna", title = "Tight Lower Bounds for the Complexity of Multicoloring", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "11", number = "3", pages = "13:1--13:??", month = jun, year = "2019", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3313906", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Tue Oct 22 10:25:10 MDT 2019", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", URL = "https://dl.acm.org/ft_gateway.cfm?id=3313906", abstract = "In the multicoloring problem, also known as ( a: b )- coloring or b-fold coloring, we are given a graph G and a set of a colors, and the task is to assign a subset of b colors to each vertex of G so that adjacent vertices receive disjoint color subsets. This natural generalization of the classic coloring problem (the b =1 case) is equivalent to finding a homomorphism to the Kneser graph KG$_{a, b}$ and gives relaxations approaching the fractional chromatic number. We study the complexity of determining whether a graph has an ( a: b )-coloring. Our main result is that this problem does not admit an algorithm with runtime f ( b )c 2$^{o (log b)c n}$ for any computable f(b) unless the Exponential Time Hypothesis (ETH) fails. A ( b +1)$^n$ c poly( n )-time algorithm due to Nederlof [33] shows that this is tight. A direct corollary of our result is that the graph homomorphism problem does not admit a 2$^{O (n + h)}$ algorithm unless the ETH fails even if the target graph is required to be a Kneser graph. This refines the understanding given by the recent lower bound of Cygan et al. [9]. The crucial ingredient in our hardness reduction is the usage of detecting matrices of Lindstr{\"o}m [28], which is a combinatorial tool that, to the best of our knowledge, has not yet been used for proving complexity lower bounds. As a side result, we prove that the runtime of the algorithms of Abasi et al. [1] and of Gabizon et al. [14] for the r -monomial detection problem are optimal under the ETH.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "13", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Black:2019:MPU, author = "Timothy Black", title = "Monotone Properties of $k$-Uniform Hypergraphs Are Weakly Evasive", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "11", number = "3", pages = "14:1--14:??", month = jun, year = "2019", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3313908", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Tue Oct 22 10:25:10 MDT 2019", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", URL = "https://dl.acm.org/ft_gateway.cfm?id=3313908", abstract = "A Boolean function in n variables is weakly evasive if its decision-tree complexity is \Omega ( n ). By k -graphs, we mean k -uniform hypergraphs. A k-graph property on v vertices is a Boolean function on n =$^v_k$ variables corresponding to the k -subsets of a v -set that is invariant under the v! permutations of the v -set (isomorphisms of k -graphs). In 1976, Rivest and Vuillemin proved that all nonconstant monotone graph properties ( k = 2) are weakly evasive, confirming a conjecture of Aanderaa and Rosenberg in 1973. Then, in 2013, Kulkarni, Qiao, and Sun (KQS) proved the analogous result for 3-graphs. We extend these results to k -graphs for every fixed k. From this, we show that monotone Boolean functions invariant under the action of a large primitive group are weakly evasive. Although KQS employ the powerful topological approach of Kahn et al. in 1984 combined with heavy number theory, our argument is elementary and self-contained (modulo some basic group theory). Inspired by the outline of the KQS approach, we formalize the general framework of ``orbit augmentation sequences'' of sets with group actions. We show that a parameter of such sequences, called the spacing, is a lower bound on the decision-tree complexity for any nontrivial monotone property that is \Gamma -invariant for all groups \Gamma involved in the orbit augmentation sequence, assuming all those groups are p -groups. We develop operations on such sequences such as composition and direct product that will provide helpful machinery for our applications. We apply this general technique to k -graphs via certain liftings of k -graphs with wreath product action of p -groups.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "14", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Aviv:2019:ELG, author = "Nir Aviv and Amnon Ta-Shma", title = "On the Entropy Loss and Gap of Condensers", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "11", number = "3", pages = "15:1--15:??", month = jun, year = "2019", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3317691", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Tue Oct 22 10:25:10 MDT 2019", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/hash.bib; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", URL = "https://dl.acm.org/ft_gateway.cfm?id=3317691", abstract = "Many algorithms are proven to work under the assumption that they have access to a source of random, uniformly distributed bits. However, in practice, sources of randomness are often imperfect, giving n random bits that have only k < n min-entropy. The value n --- k is called the entropy gap of the source. Randomness condensers are hash functions that hash any such source to a shorter source with reduced entropy gap g. The goal is to lose as little entropy as possible in this process. Condensers also have an error parameter \epsilon and use a small seed of uniformly distributed bits whose length we desire to minimize as well. In this work, we study the exact dependencies between the different parameters of seeded randomness condensers. We obtain a non-explicit upper bound, showing the existence of condensers with entropy loss log (1+log 1/ \epsilon / g ) + O (1) and seed length log ( n --- k / \epsilon g ) + O (1). In particular, this implies the existence of condensers with O (log 1 / \epsilon ) entropy gap and constant entropy loss. This extends (with slightly improved parameters) the non-explicit upper bound for condensers presented in the work of Dodis et al. (2014), which gives condensers with entropy loss at least log log 1 / \epsilon . We also give a non-explicit upper bound for lossless condensers, which have entropy gap g \geq log 1 / \epsilon / \epsilon + O (1) and seed length log ( n --- k / \epsilon $^2$ g ) + O (1). Furthermore, we address an open question raised in (Dodis et al. 2014), where Dodis et al. showed an explicit construction of condensers with constant gap and O (log log 1/ \epsilon ) loss, using seed length O ( n log 1 / \epsilon ). In the same article they improve the seed length to O ( k log k ) and ask whether it can be further improved. In this work, we reduce the seed length of their construction to O (log ( n / \epsilon )log ( k / \&epsiv)) by a simple concatenation. In the analysis, we use and prove a tight equivalence between condensers and extractors with multiplicative error. We note that a similar, but non-tight, equivalence was already proven by Dodis et al. (Dodis et al. 2014) using a weaker variant of extractors called unpredictability extractors. We also remark that this equivalence underlies the work of Ben-Aroya et al. (Ben-Aroya et al. 2016) and later work on explicit two-source extractors, and we believe it is interesting in its own right.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "15", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Aydinlioglu:2019:CAR, author = "Baris Aydinlioglu and Eric Bach", title = "Corrigendum to Affine Relativization: Unifying the Algebrization and Relativization Barriers", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "11", number = "3", pages = "16:1--16:??", month = jun, year = "2019", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3317693", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Tue Oct 22 10:25:10 MDT 2019", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", URL = "https://dl.acm.org/ft_gateway.cfm?id=3317693", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "16", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Goldreich:2019:SLT, author = "Oded Goldreich and Tom Gur and Ilan Komargodski", title = "Strong Locally Testable Codes with Relaxed Local Decoders", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "11", number = "3", pages = "17:1--17:??", month = jun, year = "2019", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3319907", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Tue Oct 22 10:25:10 MDT 2019", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", URL = "https://dl.acm.org/ft_gateway.cfm?id=3319907", abstract = "Locally testable codes (LTCs) are error-correcting codes that admit very efficient codeword tests. An LTC is said to be strong if it has a proximity-oblivious tester, that is, a tester that makes only a constant number of queries and rejects non-codewords with a probability that depends solely on their distance from the code. Locally decodable codes (LDCs) are complementary to LTCs. While the latter allow for highly efficient rejection of strings that are far from being codewords, LDCs allow for highly efficient recovery of individual bits of the information that is encoded in strings that are close to being codewords. Constructions of strong-LTCs with nearly-linear length are known, but the existence of a constant-query LDC with polynomial length is a major open problem. In an attempt to bypass this barrier, Ben-Sasson et al. (SICOMP 2006) introduced a natural relaxation of local decodability, called relaxed-LDCs. This notion requires local recovery of nearly all individual information-bits, yet allows for recovery-failure (but not error) on the rest. Ben-Sasson et al. constructed a constant-query relaxed-LDC with nearly-linear length (i.e., length k$^{1 + \alpha }$ for an arbitrarily small constant \alpha > 0, where k is the dimension of the code). This work focuses on obtaining strong testability and relaxed decodability simultaneously. We construct a family of binary linear codes of nearly-linear length that are both strong-LTCs (with one-sided error) and constant-query relaxed-LDCs. This improves upon the previously known constructions, which either obtain only weak LTCs or require polynomial length. Our construction heavily relies on tensor codes and PCPs. In particular, we provide strong canonical PCPs of proximity for membership in any linear code with constant rate and relative distance. Loosely speaking, these are PCPs of proximity wherein the verifier is proximity oblivious (similarly to strong-LTCs) and every valid statement has a unique canonical proof. Furthermore, the verifier is required to reject non-canonical proofs (even for valid statements). As an application, we improve the best known separation result between the complexity of decision and verification in the setting of property testing.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "17", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Agrawal:2019:SCU, author = "Akanksha Agrawal and Daniel Lokshtanov and Saket Saurabh and Meirav Zehavi", title = "Split Contraction: The Untold Story", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "11", number = "3", pages = "18:1--18:??", month = jun, year = "2019", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3319909", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Tue Oct 22 10:25:10 MDT 2019", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", URL = "https://dl.acm.org/ft_gateway.cfm?id=3319909", abstract = "The edit operation that contracts edges, which is a fundamental operation in the theory of graph minors, has recently gained substantial scientific attention from the viewpoint of Parameterized Complexity. In this article, we examine an important family of graphs, namely, the family of split graphs, which in the context of edge contractions is proven to be significantly less obedient than one might expect. Formally, given a graph G and an integer k, S PLIT CONTRACTION asks whether there exists X \subseteq E ( G ) such that G / X is a split graph and | X | \leq k. Here, G / X is the graph obtained from G by contracting edges in X. Guo and Cai [Theoretical Computer Science, 2015] claimed that SPLIT CONTRACTION is fixed-parameter tractable. However, our findings are different. We show that SPLIT CONTRACTION, despite its deceptive simplicity, is W[1]-hard. Our main result establishes the following conditional lower bound: Under the Exponential Time Hypothesis, SPLIT CONTRACTION cannot be solved in time 2$^o$ (l$^2$ )$ \cdot $ n$^O$ (1), where l is the vertex cover number of the input graph. We also verify that this lower bound is essentially tight. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first tight lower bound of the form 2$^o$ (l$^2$ )$ \cdot $ n$^{O (1)}$ for problems parameterized by the vertex cover number of the input graph. In particular, our approach to obtain this lower bound borrows the notion of harmonious coloring from Graph Theory, and might be of independent interest.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "18", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Viola:2019:CEP, author = "Emanuele Viola", title = "Constant-Error Pseudorandomness Proofs from Hardness Require Majority", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "11", number = "4", pages = "19:1--19:??", month = sep, year = "2019", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3322815", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Tue Oct 22 10:25:11 MDT 2019", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/prng.bib; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", URL = "https://dl.acm.org/ft_gateway.cfm?id=3322815", abstract = "Research in the 1980s and 1990s showed how to construct a pseudorandom generator from a function that is hard to compute on more than 99\% of the inputs. A more recent line of works showed, however, that if the generator has small error, then the proof of correctness cannot be implemented in subclasses of TC$^0$, and hence the construction cannot be applied to the known hardness results. This article considers a typical class of pseudorandom generator constructions, and proves an analogous result for the case of large error.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "19", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Haviv:2019:MFS, author = "Ishay Haviv", title = "On Minrank and Forbidden Subgraphs", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "11", number = "4", pages = "20:1--20:??", month = sep, year = "2019", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3322817", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Tue Oct 22 10:25:11 MDT 2019", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", URL = "https://dl.acm.org/ft_gateway.cfm?id=3322817", abstract = "The minrank over a field $F$ of a graph $G$ on the vertex set $ \{ 1, 2, \ldots, n \} $ is the minimum possible rank of a matrix $ M \in F^{n \times n}$ such that $ M_{i, i} \neq 0$ for every $i$, and $ M_{i, j} = 0$ for every distinct non-adjacent vertices $i$ and $j$ in $G$. For an integer $n$, a graph $H$, and a field $F$, let $ g(n, H, F)$ denote the maximum possible minrank over $F$ of an $n$-vertex graph whose complement contains no copy of $H$. In this article, we study this quantity for various graphs $H$ and fields $F$. For finite fields, we prove by a probabilistic argument a general lower bound on $ g(n, H, F)$, which yields a nearly tight bound of $ \Omega (\sqrt n / l o g n)$ for the triangle $ H = K_3$. For the real field, we prove by an explicit construction that for every non-bipartite graph $H$, $ g(n, H, R) \geq n^\delta $ for some $ \delta = \delta (H) > 0$. As a by-product of this construction, we disprove a conjecture of Codenotti et al. [11]. The results are motivated by questions in information theory, circuit complexity, and geometry.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "20", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Boppana:2019:BIV, author = "Ravi Boppana and Johan H{\aa}stad and Chin Ho Lee and Emanuele Viola", title = "Bounded Independence versus Symmetric Tests", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "11", number = "4", pages = "21:1--21:??", month = sep, year = "2019", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3337783", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Tue Oct 22 10:25:11 MDT 2019", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", URL = "https://dl.acm.org/ft_gateway.cfm?id=3337783", abstract = "For a test T \subseteq {0, 1}$^n$, define k$^*$ ( T ) to be the maximum k such that there exists a k -wise uniform distribution over {0, 1}$^n$ whose support is a subset of T. For H$_t$ = { x \in 0, 1$^n$: | \Sigma $_i$ x$_i$ --- n /2| $<$ = t }, we prove k$^*$ ( H$_t$ ) = \Theta ( t$^2$ / n + 1). For S$_{m, c}$ = { x \in 0, 1$^n$: \Sigma $_i$ x$_i$ \equiv c (mod m )}, we prove that k$^*$ ( S$_{m, c}$ ) = \Theta ( n / m$^2$ ). For some k = O ( n / m ) we also show that any k -wise uniform distribution puts probability mass at most 1/ m + 1/100 over S$_{m, c}$. Finally, for any fixed odd m we show that there is an integer k = (1 --- \Omega (1)) n such that any k -wise uniform distribution lands in T with probability exponentially close to | S$_{m, c}$ |/2$^n$; and this result is false for any even m.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "21", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Oliveira:2019:RMB, author = "Mateus {De Oliveira Oliveira} and Pavel Pudl{\'a}k", title = "Representations of Monotone {Boolean} Functions by Linear Programs", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "11", number = "4", pages = "22:1--22:??", month = sep, year = "2019", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3337787", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Tue Oct 22 10:25:11 MDT 2019", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", URL = "https://dl.acm.org/ft_gateway.cfm?id=3337787", abstract = "We introduce the notion of monotone linear programming circuits (MLP circuits), a model of computation for partial Boolean functions. Using this model, we prove the following results.$^1$ (1) MLP circuits are superpolynomially stronger than monotone Boolean circuits. (2) MLP circuits are exponentially stronger than monotone span programs over the reals. (3) MLP circuits can be used to provide monotone feasibility interpolation theorems for Lov{\'a}sz-Schrijver proof systems and for mixed Lov{\'a}sz-Schrijver proof systems. (4) The Lov{\'a}sz-Schrijver proof system cannot be polynomially simulated by the cutting planes proof system. Finally, we establish connections between the problem of proving lower bounds for the size of MLP circuits and the field of extension complexity of polytopes.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "22", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Goldberg:2019:APC, author = "Leslie Ann Goldberg and Mark Jerrum", title = "Approximating Pairwise Correlations in the {Ising} Model", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "11", number = "4", pages = "23:1--23:??", month = sep, year = "2019", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3337785", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Tue Oct 22 10:25:11 MDT 2019", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", URL = "https://dl.acm.org/ft_gateway.cfm?id=3337785", abstract = "In the Ising model, we consider the problem of estimating the covariance of the spins at two specified vertices. In the ferromagnetic case, it is easy to obtain an additive approximation to this covariance by repeatedly sampling from the relevant Gibbs distribution. However, we desire a multiplicative approximation, and it is not clear how to achieve this by sampling, given that the covariance can be exponentially small. Our main contribution is a fully polynomial time randomised approximation scheme (FPRAS) for the covariance in the ferromagnetic case. We also show that the restriction to the ferromagnetic case is essential-there is no FPRAS for multiplicatively estimating the covariance of an antiferromagnetic Ising model unless RP = \#P. In fact, we show that even determining the sign of the covariance is \#P-hard in the antiferromagnetic case.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "23", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Blais:2019:TJT, author = "Eric Blais and Cl{\'e}ment L. Canonne and Talya Eden and Amit Levi and Dana Ron", title = "Tolerant Junta Testing and the Connection to Submodular Optimization and Function Isomorphism", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "11", number = "4", pages = "24:1--24:??", month = sep, year = "2019", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3337789", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Tue Oct 22 10:25:11 MDT 2019", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", URL = "https://dl.acm.org/ft_gateway.cfm?id=3337789", abstract = "A function $ f : \{ - 1, 1 \}^n \to \{ - 1, 1 \} $ is a $k$-junta if it depends on at most $k$ of its variables. We consider the problem of tolerant testing of $k$ juntas, where the testing algorithm must accept any function that is $ \epsilon $-close to some $k$-junta and reject any function that is $ \epsilon '$-far from every $ k'$-junta for some $ \epsilon ' = O(\epsilon)$ and $ k' = O(k)$. Our first result is an algorithm that solves this problem with query complexity polynomial in $k$ and $ 1 / \epsilon $. This result is obtained via a new polynomial-time approximation algorithm for submodular function minimization (SFM) under large cardinality constraints, which holds even when only given an approximate oracle access to the function. Our second result considers the case where $ k' = k$. We show how to obtain a smooth tradeoff between the amount of tolerance and the query complexity in this setting. Specifically, we design an algorithm that, given $ \rho \in (0, 1)$, accepts any function that is $ \epsilon \rho / 16$-close to some $k$-junta and rejects any function that is $ \epsilon $-far from every $k$-junta. The query complexity of the algorithm is $ O(k \log k / \epsilon \rho (1 - \rho)^k)$. Finally, we show how to apply the second result to the problem of tolerant isomorphism testing between two unknown Boolean functions $f$ and $g$. We give an algorithm for this problem whose query complexity only depends on the (unknown) smallest $k$ such that either $f$ or $g$ is close to being a $k$-junta.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "24", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Scheder:2019:PMB, author = "Dominik Scheder", title = "{PPSZ} for $ k \geq 5 $: More Is Better", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "11", number = "4", pages = "25:1--25:??", month = sep, year = "2019", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3349613", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Tue Oct 22 10:25:11 MDT 2019", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", URL = "https://dl.acm.org/ft_gateway.cfm?id=3349613", abstract = "We show that for k \geq 5, the PPSZ algorithm for k -SAT runs exponentially faster if there is an exponential number of satisfying assignments. More precisely, we show that for every k \geq 5, there is a strictly increasing function f: [0,1] -{$>$} R with f (0) = 0 that has the following property. If F is a k -CNF formula over n variables and |sat(F)| = 2$^{ \delta n}$ solutions, then PPSZ finds a satisfying assignment with probability at least 2$^{- c k n - - - o (n) + f (\delta) n}$. Here, 2$^{- c k n - o (n)}$ is the success probability proved by Paturi et al. [11] for k -CNF formulas with a unique satisfying assignment. Our proof rests on a combinatorial lemma: given a set S \subseteq { 0,1}$^n$, we can partition { 0,1}$^n$ into subcubes such that each subcube B contains exactly one element of S. Such a partition B induces a distribution on itself, via Pr [ B ] = |B| / 2$^n$ for each B \in B. We are interested in partitions that induce a distribution of high entropy. We show that, in a certain sense, the worst case (min$_{S : |S| = s}$ max$_B$ H ( B )) is achieved if S is a Hamming ball. This lemma implies that every set S of exponential size allows a partition of linear entropy. This in turn leads to an exponential improvement of the success probability of PPSZ.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "25", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Beyersdorff:2019:NRB, author = "Olaf Beyersdorff and Leroy Chew and Mikol{\'a}s Janota", title = "New Resolution-Based {QBF} Calculi and Their Proof Complexity", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "11", number = "4", pages = "26:1--26:??", month = sep, year = "2019", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3352155", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Tue Oct 22 10:25:11 MDT 2019", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", URL = "https://dl.acm.org/ft_gateway.cfm?id=3352155", abstract = "Modern QBF solvers typically use two different paradigms, conflict-driven clause learning (CDCL) solving or expansion solving. Proof systems for quantified Boolean formulas (QBFs) provide a theoretical underpinning for the performance of these solvers, with Q-Resolution and its extensions relating to CDCL solving and \forall Exp+Res relating to expansion solving. This article defines two novel calculi, which are resolution-based and enable unification of some of the principal existing resolution-based QBF calculi, namely Q-resolution, long-distance Q-resolution and the expansion-based calculus \forall Exp+Res. However, the proof complexity of the QBF resolution proof systems is currently not well understood. In this article, we completely determine the relative power of the main QBF resolution systems, settling in particular the relationship between the two different types of resolution-based QBF calculi: proof systems for CDCL-based solvers (Q-resolution, universal, and long-distance Q-resolution) and proof systems for expansion-based solvers ( \forall Exp+Res and its generalizations IR-calc and IRM-calc defined here). The most challenging part of this comparison is to exhibit hard formulas that underlie the exponential separations of the aforementioned proof systems. To this end, we exhibit a new and elegant proof technique for showing lower bounds in QBF proof systems based on strategy extraction. This technique provides a direct transfer of circuit lower bounds to lengths-of-proofs lower bounds. We use our method to show the hardness of a natural class of parity formulas for Q-resolution and universal Q-resolution. Variants of the formulas are hard for even stronger systems such as long-distance Q-resolution and extensions. With a completely different and novel counting argument, we show the hardness of the prominent formulas of Kleine B{\"u}ning et al. [51] for the strong expansion-based calculus IR-calc.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "26", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Allender:2019:NIN, author = "Eric Allender and Shuichi Hirahara", title = "New Insights on the (Non-)Hardness of Circuit Minimization and Related Problems", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "11", number = "4", pages = "27:1--27:??", month = sep, year = "2019", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3349616", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Tue Oct 22 10:25:11 MDT 2019", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", URL = "https://dl.acm.org/ft_gateway.cfm?id=3349616", abstract = "The Minimum Circuit Size Problem (MCSP) and a related problem (MKTP) that deal with time-bounded Kolmogorov complexity are prominent candidates for NP-intermediate status. We show that, under very modest cryptographic assumptions (such as the existence of one-way functions), the problem of approximating the minimum circuit size (or time-bounded Kolmogorov complexity) within a factor of n$^{1 - o (1)}$ is indeed NP-intermediate. To the best of our knowledge, these problems are the first natural NP-intermediate problems under the existence of an arbitrary one-way function. Our technique is quite general; we use it also to show that approximating the size of the largest clique in a graph within a factor of n$^{1 - o (1)}$ is also NP-intermediate unless NP \subseteq P/poly. We also prove that MKTP is hard for the complexity class DET under non-uniform NC$^0$ reductions. This is surprising, since prior work on MCSP and MKTP had highlighted weaknesses of ``local'' reductions such as \leq $^{NC 0}$ $_m$. We exploit this local reduction to obtain several new consequences: --- MKTP is not in AC$^0$ [ p ]. --- Circuit size lower bounds are equivalent to hardness of a relativized version MKTP$^A$ of MKTP under a class of uniform AC$^0$ reductions, for a significant class of sets A. --- Hardness of MCSP$^A$ implies hardness of MCSP$^A$ for a significant class of sets A. This is the first result directly relating the complexity of MCSP$^A$ and MCSP$^A$, for any A.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "27", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{Jansen:2019:OSS, author = "Bart M. P. Jansen and Astrid Pieterse", title = "Optimal Sparsification for Some Binary {CSPs} Using Low-Degree Polynomials", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "11", number = "4", pages = "28:1--28:??", month = sep, year = "2019", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3349618", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Tue Oct 22 10:25:11 MDT 2019", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", URL = "https://dl.acm.org/ft_gateway.cfm?id=3349618", abstract = "This article analyzes to what extent it is possible to efficiently reduce the number of clauses in NP-hard satisfiability problems without changing the answer. Upper and lower bounds are established using the concept of kernelization. Existing results show that if NP $ \not \subseteq $ coNP/poly, no efficient preprocessing algorithm can reduce $n$-variable instances of cnf-sat with d literals per clause to equivalent instances with O ( n$^{d - \epsilon }$ ) bits for any \epsilon > 0. For the Not-All-Equal sat problem, a compression to size {\~O} ( n$^{d - 1}$ ) exists. We put these results in a common framework by analyzing the compressibility of CSPs with a binary domain. We characterize constraint types based on the minimum degree of multivariate polynomials whose roots correspond to the satisfying assignments, obtaining (nearly) matching upper and lower bounds in several settings. Our lower bounds show that not just the number of constraints, but also the encoding size of individual constraints plays an important role. For example, for Exact Satisfiability with unbounded clause length it is possible to efficiently reduce the number of constraints to n +1, yet no polynomial-time algorithm can reduce to an equivalent instance with O ( n$^{2 - \epsilon }$ ) bits for any \epsilon > 0, unless NP \subseteq coNP/poly.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "28", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?idx=J1190", } @Article{ODonnell:2020:ENE, author = "Ryan O'Donnell", title = "Editorial from the New {Editor-in-Chief}", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "12", number = "1", pages = "1e:1--1e:1", month = feb, year = "2020", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3381517", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Wed Feb 26 07:25:37 MST 2020", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", URL = "https://dl.acm.org/doi/abs/10.1145/3381517", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "1e", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "https://dl.acm.org/loi/toct", } @Article{Ghosh:2020:FAE, author = "Arijit Ghosh and Sudeshna Kolay and Gopinath Mishra", title = "{FPT} Algorithms for Embedding into Low-Complexity Graphic Metrics", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "12", number = "1", pages = "1:1--1:41", month = feb, year = "2020", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3369933", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Wed Feb 26 07:25:37 MST 2020", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", URL = "https://dl.acm.org/doi/abs/10.1145/3369933", abstract = "Given metric spaces $ (X, D_X) $ and $ (Y, D_Y) $, an embedding $ F : X \to Y $ is an injective mapping from X to Y. Expansion e_F and contraction c_F of an embedding $ F : X \to Y $ are defined as $ e_F = m a x_{x_{; 1}, x_2 (\neq x1) \in X} D_Y(F(x_1), F(x_2)) / D_X(x_1, x_2) $ and $ c_F = m a x_{x_1, x_2 (\neq x_1) \in X} D_X(x_1, x_2) / D_Y(F(x_1), F(x_2)) $, respectively, and distortion $ d_F $ is defined as $ d_F = e_F \cdot c_F $. Observe that $ d_F \geq 1 $. An embedding $ F : X \to Y $ is noncontracting if $ c_F \leq 1 $. When $ d = 1 $, then $F$ is isometry.\par The Metric Embedding problem takes as input two metric spaces $ (X, D_X)$ and $ (Y, D_Y)$, and a positive integer $d$. The objective is to determine whether there is an embedding $ F : X \to Y$ such that $ d_F \leq d$. Such an embedding is called a distortion $d$ embedding. The bijective Metric Embedding problem is a special case of the Metric Embedding problem where $ X = Y $. In parameterized complexity, the Metric Embedding problem, in full generality, is known to be $W$-hard and, therefore, not expected to have an FPT algorithm. In this article, we consider the Gen-Graph Metric Embedding problem, where the two metric spaces are graph metrics. We explore the extent of tractability of the problem in the parameterized complexity setting. We determine whether an unweighted graph metric $ (G, D_G)$ can be embedded, or bijectively embedded, into another unweighted graph metric $ (H, D_H)$, where the graph $H$ has low structural complexity. For example, $H$ is a cycle, or $H$ has bounded treewidth or bounded connected treewidth. The parameters for the algorithms are chosen from the upper bound $d$ on distortion, bound $ \Delta $ on the maximum degree of $H$, treewidth $ \alpha $ of $H$, and connected treewidth $ \alpha_c$ of $H$.\par Our general approach to these problems can be summarized as trying to understand the behavior of the shortest paths in $G$ under a low-distortion embedding into $H$, and the structural relation the mapping of these paths has to shortest paths in $H$.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "1", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "https://dl.acm.org/loi/toct", } @Article{Kayal:2020:SBR, author = "Neeraj Kayal and Vineet Nair and Chandan Saha", title = "Separation Between Read-once Oblivious Algebraic Branching Programs {(ROABPs)} and Multilinear Depth-three Circuits", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "12", number = "1", pages = "2:1--2:27", month = feb, year = "2020", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3369928", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Wed Feb 26 07:25:37 MST 2020", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", URL = "https://dl.acm.org/doi/abs/10.1145/3369928", abstract = "We show an exponential separation between two well-studied models of algebraic computation, namely, read-once oblivious algebraic branching programs (ROABPs) and multilinear depth-three circuits. In particular, we show the following: (1) There exists an \ldots{}", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "2", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "https://dl.acm.org/loi/toct", } @Article{Hemaspaandra:2020:SVD, author = "Edith Hemaspaandra and Lane A. Hemaspaandra and Curtis Menton", title = "Search versus Decision for Election Manipulation Problems", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "12", number = "1", pages = "3:1--3:42", month = feb, year = "2020", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3369937", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Wed Feb 26 07:25:37 MST 2020", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", URL = "https://dl.acm.org/doi/abs/10.1145/3369937", abstract = "Most theoretical definitions about the complexity of manipulating elections focus on the decision problem of recognizing which instances can be successfully manipulated rather than the search problem of finding the successful manipulative actions. Since \ldots{}", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "3", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "https://dl.acm.org/loi/toct", } @Article{Hermo:2020:ELB, author = "Montserrat Hermo and Ana Ozaki", title = "Exact Learning: On the Boundary between {Horn} and {CNF}", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "12", number = "1", pages = "4:1--4:25", month = feb, year = "2020", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3369930", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Wed Feb 26 07:25:37 MST 2020", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", URL = "https://dl.acm.org/doi/abs/10.1145/3369930", abstract = "A major problem in computational learning theory is whether the class of formulas in conjunctive normal form (CNF) is efficiently learnable. Although it is known that this class cannot be polynomially learned using either membership or equivalence \ldots{}", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "4", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "https://dl.acm.org/loi/toct", } @Article{Kumar:2020:PBD, author = "Mrinal Kumar", title = "On the Power of Border of Depth-3 Arithmetic Circuits", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "12", number = "1", pages = "5:1--5:8", month = feb, year = "2020", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3371506", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Wed Feb 26 07:25:37 MST 2020", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", URL = "https://dl.acm.org/doi/abs/10.1145/3371506", abstract = "We show that over the field of complex numbers, every homogeneous polynomial of degree d can be approximated (in the border complexity sense) by a depth-3 arithmetic circuit of top fan-in at most 2. This is quite surprising, since there exist \ldots{}", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "5", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "https://dl.acm.org/loi/toct", } @Article{Fernau:2020:PMV, author = "Henning Fernau and Florin Manea and Robert Mercas and Markus L. Schmid", title = "Pattern Matching with Variables: Efficient Algorithms and Complexity Results", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "12", number = "1", pages = "6:1--6:37", month = feb, year = "2020", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3369935", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Wed Feb 26 07:25:37 MST 2020", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", URL = "https://dl.acm.org/doi/abs/10.1145/3369935", abstract = "A pattern $ \alpha $ (i.e., a string of variables and terminals) matches a word $w$, if $w$ can be obtained by uniformly replacing the variables of $ \alpha $ by terminal words. The respective matching problem, i.e., deciding whether or not a given pattern matches a given \ldots{}", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "6", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "https://dl.acm.org/loi/toct", } @Article{Goldenberg:2020:TGD, author = "Elazar Goldenberg and Karthik C. S.", title = "Toward a General Direct Product Testing Theorem", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "12", number = "1", pages = "7:1--7:18", month = feb, year = "2020", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3369939", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Wed Feb 26 07:25:37 MST 2020", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", URL = "https://dl.acm.org/doi/abs/10.1145/3369939", abstract = "The direct product encoding of a string $ a \in \{ 0, 1 \}^n $ on an underlying domain $ V \subseteq (k^{[n]}) $ is a function DP$_V(a)$ that gets as input a set $ S \in V$ and outputs a restricted to $S$. In the direct product testing problem, we are given a function $ F : V \to \{ 0, 1 \}^k$, and our goal is to test whether $F$ is close to a direct product encoding that is, whether there exists some $ a \in \{ 0, 1 \}^n$ such that on most sets $S$, we have $ F(S) = D P_V(a)(S)$. A natural test is as follows: select a pair $ (S, S) \in V$ according to some underlying distribution over $ V \times V$, query $F$ on this pair, and check for consistency on their intersection. Note that the preceding distribution may be viewed as a weighted graph over the vertex set $V$ and is referred to as a test graph.\par The testability of direct products was studied over various domains and test graphs: Dinur and Steurer (CCC 14) analyzed it when $V$ equals the $k$-th slice of the Boolean hypercube and the test graph is a member of the Johnson graph family. Dinur and Kaufman (FOCS 17) analyzed it for the case where V is the set of faces of a Ramanujan complex, where in this case $ V = O_k(n)$. In this article, we study the testability of direct products in a general setting, addressing the question: what properties of the domain and the test graph allow one to prove a direct product testing theorem?\par Towards this goal, we introduce the notion of coordinate expansion of a test graph. Roughly speaking, a test graph is a coordinate expander if it has global and local expansion, and has certain nice intersection properties on sampling. We show that whenever the test graph has coordinate expansion, it admits a direct product testing theorem. Additionally, for every $k$ and $n$, we provide a direct product domain $ V \subseteq (k^n)$ of size $n$, called the sliding window domain, for which we prove direct product testability.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "7", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "https://dl.acm.org/loi/toct", } @Article{Gurjar:2020:PBO, author = "Rohit Gurjar and Ben Lee Volk", title = "Pseudorandom Bits for Oblivious Branching Programs", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "12", number = "2", pages = "8:1--8:12", month = may, year = "2020", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3378663", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Tue May 19 10:06:28 MDT 2020", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/prng.bib; http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", URL = "https://dl.acm.org/doi/abs/10.1145/3378663", abstract = "We construct a pseudorandom generator that fools known-order read-$k$ oblivious branching programs and, more generally, any linear length oblivious branching program. For polynomial width branching programs, the seed lengths in our constructions are $ {\~ O}(n^{1 - 1 / 2k - 1})$ (for the read-$k$ case) and $ O(n / \log \log n)$ (for the linear length case). Previously, the best construction for these models required seed length $ (1 \Omega (1))n$.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "8", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "https://dl.acm.org/loi/toct", } @Article{Galesi:2020:CRG, author = "Nicola Galesi and Navid Talebanfard and Jacobo Tor{\'a}n", title = "Cops--Robber Games and the Resolution of {Tseitin} Formulas", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "12", number = "2", pages = "9:1--9:22", month = may, year = "2020", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3378667", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Tue May 19 10:06:28 MDT 2020", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", URL = "https://dl.acm.org/doi/abs/10.1145/3378667", abstract = "We characterize several complexity measures for the resolution of Tseitin formulas in terms of a two person cop-robber game. Our game is a slight variation of the one Seymour and Thomas used in order to characterize the tree-width parameter. For any \ldots{}", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "9", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "https://dl.acm.org/loi/toct", } @Article{Beyersdorff:2020:RHQ, author = "Olaf Beyersdorff and Luke Hinde and J{\'a}n Pich", title = "Reasons for Hardness in {QBF} Proof Systems", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "12", number = "2", pages = "10:1--10:27", month = may, year = "2020", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3378665", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Tue May 19 10:06:28 MDT 2020", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", URL = "https://dl.acm.org/doi/abs/10.1145/3378665", abstract = "We aim to understand inherent reasons for lower bounds for QBF proof systems and revisit and compare two previous approaches in this direction. The first of these relates size lower bounds for strong QBF Frege systems to circuit lower bounds via \ldots{}", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "10", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "https://dl.acm.org/loi/toct", } @Article{Bulatov:2020:ACC, author = "Andrei A. Bulatov and Stanislav Zivn{\'y}", title = "Approximate Counting {CSP} Seen from the Other Side", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "12", number = "2", pages = "11:1--11:19", month = may, year = "2020", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3389390", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Tue May 19 10:06:28 MDT 2020", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", URL = "https://dl.acm.org/doi/abs/10.1145/3389390", abstract = "In this article, we study the complexity of counting Constraint Satisfaction Problems (CSPs) of the form \#CSP( C, -), in which the goal is, given a relational structure A from a class C of structures and an arbitrary structure B, to find the number of \ldots{}", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "11", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "https://dl.acm.org/loi/toct", } @Article{Rosenbaum:2020:BGE, author = "David J. Rosenbaum", title = "Beating the Generator-Enumeration Bound for Solvable-Group Isomorphism", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "12", number = "2", pages = "12:1--12:18", month = may, year = "2020", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3389396", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Tue May 19 10:06:28 MDT 2020", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", URL = "https://dl.acm.org/doi/abs/10.1145/3389396", abstract = "We consider the isomorphism problem for groups specified by their multiplication tables. Until recently, the best published bound for the worst-case was achieved by the n$^{log}$ p$^{n + O (1)}$ generator-enumeration algorithm where n is the order of the group and \ldots{}", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "12", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "https://dl.acm.org/loi/toct", } @Article{Lagerkvist:2020:SSC, author = "Victor Lagerkvist and Magnus Wahlstr{\"o}m", title = "Sparsification of {SAT} and {CSP} Problems via Tractable Extensions", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "12", number = "2", pages = "13:1--13:29", month = may, year = "2020", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3389411", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Tue May 19 10:06:28 MDT 2020", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", URL = "https://dl.acm.org/doi/abs/10.1145/3389411", abstract = "Unlike polynomial kernelization in general, for which many non-trivial results and methods exist, only few non-trival algorithms are known for polynomial-time sparsification. Furthermore, excepting problems on restricted inputs (such as graph problems \ldots{}", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "13", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "https://dl.acm.org/loi/toct", } @Article{Watson:2020:QSM, author = "Thomas Watson", title = "Quadratic Simulations of {Merlin--Arthur} Games", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "12", number = "2", pages = "14:1--14:11", month = may, year = "2020", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3389399", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Tue May 19 10:06:28 MDT 2020", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", URL = "https://dl.acm.org/doi/abs/10.1145/3389399", abstract = "The known proofs of MA $ \subseteq $ PP incur a quadratic overhead in the running time. We prove that this quadratic overhead is necessary for black-box simulations; in particular, we obtain an oracle relative to which MA-TIME($t$) $ \not \subseteq $ P-TIME($ o(t^2)$). We also show that 2-sided-error Merlin Arthur games can be simulated by 1-sided-error Arthur Merlin games with quadratic overhead. We also present a simple, query complexity based proof (provided by Mika G{\"o}{\"o}s) that there is an oracle relative to which MA $ \not \subseteq $ NPBPP (which was previously known to hold by a proof using generics).", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "14", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "https://dl.acm.org/loi/toct", } @Article{Focke:2020:CAC, author = "Jacob Focke and Leslie Ann Goldberg and Stanislav Zivn{\'y}", title = "The Complexity of Approximately Counting Retractions", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "12", number = "3", pages = "15:1--15:43", month = jul, year = "2020", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3397472", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Fri Jul 24 13:21:36 MDT 2020", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", URL = "https://dl.acm.org/doi/abs/10.1145/3397472", abstract = "Let G be a graph that contains an induced subgraph H. A retraction from G to H is a homomorphism from G to H that is the identity function on H. Retractions are very well studied: Given H, the complexity of deciding whether there is a retraction from an \ldots{}", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "15", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "https://dl.acm.org/loi/toct", } @Article{Chiesa:2020:TLA, author = "Alessandro Chiesa and Peter Manohar and Igor Shinkar", title = "Testing Linearity against Non-signaling Strategies", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "12", number = "3", pages = "16:1--16:51", month = jul, year = "2020", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3397474", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Fri Jul 24 13:21:36 MDT 2020", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", URL = "https://dl.acm.org/doi/abs/10.1145/3397474", abstract = "Non-signaling strategies are collections of distributions with certain non-local correlations. They have been studied in physics as a strict generalization of quantum strategies to understand the power and limitations of nature's apparent non-locality. \ldots{}", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "16", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "https://dl.acm.org/loi/toct", } @Article{Jukna:2020:CFD, author = "Stasys Jukna", title = "Coin Flipping in Dynamic Programming Is Almost Useless", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "12", number = "3", pages = "17:1--17:26", month = jul, year = "2020", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3397476", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Fri Jul 24 13:21:36 MDT 2020", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", URL = "https://dl.acm.org/doi/abs/10.1145/3397476", abstract = "We consider probabilistic circuits working over the real numbers and using arbitrary semialgebraic functions of bounded description complexity as gates. In particular, such circuits can use all arithmetic operations (+, -, $ \times $, $ \div $), optimization operations (min and max), conditional branching (if-then-else), and many more. We show that probabilistic circuits using any of these operations as gates can be simulated by deterministic circuits with only about a quadratical blowup in size. A slightly larger blowup in circuit size is also shown when derandomizing approximating circuits. The algorithmic consequence, motivating the title, is that randomness cannot substantially speed up dynamic programming algorithms", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "17", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "https://dl.acm.org/loi/toct", } @Article{Rahman:2020:CUC, author = "Md Lutfar Rahman and Thomas Watson", title = "Complexity of Unordered {CNF} Games", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "12", number = "3", pages = "18:1--18:18", month = jul, year = "2020", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3397478", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Fri Jul 24 13:21:36 MDT 2020", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", URL = "https://dl.acm.org/doi/abs/10.1145/3397478", abstract = "The classic TQBF problem is to determine who has a winning strategy in a game played on a given conjunctive normal form formula (CNF), where the two players alternate turns picking truth values for the variables in a given order, and the winner is \ldots{}", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "18", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "https://dl.acm.org/loi/toct", } @Article{Knop:2020:TCL, author = "Dusan Knop and Micha{\l} Pilipczuk and Marcin Wrochna", title = "Tight Complexity Lower Bounds for Integer Linear Programming with Few Constraints", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "12", number = "3", pages = "19:1--19:19", month = jul, year = "2020", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3397484", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Fri Jul 24 13:21:36 MDT 2020", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", URL = "https://dl.acm.org/doi/abs/10.1145/3397484", abstract = "We consider the standard ILP Feasibility problem: given an integer linear program of the form $ A x = b $, $ x \geq 0 $, where $A$ is an integer matrix with $k$ rows and $l$ columns, $x$ is a vector of $l$ variables, and $b$ is a vector of $k$ integers, we ask whether there exists $ x \in N \ell $ that satisfies $ A x = b$. Each row of $A$ specifies one linear constraint on $x$; our goal is to study the complexity of ILP Feasibility when both $k$, the number of constraints, and $ ||A||_\infty $, the largest absolute value of an entry in $A$, are small.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "19", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "https://dl.acm.org/loi/toct", } @Article{Goos:2020:LBS, author = "Mika G{\"o}{\"o}s and Thomas Watson", title = "A Lower Bound for Sampling Disjoint Sets", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "12", number = "3", pages = "20:1--20:13", month = jul, year = "2020", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3404858", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Fri Jul 24 13:21:36 MDT 2020", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", URL = "https://dl.acm.org/doi/abs/10.1145/3404858", abstract = "Suppose Alice and Bob each start with private randomness and no other input, and they wish to engage in a protocol in which Alice ends up with a set $ x \subseteq [n] $ and Bob ends up with a set $ y \subseteq [n] $, such that $ (x, y) $ is uniformly distributed over all pairs of \ldots{}", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "20", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "https://dl.acm.org/loi/toct", } @Article{Cheraghchi:2020:CLB, author = "Mahdi Cheraghchi and Valentine Kabanets and Zhenjian Lu and Dimitrios Myrisiotis", title = "Circuit Lower Bounds for {MCSP} from Local Pseudorandom Generators", journal = j-TOCT, volume = "12", number = "3", pages = "21:1--21:27", month = jul, year = "2020", CODEN = "????", DOI = "https://doi.org/10.1145/3404860", ISSN = "1942-3454 (print), 1942-3462 (electronic)", ISSN-L = "1942-3454", bibdate = "Fri Jul 24 13:21:36 MDT 2020", bibsource = "http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/toct.bib", URL = "https://dl.acm.org/doi/abs/10.1145/3404860", abstract = "The Minimum Circuit Size Problem (MCSP) asks if a given truth table of a Boolean function f can be computed by a Boolean circuit of size at most $ \theta $, for a given parameter $ \theta $. We improve several circuit lower bounds for MCSP, using pseudorandom generators \ldots{}.", acknowledgement = ack-nhfb, articleno = "21", fjournal = "ACM Transactions on Computation Theory", journal-URL = "https://dl.acm.org/loi/toct", }