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Kayal, Neeraj ; Nair, Vineet ; Saha, Chandan ; Tavenas, Sébastien

Reconstruction of Full Rank Algebraic Branching Programs

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An algebraic branching program (ABP) A can be modelled as a product expression X_1 X_2 ... X_d, where X_1 and X_d are 1 x w and w x 1 matrices respectively, and every other X_k is a w x 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 x 1 matrix obtained from the product X_1 X_2 ... X_d. We say A is a full rank ABP if the w^2(d-2) + 2w linear forms occurring in the matrices X_1, X_2, ... , 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 b, where b is the bit length of the coefficients of f. The algorithm works even if X_k is a w_{k-1} x w_k matrix (with w_0 = w_d = 1), and v = (w_1, ..., 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_{v,d}, the (1,1)-th entry of a product of d rectangular symbolic matrices whose dimensions are according to v 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_{v,d} and the 'layer spaces' of a full rank ABP computing f. This connection also helps determine the group of symmetries of IMM_{v,d} and show that IMM_{v,d} is characterized by its group of symmetries.

BibTeX - Entry

  author =	{Neeraj Kayal and Vineet Nair and Chandan Saha and S{\'e}bastien Tavenas},
  title =	{{Reconstruction of Full Rank Algebraic Branching Programs}},
  booktitle =	{32nd Computational Complexity Conference (CCC 2017)},
  pages =	{21:1--21:61},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-040-8},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2017},
  volume =	{79},
  editor =	{Ryan O'Donnell},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl--Leibniz-Zentrum fuer Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-75318},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.CCC.2017.21},
  annote =	{Keywords: Circuit reconstruction, algebraic branching programs, equivalence test, iterated matrix multiplication, Lie algebra}

Keywords: Circuit reconstruction, algebraic branching programs, equivalence test, iterated matrix multiplication, Lie algebra
Seminar: 32nd Computational Complexity Conference (CCC 2017)
Issue Date: 2017
Date of publication: 21.07.2017

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