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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 297, 51st International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2024)

We present a simple and provably optimal non-adaptive cell probe data structure for the static dictionary problem. Our data structure supports storing a set of n key-value pairs from [u]× [u] using s words of space and answering key lookup queries in t = O(lg(u/n)/lg(s/n)) non-adaptive probes. This generalizes a solution to the membership problem (i.e., where no values are associated with keys) due to Buhrman et al. We also present matching lower bounds for the non-adaptive static membership problem in the deterministic setting. Our lower bound implies that both our dictionary algorithm and the preceding membership algorithm are optimal, and in particular that there is an inherent complexity gap in these problems between no adaptivity and one round of adaptivity (with which hashing-based algorithms solve these problems in constant time).
Using the ideas underlying our data structure, we also obtain the first implementation of a n-wise independent family of hash functions with optimal evaluation time in the cell probe model.

Kasper Green Larsen, Rasmus Pagh, Giuseppe Persiano, Toniann Pitassi, Kevin Yeo, and Or Zamir. Optimal Non-Adaptive Cell Probe Dictionaries and Hashing. In 51st International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2024). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 297, pp. 104:1-104:12, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2024)

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@InProceedings{larsen_et_al:LIPIcs.ICALP.2024.104, author = {Larsen, Kasper Green and Pagh, Rasmus and Persiano, Giuseppe and Pitassi, Toniann and Yeo, Kevin and Zamir, Or}, title = {{Optimal Non-Adaptive Cell Probe Dictionaries and Hashing}}, booktitle = {51st International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2024)}, pages = {104:1--104:12}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-322-5}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2024}, volume = {297}, editor = {Bringmann, Karl and Grohe, Martin and Puppis, Gabriele and Svensson, Ola}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2024.104}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-202471}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2024.104}, annote = {Keywords: non-adaptive, cell probe, dictionary, hashing} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 287, 15th Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science Conference (ITCS 2024)

The ExactlyN problem in the number-on-forehead (NOF) communication setting asks k players, each of whom can see every input but their own, if the k input numbers add up to N. Introduced by Chandra, Furst and Lipton in 1983, ExactlyN is important for its role in understanding the strength of randomness in communication complexity with many players. It is also tightly connected to the field of combinatorics: its k-party NOF communication complexity is related to the size of the largest corner-free subset in [N]^{k-1}.
In 2021, Linial and Shraibman gave more efficient protocols for ExactlyN for 3 players. As an immediate consequence, this also gave a new construction of larger corner-free subsets in [N]². Later that year Green gave a further refinement to their argument. These results represent the first improvements to the highest-order term for k = 3 since the famous work of Behrend in 1946. In this paper we give a corresponding improvement to the highest-order term for k > 3, the first since Rankin in 1961. That is, we give a more efficient protocol for ExactlyN as well as larger corner-free sets in higher dimensions.
Nearly all previous results in this line of research approached the problem from the combinatorics perspective, implicitly resulting in non-constructive protocols for ExactlyN. Approaching the problem from the communication complexity point of view and constructing explicit protocols for ExactlyN was key to the improvements in the k = 3 setting. As a further contribution we provide explicit protocols for ExactlyN for any number of players which serves as a base for our improvement.

Lianna Hambardzumyan, Toniann Pitassi, Suhail Sherif, Morgan Shirley, and Adi Shraibman. An Improved Protocol for ExactlyN with More Than 3 Players. In 15th Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science Conference (ITCS 2024). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 287, pp. 58:1-58:23, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2024)

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@InProceedings{hambardzumyan_et_al:LIPIcs.ITCS.2024.58, author = {Hambardzumyan, Lianna and Pitassi, Toniann and Sherif, Suhail and Shirley, Morgan and Shraibman, Adi}, title = {{An Improved Protocol for ExactlyN with More Than 3 Players}}, booktitle = {15th Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science Conference (ITCS 2024)}, pages = {58:1--58:23}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-309-6}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2024}, volume = {287}, editor = {Guruswami, Venkatesan}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ITCS.2024.58}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-195868}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ITCS.2024.58}, annote = {Keywords: Corner-free sets, number-on-forehead communication} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 264, 38th Computational Complexity Conference (CCC 2023)

The Tensor Isomorphism problem (TI) has recently emerged as having connections to multiple areas of research within complexity and beyond, but the current best upper bound is essentially the brute force algorithm. Being an algebraic problem, TI (or rather, proving that two tensors are non-isomorphic) lends itself very naturally to algebraic and semi-algebraic proof systems, such as the Polynomial Calculus (PC) and Sum of Squares (SoS). For its combinatorial cousin Graph Isomorphism, essentially optimal lower bounds are known for approaches based on PC and SoS (Berkholz & Grohe, SODA '17). Our main results are an Ω(n) lower bound on PC degree or SoS degree for Tensor Isomorphism, and a nontrivial upper bound for testing isomorphism of tensors of bounded rank.
We also show that PC cannot perform basic linear algebra in sub-linear degree, such as comparing the rank of two matrices (which is essentially the same as 2-TI), or deriving BA = I from AB = I. As linear algebra is a key tool for understanding tensors, we introduce a strictly stronger proof system, PC+Inv, which allows as derivation rules all substitution instances of the implication AB = I → BA = I. We conjecture that even PC+Inv cannot solve TI in polynomial time either, but leave open getting lower bounds on PC+Inv for any system of equations, let alone those for TI. We also highlight many other open questions about proof complexity approaches to TI.

Nicola Galesi, Joshua A. Grochow, Toniann Pitassi, and Adrian She. On the Algebraic Proof Complexity of Tensor Isomorphism. In 38th Computational Complexity Conference (CCC 2023). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 264, pp. 4:1-4:40, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2023)

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@InProceedings{galesi_et_al:LIPIcs.CCC.2023.4, author = {Galesi, Nicola and Grochow, Joshua A. and Pitassi, Toniann and She, Adrian}, title = {{On the Algebraic Proof Complexity of Tensor Isomorphism}}, booktitle = {38th Computational Complexity Conference (CCC 2023)}, pages = {4:1--4:40}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-282-2}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2023}, volume = {264}, editor = {Ta-Shma, Amnon}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.CCC.2023.4}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-182748}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.CCC.2023.4}, annote = {Keywords: Algebraic proof complexity, Tensor Isomorphism, Graph Isomorphism, Polynomial Calculus, Sum-of-Squares, reductions, lower bounds, proof complexity of linear algebra} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 264, 38th Computational Complexity Conference (CCC 2023)

For every prime p > 0, every n > 0 and κ = O(log n), we show the existence of an unsatisfiable system of polynomial equations over O(n log n) variables of degree O(log n) such that any Polynomial Calculus refutation over 𝔽_p with M extension variables, each depending on at most κ original variables requires size exp(Ω(n²)/10^κ(M + n log n))

Russell Impagliazzo, Sasank Mouli, and Toniann Pitassi. Lower Bounds for Polynomial Calculus with Extension Variables over Finite Fields. In 38th Computational Complexity Conference (CCC 2023). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 264, pp. 7:1-7:24, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2023)

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@InProceedings{impagliazzo_et_al:LIPIcs.CCC.2023.7, author = {Impagliazzo, Russell and Mouli, Sasank and Pitassi, Toniann}, title = {{Lower Bounds for Polynomial Calculus with Extension Variables over Finite Fields}}, booktitle = {38th Computational Complexity Conference (CCC 2023)}, pages = {7:1--7:24}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-282-2}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2023}, volume = {264}, editor = {Ta-Shma, Amnon}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.CCC.2023.7}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-182774}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.CCC.2023.7}, annote = {Keywords: Proof complexity, Algebraic proof systems, Polynomial Calculus, Extension variables, AC⁰\lbrackp\rbrack-Frege} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 251, 14th Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science Conference (ITCS 2023)

It is well-known that randomized communication protocols are more powerful than deterministic protocols. In particular the Equality function requires Ω(n) deterministic communication complexity but has efficient randomized protocols. Previous work of Chattopadhyay, Lovett and Vinyals shows that randomized communication is strictly stronger than what can be solved by deterministic protocols equipped with an Equality oracle. Despite this separation, we are far from understanding the exact strength of Equality oracles in the context of communication complexity.
In this work we focus on nondeterminisic communication equipped with an Equality oracle, which is a subclass of Merlin-Arthur communication. We show that this inclusion is strict by proving that the previously-studied Integer Inner Product function, which can be efficiently computed even with bounded-error randomness, cannot be computed using sublinear communication in the nondeterministic Equality model. To prove this we give a new matrix-theoretic characterization of the nondeterministic Equality model: specifically, there is a tight connection between this model and a covering number based on the blocky matrices of Hambardzumyan, Hatami, and Hatami, as well as a natural variant of the Gamma-2 factorization norm. Similar equivalences are shown for the unambiguous nondeterministic model with Equality oracles. A bonus result arises from these proofs: for the studied communication models, a single Equality oracle call suffices without loss of generality.
Our results allow us to prove a separation between deterministic and unambiguous nondeterminism in the presence of Equality oracles. This stands in contrast to the result of Yannakakis which shows that these models are polynomially-related without oracles. We suggest a number of intriguing open questions along this direction of inquiry, as well as others that arise from our work.

Toniann Pitassi, Morgan Shirley, and Adi Shraibman. The Strength of Equality Oracles in Communication. In 14th Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science Conference (ITCS 2023). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 251, pp. 89:1-89:19, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2023)

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@InProceedings{pitassi_et_al:LIPIcs.ITCS.2023.89, author = {Pitassi, Toniann and Shirley, Morgan and Shraibman, Adi}, title = {{The Strength of Equality Oracles in Communication}}, booktitle = {14th Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science Conference (ITCS 2023)}, pages = {89:1--89:19}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-263-1}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2023}, volume = {251}, editor = {Tauman Kalai, Yael}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ITCS.2023.89}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-175927}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ITCS.2023.89}, annote = {Keywords: Factorization norm, blocky rank, Merlin-Arthur} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 215, 13th Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science Conference (ITCS 2022)

A secret-sharing scheme allows to distribute a secret s among n parties such that only some predefined "authorized" sets of parties can reconstruct the secret s, and all other "unauthorized" sets learn nothing about s. For over 30 years, it was known that any (monotone) collection of authorized sets can be realized by a secret-sharing scheme whose shares are of size 2^{n-o(n)} and until recently no better scheme was known. In a recent breakthrough, Liu and Vaikuntanathan (STOC 2018) have reduced the share size to 2^{0.994n+o(n)}, and this was further improved by several follow-ups accumulating in an upper bound of 1.5^{n+o(n)} (Applebaum and Nir, CRYPTO 2021). Following these advances, it is natural to ask whether these new approaches can lead to a truly sub-exponential upper-bound of 2^{n^{1-ε}} for some constant ε > 0, or even all the way down to polynomial upper-bounds.
In this paper, we relate this question to the complexity of computing monotone Boolean functions by monotone real circuits (MRCs) - a computational model that was introduced by Pudlák (J. Symb. Log., 1997) in the context of proof complexity. We introduce a new notion of "separable" MRCs that lies between monotone real circuits and monotone real formulas (MRFs). As our main results, we show that recent constructions of general secret-sharing schemes implicitly give rise to separable MRCs for general monotone functions of similar complexity, and that some monotone functions (in monotone NP) cannot be computed by sub-exponential size separable MRCs. Interestingly, it seems that proving similar lower-bounds for general MRCs is beyond the reach of current techniques.
We use this connection to obtain lower-bounds against a natural family of secret-sharing schemes, as well as new non-trivial upper-bounds for MRCs. Specifically, we conclude that recent approaches for secret-sharing schemes cannot achieve sub-exponential share size and that every monotone function can be realized by an MRC (or even MRF) of complexity 1.5^{n+o(n)}. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first improvement over the trivial 2^{n-o(n)} upper-bound. Along the way, we show that the recent constructions of general secret-sharing schemes implicitly give rise to Boolean formulas over slice functions and prove that such formulas can be simulated by separable MRCs of similar size. On a conceptual level, our paper continues the rich line of study that relates the share size of secret-sharing schemes to monotone complexity measures.

Benny Applebaum, Amos Beimel, Oded Nir, Naty Peter, and Toniann Pitassi. Secret Sharing, Slice Formulas, and Monotone Real Circuits. In 13th Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science Conference (ITCS 2022). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 215, pp. 8:1-8:23, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2022)

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@InProceedings{applebaum_et_al:LIPIcs.ITCS.2022.8, author = {Applebaum, Benny and Beimel, Amos and Nir, Oded and Peter, Naty and Pitassi, Toniann}, title = {{Secret Sharing, Slice Formulas, and Monotone Real Circuits}}, booktitle = {13th Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science Conference (ITCS 2022)}, pages = {8:1--8:23}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-217-4}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2022}, volume = {215}, editor = {Braverman, Mark}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ITCS.2022.8}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-156046}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ITCS.2022.8}, annote = {Keywords: Secret Sharing Schemes, Monotone Real Circuits} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 215, 13th Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science Conference (ITCS 2022)

We further the study of supercritical tradeoffs in proof and circuit complexity, which is a type of tradeoff between complexity parameters where restricting one complexity parameter forces another to exceed its worst-case upper bound. In particular, we prove a new family of supercritical tradeoffs between depth and size for Resolution, Res(k), and Cutting Planes proofs. For each of these proof systems we construct, for each c ≤ n^{1-ε}, a formula with n^{O(c)} clauses and n variables that has a proof of size n^{O(c)} but in which any proof of size no more than roughly exponential in n^{1-ε}/c must necessarily have depth ≈ n^c. By setting c = o(n^{1-ε}) we therefore obtain exponential lower bounds on proof depth; this far exceeds the trivial worst-case upper bound of n. In doing so we give a simplified proof of a supercritical depth/width tradeoff for tree-like Resolution from [Alexander A. Razborov, 2016]. Finally, we outline several conjectures that would imply similar supercritical tradeoffs between size and depth in circuit complexity via lifting theorems.

Noah Fleming, Toniann Pitassi, and Robert Robere. Extremely Deep Proofs. In 13th Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science Conference (ITCS 2022). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 215, pp. 70:1-70:23, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2022)

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@InProceedings{fleming_et_al:LIPIcs.ITCS.2022.70, author = {Fleming, Noah and Pitassi, Toniann and Robere, Robert}, title = {{Extremely Deep Proofs}}, booktitle = {13th Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science Conference (ITCS 2022)}, pages = {70:1--70:23}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-217-4}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2022}, volume = {215}, editor = {Braverman, Mark}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ITCS.2022.70}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-156665}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ITCS.2022.70}, annote = {Keywords: Proof Complexity, Tradeoffs, Resolution, Cutting Planes} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 215, 13th Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science Conference (ITCS 2022)

Query-to-communication lifting theorems translate lower bounds on query complexity to lower bounds for the corresponding communication model. In this paper, we give a simplified proof of deterministic lifting (in both the tree-like and dag-like settings). Our proof uses elementary counting together with a novel connection to the sunflower lemma.
In addition to a simplified proof, our approach opens up a new avenue of attack towards proving lifting theorems with improved gadget size - one of the main challenges in the area. Focusing on one of the most widely used gadgets - the index gadget - existing lifting techniques are known to require at least a quadratic gadget size. Our new approach combined with robust sunflower lemmas allows us to reduce the gadget size to near linear. We conjecture that it can be further improved to polylogarithmic, similar to the known bounds for the corresponding robust sunflower lemmas.

Shachar Lovett, Raghu Meka, Ian Mertz, Toniann Pitassi, and Jiapeng Zhang. Lifting with Sunflowers. In 13th Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science Conference (ITCS 2022). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 215, pp. 104:1-104:24, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2022)

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@InProceedings{lovett_et_al:LIPIcs.ITCS.2022.104, author = {Lovett, Shachar and Meka, Raghu and Mertz, Ian and Pitassi, Toniann and Zhang, Jiapeng}, title = {{Lifting with Sunflowers}}, booktitle = {13th Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science Conference (ITCS 2022)}, pages = {104:1--104:24}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-217-4}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2022}, volume = {215}, editor = {Braverman, Mark}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ITCS.2022.104}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-157004}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ITCS.2022.104}, annote = {Keywords: Lifting theorems, communication complexity, combinatorics, sunflowers} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 200, 36th Computational Complexity Conference (CCC 2021)

The Stabbing Planes proof system [Paul Beame et al., 2018] was introduced to model the reasoning carried out in practical mixed integer programming solvers. As a proof system, it is powerful enough to simulate Cutting Planes and to refute the Tseitin formulas - certain unsatisfiable systems of linear equations od 2 - which are canonical hard examples for many algebraic proof systems. In a recent (and surprising) result, Dadush and Tiwari [Daniel Dadush and Samarth Tiwari, 2020] showed that these short refutations of the Tseitin formulas could be translated into quasi-polynomial size and depth Cutting Planes proofs, refuting a long-standing conjecture. This translation raises several interesting questions. First, whether all Stabbing Planes proofs can be efficiently simulated by Cutting Planes. This would allow for the substantial analysis done on the Cutting Planes system to be lifted to practical mixed integer programming solvers. Second, whether the quasi-polynomial depth of these proofs is inherent to Cutting Planes.
In this paper we make progress towards answering both of these questions. First, we show that any Stabbing Planes proof with bounded coefficients (SP*) can be translated into Cutting Planes. As a consequence of the known lower bounds for Cutting Planes, this establishes the first exponential lower bounds on SP*. Using this translation, we extend the result of Dadush and Tiwari to show that Cutting Planes has short refutations of any unsatisfiable system of linear equations over a finite field. Like the Cutting Planes proofs of Dadush and Tiwari, our refutations also incur a quasi-polynomial blow-up in depth, and we conjecture that this is inherent. As a step towards this conjecture, we develop a new geometric technique for proving lower bounds on the depth of Cutting Planes proofs. This allows us to establish the first lower bounds on the depth of Semantic Cutting Planes proofs of the Tseitin formulas.

Noah Fleming, Mika Göös, Russell Impagliazzo, Toniann Pitassi, Robert Robere, Li-Yang Tan, and Avi Wigderson. On the Power and Limitations of Branch and Cut. In 36th Computational Complexity Conference (CCC 2021). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 200, pp. 6:1-6:30, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2021)

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@InProceedings{fleming_et_al:LIPIcs.CCC.2021.6, author = {Fleming, Noah and G\"{o}\"{o}s, Mika and Impagliazzo, Russell and Pitassi, Toniann and Robere, Robert and Tan, Li-Yang and Wigderson, Avi}, title = {{On the Power and Limitations of Branch and Cut}}, booktitle = {36th Computational Complexity Conference (CCC 2021)}, pages = {6:1--6:30}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-193-1}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2021}, volume = {200}, editor = {Kabanets, Valentine}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.CCC.2021.6}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-142809}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.CCC.2021.6}, annote = {Keywords: Proof Complexity, Integer Programming, Cutting Planes, Branch and Cut, Stabbing Planes} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 200, 36th Computational Complexity Conference (CCC 2021)

We study pseudo-deterministic query complexity - randomized query algorithms that are required to output the same answer with high probability on all inputs. We prove Ω(√n) lower bounds on the pseudo-deterministic complexity of a large family of search problems based on unsatisfiable random CNF instances, and also for the promise problem (FIND1) of finding a 1 in a vector populated with at least half one’s. This gives an exponential separation between randomized query complexity and pseudo-deterministic complexity, which is tight in the quantum setting. As applications we partially solve a related combinatorial coloring problem, and we separate random tree-like Resolution from its pseudo-deterministic version. In contrast to our lower bound, we show, surprisingly, that in the zero-error, average case setting, the three notions (deterministic, randomized, pseudo-deterministic) collapse.

Shafi Goldwasser, Russell Impagliazzo, Toniann Pitassi, and Rahul Santhanam. On the Pseudo-Deterministic Query Complexity of NP Search Problems. In 36th Computational Complexity Conference (CCC 2021). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 200, pp. 36:1-36:22, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2021)

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@InProceedings{goldwasser_et_al:LIPIcs.CCC.2021.36, author = {Goldwasser, Shafi and Impagliazzo, Russell and Pitassi, Toniann and Santhanam, Rahul}, title = {{On the Pseudo-Deterministic Query Complexity of NP Search Problems}}, booktitle = {36th Computational Complexity Conference (CCC 2021)}, pages = {36:1--36:22}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-193-1}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2021}, volume = {200}, editor = {Kabanets, Valentine}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.CCC.2021.36}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-143104}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.CCC.2021.36}, annote = {Keywords: Pseudo-determinism, Query complexity, Proof complexity} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 198, 48th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2021)

Given a set of polynomial equations over a field F, how hard is it to prove that they are simultaneously unsolvable? In the last twenty years, algebraic proof systems for refuting such systems of equations have been extensively studied, revealing close connections to both upper bounds (connections between short refutations and efficient approximation algorithms) and lower bounds (connections to fundamental questions in circuit complexity.)
The Ideal Proof System (IPS) is a simple yet powerful algebraic proof system, with very close connections to circuit lower bounds: [Joshua A. Grochow and Toniann Pitassi, 2018] proved that lower bounds for IPS imply VNP ≠ VP, and very recently connections in the other direction have been made, showing that circuit lower bounds imply IPS lower bounds [Rahul Santhanam and Iddo Tzameret, 2021; Yaroslav Alekseev et al., 2020].
In this talk I will survey the landscape of algebraic proof systems, focusing on their connections to complexity theory, derandomization, and standard proposional proof complexity. I will discuss the state-of-the-art lower bounds, as well as the relationship between algebraic systems and textbook style propositional proof systems. Finally we end with open problems, and some recent progress towards proving superpolynomial lower bounds for bounded-depth Frege systems with modular gates (a major open problem in propositional proof complexity).

Toniann Pitassi. Algebraic Proof Systems (Invited Talk). In 48th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2021). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 198, p. 5:1, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2021)

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@InProceedings{pitassi:LIPIcs.ICALP.2021.5, author = {Pitassi, Toniann}, title = {{Algebraic Proof Systems}}, booktitle = {48th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2021)}, pages = {5:1--5:1}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-195-5}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2021}, volume = {198}, editor = {Bansal, Nikhil and Merelli, Emanuela and Worrell, James}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2021.5}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-140747}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2021.5}, annote = {Keywords: complexity theory, proof complexity, algebraic circuits} }

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Track A: Algorithms, Complexity and Games

**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 168, 47th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2020)

We investigate the power of randomness in two-party communication complexity. In particular, we study the model where the parties can make a constant number of queries to a function with an efficient one-sided-error randomized protocol. The complexity classes defined by this model comprise the Randomized Boolean Hierarchy, which is analogous to the Boolean Hierarchy but defined with one-sided-error randomness instead of nondeterminism. Our techniques connect the Nondeterministic and Randomized Boolean Hierarchies, and we provide a complete picture of the relationships among complexity classes within and across these two hierarchies. In particular, we prove that the Randomized Boolean Hierarchy does not collapse, and we prove a query-to-communication lifting theorem for all levels of the Nondeterministic Boolean Hierarchy and use it to resolve an open problem stated in the paper by Halstenberg and Reischuk (CCC 1988) which initiated the study of this hierarchy.

Toniann Pitassi, Morgan Shirley, and Thomas Watson. Nondeterministic and Randomized Boolean Hierarchies in Communication Complexity. In 47th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2020). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 168, pp. 92:1-92:19, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2020)

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@InProceedings{pitassi_et_al:LIPIcs.ICALP.2020.92, author = {Pitassi, Toniann and Shirley, Morgan and Watson, Thomas}, title = {{Nondeterministic and Randomized Boolean Hierarchies in Communication Complexity}}, booktitle = {47th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2020)}, pages = {92:1--92:19}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-138-2}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2020}, volume = {168}, editor = {Czumaj, Artur and Dawar, Anuj and Merelli, Emanuela}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2020.92}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-124992}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2020.92}, annote = {Keywords: Boolean hierarchies, lifting theorems, query complexity} }

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Invited Talk

**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 150, 39th IARCS Annual Conference on Foundations of Software Technology and Theoretical Computer Science (FSTTCS 2019)

Ever since Yao introduced the communication complexity model in 1979, it has played a pivotal role in our understanding of limitations for a wide variety of problems in Computer Science. In this talk, I will present the lifting method, whereby communication lower bounds are obtained by lifting much simpler lower bounds. I will show how lifting theorems have been used to solve many open problems in a variety of areas of computer science, including: circuit complexity, proof complexity, combinatorial optimization (size of linear programming formulations), cryptography (linear secret sharing schemes), game theory and privacy.
At the end of the talk, I will sketch the proof of a unified lifting theorem for deterministic and randomized communication (joint with Arkadev Chattopadyhay, Yuval Filmus, Sajin Koroth, and Or Meir.)

Toniann Pitassi. Progress in Lifting and Applications in Lower Bounds (Invited Talk). In 39th IARCS Annual Conference on Foundations of Software Technology and Theoretical Computer Science (FSTTCS 2019). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 150, p. 4:1, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2019)

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@InProceedings{pitassi:LIPIcs.FSTTCS.2019.4, author = {Pitassi, Toniann}, title = {{Progress in Lifting and Applications in Lower Bounds}}, booktitle = {39th IARCS Annual Conference on Foundations of Software Technology and Theoretical Computer Science (FSTTCS 2019)}, pages = {4:1--4:1}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-131-3}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2019}, volume = {150}, editor = {Chattopadhyay, Arkadev and Gastin, Paul}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.FSTTCS.2019.4}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-115664}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.FSTTCS.2019.4}, annote = {Keywords: complexity theory, lower bounds, communication complexity} }

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Track A: Algorithms, Complexity and Games

**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 132, 46th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2019)

We prove a new query-to-communication lifting for randomized protocols, with inner product as gadget. This allows us to use a much smaller gadget, leading to a more efficient lifting. Prior to this work, such a theorem was known only for deterministic protocols, due to Chattopadhyay et al. [Arkadev Chattopadhyay et al., 2017] and Wu et al. [Xiaodi Wu et al., 2017]. The only query-to-communication lifting result for randomized protocols, due to Göös, Pitassi and Watson [Mika Göös et al., 2017], used the much larger indexing gadget.
Our proof also provides a unified treatment of randomized and deterministic lifting. Most existing proofs of deterministic lifting theorems use a measure of information known as thickness. In contrast, Göös, Pitassi and Watson [Mika Göös et al., 2017] used blockwise min-entropy as a measure of information. Our proof uses the blockwise min-entropy framework to prove lifting theorems in both settings in a unified way.

Arkadev Chattopadhyay, Yuval Filmus, Sajin Koroth, Or Meir, and Toniann Pitassi. Query-To-Communication Lifting for BPP Using Inner Product. In 46th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2019). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 132, pp. 35:1-35:15, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2019)

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@InProceedings{chattopadhyay_et_al:LIPIcs.ICALP.2019.35, author = {Chattopadhyay, Arkadev and Filmus, Yuval and Koroth, Sajin and Meir, Or and Pitassi, Toniann}, title = {{Query-To-Communication Lifting for BPP Using Inner Product}}, booktitle = {46th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2019)}, pages = {35:1--35:15}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-109-2}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2019}, volume = {132}, editor = {Baier, Christel and Chatzigiannakis, Ioannis and Flocchini, Paola and Leonardi, Stefano}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2019.35}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-106110}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2019.35}, annote = {Keywords: lifting theorems, inner product, BPP Lifting, Deterministic Lifting} }

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Track A: Algorithms, Complexity and Games

**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 132, 46th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2019)

We obtain a streamlined proof of an important result by Alekhnovich and Razborov [Michael Alekhnovich and Alexander A. Razborov, 2008], showing that it is hard to automatize both tree-like and general Resolution. Under a different assumption than [Michael Alekhnovich and Alexander A. Razborov, 2008], our simplified proof gives improved bounds: we show under ETH that these proof systems are not automatizable in time n^f(n), whenever f(n) = o(log^{1/7 - epsilon} log n) for any epsilon > 0. Previously non-automatizability was only known for f(n) = O(1). Our proof also extends fairly straightforwardly to prove similar hardness results for PCR and Res(r).

Ian Mertz, Toniann Pitassi, and Yuanhao Wei. Short Proofs Are Hard to Find. In 46th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2019). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 132, pp. 84:1-84:16, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2019)

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@InProceedings{mertz_et_al:LIPIcs.ICALP.2019.84, author = {Mertz, Ian and Pitassi, Toniann and Wei, Yuanhao}, title = {{Short Proofs Are Hard to Find}}, booktitle = {46th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2019)}, pages = {84:1--84:16}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-109-2}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2019}, volume = {132}, editor = {Baier, Christel and Chatzigiannakis, Ioannis and Flocchini, Paola and Leonardi, Stefano}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2019.84}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-106605}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2019.84}, annote = {Keywords: automatizability, Resolution, SAT solvers, proof complexity} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 124, 10th Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science Conference (ITCS 2019)

We study the multiparty communication complexity of high dimensional permutations in the Number On the Forehead (NOF) model. This model is due to Chandra, Furst and Lipton (CFL) who also gave a nontrivial protocol for the Exactly-n problem where three players receive integer inputs and need to decide if their inputs sum to a given integer n. There is a considerable body of literature dealing with the same problem, where (N,+) is replaced by some other abelian group. Our work can be viewed as a far-reaching extension of this line of research. We show that the known lower bounds for that group-theoretic problem apply to all high dimensional permutations. We introduce new proof techniques that reveal new and unexpected connections between NOF communication complexity of permutations and a variety of well-known problems in combinatorics. We also give a direct algorithmic protocol for Exactly-n. In contrast, all previous constructions relied on large sets of integers without a 3-term arithmetic progression.

Nati Linial, Toniann Pitassi, and Adi Shraibman. On the Communication Complexity of High-Dimensional Permutations. In 10th Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science Conference (ITCS 2019). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 124, pp. 54:1-54:20, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2019)

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@InProceedings{linial_et_al:LIPIcs.ITCS.2019.54, author = {Linial, Nati and Pitassi, Toniann and Shraibman, Adi}, title = {{On the Communication Complexity of High-Dimensional Permutations}}, booktitle = {10th Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science Conference (ITCS 2019)}, pages = {54:1--54:20}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-095-8}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2019}, volume = {124}, editor = {Blum, Avrim}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ITCS.2019.54}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-101470}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ITCS.2019.54}, annote = {Keywords: High dimensional permutations, Number On the Forehead model, Additive combinatorics} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 102, 33rd Computational Complexity Conference (CCC 2018)

In this work, we study time/space trade-offs for function composition. We prove asymptotically optimal lower bounds for function composition in the setting of nondeterministic read once branching programs, for the syntactic model as well as the stronger semantic model of read-once nondeterministic computation. We prove that such branching programs for solving the tree evaluation problem over an alphabet of size k requires size roughly k^{Omega(h)}, i.e space Omega(h log k). Our lower bound nearly matches the natural upper bound which follows the best strategy for black-white pebbling the underlying tree. While previous super-polynomial lower bounds have been proven for read-once nondeterministic branching programs (for both the syntactic as well as the semantic models), we give the first lower bounds for iterated function composition, and in these models our lower bounds are near optimal.

Jeff Edmonds, Venkatesh Medabalimi, and Toniann Pitassi. Hardness of Function Composition for Semantic Read once Branching Programs. In 33rd Computational Complexity Conference (CCC 2018). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 102, pp. 15:1-15:22, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2018)

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@InProceedings{edmonds_et_al:LIPIcs.CCC.2018.15, author = {Edmonds, Jeff and Medabalimi, Venkatesh and Pitassi, Toniann}, title = {{Hardness of Function Composition for Semantic Read once Branching Programs}}, booktitle = {33rd Computational Complexity Conference (CCC 2018)}, pages = {15:1--15:22}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-069-9}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2018}, volume = {102}, editor = {Servedio, Rocco A.}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.CCC.2018.15}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-88747}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.CCC.2018.15}, annote = {Keywords: Branching Programs, Function Composition, Time-Space Tradeoffs, Semantic Read Once, Tree Evaluation Problem} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 94, 9th Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science Conference (ITCS 2018)

We introduce and develop a new semi-algebraic proof system, called Stabbing Planes that is in the style of DPLL-based modern SAT solvers. As with DPLL, there is only one rule: the current polytope can be subdivided by branching on an inequality and its "integer negation." That is, we can (nondeterministically choose) a hyperplane a x >= b with integer coefficients, which partitions the polytope into three pieces: the points in the polytope satisfying a x >= b, the points satisfying a x <= b-1, and the middle slab b-1 < a x < b. Since the middle slab contains no integer points it can be safely discarded, and the algorithm proceeds recursively on the other two branches. Each path terminates when the current polytope is empty, which is polynomial-time checkable. Among our results, we show somewhat surprisingly that Stabbing Planes can efficiently simulate Cutting Planes, and moreover, is strictly stronger than Cutting Planes under a reasonable conjecture. We prove linear lower bounds on the rank of Stabbing Planes refutations, by adapting
a lifting argument in communication complexity.

Paul Beame, Noah Fleming, Russell Impagliazzo, Antonina Kolokolova, Denis Pankratov, Toniann Pitassi, and Robert Robere. Stabbing Planes. In 9th Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science Conference (ITCS 2018). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 94, pp. 10:1-10:20, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2018)

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@InProceedings{beame_et_al:LIPIcs.ITCS.2018.10, author = {Beame, Paul and Fleming, Noah and Impagliazzo, Russell and Kolokolova, Antonina and Pankratov, Denis and Pitassi, Toniann and Robere, Robert}, title = {{Stabbing Planes}}, booktitle = {9th Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science Conference (ITCS 2018)}, pages = {10:1--10:20}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-060-6}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2018}, volume = {94}, editor = {Karlin, Anna R.}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ITCS.2018.10}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-83418}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ITCS.2018.10}, annote = {Keywords: Complexity Theory, Proof Complexity, Communication Complexity, Cutting Planes, Semi-Algebraic Proof Systems, Pseudo Boolean Solvers, SAT solvers, Inte} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 79, 32nd Computational Complexity Conference (CCC 2017)

We prove that the P^NP-type query complexity (alternatively, decision list width) of any boolean function f is quadratically related to the P^NP-type communication complexity of a lifted version of f. As an application, we show that a certain "product" lower bound method of Impagliazzo and Williams (CCC 2010) fails to capture P^NP communication complexity up to polynomial factors, which answers a question of Papakonstantinou, Scheder, and Song (CCC 2014).

Mika Göös, Pritish Kamath, Toniann Pitassi, and Thomas Watson. Query-to-Communication Lifting for P^NP. In 32nd Computational Complexity Conference (CCC 2017). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 79, pp. 12:1-12:16, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2017)

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@InProceedings{goos_et_al:LIPIcs.CCC.2017.12, author = {G\"{o}\"{o}s, Mika and Kamath, Pritish and Pitassi, Toniann and Watson, Thomas}, title = {{Query-to-Communication Lifting for P^NP}}, booktitle = {32nd Computational Complexity Conference (CCC 2017)}, pages = {12:1--12:16}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-040-8}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2017}, volume = {79}, editor = {O'Donnell, Ryan}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.CCC.2017.12}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-75388}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.CCC.2017.12}, annote = {Keywords: Communication Complexity, Query Complexity, Lifting Theorem, P^NP} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 80, 44th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2017)

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 vs. Independent Set problem. These results strengthen the deterministic lower bounds obtained in prior work (Goos, Pitassi, and Watson, FOCS 2015). 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.

Mika Göös, T. S. Jayram, Toniann Pitassi, and Thomas Watson. Randomized Communication vs. Partition Number. In 44th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2017). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 80, pp. 52:1-52:15, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2017)

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@InProceedings{goos_et_al:LIPIcs.ICALP.2017.52, author = {G\"{o}\"{o}s, Mika and Jayram, T. S. and Pitassi, Toniann and Watson, Thomas}, title = {{Randomized Communication vs. Partition Number}}, booktitle = {44th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2017)}, pages = {52:1--52:15}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-041-5}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2017}, volume = {80}, editor = {Chatzigiannakis, Ioannis and Indyk, Piotr and Kuhn, Fabian and Muscholl, Anca}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2017.52}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-74861}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2017.52}, annote = {Keywords: communication complexity, partition number, information complexity} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 55, 43rd International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2016)

We prove exponential lower bounds on the size of semantic read-once 3-ary nondeterministic branching programs. Prior to our result the best that was known was for D-ary branching programs with |D| >= 2^{13}.

Stephen Cook, Jeff Edmonds, Venkatesh Medabalimi, and Toniann Pitassi. Lower Bounds for Nondeterministic Semantic Read-Once Branching Programs. In 43rd International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2016). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 55, pp. 36:1-36:13, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2016)

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@InProceedings{cook_et_al:LIPIcs.ICALP.2016.36, author = {Cook, Stephen and Edmonds, Jeff and Medabalimi, Venkatesh and Pitassi, Toniann}, title = {{Lower Bounds for Nondeterministic Semantic Read-Once Branching Programs}}, booktitle = {43rd International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2016)}, pages = {36:1--36:13}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-013-2}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2016}, volume = {55}, editor = {Chatzigiannakis, Ioannis and Mitzenmacher, Michael and Rabani, Yuval and Sangiorgi, Davide}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2016.36}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-63166}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2016.36}, annote = {Keywords: Branching Programs, Semantic, Non-deterministic, Lower Bounds} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 55, 43rd International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2016)

We prove several results which, together with prior work, provide a nearly-complete picture of the relationships among classical communication complexity classes between P and PSPACE, short of proving lower bounds against classes for which no explicit lower bounds were already known. Our article also serves as an up-to-date survey on the state of structural communication complexity.
Among our new results we show that MA !subseteq ZPP^{NP[1]}, that is, Merlin–Arthur proof systems cannot be simulated by zero-sided error randomized protocols with one NP query. Here the class ZPP^{NP[1]} has the property that generalizing it in the slightest ways would make it contain AM intersect coAM, for which it is notoriously open to prove any explicit lower bounds. We also prove that US !subseteq ZPP^{NP[1]}, where US is the class whose canonically complete problem is the variant of set-disjointness where yes-instances are uniquely intersecting. We also prove that US !subseteq coDP, where DP is the class of differences of two NP sets. Finally, we explore an intriguing open issue: are rank-1 matrices inherently more powerful than rectangles in communication complexity? We prove a new separation concerning PP that sheds light on this issue and strengthens some previously known separations.

Mika Göös, Toniann Pitassi, and Thomas Watson. The Landscape of Communication Complexity Classes. In 43rd International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2016). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 55, pp. 86:1-86:15, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2016)

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@InProceedings{goos_et_al:LIPIcs.ICALP.2016.86, author = {G\"{o}\"{o}s, Mika and Pitassi, Toniann and Watson, Thomas}, title = {{The Landscape of Communication Complexity Classes}}, booktitle = {43rd International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2016)}, pages = {86:1--86:15}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-013-2}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2016}, volume = {55}, editor = {Chatzigiannakis, Ioannis and Mitzenmacher, Michael and Rabani, Yuval and Sangiorgi, Davide}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2016.86}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-61990}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2016.86}, annote = {Keywords: Landscape, communication, complexity, classes} }