19 Search Results for "Zhou, Samson"


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Private Data Stream Analysis for Universal Symmetric Norm Estimation

Authors: Vladimir Braverman, Joel Manning, Zhiwei Steven Wu, and Samson Zhou

Published in: LIPIcs, Volume 275, Approximation, Randomization, and Combinatorial Optimization. Algorithms and Techniques (APPROX/RANDOM 2023)


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We study how to release summary statistics on a data stream subject to the constraint of differential privacy. In particular, we focus on releasing the family of symmetric norms, which are invariant under sign-flips and coordinate-wise permutations on an input data stream and include L_p norms, k-support norms, top-k norms, and the box norm as special cases. Although it may be possible to design and analyze a separate mechanism for each symmetric norm, we propose a general parametrizable framework that differentially privately releases a number of sufficient statistics from which the approximation of all symmetric norms can be simultaneously computed. Our framework partitions the coordinates of the underlying frequency vector into different levels based on their magnitude and releases approximate frequencies for the "heavy" coordinates in important levels and releases approximate level sizes for the "light" coordinates in important levels. Surprisingly, our mechanism allows for the release of an arbitrary number of symmetric norm approximations without any overhead or additional loss in privacy. Moreover, our mechanism permits (1+α)-approximation to each of the symmetric norms and can be implemented using sublinear space in the streaming model for many regimes of the accuracy and privacy parameters.

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Vladimir Braverman, Joel Manning, Zhiwei Steven Wu, and Samson Zhou. Private Data Stream Analysis for Universal Symmetric Norm Estimation. In Approximation, Randomization, and Combinatorial Optimization. Algorithms and Techniques (APPROX/RANDOM 2023). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 275, pp. 45:1-45:24, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2023)


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@InProceedings{braverman_et_al:LIPIcs.APPROX/RANDOM.2023.45,
  author =	{Braverman, Vladimir and Manning, Joel and Wu, Zhiwei Steven and Zhou, Samson},
  title =	{{Private Data Stream Analysis for Universal Symmetric Norm Estimation}},
  booktitle =	{Approximation, Randomization, and Combinatorial Optimization. Algorithms and Techniques (APPROX/RANDOM 2023)},
  pages =	{45:1--45:24},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-296-9},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2023},
  volume =	{275},
  editor =	{Megow, Nicole and Smith, Adam},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.APPROX/RANDOM.2023.45},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-188701},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.APPROX/RANDOM.2023.45},
  annote =	{Keywords: Differential privacy, norm estimation}
}
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How to Make Your Approximation Algorithm Private: A Black-Box Differentially-Private Transformation for Tunable Approximation Algorithms of Functions with Low Sensitivity

Authors: Jeremiah Blocki, Elena Grigorescu, Tamalika Mukherjee, and Samson Zhou

Published in: LIPIcs, Volume 275, Approximation, Randomization, and Combinatorial Optimization. Algorithms and Techniques (APPROX/RANDOM 2023)


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We develop a framework for efficiently transforming certain approximation algorithms into differentially-private variants, in a black-box manner. Specifically, our results focus on algorithms A that output an approximation to a function f of the form (1-α)f(x)-κ ≤ A(x) ≤ (1+α)f(x)+κ, where κ ∈ ℝ_{≥ 0} denotes additive error and α ∈ [0,1) denotes multiplicative error can be"tuned" to small-enough values while incurring only a polynomial blowup in the running time/space. We show that such algorithms can be made differentially private without sacrificing accuracy, as long as the function f has small "global sensitivity". We achieve these results by applying the "smooth sensitivity" framework developed by Nissim, Raskhodnikova, and Smith (STOC 2007). Our framework naturally applies to transform non-private FPRAS and FPTAS algorithms into ε-differentially private approximation algorithms where the former case requires an additional postprocessing step. We apply our framework in the context of sublinear-time and sublinear-space algorithms, while preserving the nature of the algorithm in meaningful ranges of the parameters. Our results include the first (to the best of our knowledge) ε-edge differentially-private sublinear-time algorithm for estimating the number of triangles, the number of connected components, and the weight of a minimum spanning tree of a graph whose accuracy holds with high probability. In the area of streaming algorithms, our results include ε-DP algorithms for estimating L_p-norms, distinct elements, and weighted minimum spanning tree for both insertion-only and turnstile streams. Our transformation also provides a private version of the smooth histogram framework, which is commonly used for converting streaming algorithms into sliding window variants, and achieves a multiplicative approximation to many problems, such as estimating L_p-norms, distinct elements, and the length of the longest increasing subsequence.

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Jeremiah Blocki, Elena Grigorescu, Tamalika Mukherjee, and Samson Zhou. How to Make Your Approximation Algorithm Private: A Black-Box Differentially-Private Transformation for Tunable Approximation Algorithms of Functions with Low Sensitivity. In Approximation, Randomization, and Combinatorial Optimization. Algorithms and Techniques (APPROX/RANDOM 2023). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 275, pp. 59:1-59:24, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2023)


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@InProceedings{blocki_et_al:LIPIcs.APPROX/RANDOM.2023.59,
  author =	{Blocki, Jeremiah and Grigorescu, Elena and Mukherjee, Tamalika and Zhou, Samson},
  title =	{{How to Make Your Approximation Algorithm Private: A Black-Box Differentially-Private Transformation for Tunable Approximation Algorithms of Functions with Low Sensitivity}},
  booktitle =	{Approximation, Randomization, and Combinatorial Optimization. Algorithms and Techniques (APPROX/RANDOM 2023)},
  pages =	{59:1--59:24},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-296-9},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2023},
  volume =	{275},
  editor =	{Megow, Nicole and Smith, Adam},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.APPROX/RANDOM.2023.59},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-188849},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.APPROX/RANDOM.2023.59},
  annote =	{Keywords: Differential privacy, approximation algorithms}
}
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Differentially Private Aggregation via Imperfect Shuffling

Authors: Badih Ghazi, Ravi Kumar, Pasin Manurangsi, Jelani Nelson, and Samson Zhou

Published in: LIPIcs, Volume 267, 4th Conference on Information-Theoretic Cryptography (ITC 2023)


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In this paper, we introduce the imperfect shuffle differential privacy model, where messages sent from users are shuffled in an almost uniform manner before being observed by a curator for private aggregation. We then consider the private summation problem. We show that the standard split-and-mix protocol by Ishai et. al. [FOCS 2006] can be adapted to achieve near-optimal utility bounds in the imperfect shuffle model. Specifically, we show that surprisingly, there is no additional error overhead necessary in the imperfect shuffle model.

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Badih Ghazi, Ravi Kumar, Pasin Manurangsi, Jelani Nelson, and Samson Zhou. Differentially Private Aggregation via Imperfect Shuffling. In 4th Conference on Information-Theoretic Cryptography (ITC 2023). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 267, pp. 17:1-17:22, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2023)


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@InProceedings{ghazi_et_al:LIPIcs.ITC.2023.17,
  author =	{Ghazi, Badih and Kumar, Ravi and Manurangsi, Pasin and Nelson, Jelani and Zhou, Samson},
  title =	{{Differentially Private Aggregation via Imperfect Shuffling}},
  booktitle =	{4th Conference on Information-Theoretic Cryptography (ITC 2023)},
  pages =	{17:1--17:22},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-271-6},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2023},
  volume =	{267},
  editor =	{Chung, Kai-Min},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ITC.2023.17},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-183453},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.ITC.2023.17},
  annote =	{Keywords: Differential privacy, private summation, shuffle model}
}
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Adaptive Sketches for Robust Regression with Importance Sampling

Authors: Sepideh Mahabadi, David P. Woodruff, and Samson Zhou

Published in: LIPIcs, Volume 245, Approximation, Randomization, and Combinatorial Optimization. Algorithms and Techniques (APPROX/RANDOM 2022)


Abstract
We introduce data structures for solving robust regression through stochastic gradient descent (SGD) by sampling gradients with probability proportional to their norm, i.e., importance sampling. Although SGD is widely used for large scale machine learning, it is well-known for possibly experiencing slow convergence rates due to the high variance from uniform sampling. On the other hand, importance sampling can significantly decrease the variance but is usually difficult to implement because computing the sampling probabilities requires additional passes over the data, in which case standard gradient descent (GD) could be used instead. In this paper, we introduce an algorithm that approximately samples T gradients of dimension d from nearly the optimal importance sampling distribution for a robust regression problem over n rows. Thus our algorithm effectively runs T steps of SGD with importance sampling while using sublinear space and just making a single pass over the data. Our techniques also extend to performing importance sampling for second-order optimization.

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Sepideh Mahabadi, David P. Woodruff, and Samson Zhou. Adaptive Sketches for Robust Regression with Importance Sampling. In Approximation, Randomization, and Combinatorial Optimization. Algorithms and Techniques (APPROX/RANDOM 2022). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 245, pp. 31:1-31:21, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2022)


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@InProceedings{mahabadi_et_al:LIPIcs.APPROX/RANDOM.2022.31,
  author =	{Mahabadi, Sepideh and Woodruff, David P. and Zhou, Samson},
  title =	{{Adaptive Sketches for Robust Regression with Importance Sampling}},
  booktitle =	{Approximation, Randomization, and Combinatorial Optimization. Algorithms and Techniques (APPROX/RANDOM 2022)},
  pages =	{31:1--31:21},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-249-5},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2022},
  volume =	{245},
  editor =	{Chakrabarti, Amit and Swamy, Chaitanya},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.APPROX/RANDOM.2022.31},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-171531},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.APPROX/RANDOM.2022.31},
  annote =	{Keywords: Streaming algorithms, stochastic optimization, importance sampling}
}
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Noisy Boolean Hidden Matching with Applications

Authors: Michael Kapralov, Amulya Musipatla, Jakab Tardos, David P. Woodruff, and Samson Zhou

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


Abstract
The Boolean Hidden Matching (BHM) problem, introduced in a seminal paper of Gavinsky et al. [STOC'07], has played an important role in lower bounds for graph problems in the streaming model (e.g., subgraph counting, maximum matching, MAX-CUT, Schatten p-norm approximation). The BHM problem typically leads to Ω(√n) space lower bounds for constant factor approximations, with the reductions generating graphs that consist of connected components of constant size. The related Boolean Hidden Hypermatching (BHH) problem provides Ω(n^{1-1/t}) lower bounds for 1+O(1/t) approximation, for integers t ≥ 2. The corresponding reductions produce graphs with connected components of diameter about t, and essentially show that long range exploration is hard in the streaming model with an adversarial order of updates. In this paper we introduce a natural variant of the BHM problem, called noisy BHM (and its natural noisy BHH variant), that we use to obtain stronger than Ω(√n) lower bounds for approximating a number of the aforementioned problems in graph streams when the input graphs consist only of components of diameter bounded by a fixed constant. We next introduce and study the graph classification problem, where the task is to test whether the input graph is isomorphic to a given graph. As a first step, we use the noisy BHM problem to show that the problem of classifying whether an underlying graph is isomorphic to a complete binary tree in insertion-only streams requires Ω(n) space, which seems challenging to show using either BHM or BHH.

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Michael Kapralov, Amulya Musipatla, Jakab Tardos, David P. Woodruff, and Samson Zhou. Noisy Boolean Hidden Matching with Applications. In 13th Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science Conference (ITCS 2022). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 215, pp. 91:1-91:19, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2022)


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@InProceedings{kapralov_et_al:LIPIcs.ITCS.2022.91,
  author =	{Kapralov, Michael and Musipatla, Amulya and Tardos, Jakab and Woodruff, David P. and Zhou, Samson},
  title =	{{Noisy Boolean Hidden Matching with Applications}},
  booktitle =	{13th Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science Conference (ITCS 2022)},
  pages =	{91:1--91:19},
  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.2022.91},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-156876},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.ITCS.2022.91},
  annote =	{Keywords: Boolean Hidden Matching, Lower Bounds, Communication Complexity, Streaming Algorithms}
}
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Smoothed Analysis of the Condition Number Under Low-Rank Perturbations

Authors: Rikhav Shah and Sandeep Silwal

Published in: LIPIcs, Volume 207, Approximation, Randomization, and Combinatorial Optimization. Algorithms and Techniques (APPROX/RANDOM 2021)


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Let M be an arbitrary n by n matrix of rank n-k. We study the condition number of M plus a low-rank perturbation UV^T where U, V are n by k random Gaussian matrices. Under some necessary assumptions, it is shown that M+UV^T is unlikely to have a large condition number. The main advantages of this kind of perturbation over the well-studied dense Gaussian perturbation, where every entry is independently perturbed, is the O(nk) cost to store U,V and the O(nk) increase in time complexity for performing the matrix-vector multiplication (M+UV^T)x. This improves the Ω(n²) space and time complexity increase required by a dense perturbation, which is especially burdensome if M is originally sparse. Our results also extend to the case where U and V have rank larger than k and to symmetric and complex settings. We also give an application to linear systems solving and perform some numerical experiments. Lastly, barriers in applying low-rank noise to other problems studied in the smoothed analysis framework are discussed.

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Rikhav Shah and Sandeep Silwal. Smoothed Analysis of the Condition Number Under Low-Rank Perturbations. In Approximation, Randomization, and Combinatorial Optimization. Algorithms and Techniques (APPROX/RANDOM 2021). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 207, pp. 40:1-40:21, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2021)


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@InProceedings{shah_et_al:LIPIcs.APPROX/RANDOM.2021.40,
  author =	{Shah, Rikhav and Silwal, Sandeep},
  title =	{{Smoothed Analysis of the Condition Number Under Low-Rank Perturbations}},
  booktitle =	{Approximation, Randomization, and Combinatorial Optimization. Algorithms and Techniques (APPROX/RANDOM 2021)},
  pages =	{40:1--40:21},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-207-5},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2021},
  volume =	{207},
  editor =	{Wootters, Mary and Sanit\`{a}, Laura},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.APPROX/RANDOM.2021.40},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-147332},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.APPROX/RANDOM.2021.40},
  annote =	{Keywords: Smoothed analysis, condition number, low rank noise}
}
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On the Security of Proofs of Sequential Work in a Post-Quantum World

Authors: Jeremiah Blocki, Seunghoon Lee, and Samson Zhou

Published in: LIPIcs, Volume 199, 2nd Conference on Information-Theoretic Cryptography (ITC 2021)


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A Proof of Sequential Work (PoSW) allows a prover to convince a resource-bounded verifier that the prover invested a substantial amount of sequential time to perform some underlying computation. PoSWs have many applications including time-stamping, blockchain design, and universally verifiable CPU benchmarks. Mahmoody, Moran, and Vadhan (ITCS 2013) gave the first construction of a PoSW in the random oracle model though the construction relied on expensive depth-robust graphs. In a recent breakthrough, Cohen and Pietrzak (EUROCRYPT 2018) gave an efficient PoSW construction that does not require expensive depth-robust graphs. In the classical parallel random oracle model, it is straightforward to argue that any successful PoSW attacker must produce a long ℋ-sequence and that any malicious party running in sequential time T-1 will fail to produce an ℋ-sequence of length T except with negligible probability. In this paper, we prove that any quantum attacker running in sequential time T-1 will fail to produce an ℋ-sequence except with negligible probability - even if the attacker submits a large batch of quantum queries in each round. The proof is substantially more challenging and highlights the power of Zhandry’s recent compressed oracle technique (CRYPTO 2019). We further extend this result to establish post-quantum security of a non-interactive PoSW obtained by applying the Fiat-Shamir transform to Cohen and Pietrzak’s efficient construction (EUROCRYPT 2018).

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Jeremiah Blocki, Seunghoon Lee, and Samson Zhou. On the Security of Proofs of Sequential Work in a Post-Quantum World. In 2nd Conference on Information-Theoretic Cryptography (ITC 2021). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 199, pp. 22:1-22:27, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2021)


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@InProceedings{blocki_et_al:LIPIcs.ITC.2021.22,
  author =	{Blocki, Jeremiah and Lee, Seunghoon and Zhou, Samson},
  title =	{{On the Security of Proofs of Sequential Work in a Post-Quantum World}},
  booktitle =	{2nd Conference on Information-Theoretic Cryptography (ITC 2021)},
  pages =	{22:1--22:27},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-197-9},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2021},
  volume =	{199},
  editor =	{Tessaro, Stefano},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ITC.2021.22},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-143415},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.ITC.2021.22},
  annote =	{Keywords: Proof of Sequential Work, Parallel Quantum Random Oracle Model, Lower Bounds}
}
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Track A: Algorithms, Complexity and Games
Separations for Estimating Large Frequency Moments on Data Streams

Authors: David P. Woodruff and Samson Zhou

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


Abstract
We study the classical problem of moment estimation of an underlying vector whose n coordinates are implicitly defined through a series of updates in a data stream. We show that if the updates to the vector arrive in the random-order insertion-only model, then there exist space efficient algorithms with improved dependencies on the approximation parameter ε. In particular, for any real p > 2, we first obtain an algorithm for F_p moment estimation using 𝒪̃(1/(ε^{4/p})⋅ n^{1-2/p}) bits of memory. Our techniques also give algorithms for F_p moment estimation with p > 2 on arbitrary order insertion-only and turnstile streams, using 𝒪̃(1/(ε^{4/p})⋅ n^{1-2/p}) bits of space and two passes, which is the first optimal multi-pass F_p estimation algorithm up to log n factors. Finally, we give an improved lower bound of Ω(1/(ε²)⋅ n^{1-2/p}) for one-pass insertion-only streams. Our results separate the complexity of this problem both between random and non-random orders, as well as one-pass and multi-pass streams.

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David P. Woodruff and Samson Zhou. Separations for Estimating Large Frequency Moments on Data Streams. In 48th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2021). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 198, pp. 112:1-112:21, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2021)


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@InProceedings{woodruff_et_al:LIPIcs.ICALP.2021.112,
  author =	{Woodruff, David P. and Zhou, Samson},
  title =	{{Separations for Estimating Large Frequency Moments on Data Streams}},
  booktitle =	{48th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2021)},
  pages =	{112:1--112:21},
  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.2021.112},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-141810},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2021.112},
  annote =	{Keywords: streaming algorithms, frequency moments, random order, lower bounds}
}
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Sensitivity Analysis of the Maximum Matching Problem

Authors: Yuichi Yoshida and Samson Zhou

Published in: LIPIcs, Volume 185, 12th Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science Conference (ITCS 2021)


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We consider the sensitivity of algorithms for the maximum matching problem against edge and vertex modifications. When an algorithm A for the maximum matching problem is deterministic, the sensitivity of A on G is defined as max_{e ∈ E(G)}|A(G) △ A(G - e)|, where G-e is the graph obtained from G by removing an edge e ∈ E(G) and △ denotes the symmetric difference. When A is randomized, the sensitivity is defined as max_{e ∈ E(G)}d_{EM}(A(G),A(G-e)), where d_{EM}(⋅,⋅) denotes the earth mover’s distance between two distributions. Thus the sensitivity measures the difference between the output of an algorithm after the input is slightly perturbed. Algorithms with low sensitivity, or stable algorithms are desirable because they are robust to edge failure or attack. In this work, we show a randomized (1-ε)-approximation algorithm with worst-case sensitivity O_ε(1), which substantially improves upon the (1-ε)-approximation algorithm of Varma and Yoshida (SODA'21) that obtains average sensitivity n^O(1/(1+ε²)) sensitivity algorithm, and show a deterministic 1/2-approximation algorithm with sensitivity exp(O(log^*n)) for bounded-degree graphs. We then show that any deterministic constant-factor approximation algorithm must have sensitivity Ω(log^* n). Our results imply that randomized algorithms are strictly more powerful than deterministic ones in that the former can achieve sensitivity independent of n whereas the latter cannot. We also show analogous results for vertex sensitivity, where we remove a vertex instead of an edge. Finally, we introduce the notion of normalized weighted sensitivity, a natural generalization of sensitivity that accounts for the weights of deleted edges. For a graph with weight function w, the normalized weighted sensitivity is defined to be the sum of the weighted edges in the symmetric difference of the algorithm normalized by the altered edge, i.e., max_{e ∈ E(G)}1/(w(e))w (A(G) △ A(G - e)). Hence the normalized weighted sensitivity measures the weighted difference between the output of an algorithm after the input is slightly perturbed, normalized by the weight of the perturbation. We show that if all edges in a graph have polynomially bounded weight, then given a trade-off parameter α > 2, there exists an algorithm that outputs a 1/(4α)-approximation to the maximum weighted matching in O(m log_α n) time, with normalized weighted sensitivity O(1).

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Yuichi Yoshida and Samson Zhou. Sensitivity Analysis of the Maximum Matching Problem. In 12th Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science Conference (ITCS 2021). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 185, pp. 58:1-58:20, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2021)


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@InProceedings{yoshida_et_al:LIPIcs.ITCS.2021.58,
  author =	{Yoshida, Yuichi and Zhou, Samson},
  title =	{{Sensitivity Analysis of the Maximum Matching Problem}},
  booktitle =	{12th Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science Conference (ITCS 2021)},
  pages =	{58:1--58:20},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-177-1},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2021},
  volume =	{185},
  editor =	{Lee, James R.},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ITCS.2021.58},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-135979},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.ITCS.2021.58},
  annote =	{Keywords: Sensitivity analysis, maximum matching, graph algorithms}
}
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On Locally Decodable Codes in Resource Bounded Channels

Authors: Jeremiah Blocki, Shubhang Kulkarni, and Samson Zhou

Published in: LIPIcs, Volume 163, 1st Conference on Information-Theoretic Cryptography (ITC 2020)


Abstract
Constructions of locally decodable codes (LDCs) have one of two undesirable properties: low rate or high locality (polynomial in the length of the message). In settings where the encoder/decoder have already exchanged cryptographic keys and the channel is a probabilistic polynomial time (PPT) algorithm, it is possible to circumvent these barriers and design LDCs with constant rate and small locality. However, the assumption that the encoder/decoder have exchanged cryptographic keys is often prohibitive. We thus consider the problem of designing explicit and efficient LDCs in settings where the channel is slightly more constrained than the encoder/decoder with respect to some resource e.g., space or (sequential) time. Given an explicit function f that the channel cannot compute, we show how the encoder can transmit a random secret key to the local decoder using f(⋅) and a random oracle 𝖧(⋅). We then bootstrap the private key LDC construction of Ostrovsky, Pandey and Sahai (ICALP, 2007), thereby answering an open question posed by Guruswami and Smith (FOCS 2010) of whether such bootstrapping techniques are applicable to LDCs in channel models weaker than just PPT algorithms. Specifically, in the random oracle model we show how to construct explicit constant rate LDCs with locality of polylog in the security parameter against various resource constrained channels.

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Jeremiah Blocki, Shubhang Kulkarni, and Samson Zhou. On Locally Decodable Codes in Resource Bounded Channels. In 1st Conference on Information-Theoretic Cryptography (ITC 2020). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 163, pp. 16:1-16:23, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2020)


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@InProceedings{blocki_et_al:LIPIcs.ITC.2020.16,
  author =	{Blocki, Jeremiah and Kulkarni, Shubhang and Zhou, Samson},
  title =	{{On Locally Decodable Codes in Resource Bounded Channels}},
  booktitle =	{1st Conference on Information-Theoretic Cryptography (ITC 2020)},
  pages =	{16:1--16:23},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-151-1},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2020},
  volume =	{163},
  editor =	{Tauman Kalai, Yael and Smith, Adam D. and Wichs, Daniel},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ITC.2020.16},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-121216},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.ITC.2020.16},
  annote =	{Keywords: Locally Decodable Codes, Resource Bounded Channels}
}
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Approximating Cumulative Pebbling Cost Is Unique Games Hard

Authors: Jeremiah Blocki, Seunghoon Lee, and Samson Zhou

Published in: LIPIcs, Volume 151, 11th Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science Conference (ITCS 2020)


Abstract
The cumulative pebbling complexity of a directed acyclic graph G is defined as cc(G) = min_P ∑_i |P_i|, where the minimum is taken over all legal (parallel) black pebblings of G and |P_i| denotes the number of pebbles on the graph during round i. Intuitively, cc(G) captures the amortized Space-Time complexity of pebbling m copies of G in parallel. The cumulative pebbling complexity of a graph G is of particular interest in the field of cryptography as cc(G) is tightly related to the amortized Area-Time complexity of the Data-Independent Memory-Hard Function (iMHF) f_{G,H} [Joël Alwen and Vladimir Serbinenko, 2015] defined using a constant indegree directed acyclic graph (DAG) G and a random oracle H(⋅). A secure iMHF should have amortized Space-Time complexity as high as possible, e.g., to deter brute-force password attacker who wants to find x such that f_{G,H}(x) = h. Thus, to analyze the (in)security of a candidate iMHF f_{G,H}, it is crucial to estimate the value cc(G) but currently, upper and lower bounds for leading iMHF candidates differ by several orders of magnitude. Blocki and Zhou recently showed that it is NP-Hard to compute cc(G), but their techniques do not even rule out an efficient (1+ε)-approximation algorithm for any constant ε>0. We show that for any constant c > 0, it is Unique Games hard to approximate cc(G) to within a factor of c. Along the way, we show the hardness of approximation of the DAG Vertex Deletion problem on DAGs of constant indegree. Namely, we show that for any k,ε >0 and given a DAG G with N nodes and constant indegree, it is Unique Games hard to distinguish between the case that G is (e_1, d_1)-reducible with e_1=N^{1/(1+2 ε)}/k and d_1=k N^{2 ε/(1+2 ε)}, and the case that G is (e_2, d_2)-depth-robust with e_2 = (1-ε)k e_1 and d_2= 0.9 N^{(1+ε)/(1+2 ε)}, which may be of independent interest. Our result generalizes a result of Svensson who proved an analogous result for DAGs with indegree ?(N).

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Jeremiah Blocki, Seunghoon Lee, and Samson Zhou. Approximating Cumulative Pebbling Cost Is Unique Games Hard. In 11th Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science Conference (ITCS 2020). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 151, pp. 13:1-13:27, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2020)


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@InProceedings{blocki_et_al:LIPIcs.ITCS.2020.13,
  author =	{Blocki, Jeremiah and Lee, Seunghoon and Zhou, Samson},
  title =	{{Approximating Cumulative Pebbling Cost Is Unique Games Hard}},
  booktitle =	{11th Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science Conference (ITCS 2020)},
  pages =	{13:1--13:27},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-134-4},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2020},
  volume =	{151},
  editor =	{Vidick, Thomas},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ITCS.2020.13},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-116983},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.ITCS.2020.13},
  annote =	{Keywords: Cumulative Pebbling Cost, Approximation Algorithm, Unique Games Conjecture, \gamma-Extreme Depth Robust Graph, Superconcentrator, Memory-Hard Function}
}
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Computationally Data-Independent Memory Hard Functions

Authors: Mohammad Hassan Ameri, Jeremiah Blocki, and Samson Zhou

Published in: LIPIcs, Volume 151, 11th Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science Conference (ITCS 2020)


Abstract
Memory hard functions (MHFs) are an important cryptographic primitive that are used to design egalitarian proofs of work and in the construction of moderately expensive key-derivation functions resistant to brute-force attacks. Broadly speaking, MHFs can be divided into two categories: data-dependent memory hard functions (dMHFs) and data-independent memory hard functions (iMHFs). iMHFs are resistant to certain side-channel attacks as the memory access pattern induced by the honest evaluation algorithm is independent of the potentially sensitive input e.g., password. While dMHFs are potentially vulnerable to side-channel attacks (the induced memory access pattern might leak useful information to a brute-force attacker), they can achieve higher cumulative memory complexity (CMC) in comparison than an iMHF. In particular, any iMHF that can be evaluated in N steps on a sequential machine has CMC at most ?((N^2 log log N)/log N). By contrast, the dMHF scrypt achieves maximal CMC Ω(N^2) - though the CMC of scrypt would be reduced to just ?(N) after a side-channel attack. In this paper, we introduce the notion of computationally data-independent memory hard functions (ciMHFs). Intuitively, we require that memory access pattern induced by the (randomized) ciMHF evaluation algorithm appears to be independent from the standpoint of a computationally bounded eavesdropping attacker - even if the attacker selects the initial input. We then ask whether it is possible to circumvent known upper bound for iMHFs and build a ciMHF with CMC Ω(N^2). Surprisingly, we answer the question in the affirmative when the ciMHF evaluation algorithm is executed on a two-tiered memory architecture (RAM/Cache). We introduce the notion of a k-restricted dynamic graph to quantify the continuum between unrestricted dMHFs (k=n) and iMHFs (k=1). For any ε > 0 we show how to construct a k-restricted dynamic graph with k=Ω(N^(1-ε)) that provably achieves maximum cumulative pebbling cost Ω(N^2). We can use k-restricted dynamic graphs to build a ciMHF provided that cache is large enough to hold k hash outputs and the dynamic graph satisfies a certain property that we call "amenable to shuffling". In particular, we prove that the induced memory access pattern is indistinguishable to a polynomial time attacker who can monitor the locations of read/write requests to RAM, but not cache. We also show that when k=o(N^(1/log log N)) , then any k-restricted graph with constant indegree has cumulative pebbling cost o(N^2). Our results almost completely characterize the spectrum of k-restricted dynamic graphs.

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Mohammad Hassan Ameri, Jeremiah Blocki, and Samson Zhou. Computationally Data-Independent Memory Hard Functions. In 11th Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science Conference (ITCS 2020). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 151, pp. 36:1-36:28, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2020)


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@InProceedings{ameri_et_al:LIPIcs.ITCS.2020.36,
  author =	{Ameri, Mohammad Hassan and Blocki, Jeremiah and Zhou, Samson},
  title =	{{Computationally Data-Independent Memory Hard Functions}},
  booktitle =	{11th Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science Conference (ITCS 2020)},
  pages =	{36:1--36:28},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-134-4},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2020},
  volume =	{151},
  editor =	{Vidick, Thomas},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ITCS.2020.36},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-117214},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.ITCS.2020.36},
  annote =	{Keywords: Computationally Data-Independent Memory Hard Function, Cumulative Memory Complexity, Dynamic Pebbling Game}
}
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APPROX
Improved Algorithms for Time Decay Streams

Authors: Vladimir Braverman, Harry Lang, Enayat Ullah, and Samson Zhou

Published in: LIPIcs, Volume 145, Approximation, Randomization, and Combinatorial Optimization. Algorithms and Techniques (APPROX/RANDOM 2019)


Abstract
In the time-decay model for data streams, elements of an underlying data set arrive sequentially with the recently arrived elements being more important. A common approach for handling large data sets is to maintain a coreset, a succinct summary of the processed data that allows approximate recovery of a predetermined query. We provide a general framework that takes any offline-coreset and gives a time-decay coreset for polynomial time decay functions. We also consider the exponential time decay model for k-median clustering, where we provide a constant factor approximation algorithm that utilizes the online facility location algorithm. Our algorithm stores O(k log(h Delta)+h) points where h is the half-life of the decay function and Delta is the aspect ratio of the dataset. Our techniques extend to k-means clustering and M-estimators as well.

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Vladimir Braverman, Harry Lang, Enayat Ullah, and Samson Zhou. Improved Algorithms for Time Decay Streams. In Approximation, Randomization, and Combinatorial Optimization. Algorithms and Techniques (APPROX/RANDOM 2019). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 145, pp. 27:1-27:17, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2019)


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@InProceedings{braverman_et_al:LIPIcs.APPROX-RANDOM.2019.27,
  author =	{Braverman, Vladimir and Lang, Harry and Ullah, Enayat and Zhou, Samson},
  title =	{{Improved Algorithms for Time Decay Streams}},
  booktitle =	{Approximation, Randomization, and Combinatorial Optimization. Algorithms and Techniques (APPROX/RANDOM 2019)},
  pages =	{27:1--27:17},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-125-2},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2019},
  volume =	{145},
  editor =	{Achlioptas, Dimitris and V\'{e}gh, L\'{a}szl\'{o} A.},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.APPROX-RANDOM.2019.27},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-112429},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.APPROX-RANDOM.2019.27},
  annote =	{Keywords: Streaming algorithms, approximation algorithms, facility location and clustering}
}
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RANDOM
Approximate F_2-Sketching of Valuation Functions

Authors: Grigory Yaroslavtsev and Samson Zhou

Published in: LIPIcs, Volume 145, Approximation, Randomization, and Combinatorial Optimization. Algorithms and Techniques (APPROX/RANDOM 2019)


Abstract
We study the problem of constructing a linear sketch of minimum dimension that allows approximation of a given real-valued function f : F_2^n - > R with small expected squared error. We develop a general theory of linear sketching for such functions through which we analyze their dimension for most commonly studied types of valuation functions: additive, budget-additive, coverage, alpha-Lipschitz submodular and matroid rank functions. This gives a characterization of how many bits of information have to be stored about the input x so that one can compute f under additive updates to its coordinates. Our results are tight in most cases and we also give extensions to the distributional version of the problem where the input x in F_2^n is generated uniformly at random. Using known connections with dynamic streaming algorithms, both upper and lower bounds on dimension obtained in our work extend to the space complexity of algorithms evaluating f(x) under long sequences of additive updates to the input x presented as a stream. Similar results hold for simultaneous communication in a distributed setting.

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Grigory Yaroslavtsev and Samson Zhou. Approximate F_2-Sketching of Valuation Functions. In Approximation, Randomization, and Combinatorial Optimization. Algorithms and Techniques (APPROX/RANDOM 2019). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 145, pp. 69:1-69:21, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2019)


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@InProceedings{yaroslavtsev_et_al:LIPIcs.APPROX-RANDOM.2019.69,
  author =	{Yaroslavtsev, Grigory and Zhou, Samson},
  title =	{{Approximate F\underline2-Sketching of Valuation Functions}},
  booktitle =	{Approximation, Randomization, and Combinatorial Optimization. Algorithms and Techniques (APPROX/RANDOM 2019)},
  pages =	{69:1--69:21},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-125-2},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2019},
  volume =	{145},
  editor =	{Achlioptas, Dimitris and V\'{e}gh, L\'{a}szl\'{o} A.},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.APPROX-RANDOM.2019.69},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-112848},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.APPROX-RANDOM.2019.69},
  annote =	{Keywords: Sublinear algorithms, linear sketches, approximation algorithms}
}
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Optimality of Linear Sketching Under Modular Updates

Authors: Kaave Hosseini, Shachar Lovett, and Grigory Yaroslavtsev

Published in: LIPIcs, Volume 137, 34th Computational Complexity Conference (CCC 2019)


Abstract
We study the relation between streaming algorithms and linear sketching algorithms, in the context of binary updates. We show that for inputs in n dimensions, the existence of efficient streaming algorithms which can process Omega(n^2) updates implies efficient linear sketching algorithms with comparable cost. This improves upon the previous work of Li, Nguyen and Woodruff [Yi Li et al., 2014] and Ai, Hu, Li and Woodruff [Yuqing Ai et al., 2016] which required a triple-exponential number of updates to achieve a similar result for updates over integers. We extend our results to updates modulo p for integers p >= 2, and to approximation instead of exact computation.

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Kaave Hosseini, Shachar Lovett, and Grigory Yaroslavtsev. Optimality of Linear Sketching Under Modular Updates. In 34th Computational Complexity Conference (CCC 2019). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 137, pp. 13:1-13:17, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2019)


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@InProceedings{hosseini_et_al:LIPIcs.CCC.2019.13,
  author =	{Hosseini, Kaave and Lovett, Shachar and Yaroslavtsev, Grigory},
  title =	{{Optimality of Linear Sketching Under Modular Updates}},
  booktitle =	{34th Computational Complexity Conference (CCC 2019)},
  pages =	{13:1--13:17},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-116-0},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2019},
  volume =	{137},
  editor =	{Shpilka, Amir},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.CCC.2019.13},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-108355},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.CCC.2019.13},
  annote =	{Keywords: communication complexity, linear sketching, streaming algorithm}
}
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