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**Complexity Theory Lecture 8**

Give the handouts (course web page) Lecturer: Moni Naor

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**Recap Last week: This Week: Randomized Reductions Low memory verifiers**

#P Completeness of Permanent This Week: Toda’s Theorem: PH P#P. Program checking and hardness on the average of the permanent Interactive Proofs

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**Putting the Hierarchy in P#P**

Toda’s Theorem: PH P#P Idea of the proof: Characterize PH in terms circuits a uniformly constructed constant depth circuit with exponential number of Æ and Ç gates Consider circuits where the exponentially occurring gates are parity (xor) © This corresponds to P©P ©P the class of functions expressible as the number of accepting paths mod 2 in some NTM. Show how to approximate an Æ and an Ç gate using a © gate . This gives PH RP©P Show RP©P P#P Tool:-biased probability spaces

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**Uniformly Direct Connect circuits**

Let {Cn}n ¸ 1 be a family of circuits. We say that they are Direct Connect Uniform family if there is a polynomial time (in n and log the size of Cn) algorithm for the following functions: TYPE(n,i) – providing the function gate i computes Can consider various bases. Fan-in of gates can vary Example: Æ , Ç , , Input , Output IN(n,i,j) – providing k, the jth input into gate i (or none) OUT(n,i,j) – providing k, the jth output to which gate i (or none) feeds

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**Characterization of PH in terms of DC**

Theorem: a language L 2 PH iff it can be computed by a family {Cn}n ¸ 1 of circuits such that {Cn}n ¸ 1 is Direct Connect Uniform The gates used are: Æ , Ç , {Cn}n ¸ 1 has constant depth and 2n0(1) size The gates appear only at the inputs If only Ç gates have exponential fan-in, then this is a characterization of NP key point: we can guess the value of the input as well and consider in the circuit only (x,y) paths that accept. Need to check whether input guess was correct For the PH case, can guess the computation and input as well, need the large fan-in Æ and Ç gates to simulate the alternation

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**Small bias probability spaces**

Let be a probability space with K random variables x1, x2,… xK obtaining values in {0,1}. We say that it is -biased if for any subset S µ {1…K} |Pr[ ©i 2 S xi =1] - Pr[ ©i2 S xi =0]| · A probability space is 0-biased iff it is the uniform distribution on x1, x2,… xK Size 2K Much smaller spaces exists for >0 Description of a point can be O(log (K/)) Want an efficient way to compute xi from the representation of the point in the sample space. Should be polynomial in log i and the representation of the sample point

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**A construction for fixed **

Let K=2ℓ and H={h|h:{0,1}ℓ {0,1}ℓ } be a family of pairwise independent hash functions Each point in the probability space is defined by a hash function h 2R H. For 1 · j · 1 and 1 · i · K let h_j(i)=1 iff first j bits of h(i) are `0’ and h_j(i)=0 otherwise and a vector v1, v2, … vℓ 2R {0,1}ℓ Each xi = ©1 · j · ℓ vj ¢ hj(i) To describe a point in the probability space: Log |H| + log K bits Computation: log K + time to compute h

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**Analysis of Construction**

Let S µ {1…K} and 2j-2 ≤ |S| ≤ 2j-1. Event AS = “there is exactly one i 2 S s.t. h_j(i)=1” We know from unique sat analysis that Prh[AS ]¸ 1/8 Given that AS occurs, for any assignment to v1,…, vj-1, vj+1 …, vℓ since vj is undetermined we know Pr[ ©i 2 S xi =1]=1/2. Conclusion: 1/16 · Pr[ ©i 2 S xi =1] · 1/2 and 1/2 · Pr[ ©i 2 S xi =0] · 15/16 and hence |Pr[ ©i 2 S xi =0] - Pr[ ©i2 S xi =0]| · 7/8 Can amplify by choosing a few independent constructions and randomly Xoring the assignments Requirement: for all S µ {1…K} |Pr[ ©i 2 S xi =1] - Pr[ ©i2 S xi =0]| · Construction: Each xi = ©1 · j · ℓ vj ¢ h_j(i)

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**Replacing Ors with Xors**

Consider an Or gate with K inputs y1, y2 … yK Choose K random variables x1, x2,… xK which are -biased Let zi = xi ¢ yi. Replace Çi=1K xi with ©i=1K zi If original is 0 with probability 1 new circuit is correct If original is 1 with probability ½ - new circuit is correct r1, r2, … rℓ -bias generator y1, y2, … yK y1, y2, … yK x1, x2, … xK Ç Can have several copies and take the Or to reduce error

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**Replacing Ors with Xors**

By repeating the process nc times can reduce the probability of error to 2-nc Total number of bits requires is still polynomial in n If there is a circuit with many Ors – can replace all of them using the same set of random bits simultaneously. The probability of correct computation is still high Union bound over the bad events per gate What about And gates? Turn into Or gates using nots Result: a circuit where only the © gates have exponentially many inputs. The gates are not necessarily at the inputs

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**Computing DC Parity circuits**

Theorem: A family {Cn}n ¸ 1 of circuits such that {Cn}n ¸ 1 is Direct Connect Uniform using: © gates with exponential fan-in Æ , Ç , gates with polynomial fan-in {Cn}n ¸ 1 has constant depth and 2n0(1) size can be computed in ©P Proof: need to construct a NTM where the parity of the number of accepting paths equals the circuit value

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**Computing DC Parity circuits**

NTM construction from DC Parity circuit Procedure checkout: At input: on value `1’ return: yes on value `0’ return: no At And gate: recursively check out all inputs if they all return yes return: yes At © gate: Non-deterministically pick one of the inputs iff it returns yes return: yes At gate: Choose non-deterministically between { yes, recursive call to input} NTM: Start at the output and check recursively. If returns yes then accept Recall: Æ gates have polynomial fan-in Due to constant depth process is polynomial time Since only the parity gates have exponential fan-in, the subtree chosen by the process is poly sized

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**PH RP©P and beyond Given a language L 2 PH consider its DC**

Apply the transformation to parity circuits Apply the transformation from parity circuits to ©P and make the call. Derandomization: RP©P P#P Can consider all random assignments Description is poly-length Based on constructing a gadget that translates Even number of accepting path to 0 Odd number of accepting paths to -1 mod 22m

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**The classes we discussed**

EXP The classes we discussed PSPACE #P Time for new classes: IP AM[2] … PH Σ3P Π3P Δ3P Σ2P Π2P Δ2P NP coNP BPP P

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**Hardness on the Average of the Permanent**

We saw that computing the permanent is #P-Complete True also for computing it mod M for sufficiently large M What about random matrices Can we argue that it is hard to compute per(A) correctly for a random matrix A mod M ? Theorem: if M ¸ n+2 is a prime and there is a polynomial time algorithm that computes per(A) correctly for a random matrix A mod M with probability at least 1-1/2n (over the choice of A), then there exists a probabilistic polynomial time algorithm for computing per(A) for all matrices A Can replace the 1-1/2n with 3/4

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**Hardness on the Average and Program Correction of Polynomials**

We only have black-box access to f Let |F|>d+2 and f: Fn F be a function to which there is oracle access This is a program that has been implemented p: Fn F be a polynomial of degree d This is the function we are really interested in Suppose that f and p agree on a fraction of at least 1-1/(3d+3) of their inputs Then we can compute with high probability p(x) for any x 2 Fn Connection to the permanent problem: per(A) is a polynomial of degree n in the n2 variables corresponding to the entries Can obtain a better result with better correction of errors Reed-Solomon Codes Sum of the degrees in each monomial

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**The randomized reduction**

On input x2 Fn: pick random y 2R Fn and consider the line ℓ(t) = x + t y. Each point of ℓ(t) except ℓ(0) is uniformly distributed in Fn but they are not independent of each other q(t)=p(ℓ(t)) is a univariate polynomial in t of degree at most d Therefore Pr[p(ℓ(t) =f(ℓ(t)) for all t=1,2, … d+1] =1- Pr[9t2 {1,2, … d+1}: p(ℓ(t) ≠ f(ℓ(t))] ¸ 1 –(d+1)/3(d+1) =2/3 If we know q(t)=p(ℓ(t)) at d+1 points, can interpolate to obtain q(0)= p(ℓ(0))= p(x) If we have a good correction procedure for polynomials, then sufficeint to be correct on ¾ of the points.

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Consequences Unlike other NP-Hard problems, cannot expect heuristics that solve many instances Applications to cryptography? We are interested in hard on the average problems there, can we use it? The problem is that these are not solved problems, that come with certificates What about NP problems, are there such reductions for them? The simple answer is no, unless the PH collapses This is a consequence of the classes we are to see next

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Program Checking Let f be a program claiming to perform task T. A checker C for f is a simple program with oracle/black-box access to f and where If f is good for T, i.e. 8y f(y)=T(y), then 8x Cf(x)=T(x) with probability at least 2/3 If P fails on x, i.e. f(y)≠ T(x), then Pr[Cf(x) accepts f(x)] is at most 1/3 What we just saw: a program checker for the permanent. How about program checker for graph non-isomorphism? How about program checker for SAT? Self reducibility again helpful How about program checker for non-SAT?

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**Proof systems What is a “proof”?**

Complexity theoretic insight: at the minimum a proof should be efficiently verified

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**Proof systems For a language L, goal is to prove x L**

General requirements from a Proof system for L: Defined by the verification algorithm V completeness: x L proof, V accepts (x, proof) true assertions have proofs soundness: x L proof*, V rejects (x, proof*) false assertions have no proofs efficiency: x, proof, the machine running V(x, proof) us efficient: runs in polynomial time in |x| ?

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**L = { x | y, |y| < |x|k, (x, y) R } and R P.**

Classical Proofs Recall: L NP iff expressible as L = { x | y, |y| < |x|k, (x, y) R } and R P. NP is the set of languages with classical proof systems (R is the verifier) We wish to extend the notion. An extension we have already seen: two adversarial provers and

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**Interactive Proofs Two new ingredients:**

Randomness: verifier tosses coins Should err with some small probability Interaction: rather than simply “reading” the proof, verifier interacts with prover Is the prover another TM? Framework captures the classical NP proof systems:: prover sends proof. verifier runs algorithm for R No use of randomness

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Interactive Proofs Interactive proof system for L is an interactive protocol (P, V) Random tape Common input: x Prover Verifier . . . New issue: who knows the random tape # rounds and length of messages is poly(|x|) New resources: # of rounds Length of message accept/reject

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Interactive Proofs Definition: an interactive proof system for L is an interactive protocol (P, V) completeness: x L: Pr[V accepts in an execution of (P, V)(x)] 2/3 soundness: x L P* Pr[V accepts in an execution of (P*, V)(x)] 1/3 efficiency: V is PPT machine Can we reduce the error to any ? Perfect Completeness: V accepts with Prob 1

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**Pr[Ij =1 | any execution history] ¸ 2/3**

Error Reduction If we execute the protocol sequentially ℓ times let Ij =1 if jth run is correct and 0 otherwise The Ij’s are not necessarily independent of each other but, since can tolerate any prover* Pr[Ij =1 | any execution history] ¸ 2/3 If we compare to ℓ independent coins with probability 2/3 where we take majority of answers For any prover* the interactive proof stochastically dominates Can argue the same for ℓ parallel executions Number of rounds is preserved Things are not so simple when: More than one prover Prover is assumed to be efficient

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**IP = {L : L has an interactive proof system}**

New complexity class: IP = {L : L has an interactive proof system} Captures more broadly what it means to be convinced that a statement is true But no certificate to store for future generations! Clearly NP µ IP. Potentially IP larger. How much larger? IP with perfect soundness and completeness is NP To go beyond NP randomness is essential Perfect soundness in itself implies NP power

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**Famous Example: Graph Isomorphism**

Two graphs G0 = (V, E0) and G1 = (V, E1) are isomorphic (G0 G1) if there exists a permutation π:V V for which (x, y) E0 (π(x), π(y)) E1

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**Graph Isomorphism The problem GI = {(G0, G1) : G0 G1 }**

Is in NP But not known to be in P, or to be NP-complete One of Karp’s original open problems in famous NP-Completeness paper GNI = complement of GI not known to be in NP Theorem: GNI IP Was first indication IP may be more powerful than NP

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**GNI in IP Interactive proof system for GNI: input: (G0, G1) Prover**

Hidden Coins! Interactive proof system for GNI: input: (G0, G1) Prover Verifier H = π(Gc) flip coin c R {0,1}; pick random πR S|V| if H G0 r = 0 Else r = 1 r accept iff r = c

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**GNI in IP Completeness: Soundness:**

if G0 is not isomorphic to G1, then H is isomorphic to exactly one of (G0, G1) prover will always choose correct r Soundness: if G0 G1 then the distributions on H in case c = 0 and c = 1 are identical Hence: no information on c Any prover P* can succeed with probability exactly ½. Hidden coins seem essential – but as we will see can obtain a protocol with public coins only. Perfect Completeness: V accepts with Prob 1

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**Lack of certificate Bug or feature? Disadvantages clear, but:**

Advantage: proof remains `property’ of prover and not automatically shared with verifier Very important in cryptographic applications Zero-knowledge Many variants Can be used to transform any protocol designed to work with benign players into one working with malicious ones The computational variant is useful for this purpose Can be used to obtain (plausible) deniability

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**Code Equivalence Problem**

For two k £ n matrices G1 and G2 over finite field F we way that they are equivalent if there is A k £ k matrix S which is non singular over F An n £ n permutation matrix P Such that G1 =SG2P This means that if we think of the codewords generated by G1 and G2, then there is a 1-1 mapping after reordering the bit positions Homework: Show that the non-equivalent of matrices problem is in IP with constant number of rounds c=xG Code word Information word

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The power of IP GNI IP suggests IP more powerful than NP, since GNI not known to be in NP GNI is in coNP Today: coNP µ P#P µ IP IP µ PSPACE Theorem: IP=PSPACE

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**IP µ PSPACE Optimal strategy for prover:**

Strategy: for input x, at each step given the interaction so determine the next message. Optimal strategy for x: the one yielding the best probability of acceptance by V Claim: Optimal strategy is computable in PSPACE

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**References Toda’s Theorem: Toda, FOCS 1989**

Progam Checking: Blum and Kannan, Blum, Luby and Rubinfeld Average Hardness of permanent: Lipton 1990 Polynomials – Beaver and Feigenbaum, 1990 Interactive Proof system: Public coins version: Babai 1985 (Babai, Moran) Private Coins: Goldwasser Micali and Rackoff Proof system for GNI: Goldreich, Micali and Wigderson, 1986 Private coins equals public coins: Goldwasser and Sipser, 1986

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