On the complexity of communication complexity

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On the complexity of communication complexity
We consider the following question: given a two-argument boolean function f, represented as an N ? N binary matrix, how hard is to determine the (deterministic) communication complexity of f? We address two aspects of this question. On the computational side, we prove that, under appropriate cryptographic assumptions (such as the intractability of factoring), the deterministic communication complexity of f is hard to approximate to within some constant. Under stronger (yet arguably reasonable) assumptions, we obtains even stronger hardness results that match the best known approximation. On the analytic side, we present a family of functions for which determining the communication complexity (or even obtaining non-trivial lower bounds on it) imply proving circuit lower bounds for some corresponding problems. Such connections between circuit complexity and communication complexity were known before (Karchmer-Wigderson 1988) only in the more involved context of relations (search problem...
Eyal Kushilevitz, Enav Weinreb
Added 23 Nov 2009
Updated 23 Nov 2009
Type Conference
Year 2009
Where STOC
Authors Eyal Kushilevitz, Enav Weinreb
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