Dag-like Communication and Its Applications

  • Dmitry Sokolov
  • Published 2016 in Electronic Colloquium on Computational Complexity


In 1990 Karchmer and Widgerson considered the following communication problem Bit: Alice and Bob know a function f : {0, 1}n → {0, 1}, Alice receives a point x ∈ f−1(1), Bob receives y ∈ f−1(0), and their goal is to find a position i such that xi 6= yi. Karchmer and Wigderson proved that the minimal size of a boolean formula for the function f equals the size of the smallest communication protocol for the Bit relation. In this paper we consider a model of dag-like communication complexity (instead of classical one where protocols correspond to trees). We prove an analogue of Karchmer-Wigderson Theorem for this model and boolean circuits. We also consider a relation between this model and communication PLS games proposed by Razborov in 1995 and simplify the proof of Razborov’s analogue of Karchmer-Wigderson Theorem for PLS games. We also consider a dag-like analogue of real-valued communication protocols and adapt a lower bound technique for monotone real circuits to prove a lower bound for these protocols. In 1997 Kraj́ıček suggested an interpolation technique that allows to prove lower bounds on the lengths of resolution proofs and Cutting Plane proofs with small coefficients (CP∗). Also in 2016 Kraj́ıček adapted this technique to “random resolution”. The base of this technique is an application of Razborov’s theorem. We use real-valued dag-like communication protocols to generalize the ideas of this technique, which helps us to prove a lower bound on the Cutting Plane proof system (CP) and adapt it to “random CP”. Our notion of dag-like communication games allows us to use a Raz-McKenzie transformation [RM99, GP14], which yields a lower bound on the real monotone circuit size for the CSP-SAT problem. ∗logic.pdmi.ras.ru/ ̃sokolov

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-58747-9_26

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@inproceedings{Sokolov2016DaglikeCA, title={Dag-like Communication and Its Applications}, author={Dmitry Sokolov}, booktitle={Electronic Colloquium on Computational Complexity}, year={2016} }