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Fall 2013

On the Structure of Boolean Functions With Small Spectral Norm

Thursday, August 29th, 2013 10:15 am11:00 am

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In this talk we show several results regarding Boolean functions with small spectral norm (the spectral norm of f is $\|\hat{f}\|_1=\sum_{\alpha}|\hat{f}(\alpha)|$). Specifically, we prove the following results for functions $f:\{0,1\}^n \to \{0,1\}$ with $\|\hat{f}\|_1=A$.

1. There is a subspace $V$ of co-dimension at most $A^2$ such that $f|_V$ is constant.

2. f can be computed by a parity decision tree of size $2^{A^2}n^{2A}$. (a parity decision tree is a decision tree whose nodes are labeled with arbitrary linear functions.)

3. If in addition f has at most s nonzero Fourier coefficients, then f can be computed by a parity decision tree of depth $A^2 \log s$.

4. For every $0<\epsilon$ there is a parity decision tree of depth $O(A^2 + \log(1/\epsilon))$ and size $2^{O(A^2)} \cdot \min\{1/\epsilon^2,O(\log(1/\epsilon))^{2A}\}$ that \epsilon-approximates f. Furthermore, this tree can be learned, with probability $1-\delta$, using $\poly(n,\exp(A^2),1/\epsilon,\log(1/\delta))$ membership queries.

All the results above also hold (with a slight change in parameters) to functions $f:Z_p^n\to \{0,1\}$.