Talks
Spring 2015

An Information Theoretic View of Hypercontractivity

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 11:15 am11:45 am

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The Beckner - Bonami inequality was first imported to the scene of theoretical computer science and analytical combinatorics in the famou KKL (Kahn-Kalai-Linial) paper. Since, it has become a cornerstone of discrete Fourier analysis, and has had great influence (no pun intended) and numerous and diverse applications. Roughly, the inequality compares one norm of a real function f on {0,1}^n with a different norm of Tf, where T is an averaging operator. Not surprisingly, the averaging produces a "smoother" function, and this is captured by the comparison.

A slightly different interpretation is that the inequality bounds the correlation between a vector chosen from a given distribution and a noisy version of it. In this talk we will prove such a version of the inequality using an information theoretic approach.

Previous information theoretic proofs of the dual version of the inequality were given by Friedgut-Rodl, and Blais-Tan, but it seems that the current proof is unrelated.

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