Fall 2013

A Structure Theorem for Boolean Functions with Small Total Influences

Monday, September 30th, 2013 9:00 am9:50 am

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We show that on every product probability space, Boolean functions with small total influences are essentially the ones that are almost measurable with respect to certain natural sub-sigma algebras. This theorem in particular describes the structure of monotone set properties that do not exhibit sharp thresholds. This result generalizes the core of Friedgut's seminal work on properties of random graphs to the setting of arbitrary Boolean functions on general product probability spaces, and improves the result of Bourgain in his appendix to Friedgut's paper.