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A hitting set construction, with application to arithmetic circuit lower bounds

Abstract : A polynomial identity testing algorithm must determine whether a given input polynomial is identically equal to 0. We give a deterministic black-box identity testing algorithm for univariate polynomials of the form $\sum_{j=0}^t c_j X^{\alpha_j} (a + b X)^{\beta_j}$. From our algorithm we derive an exponential lower bound for representations of polynomials such as $\prod_{i=1}^{2^n} (X^i-1)$ under this form. It has been conjectured that these polynomials are hard to compute by general arithmetic circuits. Our result shows that the ``hardness from derandomization'' approach to lower bounds is feasible for a restricted class of arithmetic circuits. The proof is based on techniques from algebraic number theory, and more precisely on properties of the height function of algebraic numbers.
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  • HAL Id : ensl-00408713, version 2
  • ARXIV : 0907.5575



Pascal Koiran. A hitting set construction, with application to arithmetic circuit lower bounds. 2009. ⟨ensl-00408713v2⟩



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