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Impagliazzo’s Hardcore Lemma and Computational Hardness

We wish to compute boolean functions by circuits, or more generally, compositions of simple boolean functions (gates). Suppose we are given a function which is hard to approximate by any small-size circuit. That is, any small-size circuit fails to compute

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Sperner Theorem on Maximal Antichains

Let \(S\) be a family of subsets of \(\{1,\ldots,n\}\) such that no set in \(S\) contains another. This is often called an antichain. Theorem. [Sperner's Theorem] \[ |S| \leq {n \choose \lfloor n/2 \rfloor}. \] The proof of Sperner’s Theorem

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Kolmogorov Complexity

Kolmogorov complexity measures the complexity of describing an object, such as a binary string. The description is considered as a program which can be run on a computer. By Church’s thesis, all non-trivial computational models are equivalent; thus, one can

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Decision Tree Complexity

Decision trees are a simple computation model. One can compute a boolean function using a decision tree by examining the input bits in specific orders. The complexity is characterized by the number of input bits examined, or simply, the depth

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