The approximate degree of a Boolean function f is the least degree of a real polynomial that approximates f pointwise to error at most 1/3. The approximate degree of f is known to be a lower bound on the quantum query complexity of f (Beals et al., FOCS 1998 and J. ACM 2001). We find tight or nearly tight bounds on the approximate degree and quantum query complexities of several basic functions. Specifically, we show the following. kDistinctness: For any constant k, the approximate degree and quantum query complexity of the kdistinctness function is Ω(n3/4−1/(2k)). This is nearly tight for large k, as Belovs (FOCS 2012) has shown that for any constant k, the approximate degree and quantum query complexity of kdistinctness is O(n3/4−1/(2k+2−4)). Image size testing: The approximate degree and quantum query complexity of testing the size of the image of a function [n]→[n] is Ω~(n1/2). This proves a conjecture of Ambainis et al. (SODA 2016), and it implies tight lower bounds on the approximate degree and quantum query complexity of the following natural problems. kJunta testing: A tight Ω~(k1/2) lower bound for kjunta testing, answering the main open question of Ambainis et al. (SODA 2016). Statistical distance frommore »
The LargeError Approximate Degree of AC0
We prove two new results about the inability of lowdegree polynomials to uniformly approximate constantdepth circuits, even to slightlybetterthantrivial error. First, we prove a tight Omega~(n^{1/2}) lower bound on the threshold degree of the SURJECTIVITY function on n variables. This matches the best known threshold degree bound for any AC^0 function, previously exhibited by a much more complicated circuit of larger depth (Sherstov, FOCS 2015). Our result also extends to a 2^{Omega~(n^{1/2})} lower bound on the signrank of an AC^0 function, improving on the previous best bound of 2^{Omega(n^{2/5})} (Bun and Thaler, ICALP 2016). Second, for any delta>0, we exhibit a function f : {1,1}^n > {1,1} that is computed by a circuit of depth O(1/delta) and is hard to approximate by polynomials in the following sense: f cannot be uniformly approximated to error epsilon=12^{Omega(n^{1delta})}, even by polynomials of degree n^{1delta}. Our recent prior work (Bun and Thaler, FOCS 2017) proved a similar lower bound, but which held only for error epsilon=1/3. Our result implies 2^{Omega(n^{1delta})} lower bounds on the complexity of AC^0 under a variety of basic measures such as discrepancy, margin complexity, and threshold weight. This nearly matches the trivial upper bound of 2^{O(n)} that holds for every more »
 Award ID(s):
 1845125
 Publication Date:
 NSFPAR ID:
 10142333
 Journal Name:
 Leibniz international proceedings in informatics
 Volume:
 145
 Page Range or eLocationID:
 55:155:16
 ISSN:
 18688969
 Sponsoring Org:
 National Science Foundation
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