All reports by Author Eric Blais:

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TR16-201
| 19th December 2016
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Eric Blais, Yuichi Yoshida#### A Characterization of Constant-Sample Testable Properties

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TR16-168
| 2nd November 2016
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Eric Blais, Clement Canonne, Tom Gur#### Alice and Bob Show Distribution Testing Lower Bounds (They don't talk to each other anymore.)

Revisions: 1

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TR16-105
| 13th July 2016
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Eric Blais, Clement Canonne, Talya Eden, Amit Levi, Dana Ron#### Tolerant Junta Testing and the Connection to Submodular Optimization and Function Isomorphism

Revisions: 1

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TR14-144
| 30th October 2014
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Eric Blais, Clement Canonne, Igor Carboni Oliveira, Rocco Servedio, Li-Yang Tan#### Learning circuits with few negations

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TR13-051
| 2nd April 2013
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Eric Blais, Li-Yang Tan#### Approximating Boolean functions with depth-2 circuits

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TR13-036
| 13th March 2013
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Eric Blais, Sofya Raskhodnikova, Grigory Yaroslavtsev#### Lower Bounds for Testing Properties of Functions on Hypergrid Domains

Revisions: 1

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TR11-045
| 1st April 2011
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Eric Blais, Joshua Brody, Kevin Matulef#### Property Testing Lower Bounds via Communication Complexity

Revisions: 1

Eric Blais, Yuichi Yoshida

We characterize the set of properties of Boolean-valued functions on a finite domain $\mathcal{X}$ that are testable with a constant number of samples.

Specifically, we show that a property $\mathcal{P}$ is testable with a constant number of samples if and only if it is (essentially) a $k$-part symmetric property ...
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Eric Blais, Clement Canonne, Tom Gur

We present a new methodology for proving distribution testing lower bounds, establishing a connection between distribution testing and the simultaneous message passing (SMP) communication model. Extending the framework of Blais, Brody, and Matulef [BBM12], we show a simple way to reduce (private-coin) SMP problems to distribution testing problems. This method ... more >>>

Eric Blais, Clement Canonne, Talya Eden, Amit Levi, Dana Ron

The function $f\colon \{-1,1\}^n \to \{-1,1\}$ is a $k$-junta if it depends on at most $k$ of its variables. We consider the problem of tolerant testing of $k$-juntas, where the testing algorithm must accept any function that is $\epsilon$-close to some $k$-junta and reject any function that is $\epsilon'$-far from ... more >>>

Eric Blais, Clement Canonne, Igor Carboni Oliveira, Rocco Servedio, Li-Yang Tan

Monotone Boolean functions, and the monotone Boolean circuits that compute them, have been intensively studied in complexity theory. In this paper we study the structure of Boolean functions in terms of the minimum number of negations in any circuit computing them, a complexity measure that interpolates between monotone functions and ... more >>>

Eric Blais, Li-Yang Tan

We study the complexity of approximating Boolean functions with DNFs and other depth-2 circuits, exploring two main directions: universal bounds on the approximability of all Boolean functions, and the approximability of the parity function.

In the first direction, our main positive results are the first non-trivial universal upper bounds on ...
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Eric Blais, Sofya Raskhodnikova, Grigory Yaroslavtsev

We introduce strong, and in many cases optimal, lower bounds for the number of queries required to nonadaptively test three fundamental properties of functions $ f : [n]^d \rightarrow \mathbb R$ on the hypergrid: monotonicity, convexity, and the Lipschitz property.

Our lower bounds also apply to the more restricted setting ...
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Eric Blais, Joshua Brody, Kevin Matulef

We develop a new technique for proving lower bounds in property testing, by showing a strong connection between testing and communication complexity. We give a simple scheme for reducing communication problems to testing problems, thus allowing us to use known lower bounds in communication complexity to prove lower bounds in ... more >>>