DIMACS Theoretical Computer Science Seminar

Title: Regularity Lemmas for Polynomials and Applications

Speaker: Pooya Hatami, IAS

Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2015 11:00am-12:00pm

Location: CoRE Bldg, Room 301, Rutgers University, Busch Campus, Piscataway, NJ


In analogy with the regularity lemma of Szemeredi, regularity lemmas for polynomials over finite fields shown by Green and Tao (Contrib. Discrete Math. 2009) and by Kaufman and Lovett (FOCS 2008) allow one to ``refine'' a given collection of polynomials to a new collection of polynomials that are ``pseudorandom''.

We discuss algorithmic versions of these regularity lemmas and give two applications. We show that Reed-Muller codes can be globally decoded at any error rate (even beyond list-decoding radius) if we assume that the noise is ``structured''. As another application, we give an efficient algorithm for finding prescribed decompositions of low-degree polynomials.

Lastly, we discuss structure theorems for low-degree polynomials. Let \F=\F_p be a prime field. Haramaty and Shpilka [STOC 2010] proved that a biased cubic or quartic polynomial f \in \F[x_1,...,x_n] can be written in the form f= g_1h_1+...+g_t h_t (as a function), where t depends only on the bias of f, and g_i and h_i are degree < deg(f) polynomials satisfying deg(g_i)+deg(h_i)\leq deg(f). Using regularity lemmas for polynomials, we prove that such a strong structure theorem holds for degree five polynomials as well. This structure theorem implies that every biased degree five polynomial is constant on an Omega(n) dimensional subspace of \F^n.

See: https://dragon.rutgers.edu/~mk1029/theoryseminarF15.html