Date & Time:
February 21, 2023 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Kent 102, 1020 E 58th St, Chicago, IL, 60637
02/21/2023 03:30 PM 02/21/2023 04:30 PM America/Chicago Srikanth Srinivasan (Aarhus) – Lower Bounds for Set-Multilinear Algebraic Formulas Kent 102, 1020 E 58th St, Chicago, IL, 60637

Say we have a multivariate polynomial P(x_1,…, x_n). An Algebraic formula for P is just an algebraic expression for P with nested additions and multiplications. A small formula for P implies an efficient algorithm for evaluating P, and so a lower bound on the size of any such expression implies that P is possibly hard to evaluate.

How would you show that your favorite polynomial P has no small formula? In this talk, we will see a technique (building on works of Nisan, Wigderson and Raz) for doing this that combines some linear algebra with random restrictions, which are a classical tool in circuit complexity. This helps us prove lower bounds for special kinds of algebraic formulas, called set-multilinear formulas.

Based on joint work with Nutan Limaye (ITU) and Sébastien Tavenas (USMB, Univ Grenoble). The paper can be found at:

Host: Alexander Razborov


Srikanth Srinivasan

Associate Professor of Computer Science, Aarhus University

I’m an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Aarhus University in Aarhus, Denmark. I received my PhD from The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, in Tamil Nadu, India.

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