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2/28/2018 11:00 am
CoRE 301

Complete Derandomization of Identity Testing of Read-Once Formulas

Ilya Volkovich, University of Michigan.

Organizer(s): Pranjal Awasthi and Shubhangi Saraf


In this paper we study the identity testing problem of arithmetic read-once formulas (ROF) and some related models. A read-once formula is formula (a circuit whose underlying graph is a tree) in which the operations are {+, ×} and such that every input variable labels at most one leaf. We obtain the first polynomial-time deterministic identity testing algorithm that operates in the black-box setting for read-once formulas, as well as some other related models. As an application, we obtain the first polynomial-time deterministic reconstruction algorithm for such formulas. Our results are obtained by improving and extending the analysis of the algorithm of Shpilka-Volkovich 09’.

Joint work with Daniel Minahan.


I am a faculty in the Computer Science and Engineering Division at the University of Michigan. Previously, I was a Postdoctoral Research Associate (postdoc) in the Computer Science Department at Princeton University and the School of Mathematics at the Institute of Advanced Study.

I graduated my Ph.D. in Computer Science from Technion, Israel Institute of Technology in 2012, where I was fortunate to be advised by Amir Shpilka.