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Simple example of exponential gap between monotone and non-monotone circuits

Is there a simple example of a monotone Boolean function $f:\{0,1\}^m \to \{0,1\}$ that we know can be computed by a polynomial-size circuit, but cannot be computed by any polynomial-size monotone ...
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Which CNF boolean formulas blow up exponentially at conversion to DNF?

If I'm correct, some boolean formulas in CNF require exponential size when being converted to an equivalent DNF version (and vice versa). But what is an example of such a formula (and is there a ...
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Is 2QBF in P^NP?

2QBF is the following problem: given a CNF formula $\psi$ on $2n$ variables, determine the truth value of $$\forall x \in \{0,1\}^n . \exists y \in \{0,1\}^n . \psi(x,y).$$ Question: Is 2QBF in $P^{...
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Sensitivity and Block sensitivity

May be this question is really silly and obvious but I am missing something subtle. I am reading on Sensitivity and Block sensitivity. Let $f:\{0,1\}^n\rightarrow \{0,1\}$ be a Boolean function. Let ...
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Learning a small disjunction

I have a boolean function $f: \{0,1\}^n \to \{0,1\}$ that I know takes the form $$f(x_1,\dots,x_n) = x_{i_1} \lor x_{i_2} \lor \dots \lor x_{i_k},$$ but I don't know the values of $i_1,\dots,i_k$. ...
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Conjunctive normal form to simple elementary algebra

I'm curious to know the computational complexity class of each step in this method of converting a CNF formula into simple elementary algebra. An example: $$\phi=\left(x_1 \vee x_2 \right) \wedge \...
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Algorithm for idempotent algebra

A boolean algebra expression can be converted into an idempotent algebra using $$\bar a \equiv 1-a, \qquad a \vee b \equiv a+b -ab, \qquad a \wedge b \equiv a \otimes b$$ where $\otimes$ is the ...
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Relationship between circuit size and formula size in Sipser text

The Sipser text (3rd edition) contains a proof that 3-SAT is NP-Complete based on Boolean circuits. Part of the proof contains the remark that the reduction from the circuit to the Boolean formula can ...
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Understanding kQBF: changing order of quantification?

2QBF is a problem of determining whether formula $\exists X~\forall Y:\varphi(X,Y)$ is valid. $X$ and $Y$ here are sets of variables. Next, 3QBF asks if formula $\exists X~\forall Y~\exists Z:\varphi(...