On the Theory of Average Case Complexity (Revised Edition)

TitleOn the Theory of Average Case Complexity (Revised Edition)
Publication TypeTechnical Report
Year of Publication1989
AuthorsBen-David, S., Chor B., Goldreich O., & Luby M.
Other Numbers554

This paper takes the next step in developing the theory of average case complexity initiated by Leonid A. Levin. Previous works [Levin 84, Gurevich 87, Venkatesan and Levin 88] have focused on the existence of complete problems. We widen the scope to other basic questions in computational complexity. Our results include:the equivalence of search and decision problems in the context of average case complexity;an initial analysis of the structure of distributional-NP under reductions which preserve average polynomial-time;a proof that if all distributional-NP is in average polynomial-time then non-deterministic exponential-time equals deterministic exponential time (i.e., a collapse in the worst case hierarchy);definitions and basic theorems regarding other complexity classes such as average log-space.

Bibliographic Notes

ICSI Technical Report TR-89-055

Abbreviated Authors

S. Ben-David, B. Chor, O. Goldreich, and M. Luby

ICSI Publication Type

Technical Report