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SPECIAL COMPUTER SCIENCE/DISCRETE MATH SEMINAR, III | |

Topic: | Linear-Degree Extractors and the NP-Completeness of Approximating Clique and Chromatic Number |

Speaker: | David Zuckerman |

Affiliation: | University of Texas |

Date: | Wednesday, April 13 |

Time/Room: | 11:15am - 12:15pm/S-101 |

A randomness extractor is an algorithm which extracts randomness from a low-quality random source, using some additional truly random bits. Extractors have proved useful in a variety of seemingly unrelated areas. We construct new extractors which require only log n + O(1) additional random bits for sources with constant entropy rate. A similar construction allows us to derandomize the results of Hastad and Feige-Kilian and show that approximating Clique and Chromatic Number to within n^{1-epsilon} are NP-complete, for any epsilon>0. Our constructions rely on recent results in additive number theory and extractors by Bourgain-Katz-Tao, Barak-Impagliazzo-Wigderson, Barak-Kindler-Shaltiel-Sudakov-Wigderson, and Raz. We also simplify and slightly strengthen key lemmas in the second and third of these papers.