- 标题：Small Depth Proof Systems
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- 作者：Andreas Krebs ; Nutan Limaye ; Meena Mahajan 等
- 期刊名称：Electronic Colloquium on Computational Complexity
- 印刷版ISSN：1433-8092
- 出版年度：2013
- 卷号：2013
- 出版社：Universität Trier, Lehrstuhl für Theoretische Computer-Forschung
- 摘要：
A proof system for a language L is a function f such that Range(f) is exactly L. In this paper, we look at proofsystems from a circuit complexity point of view and study proof systems that are computationally very restricted. The restriction we study is: they can be computed by bounded fanin circuits of constant depth (NC0), or of O(loglogn) depth but with O(1) alternations (polylogAC0). Each output bit depends on very few input bits; thus such proof systems correspond to a kind of local error-correction on a theorem-proof pair.

We identify exactly how much power we need for proof systems to capture all regular languages. We show that all regular language have polylogAC0 proof systems, and from aprevious result (Beyersdorff et al, MFCS 2011, where NC0 proof systems were first introduced), this is tight. Our technique also shows that MAJ has polylogAC0 proof system.

We explore the question of whether TAUT has NC0 proof systems. Addressing this question about 2TAUT, and since 2TAUT is closely related to reachability in graphs, we ask the same question about Reachability. We show that both Undirected Reachability and Directed UnReachability have NC0 proof systems, but Directed Reachability is stillopen.

In the context of how much power is needed for proof systems for languages in NP, we observe that proof systems for a good fraction of languages in NP do not need the full power of AC0; they have SAC0 or coSAC0 proof systems.

- 关键词：circuit complexity; Constant depth circuits; NC0; verifying proofs