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Applications of Information Theory in Direct Sum and Direct Product Problems

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A fundamental question in complexity theory is how much resource is needed to solve k independent instances of a problem compared to the resource required to solve one instance. Suppose solving one instance of a problem with probability of correctness p, we require c units of some resource in a given model of computation. A direct sum theorem states that in order to compute k independent instances of a problem, it requires k times units of the resource needed to compute one instance. A strong direct product theorem states that, with o(k • c) units of the resource, one can only compute all the k instances correctly with probability exponentially small in k. In this talk, I am going to present some of recent progress on direct sum and direct product theorems in the model of communication complexity and two-prover one-round games with information-theoretic approach. The talk is based on parts of my doctoral work.