Property Testing of Codes - Results, Methods and Limitations
Speaker: Tali Kaufman , Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyContact:
Date: May 8 2006
Time: 4:15PM to 5:15PM
Location: 32-G575 (Theory Lab)
Host: Ronitt Rubinfeld, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Kevin Matulef, 3-5883, email@example.comRelevant URL: http://theory.csail.mit.edu/toc-seminars/
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A code is a set of vectors with typically large pairwise (Hamming) distance. Testing of a code is the ability to perform a few queries into an input vector and decide if the vector at hand belongs to the code or it is far from every vector in the code. Such a decision should be correct with high probability. A code is said to be "locally testable" if it can be tested using a constant number of queries. The study of property testing in general, and testing of codes in particular, is nowadays a very active field in theoretical computer science.
In this talk I will discuss two common approaches for proving local testability of codes. The "self-correction approach" that was used for obtaining local testability of Generalized Reed-Muller codes and the "spectra approach" that was useful for proving local testability of almost orthogonal codes. I will also discuss the limitations of these approaches. Namely, they are not likely to be useful for proving local testability of a good code (if such a code exist).
No prior knowledge is assumed.
The talk is based on joint works with Noga Alon, Michael Krivelevich, Simon Litsyn and Dana Ron.
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