TC0 is the class functions computable by polynomial-size, constant-depth formulae with threshold gates. Read-once TC0 (RO-TC0) is the subclass of TC0 which restricts every variable to occur exactly once in the formula. Our main result is a (tight) linear lower bound on the randomized decision tree complexity of any function in RO-TC0. This relationship between threshold circuits and decision trees bears significance on both models of computation. Regarding decision trees, this is the first class of functions for which such a strong bound is known. Regarding threshold circuits, it may be considered as a possible first step towards proving TC0 ≠ NC1; generalizing our lower bound to all functions in TC0 would establish this separation. Another structural result we obtain is that a read-once threshold formula uniquely represents the function it computes.
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Theoretical Computer Science|
|State||Published - 4 Jan 1993|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Theoretical Computer Science
- Computer Science (all)