## Abstract

The function f :{-1, 1}^{n} → {-1, 1} is a k-junta if it depends on at most k of its variables. We consider the problem of tolerant testing of k-juntas, where the testing algorithm must accept any function that is ϵ-close to some k-junta and reject any function that is ϵ0-far from every k0-junta for some ϵ0 = O( ϵ) and k0 = O(k). Our first result is an algorithm that solves this problem with query complexity polynomial in k and 1/ϵ. This result is obtained via a new polynomialtime approximation algorithm for submodular function minimization (SFM) under large cardinality constraints, which holds even when only given an approximate oracle access to the function. Our second result considers the case where k0 = k. We show how to obtain a smooth tradeoff between the amount of tolerance and the query complexity in this setting. Specifically, we design an algorithm that given ϵ 2 (0, 1/2) accepts any function that isí 8 -close to some k-junta and rejects any function that is ϵ-far from every k-junta. The query complexity of the algorithm is O( k log k/cp(1- p)ϵ). Finally, we show how to apply the second result to the problem of tolerant isomorphism testing between two unknown Boolean functions f and g. We give an algorithm for this problem whose query complexity only depends on the (unknown) smallest k such that either f or g is close to being a k-junta.

Original language | English |
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Title of host publication | 29th Annual ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms, SODA 2018 |

Editors | Artur Czumaj |

Publisher | Association for Computing Machinery |

Pages | 2113-2132 |

Number of pages | 20 |

ISBN (Electronic) | 9781611975031 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - 2018 |

Externally published | Yes |

Event | 29th Annual ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms, SODA 2018 - New Orleans, United States Duration: 7 Jan 2018 → 10 Jan 2018 |

### Publication series

Name | Proceedings of the Annual ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms |
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### Conference

Conference | 29th Annual ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms, SODA 2018 |
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Country/Territory | United States |

City | New Orleans |

Period | 7/01/18 → 10/01/18 |

### Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:© Copyright 2018 by SIAM.

## ASJC Scopus subject areas

- Software
- General Mathematics