University of Toronto
February 23, 2015
We prove an $\omega(\log n)$ lower bound on the conondeterministic communication complexity of the Clique vs. Independent Set problem introduced by Yannakakis (STOC 1988, JCSS 1991). As a corollary, this implies superpolynomial lower bounds for the Alon--Saks--Seymour conjecture in graph theory. Our approach is to first exhibit a query complexity separation for the decision tree analogue of the UP vs. coNP question---namely, unambiguous DNF width vs. CNF width---and then "lift" this separation over to communication complexity using a result from prior work.