School of Mathematics
Locally decodable codes (LDCs) are error-correcting codes that allow for highly-efficient recovery of "pieces" of information even after arbitrary corruption of a codeword. Locally testable codes (LTCs) are those that allow for highly-efficient testing to see if some given word is close to a codeword. Codes derived from evaluations of low-degree multivariate polynomials give the simplest
There are two important measures of the complexity of a boolean function: the sensitivity and block sensitivity. Whether or not they are polynomial related remains a major open question. In this talk I will survey some known results on this conjecture, and its connection with various combinatorial problems.