Volume 182, Issue 4

1. Testing Boolean Functions Properties

Zhengwei Xie ; Daowen Qiu ; Guangya Cai ; Jozef Gruska ; Paulo Mateus.
The goal in the area of functions property testing is to determine whether a given black-box Boolean function has a particular given property or is $\varepsilon$-far from having that property. We investigate here several types of properties testing for Boolean functions (identity, correlations and balancedness) using the Deutsch-Jozsa algorithm (for the Deutsch-Jozsa (D-J) problem) and also the amplitude amplification technique. At first, we study here a particular testing problem: namely whether a given Boolean function $f$, of $n$ variables, is identical with a given function $g$ or is $\varepsilon$-far from $g$, where $\varepsilon$ is the parameter. We present a one-sided error quantum algorithm to deal with this problem that has the query complexity $O(\frac{1}{\sqrt{\varepsilon}})$. Moreover, we show that our quantum algorithm is optimal. Afterwards we show that the classical randomized query complexity of this problem is $\Theta(\frac{1}{\varepsilon})$. Secondly, we consider the D-J problem from the perspective of functional correlations and let $C(f,g)$ denote the correlation of $f$ and $g$. We propose an exact quantum algorithm for making distinction between $|C(f,g)|=\varepsilon$ and $|C(f,g)|=1$ using six queries, while the classical deterministic query complexity for this problem is $\Theta(2^{n})$ queries. Finally, we propose a one-sided error quantum query algorithm for testing whether one Boolean function is balanced versus $\varepsilon$-far balanced using […]

2. The inverse of Ackermann function is computable in linear time

Claude Sureson.
We propose a detailed proof of the fact that the inverse of Ackermann function is computable in linear time.

3. Perpetual Free-choice Petri nets are lucent -- proof of a theorem of van der Aalst using CP-exhaustions

Joachim Wehler.
Van der Aalst's theorem is an important result for the analysis and synthesis of process models. The paper proves the theorem by exhausting perpetual free-choice Petri nets by CP-subnets. The resulting T-systems are investigated by elementary methods.