New degree bounds for polynomial threshold functions

1980-01-01T00:00:00Z (GMT) by Ryan O'Donnell Rocco Servedio
We give new upper and lower bounds on the degree of real multivariate polynomials which sign-represent Boolean functions. Our upper bounds for Boolean formulas yield the first known subexponential time learning algorithms for formulas of superconstant depth. Our lower bounds for constant-depth circuits and intersections of halfspaces are the first new degree lower bounds since 1968, improving results of Minsky and Papert. The lower bounds are proved constructively; we give explicit dual solutions to the necessary linear programs