The Usage of the Spectral Norm in Learning Theory: Some Selected Topics
(invited lecture for ALT 2006)

Author: Hans Ulrich Simon

Affiliation: Fakultät für Mathematik, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany

Abstract. In the talk, we review some known results about the statistical query complexity of a concept class and the spectral norm of its correlation matrix. Since spectral norms are widely used in various other areas, we are then able to put statistical query complexity in a broader context. We briefly describe some surprising connections to (seemingly) different topics in learning theory, complexity theory, and cryptography. A connection to the so-called Hidden Number Problem, which plays an important role for proving bit-security of cryptographic functions, will be discussed in somewhat more detail.

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