Interactive error resilience beyond 2/7

Klim Efremenko, Gillat Kol, Raghuvansh R. Saxena

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Interactive error correcting codes can protect interactive communication protocols against a constant fraction of adversarial errors, while incurring only a constant multiplicative overhead in the total communication. What is the maximum fraction of errors that such codes can protect against? For the non-adaptive channel, where the parties must agree in advance on the order in which they communicate, Braverman and Rao prove that the maximum error resilience is 1/4 (STOC, 2011). Ghaffari, Haeupler, and Sudan (STOC, 2014) consider the adaptive channel, where the order in which the parties communicate may not be fixed, and give a clever protocol that is resilient to a 2/7 fraction of errors. This was believed to be optimal. We revisit this result, and show how to overcome the 2/7 barrier. Specifically, we show that, over the adaptive channel, every two-party communication protocol can be converted to a protocol that is resilient to 7/24 > 2/7 fraction of errors with only a constant multiplicative overhead to the total communication. The protocol is obtained by a novel implementation of a feedback mechanism over the adaptive channel.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSTOC 2020 - Proceedings of the 52nd Annual ACM SIGACT Symposium on Theory of Computing
EditorsKonstantin Makarychev, Yury Makarychev, Madhur Tulsiani, Gautam Kamath, Julia Chuzhoy
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781450369794
StatePublished - 8 Jun 2020
Event52nd Annual ACM SIGACT Symposium on Theory of Computing, STOC 2020 - Chicago, United States
Duration: 22 Jun 202026 Jun 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual ACM Symposium on Theory of Computing
ISSN (Print)0737-8017


Conference52nd Annual ACM SIGACT Symposium on Theory of Computing, STOC 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Communication Complexity
  • Error Resilience
  • Interactive Coding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software


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