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A Lower Bound on Computational Complexity Given by Revelation Mechanisms

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  • Mount, Kenneth R
  • Reiter, Stanley

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This paper establishes a lower bound on the computational complexity of smooth functions between smooth manifolds. It generalizes one for finite (Boolean) functions obtained (by Arbib and Spira [2]) by counting variables. Instead of a counting procedure, which cannot be used in the infinite case, the dimension of the message space of a certain type of revelation mechanism proves the bound. It also provides an intrinsic measure of the number of variables on which the function depends. This measure also gives a lower bound on computational costs associated with realizing or implementing the function by a decentralized mechanism, or by a game form.

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  • Mount, Kenneth R & Reiter, Stanley, 1996. "A Lower Bound on Computational Complexity Given by Revelation Mechanisms," Economic Theory, Springer;Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET), vol. 7(2), pages 237-266, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:joecth:v:7:y:1996:i:2:p:237-66
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