Symp. on Theor. Aspects of Comp. Sci. (**STACS**)

February, 2015

In this paper, we address the question of whether the recent derandomization results obtained by the use of the low-degree long code can be extended to other product settings. We consider two settings: (1) the graph product results of Alon, Dinur, Friedgut and Sudakov [GAFA, 2004] and (2) the \“majority is stablest\” type of result obtained by Dinur, Mossel and Regev [SICOMP, 2009] and Dinur and Shinkar [In Proc. APPROX, 2010] while studying the hardness of approximate graph coloring.

In our first result, we show that there exists a considerably smaller subgraph of K⊗R3 which exhibits the following property (shown for K⊗R3 by Alon et al.): independent sets close in size to the maximum independent set are well approximated by dictators. The \“majority is stablest\” type of result of Dinur et al. and Dinur and Shinkar shows that if there exist two sets of vertices A and B in K⊗R3 with very few edges with one endpoint in A and another in B, then it must be the case that the two sets A and B share a single influential coordinate.

In our second result, we show that a similar \“majority is stablest\” statement holds good for a considerably smaller subgraph of K⊗R3. Furthermore using this result, we give a more efficient reduction from Unique Games to the graph coloring problem, leading to improved hardness of approximation results for coloring.