High Entropy Random Selection Protocols

Harry Buhrman, Matthias Christandl, Michal Koucký, Zvi Lotker, Boaz Patt-Shamir, Nikolay Vereshchagin*

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We study the two party problem of randomly selecting a common string among all the strings of length n. We want the protocol to have the property that the output distribution has high Shannon entropy or high min entropy, even when one of the two parties is dishonest and deviates from the protocol. We develop protocols that achieve high, close to n, Shannon entropy and simultaneously min entropy close to n/2. In the literature the randomness guarantee is usually expressed in terms of “resilience”. The notion of Shannon entropy is not directly comparable to that of resilience, but we establish a connection between the two that allows us to compare our protocols with the existing ones. We construct an explicit protocol that yields Shannon entropy n- O(1) and has O(log n) rounds, improving over the protocol of Goldreich et al. (SIAM J Comput 27: 506–544, 1998) that also achieves this entropy but needs O(n) rounds. Both these protocols need O(n2) bits of communication. Next we reduce the number of rounds and the length of communication in our protocols. We show the existence, non-explicitly, of a protocol that has 6 rounds, O(n) bits of communication and yields Shannon entropy n- O(log n) and min entropy n/ 2 - O(log n). Our protocol achieves the same Shannon entropy bound as, also non-explicit, protocol of Gradwohl et al. (in: Dwork (ed) Advances in Cryptology—CRYPTO ‘06, 409–426, Technical Report , 2006), however achieves much higher min entropy: n/ 2 - O(log n) versus O(log n). Finally we exhibit a very simple 3-round explicit “geometric” protocol with communication length O(n). We connect the security parameter of this protocol with the well studied Kakeya problem motivated by Harmonic Analysis and Analytic Number Theory. We prove that this protocol has Shannon entropy n- o(n). Its relation to the Kakeya problem follows a new and different approach to the random selection problem than any of the previously known protocols.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)667-694
Number of pages28
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2021


FundersFunder number
European Commission
Ministerstvo Školství, Mládeže a Tělovýchovy
Russian Foundation for Basic Research19-01-00563
Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk OnderzoekAV0Z10190503, 639.023.302, 201/05/0124, GA ČR 201/07/P276, 1M0021620808


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