The complexity of estimating min-entropy


Goldreich et al. (CRYPTO 1999) proved that the promise problem for estimating the Shannon entropy of a distribution sampled by a given circuit is NISZK-complete. We consider the analogous problem for estimating the min-entropy and prove that it is SBP-complete, where SBP is the class of promise problems that correspond to approximate counting of NP witnesses. The result holds even when the sampling circuits are restricted to be 3-local. For logarithmic-space samplers, we observe that this problem is NP-complete by a result of Lyngsø and Pedersen on hidden Markov models (JCSS 65(3):545–569, 2002).

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Computational Complexity