J. Jackson and A. Klivans and R. Servedio.

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We give an algorithm to learn constant-depth polynomial-size circuits augmented with majority gates under the uniform distribution using random examples only. For circuits which contain a polylogarithmic number of majority gates the algorithm runs in quasipolynomial time. This is the first algorithm for learning a more expressive circuit class than the class $\AC^0$ of constant-depth polynomial-size circuits, a class which was shown to be learnable in quasipolynomial time by Linial, Mansour and Nisan in 1989. Our approach combines an extension of some of the Fourier analysis from Linial {\em et al.} with hypothesis boosting. We also show that under a standard cryptographic assumption our algorithm is essentially optimal with respect to both running time and expressiveness (number of majority gates) of the circuits being learned.

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