Chapter 10: Advanced hypercontractivity

In this chapter we complete the proof of the Hypercontractivity Theorem for uniform $\pm 1$ bits. We then generalize the $(p,2)$ and $(2,q)$ statements to the setting of arbitrary product probability spaces, proving the following:

The General Hypercontractivity Theorem Let $(\Omega_1, \pi_1), \dots, (\Omega_n, \pi_n)$ be finite probability spaces, in each of which every outcome has probability at least $\lambda$. Let $f \in L^2(\Omega_1 \times \cdots \times \Omega_n, \pi_1 \otimes \cdots \otimes \pi_n)$. Then for any $q > 2$ and $0 \leq \rho \leq \frac{1}{\sqrt{q-1}} \cdot \lambda^{1/2-1/q}$, \[ \|\mathrm{T}_\rho f\|_q \leq \|f\|_2 \quad\text{and}\quad \|\mathrm{T}_\rho f\|_2 \leq \|f\|_{q'}. \] (In fact, the upper bound on $\rho$ can be slightly relaxed to the value stated in Theorem 17 of this chapter.)

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Chapter 9 notes

The history of the Hypercontractivity Theorem is complicated.
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Chapter 9 exercises

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§9.6: Highlight: The Kahn–Kalai–Linial Theorem

Recalling the social choice setting of Chapter 2.5, consider a $2$-candidate, $n$-voter election using a monotone voting rule $f : \{-1,1\}^n \to \{-1,1\}$. We assume the impartial culture assumption (that the votes are independent and uniformly random), but with a twist: one of the candidates, say $b \in \{-1,1\}$, is able to secretly bribe $k$ voters, fixing their votes to $b$. (Since $f$ is monotone, this is always the optimal way for the candidate to fix the bribed votes.) How much can this influence the outcome of the election?
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§9.5: Applications of hypercontractivity

With the $(2,q)$- and $(p,2)$-Hypercontractivity Theorems in hand, let’s revisit some applications we saw in Sections 1 and 2.
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§9.4: Two-function hypercontractivity and induction

At this point we have established that if $f : \{-1,1\} \to {\mathbb R}$ then for any $p \leq 2 \leq q$, \[ \|\mathrm{T}_{\sqrt{p-1}} f\|_2 \leq \|f\|_p, \qquad \|\mathrm{T}_{1/\sqrt{q-1}} f\|_q \leq \|f\|_2. \] We would like to extend these facts to the case of general $f : \{-1,1\}^n \to {\mathbb R}$; i.e., establish the $(p,2)$- and $(2,q)$-Hypercontractivity Theorems stated at the beginning of the chapter. A natural approach is induction.
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§9.3: $(2,q)$- and $(p,2)$-hypercontractivity for a single bit

Although you can get a lot of mileage out of studying the $4$-norm of random variables, it’s also natural to consider other norms.
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§9.2: Small subsets of the hypercube are noise-sensitive

An immediate consequence of the Bonami Lemma is that for any $f : \{-1,1\}^n \to {\mathbb R}$ and $k \in {\mathbb N}$, \begin{equation} \label{eqn:2-4-hypercon-k} \|\mathrm{T}_{1/\sqrt{3}} f^{=k}\|_4 = \tfrac{1}{\sqrt{3}^k} \|f^{=k}\|_4 \leq \|f^{=k}\|_2. \end{equation}
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§9.1: Low-degree polynomials are reasonable

As anyone who has worked in probability knows, a random variable can sometimes behave in rather “unreasonable” ways. It may be never close to its expectation. It might exceed its expectation almost always, or almost never. It might have finite $1$st, $2$nd, and $3$rd moments, but an infinite $4$th moment. All of this poor behaviour can cause a lot of trouble — wouldn’t it be nice to have a class of “reasonable” random variables?
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Chapter 9: Basics of hypercontractivity

In 1970, Bonami proved the following central result:

The Hypercontractivity Theorem Let $f : \{-1,1\}^n \to {\mathbb R}$ and let ${1 \leq p \leq q \leq \infty}$. Then $\|\mathrm{T}_\rho f\|_q \leq \|f\|_p$ for $0 \leq \rho \leq \sqrt{\tfrac{p-1}{q-1}}$.

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