Commitment Capacity of Discrete Memoryless Channels
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- Winter A., Nascimento A.C.A., Imai H. (2003) Commitment Capacity of Discrete Memoryless Channels. In: Paterson K.G. (eds) Cryptography and Coding. Cryptography and Coding 2003. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 2898. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
In extension of the bit commitment task and following work initiated by Crépeau, we introduce and solve the problem of characterising the optimal rate at which a discrete memoryless channel can be used to for bit commitment. It turns out that the answer is very intuitive: it is the maximum equivocation of the channel (after removing trivial redundancy), even when unlimited noiseless bidirectional side communication is allowed. By a well–known reduction, this result provides a lower bound on the channel’s capacity for implementing coin tossing.
The method of proving this relates the problem to Wyner’s wire–tap channel in an amusing way. There is also an extension to quantum channels.
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