Bit retrieval: intractability and application to digital watermarking [article]

Veit Elser
2003 arXiv   pre-print
Bit retrieval, the problem of determining a binary sequence from its cyclic autocorrelation, is a special case of the phase retrieval problem. Algorithms for phase retrieval are extensively used in several scientific disciplines, and yet, very little is known about the complexity of these algorithms or phase retrieval in general. Here we show that bit retrieval, in particular, is closely related to computations that arise in algebraic number theory and can also be formulated as an integer
more » ... m. We find that general purpose algorithms from these fields, when applied to bit retrieval, are outperformed by a particular iterative phase retrieval algorithm. This algorithm still has exponential complexity and motivates us to propose a new public key signature scheme based on the intractability of bit retrieval, and image watermarking as a possible application.
arXiv:math/0309387v1 fatcat:mzcluscvknhh5deytsuxmeiv54