# Boolean Functions: Influence, threshold and noise

• ### Gil Kalai

Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel

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## Abstract

This lecture studies the analysis of Boolean functions and present a few ideas, results, proofs, and problems. We start with the wider picture of expansion in graphs and then concentrate on the graph of the $n$-dimensional discrete cube $\Omega_n$. Boolean functions are functions from $\Omega_n to {0,1}$. We consider the notion of the influence of variables on Boolean functions. The influence of a variable on a Boolean function is the probability that changing the value of the variable changes the value of the function. We then consider Fourier analysis of real functions on $\Omega_n$ and some applications of Fourier methods. We go on to discuss connections with sharp threshold phenomena, percolation, random graphs, extremal combinatorics, correlation inequalities, and more.