On Unbalanced Boolean Functions with Best Correlation Immunity

  • Denis S. Krotov
  • Konstantin V. Vorob'ev


It is known that the order of correlation immunity of a nonconstant unbalanced Boolean function in $n$ variables cannot exceed $2n/3-1$; moreover, it is $2n/3-1$ if and only if the function corresponds to an equitable $2$-partition of the $n$-cube with an eigenvalue $-n/3$ of the quotient matrix. The known series of such functions have proportion $1:3$, $3:5$, or $7:9$ of the number of ones and zeros. We prove that if a nonconstant unbalanced Boolean function attains the correlation-immunity bound and has ratio $C:B$ of the number of ones and zeros, then $CB$ is divisible by $3$. In particular, this proves the nonexistence of equitable partitions for an infinite series of putative quotient matrices. 

We also establish that there are exactly $2$ equivalence classes of the equitable partitions of the $12$-cube with quotient matrix $[[3,9],[7,5]]$ and $16$ classes, with $[[0,12],[4,8]]$. These parameters correspond to the Boolean functions in $12$ variables with correlation immunity $7$ and proportion $7:9$ and $1:3$, respectively (the case $3:5$ remains unsolved). This also implies the characterization of the orthogonal arrays OA$(1024,12,2,7)$ and  OA$(512,11,2,6)$.

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