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We will only prove the first equality. The proof is, however, correct for all bounds ε(n), and so the second equality follows as well. 2, so we only need to show that RP ∩ co-RP ⊆ ZPP. If L ∈ RP ∩ co-RP, then there are polynomially bounded RP algorithms A and A for L and L, respectively. We run both algorithms, one after the other, which clearly leads to a polynomially bounded randomized algorithm. Before we describe how we will make our decision about whether x ∈ L, we will investigate the behavior of the algorithm pair (A, A).

Of course, we can only use algorithms that fail or make errors when the failure- or error-probability is small enough. For time critical applications, we may also require that the worst-case runtime is small. Randomized algorithms represent an alternative when it is sufficient to bound the average computation time, or when certain failure- or error-rates are tolerable. This means that for most applications, randomized algorithms represent a sensible alternative. Failure- or error-probabilities of, for example, 2−100 30 3 Fundamental Complexity Classes lie well below the rate of computer breakdown or error.

If 0 ≤ z ≤ 2p(n) (that is, in 2p(n) +1 of the 2p(n)+1 cases), then we simulate A using the remaining p(n) random bits. • If 2p(n) < z ≤ 2p(n)+1 − 1 (that is, in the other 2p(n) − 1 cases) the input is accepted without any further computation. Note that this happens for (2p(n) − 1) · 2p(n) of the 22p(n)+1 total assignments of the 2p(n) + 1 random bits. The analysis of the algorithm A is now simple. • If x ∈ L, then A never accepts. So A (x) contains only (2p(n) − 1) · 2p(n) = 22p(n) − 2p(n) < 22p(n)+1 /2 1’s, and therefore more 0’s than 1’s.

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