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Proceedings of the 40th Annual ACM Symposium on theory of Computing (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, May 17 - 20, 2008). STOC '08. ACM, New York, NY, 569-578.

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This article accompanies a tutorial talk given at the 40th ACM STOC conference. In it, we give a brief introduction to Fourier analysis of boolean functions and then discuss some applications: Arrow's Theorem and other ideas from the theory of Social Choice; the Bonami-Beckner Inequality as an extension of Chernoff/Hoeffding bounds to higher-degree polynomials; and, hardness for approximation algorithms.