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Analysis of Boolean Functions week 5 and 6
Lecture 7 First passage percolation 1) Models of percolation. We talked about percolation introduced by Broadbent and Hammersley in 1957. The basic model is a model of random subgraphs of a grid in ndimensional space. (Other graphs were considered later as … Continue reading
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Tagged Arrow's theorem, Percolation
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Analysis of Boolean Functions – week 4
Lecture 6 Last week we discussed two applications of the FourierWalsh plus hypercontractivity method and in this lecture we will discuss one additional application: The lecture was based on a 5pages paper by Ehud Friedgut and Jeff Kahn: On the number … Continue reading
Analysis of Boolean Functions – Week 3
Lecture 4 In the third week we moved directly to the course’s “punchline” – the use of FourierWalsh expansion of Boolean functions and the use of Hypercontractivity. Before that we started with a very nice discrete isoperimetric question on a … Continue reading
Richard Stanley: How the Proof of the Upper Bound Theorem (for spheres) was Found
The upper bound theorem asserts that among all ddimensional polytopes with n vertices, the cyclic polytope maximizes the number of facets (and kfaces for every k). It was proved by McMullen for polytopes in 1970, and by Stanley for general triangulations … Continue reading
Analysis of Boolean functions – week 2
Post on week 1; home page of the course analysis of Boolean functions Lecture II: We discussed two important examples that were introduced by BenOr and Linial: Recursive majority and tribes. Recursive majority (RM): is a Boolean function with variables … Continue reading
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Tagged Boolean functions, Tribes
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Around Borsuk’s Conjecture 3: How to Save Borsuk’s conjecture
Borsuk asked in 1933 if every bounded set K of diameter 1 in can be covered by d+1 sets of smaller diameter. A positive answer was referred to as the “Borsuk Conjecture,” and it was disproved by Jeff Kahn and me in 1993. … Continue reading
Analysis of Boolean Functions – week 1
Home page of the course. In the first lecture I defined the discrete ndimensional cube and Boolean functions. Then I moved to discuss five problems in extremal combinatorics dealing with intersecting families of sets. 1) The largest possible intersecting family … Continue reading
Poznań: Random Structures and Algorithms 2013
Michal Karonski (left) who built Poland’s probabilistic combinatorics group at Poznań, and a sculpture honoring the Polish mathematicians who first broke the Enigma machine (right, with David Conlon, picture taken by Jacob Fox). I am visiting now Poznań for the 16th … Continue reading
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Tagged Poznan, RSA
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LawlerKozdronRichardsStroock’s combined Proof for the MatrixTree theorem and Wilson’s Theorem
David Wilson and a cover of Shlomo’s recent book “Curvature in mathematics and physics” A few weeks ago, in David Kazhdan’s basic notion seminar, Shlomo Sternberg gave a lovely presentation Kirchhoff and Wilson via Kozdron and Stroock. The lecture is based on … Continue reading
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Tagged David Wilson, Gustav Kirchhoff, Trees
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Some old and new problems in combinatorics and geometry
Paul Erdős in Jerusalem, 1933 1993 I just came back from a great Erdős Centennial conference in wonderful Budapest. I gave a lecture on old and new problems (mainly) in combinatorics and geometry (here are the slides), where I presented twenty … Continue reading