Category Archives: Combinatorics

Cup Sets, Sunflowers, and Matrix Multiplication

This post follows a recent paper On sunflowers  and matrix multiplication by Noga Alon, Amir Spilka, and Christopher Umens (ASU11) which rely on an earlier paper Group-theoretic algorithms for matrix multiplication, by Henry Cohn, Robert Kleinberg, Balasz Szegedy, and Christopher Umans (CKSU05), … Continue reading

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High Dimensional Expanders: Introduction I

Alex Lubotzky and I  are running together a year long course at HU on High Dimensional Expanders. High dimensional expanders are simplical (and more general) cell complexes which generalize expander graphs. The course is taking place in Room 110 of the mathematics building on … Continue reading

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Noise Sensitivity and Percolation. Lecture Notes by Christophe Garban and Jeff Steif

Lectures on noise sensitivity and percolation is a new beautiful monograph by Christophe Garban and Jeff Steif. (Some related posts on this blog: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

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Alantha Newman and Alexandar Nikolov Disprove Beck’s 3-Permutations Conjecture

Alantha Newman and Alexandar Nikolov disproved a few months ago one of the most famous and frustrating open problem in discrepancy theory: Beck’s 3-permutations conjecture. Their paper  A counterexample to Beck’s conjecture on the discrepancy of three permutations is already on … Continue reading

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Discrepancy, The Beck-Fiala Theorem, and the Answer to “Test Your Intuition (14)”

The Question Suppose that you want to send a message so that it will reach all vertices of the discrete -dimensional cube. At each time unit (or round) you can send the message to one vertex. When a vertex gets the … Continue reading

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Test Your Intuition (14): A Discrete Transmission Problem

Recall that the -dimensional discrete cube is the set of all binary vectors ( vectors) of length n. We say that two binary vectors are adjacent if they differ in precisely one coordinate. (In other words, their Hamming distance is 1.) This … Continue reading

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A Couple Updates on the Advances-in-Combinatorics Updates

In a recent post I mentioned quite a few remarkable recent developments in combinatorics. Let me mention a couple more. Independent sets in regular graphs A challenging conjecture by Noga Alon and Jeff Kahn in graph theory was about the number of … Continue reading

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Around Borsuk’s Conjecture 1: Some Problems

Greetings to all! Karol Borsuk conjectured in 1933 that every bounded set in can be covered by sets of smaller diameter. In a previous post I described the counterexample found by Jeff Kahn and me. I will devote a few posts … Continue reading

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The Combinatorics of Cocycles and Borsuk’s Problem.

Cocycles Definition:  A -cocycle is a collection of -subsets such that every -set contains an even number of sets in the collection. Alternative definition: Start with a collection of -sets and consider all -sets that contain an odd number of members … Continue reading

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Roth’s Theorem: Tom Sanders Reaches the Logarithmic Barrier

Click here for the most recent polymath3 research thread. I missed Tom by a few minutes at Mittag-Leffler Institute a year and a half ago Suppose that  is a subset of of maximum cardinality not containing an arithmetic progression of length 3. Let . … Continue reading

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