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# Monthly Archives: January 2018

## The Semester Break activities of the High Dimensional Combinatorics and Expanders Special Year

UPDATE: Schedule change! An additional workshop On February 5 and shift in dats of the others. Here is the calendar We have now at HUJI a semester break, but the special semester in High dimensional combinatorics and IIAS leaded by … Continue reading

## Akshay Venkatesh Lectures at HUJI – Ostrowski’s Prize Celebration, January 24&25

Thursday January 25, 14:15-15:45 Ostrowski’s prize ceremony and Akshay Venkatesh’s prize lecture: Period maps and Diophantine problems Followed by a Basic notion lecture by Frank Calegary 16:30-17:45: The cohomology of arithmetic groups and Langlands program Wednesday January 24, 18:00-17:00: Akshay Venkatesh … Continue reading

## Hardness of Approximating Vertex Cover, Polytope-Integrality-Gap, the Alswede-Kachatrian theorem, and More.

Lior Silberman asked about applications of the 2-to-2 game theorem to hardness of approximation, and James Lee answered mentioning applications to vertex cover. Let me elaborate a little on vertex cover, and other matters. (Here is the pervious post on … Continue reading

## Jacob Fox, David Conlon, and Benny Sudakov: Vast Improvement of our Knowledge on Unavoidable Patterns in Words

I heard a lecture by Benny Sudakov on the remarkable paper Tower-type bounds for unavoidable patterns in words, by David Conlon, Jacob Fox, and Benny Sudakov. Here are the slides, and let me let the slides speak for themselves. The problem

## Subhash Khot, Dor Minzer and Muli Safra completed the proof of the 2-to-2 Games Conjecture

Update: A related blog post by Boaz Barak: Unique Games Conjecture – halfway there? The 2-to-2 Games Conjecture is a somewhat weaker form of Khot’s unique game conjecture. The paper is: Pseudorandom Sets in Grassmann Graph have Near-Perfect Expansion by Subhash Khot, Dor … Continue reading

Posted in Combinatorics, Computer Science and Optimization, Updates
Tagged Dor Minzer, Muli Safra, Subhash Khot
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## Interesting Times in Mathematics: Enumeration Without Numbers, Group Theory Without Groups.

Lie Theory without Groups: Enumerative Geometry and Quantization of Symplectic Resolutions Our 21th Midrasha (school) IIAS, January 7 – January 12, 2018 Jerusalem Enumerative Geometry Beyond Numbers MSRI, January 16, 2018 to May 25, 2018 Abstract for the Midrasha

Posted in Algebra, Combinatorics, Geometry, Updates
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## Cody Murray and Ryan Williams’ new ACC breakthrough: Updates from Oded Goldreich’s Choices

Thanks to Irit Dinur for telling me about the following: Oded Goldreich’s recent choice is about the paper: Circuit Lower Bounds for Nondeterministic Quasi-Polytime: An Easy Witness Lemma for NP and NQP, by Corry Murray and Ryan Williams. Ryan Williams … Continue reading

Posted in Combinatorics, Computer Science and Optimization, Updates
Tagged Circuit complexity, Cody Murray, Ryan Williams
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## Yael Tauman Kalai’s ICM2018 Paper, My Paper, and Cryptography

Yael Tauman Kalai: Delegating Computation via No-Signaling Strategies. Ladies and Gentelmen, Here is, exclusively for our readers, Yael Tauman Kalai’s ICM2018 paper: Delegating Computation via No-Signaling Strategies. The opportunity to present the paper arose when a week ago I attended … Continue reading

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Tagged cryptography, ICM2018, Yael Kalai
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