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# Category Archives: Computer Science and Optimization

## More Reasons for Small Influence

Readers of the big-league ToC blogs have already heard about the breakthrough paper An average-case depth hierarchy theorem for Boolean circuits by Benjamin Rossman, Rocco Servedio, and Li-Yang Tan. Here are blog reports on Computational complexity, on the Shtetl Optimized, and of Godel … Continue reading

## New Isoperimetric Results for Testing Monotonicity

Muli, Dor and Subash, Jerusalem May 21 2015. Michel Talagrand Gregory Margulis Property testing In this post I will tell you about a new paper by Subhash Khot, Dor Minzer and Muli Safra entitled: On … Continue reading

## Influence, Threshold, and Noise

My dear friend Itai Benjamini told me that he won’t be able to make it to my Tuesday talk on influence, threshold, and noise, and asked if I already have the slides. So it occurred to me that perhaps … Continue reading

## Navier-Stokes Fluid Computers

Smart fluid Terry Tao posted a very intriguing post on the Navier-Stokes equation, based on a recently uploaded paper Finite time blowup for an averaged three-dimensional Navier-Stokes equation. The paper proved a remarkable negative answer for the regularity conjecture for a certain … Continue reading

## NatiFest is Coming

The conference Poster as designed by Rotem Linial A conference celebrating Nati Linial’s 60th birthday will take place in Jerusalem December 16-18. Here is the conference’s web-page. To celebrate the event, I will reblog my very early 2008 post “Nati’s … Continue reading

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## Analysis of Boolean Functions – Week 7

Lecture 11 The Cap Set problem We presented Meshulam’s bound for the maximum number of elements in a subset A of not containing a triple x,y,x of distinct elements whose sum is 0. The theorem is analogous to Roth’s theorem … Continue reading

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Tagged Cap set problem, Codes, Linearity testing
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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 n-dimensional space. (Other graphs were considered later as … Continue reading

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## Real Analysis Introductory Mini-courses at Simons Institute

The Real Analysis ‘Boot Camp’ included three excellent mini-courses. Inapproximability of Constraint Satisfaction Problems (5 lectures) Johan Håstad (KTH Royal Institute of Technology) (Lecture I, Lecture II, Lecture III, Lecture IV, Lecture V) Unlike more traditional ‘boot camps’ Johan rewarded answers and questions … Continue reading

## Analysis of Boolean Functions – week 4

Lecture 6 Last week we discussed two applications of the Fourier-Walsh plus hypercontractivity method and in this lecture we will discuss one additional application: The lecture was based on a 5-pages paper by Ehud Friedgut and Jeff Kahn: On the number … Continue reading