Category Archives: Open problems

Open problem session of HUJI-COMBSEM: Problem #1, Nati Linial – Turan type theorems for simplicial complexes.

On November, 2020  we had a very nice open problem session in our weekly combinatorics seminar at HUJI.  So I thought to have a series of posts to describe you the problems presented there.  This is the first post in … Continue reading

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Péter Pál Pach and Richárd Palincza: a Glimpse Beyond the Horizon

  Prologue Consider the following problems: P3: What is the maximum density of a set A in without a 3-term AP? (AP=arithmetic progression.) This is the celebrated Cap Set problem and we reported here in 2016 the breakthrough results by … Continue reading

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Kelman, Kindler, Lifshitz, Minzer, and Safra: Towards the Entropy-Influence Conjecture

Let me briefly report on a remarkable new paper by Esty Kelman, Guy Kindler, Noam Lifshitz, Dor Minzer, and Muli Safra, Revisiting Bourgain-Kalai and Fourier Entropies. The paper describes substantial progress towards the Entropy-Influence conjecture, posed by Ehud Friedgut and … Continue reading

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Ringel Conjecture, Solved! Congratulations to Richard Montgomery, Alexey Pokrovskiy, and Benny Sudakov

Ringel’s conjecture solved (for sufficiently large n) A couple weeks ago and a few days after I heard an excellent lecture about it by Alexey Pokrovskiy in Oberwolfach, the paper A proof of Ringel’s Conjecture by Richard Montgomery, Alexey Pokrovskiy, … Continue reading

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Test your intuition 43: Distribution According to Areas in Top Departments.

  In the community of mamathetitians in a certain country there are mamathetitians in two areas: Anabra (fraction p of the mamathetitians) and Algasis (fraction 1-p of  mamathetitians.) There are ten universities with 50 faculty members in each mamathetics department … Continue reading

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Gérard Cornuéjols’s baker’s eighteen 5000 dollars conjectures

Gérard Cornuéjols Gérard Cornuéjols‘s beautiful (and freely available) book from 2000 Optimization: Packing and Covering is about an important area of combinatorics which is lovely described in the preface to the book The integer programming models known as set packing … Continue reading

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Richard Ehrenborg’s problem on spanning trees in bipartite graphs

Richard Ehrenborg with a polyhedron In the Problem session last Thursday in Oberwolfach, Steve Klee presented a beautiful problem of Richard Ehrenborg regarding the number of spanning trees in bipartite graphs. Let be a bipartite graph with vertices on one … Continue reading

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A sensation in the morning news – Yaroslav Shitov: Counterexamples to Hedetniemi’s conjecture.

Two days ago Nati Linial sent me an email entitled “A sensation in the morning news”. The link was to a new arXived paper by Yaroslav Shitov: Counterexamples to Hedetniemi’s conjecture. Hedetniemi’s 1966 conjecture asserts that if and are two … Continue reading

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Cohen, Haeupler, and Schulman: Explicit Binary Tree-Codes & Cancellations

The high-dimensional conference in Jerusalem is running with many exciting talks (and they are videotaped), and today in Tel Aviv there is a conference on Optimization and Discrete Geometry : Theory and Practice. Today in Jerusalem, Leonard Schulman talked (video available!) … Continue reading

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Coloring Problems for Arrangements of Circles (and Pseudocircles)

To supplement and celebrate Aubrey de Grey’s result here are Eight problems on coloring circles A) Consider a finite family of unit circles. What is the minimum number of colors needed to color the circles so that tangent circles are … Continue reading

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