Structure, randomness and universality

Speaker: Noga Alon

Date: Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Note: all times are in the Eastern Time Zone

Refreshments: 3:45 PM

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Location: G449 (Patil/Kiva)

Event Type: Seminar

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Abstract: What is the minimum possible number of vertices of a graph that contains every k-vertex graph as an induced subgraph ? What is the minimum possible number of edges in a graph that contains every k-vertex graph with maximum degree 3 as a subgraph ? These questions and related one were initiated by Rado in the 60s, and received a considerable amount of attention over the years, partly motivated by algorithmic applications. The study of the subject combines probabilistic arguments and explicit, structured constructions. I will survey the topic focusing on a recent asymptotic solution of the first question, where an asymptotic formula, improving earlier estimates by several researchers, is obtained by combining combinatorial and probabilistic arguments with group theoretic tools.

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