Friday, March 8, 2019

Friday, March 8, 2019 — 1:00 PM EST

Title: On the Hardness of 4-coloring a 3-colorable graph

Speaker: Akshay Ramachandran Affiliation: University of Waterloo Room: MC 5479

Abstract: A consequence of the PCP theorem is that it is NP-hard to approximate the chromatic number of a general graph to within \n^{1-\eps} for any constant epsilon.

Friday, March 8, 2019 — 3:30 PM EST

Title: From graph theory to set theory and back

Speaker: Anton Bernshteyn Affiliation: Carnegie Mellon University Room: MC 5501

Abstract:

Many results in finite combinatorics can be extended to infinite structures via compactness---but this transfer is powered by the Axiom of Choice and leads, in general, to highly "pathological" objects.

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