A proof of the Sensitivity Conjecture (Hao Huang)

Abstract

In the n-dimensional hypercube graph, one can easily choose half of the vertices such that they induce an empty graph. However, having even just one more vertex would cause the induced subgraph to contain a vertex of degree at least sqrt{n}. This result is best possible, and improves a logarithmic lower bound shown by Chung, Furedi, Graham and Seymour in 1988. In this talk we will discuss a very short algebraic proof of it.

 

As a direct corollary of this purely combinatorial result, the sensitivity and degree of every boolean function are polynomially related. This solves an outstanding foundational problem in theoretical computer science, the Sensitivity Conjecture of Nisan and Szegedy.

Time

2019-08-06   14:00 ~ 15:00   

Speaker

Hao HuangEmory University

Room

Room 308,School of Information Management & Engineering, Shanghai University of Finance & Economics