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Symmetric Sums of Squares over k-Subset Hypercubes

Geometric and topological combinatorics: Modern techniques and methods October 09, 2017 - October 13, 2017

October 10, 2017 (11:00 AM PDT - 12:00 PM PDT)
Speaker(s): Annie Raymond (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
Location: MSRI: Simons Auditorium
  • sums of squares

  • symmetric group

  • flag algebras

  • extremal combinatorics

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Polynomial optimization over hypercubes has important applications in combinatorial optimization. We develop a symmetry-reduction method that finds sums of squares certificates for non-negative symmetric polynomials over k-subset hypercubes that improves on a technique due to Gatermann and Parrilo. For every symmetric polynomial that has a sos expression of a fixed degree, our method finds a succinct sos expression whose size depends only on the degree and not on the number of variables. Our results relate naturally to Razborov's flag algebra calculus for solving problems in extremal combinatorics. This leads to new results involving flags and their power in finding sos certificates.

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