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Monday, August 31, 2009 - 13:00 ,
Location: Skiles 255 ,
Nicola Guglielmi ,
Università di L'Aquila ,
guglielm@univaq.it ,
Organizer: Sung Ha Kang

In this talk I will address the problem of the computation of the jointspectral radius (j.s.r.) of a set of matrices.This tool is useful to determine uniform stability properties of non-autonomous discrete linear systems. After explaining how to extend the spectral radius from a single matrixto a set of matrices and illustrate some applications where such conceptplays an important role I will consider the problem of the computation ofthe j.s.r. and illustrate some possible strategies. A basic tool I willuse to this purpose consists of polytope norms, both real and complex.I will illustrate a possible algorithm for the computation of the j.s.r. ofa family of matrices which is based on the use of these classes of norms.Some examples will be shown to illustrate the behaviour of the algorithm.Finally I will address the problem of the finite computability of the j.s.r.and state some recent results, open problems and conjectures connected withthis issue.

Series: Stochastics Seminar

We propose a penalized orthogonal-components regression
(POCRE) for large p small n data. Orthogonal components are sequentially
constructed to maximize, upon standardization, their correlation to the
response residuals. A new penalization framework, implemented via
empirical Bayes thresholding, is presented to effectively identify
sparse predictors of each component. POCRE is computationally efficient
owing to its sequential construction of leading sparse principal
components. In addition, such construction offers other properties such
as grouping highly correlated predictors and allowing for collinear or
nearly collinear predictors. With multivariate responses, POCRE can
construct common components and thus build up latent-variable models for
large p small n data. This is an joint work with Yanzhu Lin and Min Zhang

Series: Graph Theory Seminar

Slightly modifying a quote of
Paul Erdos: The problem for graphs we
solve this week. The corresponding problem
for posets will take longer.
As one example, testing a graph to determine
if it is planar is linear in the number of
edges. Testing an order (Hasse) diagram to
determine if it is planar is NP-complete.
As a second example, it is NP-complete
to determine whether a graph is a cover
graph.
With these remarks in mind, we present
some results, mostly new but some classic,
regarding posets with planar cover graphs
and planar diagrams. The most recent
result is that for every h, there is a constant
c_h so that if P is a poset of height h and
the cover graph of P is planar, then
the dimension of P is at most c_h.

Series: School of Mathematics Colloquium

Pre-reception at 2:30 in Room N201. If you would like to meet with Prof. Ashtekar while he is on campus (at the Center for Relativistic Astrophysics - Boggs building), please contact <A class="moz-txt-link-abbreviated" href="mailto:lori.federico@physics.gatech.edu">lori.federico@physics.gatech.edu</a>.

General relativity is based on a deep interplay between physics and mathematics: Gravity is encoded in geometry. It has had spectacular observational success and has also pushed forward the frontier of geometric analysis. But the theory is incomplete because it ignores quantum physics. It predicts that the space-time ends at singularities such as the big-bang. Physics then comes to a halt. Recent developments in loop quantum gravity show that these predictions arise because the theory has been pushed beyond the domain of its validity. With new inputs from mathematics, one can extend cosmology beyond the big-bang. The talk will provide an overview of this new and rich interplay between physics and mathematics.

Series: Analysis Seminar

We will survey recent developments in the area of two weight inequalities, especially those relevant for singular integrals. In the second lecture, we will go into some details of recent characterizations of maximal singular integrals of the speaker, Eric Sawyer, and Ignacio Uriate-Tuero.

Series: ACO Student Seminar

A central question in the theory of card shuffling is how quickly a deck of
cards becomes 'well-shuffled' given a shuffling rule. In this talk, I will
discuss a probabilistic card shuffling model known as the 'interchange
process'. A
conjecture from 1992 about this model has recently been resolved
and I will address how my work has been involved with this conjecture. I
will also discuss other card shuffling models.

Series: PDE Seminar

We prove that solutions of the Navier-Stokes equations of
three-dimensional, compressible flow, restricted to fluid-particle
trajectories, can be extended as analytic functions of complex time. One
important corollary is backwards uniqueness: if two such solutions agree
at a given time, then they must agree at all previous times.
Additionally, analyticity yields sharp estimates for the time
derivatives of arbitrary order of solutions along particle trajectories.
I'm going to integrate into the talk something like a "pretalk" in an
attempt to motivate the more technical material and to make things
accessible to a general analysis audience.

Series: CDSNS Colloquium

The Bendixson conditions for general nonlinear differential equations in Banach spaces are developed in terms of stability of associated compound differential equations. The generalized Bendixson criterion states that, if some measure of 2-dimensional surface area tends to zero with time, then there are no closed curves that are left invariant by the dynamics. In particular, there are no nontrivial periodic orbits, homoclinic loops or heteroclinic loops. Concrete conditions that preclude the existence of periodic solutions for a parabolic PDE will be given. This is joint work with Professor James S. Muldowney at University of Alberta.

Series: Combinatorics Seminar

In this lecture, I will explain the greedy approximation algorithm on submodular function maximization due to Nemhauser, Wolsey, and Fisher. Then I will apply this algorithm to the problem of approximating an monotone submodular functions by another submodular function with succinct representation. This approximation method is based on the maximum volume ellipsoid inscribed in a centrally symmetric convex body. This is joint work with Michel Goemans, Nick Harvey, and Vahab Mirrokni.

Series: Combinatorics Seminar

In this lecture, I will review combinatorial algorithms for minimizing submodular functions. In particular, I will present a new combinatorial algorithm obtained in my recent joint work with Jim Orlin.