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A discussion of the paper "Beyond energy minimization: approaches to the kinetic folding of RNA'' by Flamm and Hofacker (2008).

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A discussion of the paper "Evidence for kinetic effects in the folding of large RNA molecules" by Morgan and Higgs (1996).

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A discussion of the paper "Using Motion Planning to Study RNA Folding Kinetics" by Tang et al (J Comp Biol, 2005).

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Further discussion of alternative metrics on RNA secondary structures.

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Alternative metrics on RNA secondary structures will be presented and discussed.

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Algorithms and Randomness Center (ARC) Theory Day is an annual event, to showcase lectures on recent
exciting developments in theoretical computer science. This year's inaugural
event features four young speakers who have made such valuable contributions
to the field. In addition, this year we are fortunate to have Avi Wigderson
from the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton) speak on fundamental
questions and progress in computational complexity to a general audience.
See the complete list of titles and times of talks.

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Continued discussion of the Allali and Sagot (2005) paper "A New Distance for High Level RNA Secondary Structure Comparison."

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Please contact Guantao Chen, <a href="mailto:gchen@gsu.edu">gchen@gsu.edu</a> if you are interested in participating this mini-conference.

Emory University, the Georgia Institute of Technology and Georgia
State University, with support from the National Security Agency
and the National Science Foundation, are hosting a series of 9
mini-conferences from November 2010 - April 2013. The fourth in
the series will be held at Georgia State University on
November 5-6, 2011.
This mini-conference's featured speaker is Dr. Bela Bollobas, who
will give two one-hour lectures. Additionally, there will be five
one-hour talks and seven half-hour talks given by other invited speakers.
See all
titles, abstracts, and schedule.

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Knowledge of the distribution of class groups is elusive -- it is not
even known if there are infinitely many number fields with trivial
class group. Cohen and Lenstra noticed a strange pattern --
experimentally, the group \mathbb{Z}/(9) appears more often than
\mathbb{Z{/(3) x \mathbb{Z}/(3) as the 3-part of the class
group of a real quadratic field \Q(\sqrt{d}) - and refined this
observation into concise conjectures on the manner in which class
groups behave randomly. Their heuristic says roughly that p-parts of
class groups behave like random finite abelian p-groups, rather than
like random numbers; in particular, when counting one should weight by
the size of the automorphism group, which explains why
\mathbb{Z}/(3) x \mathbb{Z}/(3) appears much less often than \mathbb{Z}/(9)
(in addition to many other experimental observations).
While proof of the Cohen-Lenstra conjectures remains inaccessible, the
function field analogue -- e.g., distribution of class groups of
quadratic extensions of \mathbb{F}_p(t) -- is more tractable.
Friedman and Washington modeled the \el$-power part (with \ell
\neq p) of such class groups as random matrices and derived heuristics
which agree with experiment. Later, Achter refined these heuristics,
and many cases have been proved (Achter, Ellenberg and Venkatesh).
When $\ell = p$, the $\ell$-power torsion of abelian varieties, and
thus the random matrix model, goes haywire. I will explain the correct
linear algebraic model -- Dieudone\'e modules. Our main result is an
analogue of the Cohen-Lenstra/Friedman-Washington heuristics -- a
theorem about the distributions of class numbers of Dieudone\'e
modules (and other invariants particular to \ell = p). Finally, I'll
present experimental evidence which mostly agrees with our heuristics
and explain the connection with rational points on varieties.

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This is joint work with Mitya Boyarchenko. We construct a
special hypersurface X over a finite field, which has the property of
"maximality", meaning that it has the maximum number of rational
points relative to its topology. Our variety is derived from a
certain unipotent algebraic group, in an analogous manner as
Deligne-Lusztig varieties are derived from reductive algebraic groups.
As a consequence, the cohomology of X can be shown to realize a piece
of the local Langlands correspondence for certain wild Weil parameters
of low conductor.