This week, Sherry gave a lecture/problem session on the Happy Ending Problem, a popular field of mathematics created by P. Erdös, G. Szekeres, and E. Klein. This problem is very interesting for its connections to Ramsey theory. Her main reference is this website.
Yet another faculty talk, this week we had and introduction to Markov Chain Monte Carlo methods by Dr. Eric Vigoda! MCMC methods are super useful in approximating the size #P to count sets, the volume of hard to calculate integrals, and more.continue reading ❯