Extremal Combinatorics: With Applications in Computer Science / Edition 2by Stasys Jukna
Pub. Date: 09/01/2011
Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
This book is a concise, self-contained, up-to-date introduction to extremal combinatorics for nonspecialists. There is a strong emphasis on theorems with particularly elegant and informative proofs, they may be called gems of the theory. The author presents a wide spectrum of the most powerful combinatorial tools together with impressive applications in computer
This book is a concise, self-contained, up-to-date introduction to extremal combinatorics for nonspecialists. There is a strong emphasis on theorems with particularly elegant and informative proofs, they may be called gems of the theory. The author presents a wide spectrum of the most powerful combinatorial tools together with impressive applications in computer science: methods of extremal set theory, the linear algebra method, the probabilistic method, and fragments of Ramsey theory. No special knowledge in combinatorics or computer science is assumed – the text is self-contained and the proofs can be enjoyed by undergraduate students in mathematics and computer science. Over 300 exercises of varying difficulty, and hints to their solution, complete the text.
This second edition has been extended with substantial new material, and has been revised and updated throughout. It offers three new chapters on expander graphs and eigenvalues, the polynomial method and error-correcting codes. Most of the remaining chapters also include new material, such as the KruskalKatona theorem on shadows, the LovászStein theorem on coverings, large cliques in dense graphs without induced 4-cycles, a new lower bounds argument for monotone formulas, Dvir's solution of the finite field Kakeya conjecture, Moser's algorithmic version of the Lovász Local Lemma, Schöning's algorithm for 3-SAT, the SzemerédiTrotter theorem on the number of point-line incidences, surprising applications of expander graphs in extremal number theory, and some other new results.
- Springer Berlin Heidelberg
- Publication date:
- Texts in Theoretical Computer Science. An EATCS Series
- Edition description:
- 2nd ed. 2011
- Product dimensions:
- 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)
Table of Contents
Preface.- Prolog: What this Book Is About.- Notation.- Counting.- Advanced Counting.- Probabilistic Counting.- The Pigeonhole Principle.- Systems of Distinct Representatives.- Sunflowers.- Intersecting Families.- Chains and Antichains.- Blocking Sets and the Duality.- Density and Universality.- Witness Sets and Isolation.- Designs.- The Basic Method.- Orthogonality and Rank Arguments.- Eigenvalues and Graph Expansion.- The Polynomial Method.- Combinatorics of Codes.- Linearity of Expectation.- The Lovász Sieve.- The Deletion Method.- The Second Moment Method.- The Entropy Function.- Random Walks.- Derandomization.- Ramseyan Theorems for Numbers.- The Hales–Jewett Theorem.- Applications in Communications Complexity.- References.- Index.
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