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Complexity seminar

Grassmann meets Macaulay: From Algebra to Algorithms and back

Cornelius Brand


Friday, 29. November 2019 - 13:30 to 15:00

in IM, rear building, ground floor

In this talk, I will give an introduction to two recent algebraic techniques in (parameterized) algorithms for hard problems: One is the exterior-algebra based approach of Brand, Dell and Husfeldt (STOC'18) and Brand (ESA'19), the other is the one by Pratt (FOCS'19) and Brand and Pratt (submitted), based on a symbolic calculus of differential operators.

Both techniques will be gently introduced in the context of their flagship application problem: Detecting squarefree monomials in polynomials computed by arithmetic circuits, where they each yield the state-of-the-art in certain settings. I then proceed to show how these seemingly unrelated algorithmic techniques both arise from an underlying isomorphism of algebraic structures. This is of independent interest, and gives lower bounds on the symmetric rank of a specific symmetric tensor, namely the determinant of generic Hankel matrices, and extends recent work in commutative algebra (Shafiei 2015, J. Commut. Alg.).