What is ... the probabilistic method?

This page hosts information on Shagnik Das's talk "What is ... the probabilistic method?" at the "What is ...?" seminar. The talk will take place on Friday, January 23, 1:00pm at the seminar room SR025/026 in Arnimallee 6. This talk will help you better understand the talk by Angelika Steger, which will start at 2pm at the ZIB lecture hall.

Abstract

Has your mathematics become mundane? Are you suffering through a mid-Masters crisis? If so (or even if not), come along and witness the wonder of the mysterious probabilistic method at work. Guaranteed* to reignite your passion for mathematics.

In this talk, we shall see some random number of applications of the probabilistic method in various fields. No prior knowledge** of combinatorics is assumed, and only very basic probability will be used.

*Or your money back.

**Indeed, for maximum dramatic effect, it is hoped no such knowledge exists.

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