Fall 2020

Sparse Random Graphs With Unusually Large Subgraph Counts

Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022 10:40 am11:30 am PST

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Amir Dembo (Stanford University)

Calvin Lab Auditorium

In this talk, based on joint works with Nicholas Cook, Huy Tuan Pham and Sohom Bhattacharya, I will discuss recent developments in the emerging theory of nonlinear large deviations, focusing on sharp upper tails for counts of several fixed subgraphs in a large sparse random graph (such as Erdős–Rényi or uniformly d-regular). These results allow in turn to determine the typical structure of samples from an associated class of Gibbs measures, known as Exponential Random Graph Models, which are widely used in the analysis of social networks.