Spring 2019

Enumeration and Randomized Constructions of Hypertrees

Thursday, February 14th, 2019 1:30 pm2:15 pm

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Yuval Peled (NYU Courant Institute)

Over thirty years ago, Kalai proved a beautiful d-dimensional analog of Cayley's formula for the number of n-vertex trees. Namely, he enumerated d-dimensional hypertrees weighted by the squared size of their (d-1)-dimensional homology group. This, however, does not answer the more basic problem of unweighted enumeration of d-hypertrees which is our concern here. We analyse a random-greedy construction of d-hypertrees and show it significantly improves the previous known lower bound for their number. Second, we introduce a model of random 1-out d-dimensional complexes, and show that it has a negligible d-dimensional homology with high probability.

Joint work with Nati Linial.