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## Locally decodable codes and arithmetic progressions in random settings

#### Sivakanth Gopi, Microsoft Research

Location: ** Hill 705**

Date & time: Monday, 15 October 2018 at 2:00PM - 3:00PM

Abstract: |
(1) A set D of natural numbers is called t-intersective if every positive upper density subset A of natural numbers contains a (t+1)-length arithmetic progression (AP) whose common differences is in D. Szemeredi's theorem states that the set of all natural numbers is t-intersective for every t. But there are other non-trivial examples like {p-1: p prime}, {1^k,2^k,3^k,dots} for any k etc. which are t-intersective for every t. A natural question to study is at what density random subsets of natural numbers become t-intersective? (2) Let X_t be the number of t-APs in a random subset of Z/NZ where each element is selected with probability p independently. Can we prove precise estimates on the probability that X_t is much larger than its expectation? (3) Locally decodable codes (LDCs) are error correcting codes which allow ultra fast decoding of any message bit from a corrupted encoding of the message. What is the smallest encoding length of such codes? |
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