Annika Heckel, LMU München: How does the chromatic number vary? (Oberseminar Mathematische Stochastik)

Wednesday, 16.06.2021 17:00 per ZOOM: 61828242813

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The chromatic number is a fundamental graph parameter. It is defined as the minimum number of colours needed for a vertex colouring where neighbouring vertices are always coloured differently. How much does the chromatic number of the random graph G(n, 1/2) vary? Shamir and Spencer proved that it is contained in some sequence of intervals of length about $n^{(1/2)}$. Alon improved this slightly to $n^{(1/2)} / \log n$. Until recently, however, no lower bounds on the fluctuations of the chromatic number of G(n, 1/2) were known, even though the question was raised by Bollobás many years ago. I will talk about the main ideas needed to prove that, at least for infinitely many n, the chromatic number of G(n, 1/2) is not concentrated on fewer than $n^{(1/2-o(1))}$ consecutive values. I will also discuss the Zigzag Conjecture, made recently by Bollobás, Heckel, Morris, Panagiotou, Riordan and Smith: this proposes that the correct concentration interval length 'zigzags' between $n^{(1/4+o(1))}$ and $n^{(1/2+o(1))}$, depending on n.
Joint work with Oliver Riordan.

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