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Random knots: their properties and algorithmic challenges


Speaker: Nathan Dunfield, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Location: 3106 MSB
Start time: Thu, May 14 2015, 3:10PM

Abstract: I will discuss various models of random knots in S^3, surveying what is known about them theoretically and what is conjectured about them experimentally. In particular, I will discuss experiments that probe the practical/average case complexity of questions like computing the genus of a knot. The talk will contain many pretty pictures and charts, and is joint work with Malik Obeidin.

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