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Theory Seminar - Lower Bounds for Shortcut Sets and Additive Spanners

19 Oct
Tuesday, 10/19/2021 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Virtual via Zoom
Theory Seminar

Abstract: There are many graph problems of the following form: Given a graph G, construct a graph H that preserves some information about G, while optimizing some property of H. Some examples include spanners, distance preservers, reachability preservers, shortcut sets, and hopsets. I will focus on two of these:
- A spanner is a subgraph H of G that approximately preserves distances while being as sparse as possible.
- A shortcut set is a (small) set of edges that when added to a directed graph G produces a graph H which preserves the reachability structure of G while reducing the diameter as much as possible.

I will talk about lower bound constructions for these two structures.

Based on joint work with Kevin Lu, Virginia Vassilevska Williams, and Zixuan Xu.

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The CICS Theory Seminar is free and open to the public. If you are interested in giving a talk, please email Cameron Musco or Rik Sengupta. Note that in addition to being a public lecture series, this is also a one-credit graduate seminar (CompSci 891M) that can be taken repeatedly for credit.