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Samuel Cohn
Carnegie Mellon University
Title: Markovian Algorithms for Randomly Knotted Oral Verbosity

Abstract: Anyone who has worked in mathematics can testify to the storied use of verbosity in the literature. Creating math is challenging yet with very little content one can use verbosity to develop impressive sounding theorems and an improved funding situation for mathematical research. Hence verbosity is highly desirable. There has been a troubling trend to create conciseness and clarity in the presentation of mathematics that could lead to comprehensible results and hence rendering much of our work seemingly trivial. Intuitively, randomly knotted oral verbosity sounds like it's related to tongue twisters and thus is an important first step in the direction of a general method to generate verbose mathematics. We discuss a body of recent work to address this which uses a Markovian Algorithm to produce highly verbose mathematics with negligible content in this context (can be shown to be of $o(\epsilon^{2-\delta})$ for all $\delta >0$).

Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Wean Hall 8220
Submitted by:  Yangxi Ou
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