UW-PIMS Mathematics Colloquium: Quasirandom Processes

  • Date: 05/28/2010
Jim Propp (University of Massachusetts, Lowell)

University of Washington


Probability theory is concerned with regularities in random processes, such as laws of large numbers and limit-shape theorems. Recent work by researchers at the interface between probability and combinatorics shows that many of these regularities apply, sometimes in dramatically heightened form, to quasirandom systems: simple deterministic systems whose microscopic behavior is designed to mimic the average case behavior of random systems. Quasirandom processes often possess a richness of structure not evident in the random processes that inspired them. This talk will address the questions: Where do pictures like http://rotor-router.mpi-inf.mpg.de/1Bio/?rotorseq=2 come from? And, what are they telling us?


Electrical Engineering Building, Room 045, 2:30pm

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