Category Archives: Incidence Geometry

Improved lower bounds for multicolour diagonal Ramsey numbers

Big news in combinatorics today: David Conlon and Asaf Ferber have posted a 4-page preprint on arXiv that gives exponential improvements in the lower bounds on multicolour diagonal Ramsey numbers, when the number of colours is at least (also see … Continue reading

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Heisenberg groups, irreducible cubics and minimal Ramsey

As I mentioned in a previous post, we recently improved the upper bound on a Ramsey parameter, in collaboration with John Bamberg and Thomas Lesgourgues. My favourite thing about this work is how it ends up using the properties of … Continue reading

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Generalized polygons in extremal combinatorics

Jacques Tits invented generalized polygons to give a geometrical interpretation of the exceptional groups of Lie type. The prototype of these incidence geometries already appears in his 1956 paper, while they are axiomatically defined in his influential 1959 paper on … Continue reading

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Minimal Ramsey problems

Thanks to Anita Liebenau, I have recently been introduced to some very interesting questions in Ramsey theory and I have been working on them for the past few months in collaboration with various people. In my recent joint work with … Continue reading

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Bounds on Ramsey numbers from finite geometry

In an earlier post I talked about the work of Mubayi and Verstraete on determining the off-diagonal Ramsey numbers via certain optimal pseudorandom graphs, which are not yet known to exist except for the case of triangles. Beyond this conditional … Continue reading

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Ryser’s conjecture

I am on a research visit in Rome, working with Valentina Pepe, and our joint paper on Ryser’s conjecture is on arXiv now. So this seems like the right time to talk about the conjecture and the problems related to … Continue reading

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Wenger graphs

A central (and foundational) question in extremal graph theory is the forbidden subgraph problem of Turán, which asks for the largest number of edges in an -vertex graph that does not contain any copy of a given graph as its … Continue reading

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Introduction to polynomial method

(The following is a blog-friendly version of Chapter 7 of my PhD thesis, which is an introduction to the so-called polynomial method.) The polynomial method is an umbrella term for different techniques involving polynomials which have been used to solve … Continue reading

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What I have learned in finite geometry

On September 2nd, 2014 I wrote a blog post titled learning finite geometry, in which I described how much I have learned in my first year of PhD and more importantly, the topics that I wish to learn while I … Continue reading

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The cage problem and generalized polygons (part 1)

This post is a continuation of my previous post on the cage problem. Just to recall the main problem, for any given integers and , we want to find the least number of vertices in a simple undirected graph which … Continue reading

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