School of Mathematics
A linear matrix is a matrix whose entries are linear forms in some indeterminates $t_1,\dots, t_m$ with coefficients in some field $F$. The commutative rank of a linear matrix is obtained by interpreting it as a matrix with entries in the function field $F(t_1,\dots,t_m)$, and is directly related to the central PIT (polynomial identity testing) problem. The
Randomness dispersers are an important tool in the theory of pseudorandomness, with numerous applications. In this talk, we will consider one-bit strong dispersers and show their connection to erasure list-decodable codes and Ramsey graphs.
Given an arbitrary graph, we show that if we are allowed to modify (say) 1% of the edges then it is possible to obtain a much smaller regular partition than in Szemeredi's original proof of the regularity lemma. Moreover, we show that it is impossible to improve upon the bound we obtain.