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A variant of the hypergraph removal lemma
, 2006
"... Abstract. Recent work of Gowers [10] and Nagle, Rödl, Schacht, and Skokan [15], [19], [20] has established a hypergraph removal lemma, which in turn implies some results of Szemerédi [26] and FurstenbergKatznelson [7] concerning onedimensional and multidimensional arithmetic progressions respecti ..."
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Abstract. Recent work of Gowers [10] and Nagle, Rödl, Schacht, and Skokan [15], [19], [20] has established a hypergraph removal lemma, which in turn implies some results of Szemerédi [26] and FurstenbergKatznelson [7] concerning onedimensional and multidimensional arithmetic progressions respectively. In this paper we shall give a selfcontained proof of this hypergraph removal lemma. In fact we prove a slight strengthening of the result, which we will use in a subsequent paper [29] to establish (among other things) infinitely many constellations of a prescribed shape in the Gaussian primes. 1.
A correspondence principle between (hyper)graph theory and probability theory, and the (hyper)graph removal lemma, preprint
"... Abstract. We introduce a correspondence principle (analogous to the Furstenberg correspondence principle) that allows one to extract an infinite random graph or hypergraph from a sequence of increasingly large deterministic graphs or hypergraphs. As an application we present a new (infinitary) proof ..."
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Abstract. We introduce a correspondence principle (analogous to the Furstenberg correspondence principle) that allows one to extract an infinite random graph or hypergraph from a sequence of increasingly large deterministic graphs or hypergraphs. As an application we present a new (infinitary) proof of the hypergraph removal lemma of NagleSchachtRödlSkokan and Gowers, which does not require the hypergraph regularity lemma and requires significantly less computation. This in turn gives new proofs of several corollaries of the hypergraph removal lemma, such as Szemerédi’s theorem on arithmetic progressions. 1.
The dichotomy between structure and randomness, arithmetic progressions, and the primes
"... Abstract. A famous theorem of Szemerédi asserts that all subsets of the integers with positive upper density will contain arbitrarily long arithmetic progressions. There are many different proofs of this deep theorem, but they are all based on a fundamental dichotomy between structure and randomness ..."
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Abstract. A famous theorem of Szemerédi asserts that all subsets of the integers with positive upper density will contain arbitrarily long arithmetic progressions. There are many different proofs of this deep theorem, but they are all based on a fundamental dichotomy between structure and randomness, which in turn leads (roughly speaking) to a decomposition of any object into a structured (lowcomplexity) component and a random (discorrelated) component. Important examples of these types of decompositions include the Furstenberg structure theorem and the Szemerédi regularity lemma. One recent application of this dichotomy is the result of Green and Tao establishing that the prime numbers contain arbitrarily long arithmetic progressions (despite having density zero in the integers). The power of this dichotomy is evidenced by the fact that the GreenTao theorem requires surprisingly little technology from analytic number theory, relying instead almost exclusively on manifestations of this dichotomy such as Szemerédi’s theorem. In this paper we survey various manifestations of this dichotomy in combinatorics, harmonic analysis, ergodic theory, and number theory. As we hope to emphasize here, the underlying themes in these arguments are remarkably similar even though the contexts are radically different. 1.
Szemerédi’s regularity lemma revisited
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"... Abstract. Szemerédi’s regularity lemma is a basic tool in graph theory, and also plays an important role in additive combinatorics, most notably in proving Szemerédi’s theorem on arithmetic progressions [19], [18]. In this note we revisit this lemma from the perspective of probability theory and inf ..."
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Abstract. Szemerédi’s regularity lemma is a basic tool in graph theory, and also plays an important role in additive combinatorics, most notably in proving Szemerédi’s theorem on arithmetic progressions [19], [18]. In this note we revisit this lemma from the perspective of probability theory and information theory instead of graph theory, and observe a slightly stronger variant of this lemma, related to similar strengthenings of that lemma in [1]. This stronger version of the regularity lemma was extended in [21] to reprove the analogous regularity lemma for hypergraphs. 1.
The ergodic and combinatorial approaches to Szemerédi’s theorem
, 2006
"... Abstract. A famous theorem of Szemerédi asserts that any set of integers of positive upper density will contain arbitrarily long arithmetic progressions. In its full generality, we know of four types of arguments that can prove this theorem: the original combinatorial (and graphtheoretical) approac ..."
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Abstract. A famous theorem of Szemerédi asserts that any set of integers of positive upper density will contain arbitrarily long arithmetic progressions. In its full generality, we know of four types of arguments that can prove this theorem: the original combinatorial (and graphtheoretical) approach of Szemerédi, the ergodic theory approach of Furstenberg, the Fourieranalytic approach of Gowers, and the hypergraph approach of NagleRödlSchachtSkokan and Gowers. In this lecture series we introduce the first, second and fourth approaches, though we will not delve into the full details of any of them. One of the themes of these lectures is the strong similarity of ideas between these approaches, despite the fact that they initially seem rather different. 1.
What is good mathematics
, 2007
"... Abstract. Some personal thoughts and opinions on what “good quality mathematics” is, and whether one should try to define this term rigorously. As a case study, the story of Szemerédi’s theorem is presented. 1. The many aspects of mathematical quality We all agree that mathematicians should strive t ..."
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Abstract. Some personal thoughts and opinions on what “good quality mathematics” is, and whether one should try to define this term rigorously. As a case study, the story of Szemerédi’s theorem is presented. 1. The many aspects of mathematical quality We all agree that mathematicians should strive to produce good mathematics. But how does one define “good mathematics”, and should one even dare to try at all? Let us first consider the former question. Almost immediately one realises that there are many different types of mathematics which could be designated “good”. For instance, “good mathematics ” could refer (in no particular order) to (i) Good mathematical problemsolving (e.g. a major breakthrough on an important mathematical problem); (ii) Good mathematical technique (e.g. a masterful use of existing methods, or the development of new tools); (iii) Good mathematical theory (e.g. a conceptual framework or choice of notation which systematically unifies and generalises an existing body of results);