Ruta Mehta: (Essentially) Resolving the Complexity of Constant Rank Bimatrix Games Wednesday, November 6, 2013  4:00pm to 5:00pm The rank of a bimatrix game (A, B) is defined as the rank of (A+B). For zerosum games, i.e., rank0, von Neumann (1928) showed that Nash equilibrium are minmax strategies, which is equivalent to the linear programming duality. 

Property Testing and Communication Complexity Wednesday, September 11, 2013  4:00pm to 5:00pm Property testing, pioneered by Blum, Goldreich, Goldwasser, Luby, Ron, Rubinfeld and Sudan, is the study of extremely fast randomized algorithms for approximate decision making. 

One algorithm to rule them all: One join query at a time Friday, July 12, 2013  4:00pm to 5:00pm We present a recent algorithm (PODS 2012) that is the first provably optimal (worstcase) algorithm to compute database joins. 

The Acquaintance Time of a Graph Thursday, June 20, 2013  11:00am to 12:00pm We define the following parameter of connected graphs. 

Testing Probability Distributions Using Conditional Samples Wednesday, June 12, 2013  1:30pm to 2:30pm One of the most fundamental problem paradigms in statistics is that of inferring some information about an unknown probability distribution D, given access to independent samples drawn from it. More than a decade ago, Batu et al. 

Approximating Large Frequency Moments with PickandDrop Sampling Wednesday, May 22, 2013  4:00pm to 5:00pm Given data stream $D = \{p_1,p_2,...,p_m\}$ of size $m$ of numbers from 

IP = PSPACE using error correcting codes Wednesday, May 15, 2013  4:00pm to 5:00pm The IP theorem, which asserts that IP = PSPACE (Lund et. al., and Shamir, in J. ACM 39(4)), is one of the major achievements of complexity theory. The known proofs of the theorem are based on the arithmetization technique, which transforms a quantified Boolean formula into a related polynomial. 

A Simple, Combinatorial and NearlyLinearTime Algorithm for Solving Ax=b When A is Symmetric Diagonally Dominant Wednesday, May 8, 2013  4:00pm to 5:00pm Fast algorithms for solving linear systems Ax=b when A is symmetric diagonally dominant (SDD) or graph Laplacian have found broad applications across both the theory and practice of computer science, playing a foundational role in scientific computing, machine learning, random processes, image pr 

Explicit Noether Normalization for Simultaneous Conjugation via Polynomial Identity Testing Wednesday, April 24, 2013  3:00pm to 4:00pm Polynomial identity testing asks whether a given algebraic circuit C computes 

Every locally characterized affineinvariant property is testable Wednesday, April 17, 2013  4:00pm to 5:00pm Let F = F_p for any fixed prime p >= 2. An affineinvariant property is a 