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COMPUTER SCIENCE/DISCRETE MATH I | |

Topic: | Interpreting Polynomial Structure Analytically |

Speaker: | Julia Wolf |

Affiliation: | Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey |

Date: | Monday, February 8 |

Time/Room: | 11:15am - 12:15pm/S-101 |

Video Link: | https://video.ias.edu/csdm/polynomialstructure |

I will be describing recent joint efforts with Tim Gowers to decompose a bounded function into a sum of polynomially structured phases and a uniform error, based on the recent inverse theorem for the U^k norms on F_p^n by Bergelson, Tao and Ziegler. The main innovation is the idea of defining the rank of a cubic or higher- degree polynomial (or a locally defined quadratic phase) analytically via the corresponding exponential sum, which turns out to imply all the properties of rank needed in proofs. As an application we prove a conjecture regarding the complexity of a system of linear forms that we made in 2007: A system of linear forms L_1, ... , L_m on F_p^n is controlled by the U^{k+1} norm if and only if k is the least integer such that the functions L_i^{k+1} are linearly independent.