|COMPUTER SCIENCE/DISCRETE MATH II|
|Topic:||The Grothendieck Constant of an Expander|
|Affiliation:||Tel Aviv University and IAS|
|Date:||Tuesday, March 28|
|Time/Room:||10:30am - 12:30pm/S-101|
The Grothendieck constant of a graph is an invariant whose study, which is motivated by algorithmic applications, leads to several extensions of a classical inequality of Grothendieck. This invariant was introduced in a joint paper with Makarychev, Makarychev and Naor, in which we suggested a conjecture that determines its value (up to absolute constant factors) for every graph. I will discuss the conjecture and its background, and will describe a recent joint result with Berger, showing that the conjecture holds for regular graphs with a large spectral gap.