Probability Seminar

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Fall 2020

Thursdays in 901 Van Vleck Hall at 2:30 PM, unless otherwise noted. We usually end for questions at 3:20 PM.

IMPORTANT: In Fall 2020 the seminar is being run online.

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September 15, 2020, Boris Hanin (Princeton and Texas A&M)

September 23, 2020, Neil O'Connell (Dublin)

October 1, 2020, Marcus Michelen, UIC

Title: Roots of random polynomials near the unit circle

Abstract: It is a well-known (but perhaps surprising) fact that a polynomial with independent random coefficients has most of its roots very close to the unit circle. Using a probabilistic perspective, we understand the behavior of roots of random polynomials exceptionally close to the unit circle and prove several limit theorems; these results resolve several conjectures of Shepp and Vanderbei. We will also discuss how our techniques provide a heuristic, probabilistic explanation for why random polynomials tend to have most roots near the unit circle. Based on joint work with Julian Sahasrabudhe.

October 8, 2020, Subhabrata Sen, Harvard

Title: TBA

Abstract: TBA

November 12, 2020, Alexander Dunlap, NYU Courant Institute

Title: TBA

Abstract: TBA


Past Seminars