Category Archives: Combinatorics

Optimal intersectivity

In ergodic Ramsey theory, one often wants to prove that certain dynamically defined sets in a probability space intersect (or “recur”) in non-trivial ways. Typically, this is achieved by studying the long term behavior of the sets as the dynamics … Continue reading

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A proof of the Erdős sumset conjecture

Florian Richter, Donald Robertson and I have uploaded to the arXiv our paper entitled A proof of the Erdős sumset conjecture. The main goal of the paper is to prove the following theorem, which verifies a conjecture of Erdős discussed … Continue reading

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Erdős Sumset conjecture

Hindman’s finite sums theorem is one of the most famous and useful theorems in Ramsey theory. It states that for any finite partition of the natural numbers, one of the cells of this partition contains an IP-set, i.e., there exists … Continue reading

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An arithmetic van der Corput trick and the polynomial van der Waerden theorem

The van der Corput difference theorem (or trick) was develop (unsurprisingly) by van der Corput, and deals with uniform distribution of sequences in the torus. Theorem 1 (van der Corput trick) Let be a sequence in a torus . If … Continue reading

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Piecewise syndetic sets, topological dynamics and ultrafilters

In this post I explore the notion of piecewise syndeticity and its relation to topological dynamical systems and the Stone-Čech compactification. I restrict attention to the additive semigroup but most results presented are true in much bigger generality (and I … Continue reading

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Measure preserving actions of affine semigroups and {x+y,xy} patterns

Vitaly Bergelson and I have recently submitted to the arXiv our paper entitled `Measure preserving actions of affine semigroups and patterns’. The main purpose of this paper is to extend the results of our previous paper, establishing some partial progress … Continue reading

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Large subsets of discrete hypersurfaces in Z^d contain arbitrarily many collinear points

— 1. Introduction — Recently, Florian Richter and I uploaded to the arXiv our paper titled `Large subsets of discrete hypersurfaces in contain arbitrarily many collinear points’. This was the outcome of a fun project which started when we learned … Continue reading

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