Many results in extremal graph theory can be formulated as inequalities on graph densities. While many inequalites are known, many more are conjectured. A standard tool to establish an inequality is to write the expression whose nonnegativity needs to be certified as a sum of squares. This technique has had many successes but also limitations. In this talk I will describe new restrictions that show that several simple inequalities cannot be certified by sums of squares. These results extend to the powerful frameworks of flag algebras by Razborov and graph algebras by Lovasz and Szegedy.

This is joint work with Greg Blekherman, Annie Raymond, and Mohit Singh.

Jul 01, 2019 | 02:15 PM

Freie Universität Berlin

Institut für Informatik

Takustr. 9

14195 Berlin

Room 005 (Ground Floor)