Title: The interplay between randomness and genericity

by Laurent Bienvenu (Université de Bordeaux) as part of Computability theory and applications

Abstract

In computability theory, one often think of (Cohen)-genericity and algorithmic randomness as orthogonal notions: a truly random real will look very non-generic, and a truly generic real will look very non-random. This orthogonality is best incarnated by the result of Nies, Stephan and Terwijn that any 2-random real and 2-generic real form a minimal pair for Turing reducibility. On the other hand, we know from the Kucera-Gacs theorem that for any n there is a 1-random real which computes an n-generic one, but also (and more surprisingly), by a result of Kautz that every 2-random real computes a 1-generic real. These last two results tell us that the interplay between randomness and genericity is rather complex when “randomness” is between 1-random and 2-random or “genericity” between 1-generic and 2-generic. It is this gray area that we will discuss in this talk (based on the paper of the same title, joint work with Chris Porter).

Title: Journey in Hawaii’s Challenges in the Fight Against COVID-19

by Monique Chyba (University of Hawaiʻi) as part of Topological Groups

Lecture held in Elysium.

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic is far from the first infectious disease that Hawaiʻi had to deal with. During the 1918-1920 Influenza Pandemic, the Hawaiian islands were not spared as the disease ravaged through the whole world. Hawaiʻi and similar island populations can follow a different course of pandemic spread than large cities/states/nations and are often neglected in major studies. It may be too early to compare the 1918-1920 Influenza Pandemic and COVID-19 Pandemic, we do however note some similarities and differences between the two pandemics.

Hawaiʻi and other US Islands have recently been noted by the media as COVID-19 hotspots after a relatively calm period of low case rates. U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams came in person on August 25 to Oahu to address the alarming situation. We will discuss the peculiarity of the situation in Hawaiʻi and provide detailed modeling of current virus spread patterns aligned with dates of lockdown and similar measures. We will present a detailed epidemiological model of the spread of COVID-19 in Hawaiʻi and explore effects of different intervention strategies in both a prospective and retrospective fashion. Our simulations demonstrate that to control the spread of COVID-19 both actions by the State in terms of testing, contact tracing and quarantine facilities as well as individual actions by the population in terms of behavioral compliance to wearing a mask and gathering in groups are vital. They also explain the turn for the worst Oahu took after a very successful stay-at-home order back in March.

Title: Randomness notions and reverse mathematics

by Paul Shafer (University of Leeds) as part of Computability theory and applications

Abstract

There are many notions of algorithmic randomness in addition to classic Martin-Löf randomness, such as 2-randomness, weak 2-randomness, computable randomness, and Schnorr randomness. For each notion of randomness, we consider the statement “For every set Z, there is a set X that is random relative to Z” as a set-existence principle in second-order arithmetic, and we compare the strengths of these principles. We also show that a well-known characterization of 2-randomness in terms of incompressibility can be proved in RCA_0, which is non-trivial because it requires avoiding the use of $Sigma^0_2$ bounding.

Title: A family of metrics connecting Jaccard distance to normalized information distance

by Bjørn Kjos-Hanssen (University of Hawaii at Manoa) as part of Computability theory and applications

Abstract

Distance metrics are used in a wide variety of scientific contexts. In a 2001 paper in the journal Bioinformatics, M. Li, Badger, Chen, Kwong, and Kearney introduced an information-based sequence distance. It is analogous to the famous Jaccard distance on finite sets. Soon thereafter, M. Li, Chen, X. Li, Ma and Vitányi (2004) rejected that distance in favor of what they call the normalized information distance (NID). Raff and Nicholas (2017) proposed a return to the Bioinformatics distance, based on further application-informed criteria.

We attempt to shed some light on this “dispute” by showing that the Jaccard distance and the NID analogue form the extreme points of the set of metrics within a family of semimetrics studied by Jiménez, Becerra, and Gelbukh (2013).

The NID is based on Kolmogorov complexity, and Terwijn, Torenvliet and Vitányi (2011) showed that it is neither upper semicomputable nor lower semicomputable. Our result gives a 2-dimensional family including the NID as an extreme point. It would be interesting to know if any of these functions are semicomputable.

Title: The probability of commuting subgroups in arbitrary lattices of subgroups

by Seid Kassaw (University of Cape Town) as part of Topological Groups

Lecture held in Elysium.

Abstract

The subgroup commutativity degree $sd(G)$ of a finite group $G$ was introduced

almost ten years ago and deals with the number of commuting subgroups in the

subgroup lattice $L(G)$ of $G$. The extremal case $sd(G) = 1$ detects a class of groups

classified by Iwasawa in 1941 (in fact, $sd(G)$ represents a probabilistic measure which

allows us to understand how far $G$ is from the groups of Iwasawa). This means

$sd(G) = 1$ if and only if $G$ is the direct product of its Sylow $p$-subgroups and these

are all modular; or equivalently $G$ is a nilpotent modular group. Therefore, $sd(G)$ is

strongly related to structural properties of $L(G)$ and $G$.

In this talk, we introduce a new notion of probability $gsd(G)$ in which two arbitrary sublattices $S(G)$ and $T(G)$ of $L(G)$ are involved simultaneously. In case

$S(G) = T(G) = L(G)$, we find exactly $sd(G)$. Upper and lower bounds for $gsd(G)$

are shown and we study the behaviour of $gsd(G)$ with respect to subgroups and

quotients, showing new numerical restrictions. We present the commutativity

and subgroup commutativity degree for infinite groups and put some open problems

for further generalization.

Title: Complexity of root-taking in power series fields & related problems

by Karen Lange (Wellesley College) as part of Computability theory and applications

Abstract

In earlier work with Knight and Solomon, we bounded the computational complexity of the root-taking process over Puiseux and Hahn series, two kinds of generalized power series. But it is open whether the bounds given are optimal. By looking at the most basic steps in the root-taking process for Hahn series, we together with Hall and Knight became interested in the complexity of problems associated with well-ordered subsets of a fixed ordered abelian group. Here we provide an overview of the results so far in both these settings.