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16:642:587 - Selected Topics in Discrete Mathematics

Jeffry Kahn


Extremal Combinatorics




Apart from basic combinatorics, I will try to make the course "self-contained," meaning we'll fill in background as needed, sometimes fairly sketchily. See me if in doubt.


The name "extremal combinatorics" covers many of the most significant discrete developments of recent (and less recent) years, and many of the most interesting open problems. We'll sample some of these, trying to emphasize the wide range of ideas, methods and extra-combinatorial machinery that come into play.


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