Finding and understanding patterns in data sets is of significant importance in many applications. One example of a simple pattern is the distance between data points, which can be thought of as a 2-point configuration. Two classic questions, the Erdos distinct distance problem, which asks about the least number of distinct distances determined by N points in the plane, and its continuous analog, the Falconer distance problem, explore that simple pattern. Questions similar to the Erdos distinct distance problem and the Falconer distance problem can also be posed for more complicated patterns such as patterns based off of three points, which can be viewed as 3-point configurations. In this talk I will explore such generalizations and highlight a novel group-theoretic viewpoint which has allowed for much progress recently. The main techniques used come from analysis and geometric measure theory

About Pure mathematics seminars

We present regular seminars on a range of pure mathematics interests. Students, staff and visitors to UQ are welcome to attend, and to suggest speakers and topics.

Seminars are held on Tuesdays from 3pm to 3.50pm in Room 67-442 of the Priestley Building (Building 67).

Talks comprise 45 minutes of speaking time plus five minutes for questions and discussion.

Information for speakers

Researchers in all pure mathematics fields attend our seminars, so please aim your presentation at a general mathematical audience.

Room 67-442 has a data projector and a whiteboard.

If you wish to use the data projector, contact us a few days in advance of your talk to avoid technical delays on the day - there's a tight turnaround with room bookings.

Contact us

To volunteer to talk or to suggest a speaker, email Ole Warnaar.


Priestley Building (#67)

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