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# Brett Leroux, Expansion of random 0/1 polytopes

## Thursday, August 25, 2022 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM KST

A conjecture of Milena Mihail and Umesh Vazirani states that the edge expansion of the graph of every $0/1$ polytope is at least one. Any lower bound on the edge expansion gives an upper bound for the mixing time of a random walk on the graph of the polytope. Such random walks are important because they can be used to generate an element from a set of combinatorial objects uniformly at random. A weaker form of the conjecture of Mihail and Vazirani says that the edge expansion of the graph of a $0/1$ polytope in $\mathbb{R}^d$ is greater than 1 over some polynomial function of $d$. This weaker version of the conjecture would suffice for all applications. Our main result is that the edge expansion of the graph of a *random* $0/1$ polytope in $\mathbb{R}^d$ is at least $\frac{1}{12d}$ with high probability.

After discussing this result and the proof, we will mention some possible extensions. To conclude, we will discuss some related questions about the combinatorics of random polytopes, including the diameter problem.

This is joint work with Luis Rademacher.