On August 6, 2024, Daniel Král’ from Masaryk University gave a talk at the Discrete Math Seminar on the minor closures of depth parameters of matroids. The title of his talk was “Matroid depth and width parameters“.

## Daniel Král’, Matroid depth and width parameters

Depth and width parameters of graphs, e.g., tree-width, path-width and tree-depth, play a crucial role in algorithmic and structural graph theory. These notions are of fundamental importance in the theory of graph minors, fixed parameter complexity and the theory of sparsity.

In this talk, we will survey structural and algorithmic results that concern width and depth parameters of matroids. We will particularly focus on matroid depth parameters and discuss the relation of the presented concepts to discrete optimization. As an application, we will present matroid based algorithms that uncover a hidden Dantzig-Wolfe-like structure of an input instance (if such structure is present) and transform instances of integer programming to equivalent ones, which are amenable to the existing tools in integer programming.

The most recent results presented in the talk are based on joint work with Marcin Briański, Jacob Cooper, Timothy F. N. Chan, Martin Koutecký, Ander Lamaison, Kristýna Pekárková and Felix Schröder.

## Daniel Kráľ gave a talk on common graphs with large chromatic numbers at the Discrete Math Seminar

On August 2, 2023, Daniel Kráľ from Masaryk University gave a talk on constructing common graphs with large chromatic numbers at the Discrete Math Seminar. The title of his talk was “High chromatic common graphs.”

## Daniel Kráľ, High chromatic common graphs

Ramsey’s Theorem guarantees for every graph H that any 2-edge-coloring of a sufficiently large complete graph contains a monochromatic copy of H. As probabilistic constructions often provide good bounds on quantities in extremal combinatorics, we say that a graph H is common if the random 2-edge-coloring asymptotically minimizes the number of monochromatic copies of H. This notion goes back to the work of Erdős in the 1960s, who conjectured that every complete graph is common. The conjecture was disproved by Thomason in the 1980s, however, a classification of common graphs remains one of the most intriguing problems in extremal combinatorics.

Sidorenko’s Conjecture (if true) would imply that every bipartite graph is common, and in fact, no bipartite common graph unsettled for Sidorenko’s Conjecture is known. Until Hatami et al. showed that a 5-wheel is common about a decade ago, all graphs known to be common had chromatic number at most three. The existence of a common graph with chromatic number five or more has remained open for three decades.

We will present a construction of (connected) common graphs with arbitrarily large chromatic number. At the end of the talk, we will also briefly discuss the extension of the notion to more colors and particularly its relation to Sidorenko’s Conjecture.

The main result presented in the talk is based on joint work with Jan Volec and Fan Wei.