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Probabilistic methods prove existence results in a nonconstructive fashion, by showing the chance of randomly selecting a solution is greater than zero.

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Counting progressions for Ramsey-type number

I'm currently learning about Ramsey theory and how to use the probabilistic method to find lower bounds. Currently I'm looking at a family, which I'll call $H$, that is composed of the following ...
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Probabilistic method with multiple objective functions

Let $\mathcal X$ be a finite set and $f$ a function from $\mathcal X$ to $\mathbb R^+$. Basic probabilistic method says that if I can find a probability distribution on $\mathcal X$ and show that $E[f(...
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Theorems like the Lovász Local Lemma?

The Lovász Local Lemma gives a probability bound in a context where there are many events that are "not quite" independent. What other theorems exist in this genre? That is, what other theorems have ...
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On an exercise in The Probabilistic Method : random dilate of a set in a finite field

This is related to Problem $4.6$ in ``The Probabilistic Method'' by Alon and Spencer, where one essentially has to prove the following: Let $p$ be a prime, and $A$ be any subset of $\mathbb{F}_p$. ...
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Domination problem with sets

For nearly two years, I have been struggling with the next task I have already published on MSE, but unfortunately with no respond. Let $M$ be a non-empty and finite set, $S_1,...,S_k$ subsets ...
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General SLLN-like asymptotic mean concentration

Disclaimer: As I am not very knowledgeable of the field to which this question pertains, I will introduce a temporary terminology to convey the idea of my question at the risk of conflicting with ...
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$\lim_{k\to\infty}{n\choose k}2^{1-{k\choose2}}$, where $n=\max\{n\in\mathbb{N}:{n\choose k}2^{1-{k\choose2}}<1\}$

How do you prove $\lim_{k\to\infty,k\in\mathbb{N}}{n\choose k}2^{1-{k\choose2}}=1$, where $n=\max\{n\in\mathbb{N}:{n\choose k}2^{1-{k\choose2}}<1\}$? The expression ${n\choose k}2^{1-{k\choose2}}$ ...
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A Non-trivial intersecting set system problem

Liven large enough $k\in\Bbb N$ fix $m\in\{2,3,\dots,k\}$ and fix $4k$ cardinality set $K_{4k}$. What is the maximum $n\in\Bbb N$ such that at some $t\geq2n-1$ there are $$\mbox{ subsets }L_1,L_2,\...
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Set theoretic forcing, large cardinals and probabilistic methods

This question is motivated by the work of Ajtai "The complexity of the pigeonhole principle" and similar works. In this paper, the author proves that $PHP_n$, the pigeonhole principle for $...
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An extremal combinatorics problem involving column summation

Given $n\in\Bbb N$, $\alpha>0$, $\beta\in\big[\frac12,1\big]$ denote $\mathcal R_{n,\alpha,\beta}$ as collection of all $2^n\times 2^{n^\alpha}$ $0/1$ matrices with every row summing to strictly ...
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What are fun elementary subjects in probability?

I have to read several lectures on probability or applications of probability for high school students (of high level). There is no necessary part I must lecture, that is, my aim is just advertisement....
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Does $|A+A|$ concentrate near its mean?

Fix $N$ to be a large prime. Let $A \subset \mathbb{Z}/N\mathbb{Z}$ be a random subset defined by $\mathbb{P}(a \in A) = p$, where $p = N^{-2/3 + \epsilon}$ for some fixed $\epsilon > 0$. My ...
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Derandomization barriers in complexity theory applicable as barriers to constructive arguments replacing probabilistic method

The probabilistic method as first pioneered by Erdős (although others used this before) shows existence of a certain object while finding that object may take exponential time. (1) Is there any ...
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List of proofs where existence through probabilistic method has not been constructivised

The probabilistic method as first pioneered by Erdős (although others have used this before) shows the existence of a certain object. What are some of the most important objects for which we can show ...
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Assigning random orientation to an edge in a regular graph

Given a simple regular graph of degree $d$ on $n$ vertices. Assume an ordering of vertices and assume all orientations of edges is from $i$ to $j$ if edges $ij$ exists and $i<j$. Pick $m$ random ...
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Maximal number of subsets in $\{1,\dots,n\}$ such that neither is contained in a union of two others

What are known estimates for maximal $M$ for which their exists subsets $A_1,\dots,A_M$ in $\{1,\dots,n\}$ such that there do not exist different indexes $i,j,k$ for which $A_i\subset A_j\cup A_k$? ...