Graduate Logic Seminar

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The Graduate Logic Seminar is an informal space where graduate students and professors present topics related to logic which are not necessarily original or completed work. This is a space focused principally on practicing presentation skills or learning materials that are not usually presented in a class.

  • When: Tuesdays 4-5 PM
  • Where: Van Vleck 901
  • Organizers: Jun Le Goh

The talk schedule is arranged at the beginning of each semester. If you would like to participate, please contact one of the organizers.

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Fall 2021 tentative schedule

To see what's happening in the Logic qual preparation sessions click here.

September 14 - organizational meeting

We met to discuss the schedule.

September 28 - Ouyang Xiating

Title: First-order logic, database and consistent query answering

Abstract: Databases are a crucial component of many (if not all) modern applications. In reality, the data stored are often dirty and contain duplicated/missing entries, and it is a natural practice to clean the data first before executing the query. However, the same query might return different answers on different cleaned versions of the dataset. It is then helpful to compute the consistent answers: the query answers that will always be returned, regardless of how the dirty data is cleaned. In this talk, we first introduce the connection between first-order logic and query languages on databases, and then discuss the problem of Consistent Query Answering (CQA): How to compute consistent answers on dirty data? Finally, we show when the CQA problem can be solved using first-order logic for path queries.

October 12 - Karthik Ravishankar

Title: Notions of randomness for subsets of the Natural Numbers

Abstract: There are a number of notions of randomness of sets of natural numbers. These notions have been defined based on what a 'random object' should behave like such as being 'incompressible' or being 'hard to predict' etc. There is often a interplay between computability and randomness aspects of subsets of natural numbers. In this talk we motivate and present a few different notions of randomness and compare their relative strength.

October 26 - no seminar

November 9 - Antonio Nákid Cordero

Title: Martin's Conjecture: On the uniqueness of the Turing jump

Abstract: The partial order of the Turing degrees is well-known to be extremely complicated. However, all the Turing degrees that appear "naturally" in mathematics turn out to be well-ordered. In the '70s, Martin made a sharp conjecture explaining this phenomenon, the prime suspect: the Turing jump. This talk will explore the precise statement of Martin's conjecture and the interesting mathematics that surround it.

November 23 - Antonio Nákid Cordero

Title: Two Perspectives on Martin's Conjecture.

Abstract: This time we will dive deeper into the recent developments around Martin's Conjecture. We will focus on two main themes: the uniformity assumption, and the interaction of Martin's conjecture with the theory of countable Borel equivalence relations.

December 7 - John Spoerl

Title: Cardinals Beyond Choice and Inner Model Theory

Abstract: This talk will be a general introduction and overview of large cardinal axioms which violate the axiom of choice and their impact on the project of inner model theory.

Previous Years

The schedule of talks from past semesters can be found here.