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Symmetry Adapted Gram Spectrahedra

Isabelle Shankar, UC Berkeley
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
via Zoom
Isabelle Shankar

Note: This talk begins with a pre-seminar (aimed at graduate students) at 3:30–4:00. The main talk starts at 4:10.

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Sum of squares (SOS) relaxations are often used to certify nonnegativity of polynomials and are equivalent to solving a semidefinite program (SDP). The feasible region of the SDP for a given polynomial is the Gram Spectrahedron. For symmetric polynomials, there are reductions to the problem size that can be done using tools from representation theory.  In recent work with Serkan Hosten and Alexander Heaton, we investigate the geometric structure of the spectrahedra that arise in the study of symmetric SOS polynomials, the Symmetry Adapted PSD cone and the Symmetry Adapted Gram Spectrahedron.   Further, Alexander Heaton and I apply this machinery to a conjecture on symmetric polynomial inequalities.