Pure Mathematics Seminar: Jessica Jay

Tuesday 31 October 2023, 2:00pm to 3:00pm


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Interacting Particle Systems and Partition Identities: Tricks and Treats

Interacting Particle Systems are probabilistic models describing the movement of particles under certain conditions. In recent years, work has shown that studying natural distributional questions for such systems can lead to probabilistic proofs of both old and new partition identities.

In this talk we will see how models for traffic jams (asymmetric simple exclusion process) and infinite post offices (asymmetric zero-range process) are equivalent and lead to probabilistic proofs of classical identities such as the Jacobi triple product and Durfee rectangles identities. We will also see how studying generalisations of these models lead to proofs of new combinatorial identities.

This is based on joint works with Daniel Adams, Márton Balázs and Dan Fretwell.


Jessica Jay

Uinversity of Bristol

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