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**Naumberg****Guest**

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Hi forum!

Using the Erdos' lemma I can only deduce that

I would appreciate any further ideas!

Thanks for your help,

Michael

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi Naumberg;

Do you mean contiguous?

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Hi bobby,

what do you mean by "contiguous" here?

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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You want a sequence that is next to each other or can we skip?

Example:

{x4,x5,x6,x7,x8} or {x2, x5, x11, x21, xn}

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Ah! Yes, we skip!

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As far as I know the Erdos bound is for integers that are permutations it does not apply to continuous data.

May I ask where you got both bounds you mention in post#1 from?

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Sure. In the lecture we had the following version of Erdos/Szerkeres which applies to continuous data as well:

*Let *

Now define another sequence

In our exercise we need to prove that

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Hi;

I am looking at a paper that discusses this problem but I am not understanding where he is going. Maybe you can follow it better:

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Hi

I cross-checked the paper and this is clearly way to complicated as we usually solve those exercises with one page maximum. One can attend this lecture from the third year or higher.

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Hi;

Is the lecture online?

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Unfortunately not. But I could scan you the respective page from the notes. Is there a possibility to upload it here?

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Hi;

Yes, just use image upload in Post reply. Do not use quick post.

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Mmh, I am really a newbie

1. Post a reply - ok

2. upload - how/where? I see no button and cannot use ""

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Hi;

Do you see this?

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Logging in is sometimes helpful ...

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Hi;

I will look at it and post if I solve it. Thanks for the images.

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Cool. Thanks in advance for your help!

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Hi Naumberg;

I have looked through 3 papers on this exact subject and the original paper by Erdos and Szekeres. In all of them it seems that the bound

was a major achievement. I could not find anyway to tie in what they were doing with the sharper bound you are interested in. I would very much like to see your answer when you find it.

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Hi bobbym!

I solved the problem. Please find my tex code below (compile yourself for better reading, sry!)

Cheers

Michael

We want to determine a strategy to select an increasing subsequence of $x_1,...,x_n$. Let $Y$ be the length of our increasing subsequence. As $X$ is defined as the longest increasing subsequence we surely have $E[X] \ge E[Y]$. Depending on how good our strategy is we hope to get $E[Y] \ge (1-o(1))(1-\frac{1}{e})\sqrt{n}$ which would complete the proof.

Let us assume that $m:= \sqrt{n}$ is an integer and partition our random sequence in blocks $L_j=(x_{(j-1)m+1},...,x_{jm} )$ for $j=1,...,m$ (we can assume this as we look at asymptotics in $n$ in the end).

The strategy picks the first number $y_1$ out of $x_1,...,x_n$ that is $\le \frac{1}{m}$ and skips to the next block. It then continuous to pick a number $y_i$ in each of the remaining blocks if $y_{i-1} \le y_i \le y_{i-1} + \frac{1}{m}$ and skips this block otherwise. At the end we receive an increasing subsequence $y_1,...,y_Y$ of length $Y$.

```
input: sequence x(1),...x(n)
output: length Y of an increasing subsequence y(1)<=...<=y(Y)
Y = 0 \\ counting the length of the subsequence
s = zero array \\ storing the subsequence here
\\ go through intervals elements of L_j
for j = 1 to m
{
\\ boolean helper to implement stopping time, i.e. breaking condition for the loop
success == 0
while (success == 0) do
{
\\ go through elements of L_j
for k = (j-1)*m+1 to j*m
{
\\ find a larger element which is still small enough
if (s(Y) <= x_k <= s(Y)+1/m)
{
Y = Y+1 \\ length of subsequence ++
s(Y) = x_k \\ store element
success == 1 \\ stop searching in L_j
\\ and go to next interval
}
}
}
}
return(Y)
```

Now let us estimate the expectation of $Y$,

\begin{alignat*}{1}

E[Y] &= E[\sum_{j=1}^{m} \mathds{1}_{\{ \text{ "found suitable number in }L_j\text{ " }\}}]\\

&= \sum_{j=1}^{m}E[ \mathds{1}_{\{ \text{ "found suitable number in }L_j\text{ " }\}}]

\end{alignat*}

As our "tolerance of increase" $\frac{1}{m}$ stays the same for all numbers we search for, all $x_i$ are independently and uniformly distributed and all parts of the sequence $L_j$ contain the same amount of numbers $m$ we get that

\begin{alignat*}{1}

E[Y] &= m P[ \text{ "found suitable number in }L_1 \text{ " }]\\

&= m (1- P[\forall i=1,...,m : x_i > \frac{1}{m}]) \\

&= m (1- (P[x_1 > \frac{1}{m}])^m) \\

&= m (1- (1- \frac{1}{m})^m) \\

&= \sqrt{n} (1- (1- \frac{1}{\sqrt{n}})^{\sqrt{n}}) \\

&= (1-o(1))(1-\frac{1}{e})\sqrt{n}.

\end{alignat*}

So our strategy gives the lower bound $E[X] \ge E[Y]$.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

I am sorry but I can not read that very well.

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Hi naumberg

You can use the math tag {math}{/math} except that the brackets are square and not curly...

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