A sorting network can be thought of as solving the task of sorting a fixed number of inputs by a fixed network of wires and comparators. If realized as an electrical network, a sorting network can perform hardware level sorting. But sorting networks are also a new cool tool in Algorithms & Theory. On Monday, DOT will explain what sorting networks are, exactly, and discuss some applications in algorithms and combinatorics. The goal of this lunch session will be to understand the proof--using sorting networks--of a theorem by Kuhn et al on tournaments. |

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