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On the singularity probability of random Bernoulli matrices
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by Terence Tao and Van Vu PDF
J. Amer. Math. Soc. 20 (2007), 603-628 Request permission


Let $n$ be a large integer and let $M_n$ be a random $n \times n$ matrix whose entries are i.i.d. Bernoulli random variables (each entry is $\pm 1$ with probability $1/2$). We show that the probability that $M_n$ is singular is at most $(3/4 +o(1))^n$, improving an earlier estimate of Kahn, Komlós and Szemerédi, as well as earlier work by the authors. The key new ingredient is the applications of Freiman-type inverse theorems and other tools from additive combinatorics.
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  • Terence Tao
  • Affiliation: Department of Mathematics, UCLA, Los Angeles, California 90095-1555
  • MR Author ID: 361755
  • ORCID: 0000-0002-0140-7641
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  • Van Vu
  • Affiliation: Department of Mathematics, Rutgers University, Piscataway, New Jersey 08854-8019
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  • Received by editor(s): November 5, 2004
  • Published electronically: February 6, 2007
  • Additional Notes: The first author is a Clay Prize Fellow and is supported by a grant from the Packard Foundation.
    The second author is an A. Sloan Fellow and is supported by an NSF Career Grant.
  • © Copyright 2007 American Mathematical Society
    The copyright for this article reverts to public domain 28 years after publication.
  • Journal: J. Amer. Math. Soc. 20 (2007), 603-628
  • MSC (2000): Primary 15A52
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  • MathSciNet review: 2291914