Brad Rodgers

Queens University, Canada

The distribution of random polynomials with multiplicative coefficients

Heilbronn Number Theory Seminar

2nd June 2021, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

A classic paper of Salem and Zygmund investigates the distribution of trigonometric polynomials whose coefficients are chosen randomly (say +1 or -1 with equal probability) and independently. Salem and Zygmund characterized the typical distribution of such polynomials (gaussian) and the typical magnitude of their sup-norms (a degree N polynomial typically has sup-norm of size $\sqrt{N \log N}$ for large N). In this talk we will explore what happens when a weak dependence is introduced between coefficients of the polynomials; namely we consider polynomials with coefficients given by random multiplicative functions. We consider analogues of Salem and Zygmund's results, exploring similarities and some differences.

Special attention will be given to a beautiful point-counting argument introduced by Vaughan and Wooley which ends up being useful.

This is joint work with Jacques Benatar and Alon Nishry.

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