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Measurable Combinatorics

This is the webpage of the Leverhulme Research Project Grant RPG-2018-424 "Measurable Combinatorics", 1 October 2019 - 30 September 2023 (


This project will explore emerging deep connections between combinatorics and other fields such as analysis, descriptive set theory, ergodic theory, measured group theory, etc, with applications going both ways. One way of applying analytic techniques to finite graphs will be by means of graph limits (analytic objects of bounded complexity that capture asymptotic properties of large graphs). In the other direction, combinatorial techniques will be applied in search of "constructive'' solutions to some foundational mathematical problems, in particular building upon the recent remarkable results that one can split a 2-dimensional disk into ``definable'' pieces and re-arrange them to form a square.

Current Group Members


All papers (pre-publication versions) should be freely available from Please contact one of the authors if you have difficulty accessing them.

  1. (L.Grabowski, A.Mathe, OP) Measurable equidecompositions for group actions with an expansion property, accepted by J Eur Math Soc, 48 pages.
  2. (A.Blumenthal, B.Lidicky, Y.Pehova, F.Pfender, OP and J.Volec) Sharp bounds for decomposing graphs into edges and triangles, accepted by Combin Prob Comput, 20pp.
  3. (H.Liu, OP and K.Staden) The exact minimum number of triangles in graphs of given order and size, Forum of Math, Pi 8 (2020) 144pp.
  4. (M.Kang, T.Makai and OP) Supersaturation Problem for the Bowtie, European J Comb 88 (2020) 103107.
  5. JG and OP Measurable versions of Vizing's theorem, Advances in Mathematics, 374 (2020) paper 107378, 40pp
  6. OP Borel Combinatorics of Locally Finite Graphs, 51pp

Talks Given/Forthcoming


  • 11 Oct: OP, Workshop "Measurable, Borel, and Topological Dynamics", CIRM
  • 4 Nov: OP, Workshop "Structure, Sparsity and Randomness", Radbound University, Nijmegen
  • 6 Nov: OP, Old Codger's One-Day Combinatorics Colloquium, Reading
  • 21 Nov: OP, 3in1 Workshop on Graph Theory, Doslonce, Poland
  • 18 Dec: JG, Seminar on Reckoning, Institute of Mathematics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague
  • 20 Dec: JG, Combinatorial group seminar, Institute of Computer Science of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague


  • 7 Jan: JG, DIMAP seminar, Warwick University
  • 14 Jan: OP, Warwick Maths Society
  • 30 Jan: OP, ACO Seminar, Carnegie Mellon University
  • 11 Feb: OP, seminar, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan
  • 11 Feb: JG, STUK5 mini-talk, Royal Society building, London
  • 17 Feb: OP, Krakow Combinatorics Seminar
  • 11 Mar: JG, Algebra and Geometry Seminar, Lancaster University
  • 20 May: JG, Caltech logic (online) seminar, Caltech
  • 27 Jul: OP, Extremal and Probabilistic Combinatorics Webinar
  • 4 & 7 Aug: JG, Midsummer Combinatorial Workshop XXIV, Charles University, Prague
  • 21 Oct: JG, Probability seminar (online), UBC
  • 1-6 Nov: OP, Dagstuhl Seminar on 'Logic and Random Discrete Structures'
  • 10 Nov: OP, UIUC Graph Theory and Combinatorics Seminar
  • 23 Nov:JG, Extremal and Probabilistic Combinatorics Webinar
  • 27 Nov:, OP, TU Graz Combinatorics and Optimization Seminar


Some News

  • 4 Nov'19: OP was an external examiner of Fran├žois Pirot's PhD thesis at Radboud University, Nijmegen, that was successfully defended. Congratulations, Fran├žois!
  • 1 Jan'20: OP appointed to the Editorial Board of "Random Structures and Algorithms"
  • 5 May'20: Jan Grebik successfully defended his PhD thesis "Definable graphs". Congratulations!!
  • 2 Jul'20: OP was an external examiner of Jan Corsten's PhD thesis at LSE, that was successfully defended. Congratulations, Jan!
  • JG and OP organise 2020-21 Warwick's Combinatorics Seminar