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I don't know about a survey, but I've found a recent PhD thesis, which seems to be well written: Heinlein, Matthias (2019): Erdős-Pósa properties. Open Access Repositorium der Universität Ulm. Dissertation. http://dx.doi.org/10.18725/OPARU-11828 The first chapter gives a summary of the problem, known proof techniques and provides references to recent ...


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A paper of mine with Gupta and Kumar titled On a bidirected relaxation for the MULTIWAY CUT problem was also based on running experiments. In fact we were trying to prove the converse of what we ended up proving. Vazirani, in the first edition of his book on approximation algorithms, suggested that the bidirected relaxation was at least as good as the ...


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My recent paper with Karthik Chandrasekharan titled Hypergraph $k$-cut in deterministic polynomial time was based on extensive computational experiments. We explored different conjectures and submodular functions and found counter examples to several different approaches. The truth of the main structural theorem was suggested by experiments and we then ...


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Some recent results in state complexity were found with the help of systematic brute-force search for worst-case examples. This is doable because there are not too many deterministic finite automata with a small number of states, for example if we concentrate on binary or ternary alphabets. Also, in many cases there are families of worst-case examples for $1,...


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In 2018, Aubrey de Grey found a 1581-vertex, non-4-colourable unit-distance graph. This gives a lower bound of five for the famous Hadwiger-Nelson problem. He used a computer to verify that the graph indeed has chromatic number at least five. Gil Kalai's blogpost covers some facts and further developments. An article in the quanta magazine reports that he ...


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