James Wright

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Mathematics - Classical Analysis and ODEs (11)
Mathematics - Functional Analysis (4)
Computer Science - Computer Science and Game Theory (3)
Mathematics - Dynamical Systems (2)
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Publications Authored By James Wright

Fourier restriction theorems, whose study had been initiated by E.M. Stein, usually describe a family of a priori estimates of the L^q-norm of the restriction of the Fourier transform of a function f in L^p (say, on Euclidean space) to a given subvariety S, endowed with a suitabel measure. Read More

We characterise those real analytic mappings between any pair of tori which carry absolutely convergent Fourier series to uniformly convergent Fourier series via composition. We do this with respect to rectangular summation. We also investigate uniform convergence with respect to square sums and highlight the differences which arise. Read More

Behavioral game theory seeks to describe the way actual people (as compared to idealized, "rational" agents) act in strategic situations. Our own recent work has identified iterative models (such as quantal cognitive hierarchy) as the state of the art for predicting human play in unrepeated, simultaneous-move games (Wright & Leyton-Brown 2012, 2016). Iterative models predict that agents reason iteratively about their opponents, building up from a specification of nonstrategic behavior called level-0. Read More

In many settings, an effective way of evaluating objects of interest is to collect evaluations from dispersed individuals and to aggregate these evaluations together. Some examples are categorizing online content and evaluating student assignments via peer grading. For this data science problem, one challenge is to motivate participants to conduct such evaluations carefully and to report them honestly, particularly when doing so is costly. Read More

We consider dissipative periodically forced systems and investigate cases in which having information as to how the system behaves for constant dissipation may be used when dissipation varies in time before settling at a constant final value. First, we consider situations where one is interested in the basins of attraction for damping coefficients varying linearly between two given values over many different time intervals: we outline a method to reduce the computation time required to estimate numerically the relative areas of the basins and discuss its range of applicability. Second, we observe that sometimes very slight changes in the time interval may produce abrupt large variations in the relative areas of the basins of attraction of the surviving attractors: we show how comparing the contracted phase space at a time after the final value of dissipation has been reached with the basins of attraction corresponding to that value of constant dissipation can explain the presence of such variations. Read More

We consider a pendulum with vertically oscillating support and time-dependent damping coefficient which varies until reaching a finite final value. The sizes of the corresponding basins of attraction are found to depend strongly on the full evolution of the dissipation. In order to predict the behaviour of the system, it is essential to understand how the sizes of the basins of attraction for constant dissipation depend on the damping coefficient. Read More

It is common to assume that agents will adopt Nash equilibrium strategies; however, experimental studies have demonstrated that Nash equilibrium is often a poor description of human players' behavior in unrepeated normal-form games. In this paper, we analyze five widely studied models (Quantal Response Equilibrium, Level-$k$, Cognitive Hierarchy, QLk, and Noisy Introspection) that aim to describe actual, rather than idealized, human behavior in such games. We performed what we believe is the most comprehensive meta-analysis of these models, leveraging ten different data sets from the literature recording human play of two-player games. Read More

We adapt ideas of Phong, Stein and Sturm and ideas of Ikromov and M\"uller from the continuous setting to various discrete settings, obtaining sharp bounds for exponential sums and the number of solutions to polynomial congruences for general quasi-homogeneous polynomials in two variables. This extends work of Denef and Sperber and also Cluckers regarding a conjecture of Igusa in the two dimensional setting by no longer requiring the polynomial to be nondegenerate with respect to its Newton diagram. Read More

We prove three results concerning convolution operators and lacunary maximal functions associated to dilates of measures. First, we obtain an $H^1$ to $L^{1,\infty}$ bound for lacunary maximal operators under a dimensional assumption on the underlying measure and an assumption on an $L^p$ regularity bound for some $p>1$. Secondly, we obtain a necessary and sufficient condition for $L^2$ boundedness of lacunary maximal operator associated to averages over convex curves in the plane. Read More

We strengthen the Carleson-Hunt theorem by proving $L^p$ estimates for the $r$-variation of the partial sum operators for Fourier series and integrals, for $p>\max\{r',2\}$. Four appendices are concerned with transference, a variation norm Menshov-Paley-Zygmund theorem, and applications to nonlinear Fourier transforms and ergodic theory. Read More

We prove sharp $L^p-L^q$ estimates for averaging operators along general polynomial curves in two and three dimensions. These operators are translation-invariant, given by convolution with the so-called affine arclength measure of the curve and we obtain universal bounds over the class of curves given by polynomials of bounded degree. Our method relies on a geometric inequality for general vector polynomials together with a combinatorial argument due to M. Read More

A locally compact group $G$ is said to be weakly amenable if the Fourier algebra $A(G)$ admits completely bounded approximative units. Consider the family of groups $G_n=SL(2,\Bbb R)\ltimes H_n$ where $n\ge 2$, $H_n$ is the $2n+1$ dimensional Heisenberg group and $SL(2,\Bbb R)$ acts via the irreducible representation of dimension $2n$ fixing the center of $H_n$. We show that these groups fail to be weakly amenable. Read More

For a function $f\in L^p(\Bbb R^d)$, $d\ge 2$, let $A_t f(x)$ be the mean of $f$ over the sphere of radius $t$ centered at $x$. Given a set $E\subset (0,\infty)$ of dilations we prove endpoint bounds for the maximal operator $M_E$ defined by $M_E f(x)=\sup_{t\in E} |A_t f(x)|$. Read More

We show that if $f$ is locally in $L\log\log L$ then the lacunary spherical means converge almost everywhere. The argument given here is a model case for more general results on singular maximal functions and Radon transforms (see ref. 6). Read More

We show that some singular maximal functions and singular Radon transforms satisfy a weak type $L\log\log L$ inequality. Examples include the maximal function and Hilbert transform associated to averages along a parabola. The weak type inequality yields pointwise convergence results for functions which are locally in $L\log\log L$. Read More

We consider singular integrals associated to a classical Calder\'on-Zygmund kernel $K$ and a hypersurface given by the graph of $\varphi(\psi(t))$ where $\varphi$ is an arbitrary $C^1$ function and $\psi$ is a smooth convex function of finite type. We give a characterization of those Calder\'on-Zygmund kernels $K$ and convex functions $\psi$ so that the associated singular integral operator is bounded on $L^2$ for all $C^1$ functions $\varphi$. Read More

We introduce an analogue of Calder\'on's first commutator along a parabola, and establish its $L^2$ boundedness under essentially sharp hypotheses. Read More

Let $A_tf(x)=\int f(x+ty)d\sigma(y)$ denote the spherical means in $\Bbb R^d$ ($d\sigma$ is surface measure on $S^{d-1}$, normalized to $1$). We prove sharp estimates for the maximal function $M_E f(x)=\sup_{t\in E}|A_tf(x)|$ where $E$ is a fixed set in $\Bbb R^+$ and $f$ is a {\it radial} function $\in L^p(\Bbb R^d)$. Let $p_d=d/(d-1)$ (the critical exponent of Stein's maximal function). Read More