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Friday, February 9, 2018

**Abstract:** Optimization problems are of great importance in analysis. Often times an optimization problem has many symmetries built into it. It is a natural and important question to determine if the optimizers inherit all of the symmetries of the optimization problem itself. Symmetrization techniques play an important role in answering this question. In this talk I will give a basic introduction to symmetrization techniques and discuss their applications to functional analysis. The prerequisites for this talk are strong calculus muscles and a bit of Math 540 notation.