Graduation Year


Document Type

Open Access Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science



Reader 1

Michael Orrison

Reader 2

Nicholas Pippenger


Recent work has shown that fast matrix multiplication algorithms can be constructed by embedding the two input matrices into a group algebra, applying a generalized discrete Fourier transform, and performing the multiplication in the Fourier basis. Developing an embedding that yields a matrix multiplication algorithm with running time faster than naive matrix multiplication leads to interesting combinatorial problems in group theory. The crux of such an embedding, after a group G has been chosen, lies in finding a triple of subsets of G that satisfy a certain algebraic relation. I show how the process of finding such subsets can in some cases be greatly simplified by considering the action of the group G on an appropriate set X. In particular, I focus on groups acting on regularly branching trees.