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Chromatic Triangles on a k17 graph

If the edges of the complete graph K17 (on 17 vertices with no three collinear) are each colored one of three colours can it be proven to have two or more monochromatic triangles?
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Algebra in Erdős's proof of lower bound for Ramsey number

A well known proof by Erdős shows a lower bound on the Ramsey number $r(k,k)$ using the probabilistic method. The theorem goes thusly: Let $n,\, k\in\mathbb{N}$ such that ${n \choose k}2^{1-{k ...
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Ramsey Numbers involving Cycles, $R(K_3, C_5)$

I've been asked to determine the value of $R(K_3, C_5)$, but I'm having a lot of difficulty putting all the pieces together. We were given the hint of using $R(3,4) = 9$, and I've tried to apply ...
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Probability that a subset of a degree-regular graph shares at least a certain number of mutual connections

Consider a set of $n$ vertices of common degree $p$. What is the probability that some subset of $x$ vertices from $n$ share $q$ mutual connections within that group of size $x$? i.e. If we have ...
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Proving an 'obvious' Ramsey upperbound

Here I want to prove the following: $$R(s_{1},s_{2},\ldots ,s_{k}) < R(s_{1}+1,s_{2},\ldots ,s_{k})$$ For $s_{1},\ldots ,s_{k} \in \mathbb{N}$, $s_{i}\geq 2$. (Or can it hold with equality in some ...
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What does $N(q_1, q_2, … , q_s ; r)$ mean in van Lint's stating of Ramsey's Theorem?

I've started reading van Lint and Wilson's A Course in Combinatorics and on Theorem 3.3 (Ramsey's Theorem) they use the notation $N(q_1, q_2, ... , q_s ; r)$ without an explanation prior to it. Can ...
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T/F prove for modified Ramsey's theorem

By Ramsey's theorem we know that: $\forall k \in \mathbb N : \exists N \in \mathbb N$ that an arbitrary graph $G$ on a set of vertices $\{1,2,...,N\}$ contains $k$ vertices, which represent either a ...
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Coloring of $K_{17}$

For any 3-coloring of $K_{17}$ I have to show there exists either a red, blue or green triangle. To start, can I use proof by contradiction with color red, blue, green? So $(0,0,136)$ means all 136 ...
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Two coloring questions and ramsays number

What is the smallest $n$ such that every 2-coloring of edges of $K_n$ contains a red or blue 4-cycle (not $K_4$)? I am given that $R(4,4) \le 18$ and $R(3,5) \le 14$ Any help is greatly appreciated!
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Uncountable monochromatic set

Maybe you can help me with that. I was asking myself if you take an uncountable set $S$ and let $S^{(2)}$ be 2-coloured, must there exist an uncountable monochromatic set in $S$?
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Special Ramsey number $r(G)$

With $r(G)$ I refer to the smallest $n$ such that every blue-red colouring of the edges of $K_n$ contains a monochromatic copy of the grpah $G$ (this exists because $r(G)\le R(|G|)$). Now let $I_k$ ...
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Using Ramsey theory to show some properties of subgraph of a directed graph

Let $r > 1$ be an integer. Prove that there is an integer $n_0$ such that for every integer $n\geq n_0$ and every directed graph $G = (\{1,...,n\}, E)$ without loops, $G$ has an induced ...
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Ramsey Number for Star graphs

For two graphs $H_1$ and H2, the Ramsey number $r(H_1, H_2)$ is the minimum number r so that in any red-blue coloring of the edges of the complete graph Kr on r vertices there is necessarily either a ...
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Consider all colorings of the edges of K6 such that every edge is either colored red or blue…

Consider all colorings of the edges of K6 such that every edge is either colored red or blue. Prove or disprove: there always exist at least two monochromatic triangles in any 2-coloring of the edges ...
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Graph Ramsey Theory for Multiple Copies of Graphs

I had the following question from Graph Ramsey theory. Show that if $m \geq 2$, then $$ R((m+1)K _{3},K _{3})\geq R(mK _{3},K _{3}) + 3. $$ Thanks.
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Does “Big Data” Have a Ramsey Theory Problem?

I'm erring on the side of conservatism asking here rather than MO, as it is possible this is a complex question. "Big Data" is the Silicon Valley term for the issues surrounding the huge amounts of ...
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Six people at a party and its graph theory representation

I'm confused by this classic graph theory problem: Suppose there are six people at a party. Prove that it is always possible to find either three people who all know each other, or three people none ...
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$K_6$ contains at least two monochromatic $K_3$ graphs.

Let $K_n$ be a complete $n$ graph with a color set $c$ with $c=\{\text{Red}, \text{Blue}\}$. Every edge of the complete $n$ graph is colored either $\text{Red}$ or $\text{Blue}$. Since $R(3, 3)=6$, ...
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Questions on $R(K_l + \overline{K_t}, T_s) \le l(s-1)+t$

Following C. C. Rousseau and J. Sheehan "A class of ramsey problems involving trees" Journal of London Math. Soc. $1978$, I have some dudes about their proof for $R(K_l + \overline{K_t}, T_s) \le ...
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The Ramsey number $r(t,t,q)$ with $q\geq t$

Let q and t be positive integers with $q\geq t$. Determine the Ramsey number $r_t(t,t,q)$. This is from the book Introductory Combinatorics by Brualdi, and in the back it says the answer is q without ...
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What is a Ramsey Graph?

What is a ramsey graph and What is its relation to RamseyTheorem? In Ramsey Theorem: for a pairs of parameters (r,b) there exists an n such that for every (edge-)coloring of the complete graph on n ...
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Ramsey and Random Graph

By considering the random graph G(n,p), show that $$R(4,k)>\left ( \dfrac{k}{3\log k} \right )^{3/2} $$ Improve this bound as much as you can.
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A Problem about friends and strangers using Ramsey's Theory

Question: Consider a group of 8 people, each pair of which are either friends or enemies. Show that if some person in the group has at least 6 friends, then there are 4 people who are mutual friends ...
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How many 2-edge-colourings of $K_n$ are there?

I'm writing a paper on Ramsey Theory and it would be interesting and useful to know the number of essentially different 2-edge-colourings of $K_n$ there are. By that I mean the number of essentially ...
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Ramsey Number Inequality

I want to prove that: $$R(\underbrace{3,3,...,3,3}_{k+1}) \le (k+1)(R(\underbrace{3,3,...3}_k)-1)+2$$ where R is a Ramsey number. In the LHS, there are $k+1$ $3$'s, and in the RHS, there are $k$ ...
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Ramsey Number proof

I am trying to prove: $R(3,3,3,3)\leq 4(R(3,3,3)-1) + 2$ I am confused as to how one can go from a $4$ color problem to a $3$ color problem by multiplying and adding. edit: $R$ is the Ramsey ...
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Edge coloring graph vertices probability

How to show the following: Let $R(k,t)$ denote the Ramsey function, that is the minimal number $n$ so that if the edges of a complete graph $K_n$ on $n$ vertices are each colored red or blue, then ...
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Graph theory dinner party problem

In a party of 6 people is it true that there exists four people either all do or all do not knowing each Other? I know it's false, and have the solution but not quite sure where to begin with the ...
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Graph theory mutual acquaintance and mutual strangers problem

Show that there is a gathering of five people in which there are no three people who all know each other, and no three people none of whom knows either of the other two. There is a solution in the ...
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Van der Waerden number

The Van der Waerden number $w(l,k)$ is the least $n$ such that for every $k$-coloring of $[n]$ has a monochromatic $l$-term arithmetic progression. Prove that $w(l,k)>(lk^{l-1})^{1/2}$ Give some ...
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Counterexample for $R(4,4) \neq 8$

I try to find a counterexample for $R(4,4)\neq 8$. (R is the Ramsey-number). I drew a graph with 8 vedges and I coloured all edges $(v_i,v_j)$ with $i-j =\pm 2,4,6$ in the same colour (for example ...
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Ramsey number for paths

Let $n = R(P_{r+1}, c)$ be the smallest integer such that if $K_n$ is $c$-edge-coloured, then it contains a monochromatic subgraph isomorphic to $P_{r+1}$, the path of length $r$. I need to show that ...
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Good way to learn Ramsey Theory

What are some good books on Ramsey theory? I have Van Lints book on Combinatorics: is this enough preparation to start reading about Ramsey theory? I want a book that includes important results and ...
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Amalgamation of graphs

I am trying to understand the definition of amalgamation of a $n+1$-partite graph as explained here(first few lines of page 4). We have a $n+1$-partite graph $G$ with partite sets $V_0,V_1,\cdots,V_n$ ...
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Any forest on 5 or more vertices contains an independent set of size 3.

I am looking for a short proof of this fact. This is clearly true by drawing these trees, but I am having trouble putting it into writing. Somehow I need to select 3 of the 5 vertices and show that ...
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Monochromatic triangle and edge colouring

$r(k) := R(\underbrace{3,3,...,3}_k)$ (I.e. $r(k)$ is the minimum integer $n > 0$ such that every coloring of edges of $K_n$ in $k$ colors is guaranteed to produce a monochromatic triangle.) Show ...
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Complete graph edge colouring in two colours: lower bound for number of monochromatic triangles

Say $K_n$ is a complete graph. Show that any coloring of edges of $K_n$ with $n \ge 6$ in two colors contains at least $$\frac1{20}\binom{n}3$$ monochromatic triangles. Any ideas on how to use Ramsey ...
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Ramsey (graph) theory question with tree and girth

Sorry for the abundance of questions I'm asking. Test is soon... Prove that for every tree $T$ and every $g \in \mathbb{N}$, exist $G$ with girth $g$, so that in any 2-edge-coloring of $G$ there is a ...
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2012-gon- subsets of vertices.

Can we prove or disprove this? For a sufficiently large $n$, every set of at least $ n$ points in the plane with no three collinear has a subset that form the vertices of a convex $2012$-gon. Gerry ...
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Complete graph-coloring

Can we prove or disprove the following statement? For any graph $H$ and any coloring $c$ of its edges with two colors, there exists $n$ such that every $2$-coloring of the edges of the complete graph ...
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Ramsey Number R(4,4)

In trying to deduce the lower bound of the ramsey number R(4,4) I am following my book's hint and considering the graph with vertex set $\mathbb{Z}_{17}$ in which $\{i,j\}$ is colored red if and only ...
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Ramsey theory - colouring of edges

I'm trying to understand a proof: $R(3,3) = 6$ proof: Take a red/blue colouring of $K_6$. Take a vertex $v$ (is an element of) $V(K_6)$, either $v$ is incident to $\geq 3$ red edges or, $v$ is ...
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Prove the following inequality: $N(P,P,2)\leq 4^{P-1}$

I've made very little headway on this problem, so any help is appreciated. Edit: Sorry, I should have explained that. In general, $N(p,q,2)$ is the smallest value of $n$ such that a red-blue ...
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Party problem / Ramsey's theorem R(3,3)

I'm looking for an algorithm that solve Party problem. The party problem asks to find the minimum number of guests that must be invited so that at least 3 will know each other or at least 3 will not ...
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Understanding various definitions of TREE($n$) in Friedman's finite form of Kruskal's tree theorem.

I was reading the Wikipedia article on Friedman's finite form of Kruskal's tree theorem, and am interested in the large numbers TREE(n). I would like to verify TREE(2)=3 myself, but find conflicting ...
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Showing that $K_7$ contains at least 4 monochromatic triangles

A problem in my book is: Let the edges of $K_7$ be colored with the colors red and blue. Show that there are at least four subgraphs $K_3$ with all three edges the same color (monochromatic ...
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Lower bound for monochromatic triangles in $K_n$

Say $K_n$ is a complete graph of $n$ nodes, and every edge is either blue or red. I'm trying to find $T_n$, which is the lower bound for the number of monochromatic triangles in $K_n$ (monochromatic ...
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How to prove this relation between Ramsey Numbers: $R(s, t) ≤ R(s, t-1) + R(s-1, t)$ for $s,t>2$

I am trying to prove that $$R(s, t) ≤ R(s, t-1) + R(s-1, t) $$ for $s,t>2$, where $R(s,t)$ is the Ramsey number of $(s,t)$, and I'd be really grateful for a hint that gets me started.
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Ramsey number for books

Given a triangular book $B_n$ I am trying to prove that $r(B_n,B_n)\le 4n+2$ where $r(B_n,B_n)$ is defined as the least positive number such that any graph $G$ on $r(B_n,B_n)$ vertices either has a ...
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An upper bound for a graph Ramsey number

I am trying to prove the following result, given as an exercise in my book: $r(K_m+\bar{K_n},K_p+\bar{K_q})\le\binom{m+p-1}{m}n+\binom{m+p-1}{p}q$. Here $r(G,H)$ denotes the Ramsey number for the ...