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Why are there only a few known Ramsey numbers?

Can someone explain in a simple way, why there are so few known exact Ramsey Numbers? I guess it's because there are no efficient algorithms for this task, but are there so many combinations to test? ...
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Conjectured Value of Ramsey Number $R(3,10)$

It is known that the value of the Ramsey number $R(3,10)$ is either 40, 41, or 42. Have any experts in the field offered a conjecture as to which it might be?
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How can we apply Ramsey's theorem to solve this problem on matrices?

This is from a problem set in a combinatorics course I am taking, and reads as follows: Let $m\geqslant 1$ be an integer. Prove there exists an $n\geqslant 1$ with he following property: every ...
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Directory for known bound of Ramsey numbers?

I must admit I'm not a google connoisseur, but I have not been able to find a place where I can find known lower bounds for many Ramsey numbers, something ideal would be if I could insert (3,44) and ...
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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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Local Lemma on lower bounding R(k,k)

We aim to prove that if $k \ge 3$ and $e2^{1-\binom{k}{2}}\binom{n}{k-2} \le 1$ then $R(k,k) >n$ Now I understand that we colour the edges of $K_n$ red and black with probability 1/2. For each ...
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Is there only one counter example in $K_5$ for $R(3,3)$?

Title says it all. And the one that I know is below. (image from wikipedia) My question is: Is there only one counter example in $K_5$ for $R(3,3)$ where $K_5$ is a complete graph of 5 points and ...
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Homework question about Ramsey numbers

Consider a group of nine people. We know that at least one person, say Adam, knows an even number of people and does not know an even number of people. Show that either Adam and two other people all ...
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Combinatorial Question using ramsey's theory or pigeonhole principle??

We are currently going over pigeonhole principle, ramsey's theorem (graphs and such). Stuck on this particular question: Within a group of an odd number of people, show that at least one person knows ...
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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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How long does a sequence need to be to be guaranteed to have a monotonic subsequence length k?

The sequence 7, 2, 4, 1, 4, 8 has an increasing subsequence length four (2, 4, 4, 8) and a decreasing subsequence length three (7, 4, 1). It has other monotonic (increasing or decreasing) subsequences ...
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Monochromatic solutions to $x_{1}+x_{2}+\cdots+ x_{m}=x_{m+1}$

What is the least $n$ such that any $2$-coloring of $[n]$ has a monochromatic solution to the equation $$x_{1}+x_{2}+\cdots+ x_{m}=x_{m+1}.$$ I think the answer is $m^{2}+m-1$. I have a coloring of ...
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$k$ colorings of the non empty subsets of $[n]$ gives the same color to two disjoint sets and their union.

This question was already asked but I didn't get enough information from the answer. Here is a link to the question. Here is the question restated. Show that for $n$ large enough, every $k$ coloring ...
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Some small (and probably easy) implication from combinatorics paper

I'm reading https://people.math.osu.edu/bergelson.1/PolSz.pdf . Question is about part from (1.7) on page 16. Why $ \lambda(\chi_{1})=\lambda(\chi_{1}) $? There's no problem if in 4-th verse ...
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A problem relying on van der Waerden's theorem, and the existence of sums divisible by a given number $n$

Say we are given a sequence of integers $\{a_i\}_{i \in \mathbb{N}}$, as well as a pair of integers $n, m$. How can we show that there always exist positive integers $s, r$ such that the sums $a_s + ...
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How prove this will be a length of $3$ arithmetic progression. [duplicate]

This problem is my frend give me: Given $122$ consecutive integers, show that randomly selected $33$ integer, of which there will be a length of $3$ arithmetic progression. hint: length of ...
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Van der Waerden type numbers (for geometric progressions)

Van der Waerden theorem is true also for geometric progressions. Is there anything interesting in van der Waerden type numbers $ W'(r,k) $ derived from this version? ($ W'(r,k) $ is such that if the ...
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Ramsey Type problem (variant of people at a party)

There is $n$ people at a party. Prove that there are two people such that, of the remaining $n-2$ people, there are at least $\lfloor n/2\rfloor-1$ of them, each of whom either knows both or else ...
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Ramsey's theorem [closed]

I'm reading introduction to combinatorics and encountered an exercise I couldn't answer Let S be a set of six points in the plane, with no three of the points collinear. Color either red or blue each ...
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Reconciling two statements of Ramsey's Theorem.

In the appendix to Shelah's book on Classification Theory: THEOREM 2.1 (Ramsey's Theorem): (1) For any infinite ordered set $I$, and $n$-place function $f$ from $I$, with range of cardinality ...
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number of potential couples

A potential couple is a pair of a man and a woman that like each other (assume that 'like' is a symmetric relation). Given a group of $M$ men and $W$ women, I want to know how many different ...
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History of Hindman's Theorem

At this blogpost about Hindman's Theorem, I read the following lines: 'I love the odd history so allow me to digress... etc. ' This sentence made me curious to know what this history looks ...
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Two subsets and their union have same color

Color all nonempty subsets of $[n] = \{1,2,\ldots,n\}$ with colors $1,2,\ldots,r$. Show that, for all large enough $n$, there exist two disjoint nonempty subsets $A,B \subseteq [n]$ such that ...
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Ramsey's theory inequality with $t$-subsets

Let $q_{1},\, q_{2}, \ldots, q_{k},t$ be positive integers, where $q_{1}\geq t, q_{2}\geq t, \ldots, q_{k}\geq t$. Let $m$ be the largest of $q_{1},q_{2}, \ldots, q_{k}$. Show that ...
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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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Guaranteeing an integer lattice point centroid

My question is this: Writing $n(4)$ to be the minimum number of integer lattice points in the plane so that some four of them must determine an integer lattice point centroid, show that $n(4)=13$. I ...
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example of a finite coloring without infinite monochromatic set closed under addition

I am studying some theorems on combinatorial set theory, especially Ramsey theorem and Hindman's theorem. I think I am going to ask a silly question, but I am too much involved in the subject to think ...
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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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proving an inequality by induction

Not sure how to proceed. I'm trying to prove that the following inequality is true. I know that $t_2 = 6$ and $t_3=17$ from the problem statement. The base case is obvious. $t_{r+1} \leq (r+1) (t_r ...
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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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Number of gifts given at the end of a party

So I'm working on a problem that has to do with Ramsey Theory. We have $n$ guests at a christmas party. We know two things about them. In any group of three there are two people who do not know each ...
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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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Upper bound for ramsey number $r(a_1,\ldots, a_m)$

I am looking for any (finite) upper bound of the ramsey number $r(a_1,\ldots, a_m)$. I can prove the well known fact for any positive integers $a,b$ there is a $c$ for which $c\ge r(a,b)$ by taking ...
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Does a red/blue coloring of the infinite subsets of $\mathbb{N}$ necessarily give an infinite monochromatic $M\subset \mathbb{N}$?

The infinite Ramsey theorem states that for any $n$, if all the subsets of $\mathbb{N}$ of size $n$ are colored red/blue, then there is an infinite $M$ all of whose subsets of size $n$ are ...
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How I can prove Ramsey number R(2,3,4) > 8?

I need to prove $R(2,3,4) > 8$ with Ramsey theory. How can I do that?
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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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Any partition of $\{1,2,\ldots,9\}$ must contain a $3$-Term Arithmetic Progression

Prove that for any way of dividing the set $X=\{1,2,3,\dots,9\}$ into $2$ sets, there always exist at least one arithmetic progression of length $3$ in one of the two sets.
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Coloring of positive integers

Suppose $f:\mathbb{Z}^+\longrightarrow X$ is a function, with $X$ a finite set. Is it true that there are $a,b\in\mathbb{Z}^+$ such that $f(a)=f(b)=f(a+b)$.
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What was done to calculate the Ramsey numbers using a quantum computer?

I recently came across this paper titled Experimental determination of Ramsey numbers with quantum annealing I was wondering what exactly the gist of the paper, as I read it, it seems rather ...
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Show that among 20 people there are either four mutual friends or four mutual enemies

Use the fact that among a group of 10 people, where any two people are either friends or enemies, there are either three mutual friends or four mutual enemies, and there are either three mutual ...
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Prove Ramsey Number R(3,5)=14

I'm having problem proving the ramsey number of R(3,5) = 14. Below is my proof. Proof. Let $v_0$ be a vertex from a $k_{14}$ vertices. The vertices incident to $v_0$ are $v_1, v_2, \cdots , v_{13}$ ...
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Optimal sets for plane coloring problem

There is a reasonably well-known problem: Given a plane with each point colored one of k colors, show there is a rectangle whose vertices are all of the same color, whose axes are parallel to the ...
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Erdős Probabilistic method

My question is based on the Erdos probabilistic method. I am trying to read from the paper here. The proof of Theorem 1 contains the statement Since a block sequence is monochromatic with ...
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Monochromatic degenerate triangles in a two-coloring of the plane

In a similar vein to a question I asked a few days ago: Do all two-colorings of $\mathbb{R}^2$ contain three points of the same color which form the vertices of a degenerate triangle of side-lengths ...
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Proof of the van der Waerden theorem

The van der Waerden theorem states that given any natural numbers $k$ and $r$, there exists a natural number $W=W(k,r)$ such that if the set $\{1,2\cdots W\}$ is divided into $r$ classes (also called ...
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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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Hales Jewett regularity theorem

I am trying to read the Hales-Jewett regularity theorem given as Theorem 1 here. I have a doubt in the proof which I am hoping someone here can clarify. Here are some background definitions and a ...
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Van Der Waerden without topological dynamics?

Applying topological dynamics to prove Van Der Waerden's theorem on the existence of monochromatic arithematic progression has now become a somewhat classical example of the power of topological ...