Ramsey theory refers to questions of the form "how many objects are needed to guarantee that a given property of the collection holds?"

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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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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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A problem in prime number theory

I was wondering if anybody here might provide me with a hint for this rather innocuous-looking problem: If $X:= \{pq: p, q \mbox{ are prime numbers and } p\neq q\}.$ In addition, let us suppose that ...
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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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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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Simple proof that W(3,3)=27?

I was wondering that if there exists a simple proof that the van der Warden's number W(3,3) (the smallest positive integer $n$ such that any 3-coloring of the set $\{1, 2, ..., n\}$ has a ...
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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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How to prove some properties of partitions of finite subsets of N? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Any partition of {1,2,..,9} must contain a 3-Term Arithmetic Progression The problem is as such: Prove that there is not a partition of $N_9 = \{1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, ...
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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 squares in a colored plane

Color every point in the real plane using the colors blue,yellow only. It can be shown that there exists a rectangle that has all vertices with the same color. Is it possible to show that there exists ...
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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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Ramsey's theorem.

For $k=2$, from this post A "geometrical" representation for Ramsey's theorem, how one can deduce the theorem from Constant $f:[\mathbb{N}]^2\to \{1,2\}$ (part 2), or by knowing 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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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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Proof of Ramsey Theorem with explicit use of AC

What are minimal axiomatic requirements to prove Ramsey Theorem? This one: Let $X$ be some countably infinite set and colour the elements of $X^{(n)}$ (the subsets of $X$ of size $n$) in $c$ ...
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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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van der Waerden's original proof

I am looking for a book/site which has the english translation of the proof of van der Waerden's theorem as presented by van der Waerden himself. In other words is the translation of the paper: ...
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Coloring Vertices of a 50-gon

This is a problem that I have spent a good 2 hours on but can seem to come up with any rigorous solution. If someone could provide one that would be great! If we color 21 vertices of a 50-gon, how do ...
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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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Best known bounds for Ramsey numbers

I realize a similar question has been asked before but what I want to know is a little different and is not answered by the link in the answer to that question. I am interested in knowing the best ...
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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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Affine Van der Waerden's theorem

I have the following statement which is claimed to be a version of Van der Waerden's theorem: For any finite partition of $\mathbb{N}$, one of the cells contains affine images of every finite ...
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Graham's Number : Why so big?

Can someone give me an idea of how R.Graham reached Graham's Number as an upper bound on the solution of the related problem ? Thanks !
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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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Gallai's theorem, colourings and equivalence relations

I'm revising a few past papers on Ramsey theory and I've come across a question which feels like it should be easy if it weren't so confusingly set up - I was hoping someone here could help me make ...
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Ramsey theory, finite colourings of $\mathbb{N}$ and infinite monochromatic sets

I am trying to show that the following statement is false: whenever $\mathbb{N}$ is finitely coloured by $c: \mathbb{N} \to \{1,\ldots,k\}$ (in the sense of Ramsey theory), there exists an infinite ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Combinatorial Set Theory - Ramsey's Theorem Related Question

For a set $A \subseteq \omega$, let $[A]^n$ denote the set of subsets of $A$ of size $n$. I am trying to prove Ramsey's Theorem, and it seems like the following fact is used in the proof I am reading ...
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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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Strengthened finite Ramsey theorem

I'm reading wikipedia article about Paris-Harrington theorem, which uses strengthened finite Ramsey theorem, which is stated as "For any positive integers $n, k, m$ we can find $N$ with the following ...