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### Proofs of Lower Bounds for Ramsey Numbers?

As a sort of dual question to this question, I am wondering what proofs people know of lower bounds on Ramsey numbers $R(k, k)$. I know of two proofs: there is Erdos's beautiful probabilistic ...

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### Is this Ramsey-type problem an open problem?

A blog claims that the following Ramsey-type (or van der Waerden type) problem is open:
If the natural numbers are colored with finitely many colors, must there exist x and y (not both 2) such that ...

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### Splitting Pythagorean triples

Can one partition the set of positive integers into finitely many Pythagorean-triple-free subsets? If so, what is the smallest number of such subsets? Taking a wild guess, I would
be least surprised ...

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### Hales Jewett Theorem

In the book Ramsey Theory by Graham, Rothschild and Spencer the authors state:
The Hales Jewett Theorem strips van der Waerden's theorem of its unessential elements and reveals the heart of Ramsey ...

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### An extremal combinatorics problem involving column summation

Given $n\in\Bbb N$, $\alpha>0$, $\beta\in\big[\frac12,1\big]$ denote $\mathcal R_{n,\alpha,\beta}$ as collection of all $2^n\times 2^{n^\alpha}$ $0/1$ matrices with every row summing to strictly ...

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### question about literature in the field of Ramsey's theory [closed]

i am searching for an on- line paper or a book, or maybe just a paper or a book which consists a proof of finite Ramsey's theorem for sets (not for graphs). i need a combinatorial proof which is not ...

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### The Hales-Jewett Theorem for an infinite alphabet

Recall the Hales-Jewett Theorem:
HJT: Given a finite alphabet $A$ and some $r \in \mathbb{N}$, there is some $H \in \mathbb{N}$ such that whenever $A^H$, the set of all length-$H$ words from $A$, ...

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### Is there a Ramsey theory for Kneser graphs?

Ramsey theory for graphs usually studies colorings of the edges of complete graphs. I'm interested whether there are any results about edge-colorings of Kneser graphs. More specifically, I'm most ...

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### Show existence maximal clique of order $s$ in an multigraph where each vertex is colored with a set of colors

You are given a multigraph $G$ with $n$ vertices as follows:
$V := (v_1, v_2, \dots ,v_n)$
$C := \{c_1, c_2, \dots\}$, be an infinite set of colors.
$f: V \rightarrow \mathbb{P}_{\le m}(C) $, a ...

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### Partition regular systems: do they have solution in (very dense) set of integers?

A partition regular system is a linear system of equations of the form $A\cdot x=0$, which satisfies a Ramsey-type result (namely, that for each $r>0$ whenever we colour the integers in $r$ ...

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### Convergence rate of Fagin's 0-1 law for first-order properties of random graphs

Fagin's 0-1 law for first-order properties of random graphs states that, for every first-order sentence in the logic of graphs, the probability that a uniformly random $n$-vertex graph models the ...

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### Can one make Erdős's Ramsey lower bound explicit?

Erdős's 1947 probabilistic trick provided a lower exponential bound for the Ramsey number $R(k)$. Is it possible to explicitly construct 2-colourings on exponentially sized graphs without large ...

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### Combinatorial optimization and graph coloring

I am considering the following problem:
(i) Fix $n$ and color the edges of $K_n$ red and blue arbitrarily.
(ii) Let $M$ be the set of monochromatic triangles in $K_n$ and define $g:M\rightarrow ...

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### Simpler proofs of certain Ramsey numbers

The reason for the gorgeous simplicity of the classic proofs of $R(3,3)$, $R(4,4)$, $R(3,4)$ and $R(3,5)$ is that essentially all you need is the trivial bound and a picture.
But for bigger Ramsey ...

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### Where can I find a catalog of known Ramsey numbers?

Is there an online catalog available of Ramsey numbers, preferably one that for unknown values documents the known upper/lower bounds?

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### Sparse ramsey theory

It is known that for any graph H and all $k∈N$, there exists a graph $G$ such that any $k$-coloring of the edges of $G$ yields a monochromatic copy of H and ω(G)=ω(H) (the two graphs have the same ...

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### A constrained minimum edge coloring

Is minimum number of colors needed to color edges of complete graph $K_n$ so that every even simple cycle contains at least one color assigned to odd number of edges at most $\beta n$ where ...

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### Even cycle constrained edge coloring

Is minimum colors needed to assign colors to edges of complete graph $K_n$ so that every $2t$ simple cycle where $t\in\Big\{1,\dots,2\Big\lfloor\frac{n}2\Big\rfloor\Big\}$ contains atleast $t+1$ ...

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### Algorithms for calculating R(5,5) and R(6,6)

Calculating the Ramsey numbers R(5,5) and R(6,6) is a notoriously difficult problem. Indeed Erdős once said:
Suppose aliens invade the earth and threaten to obliterate it in a year's time unless ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### Large bicliques in r-partite graphs containing no independent sets having one vertex from each class

Let $G$ be a multipartite graph on $r$ classes, each containing $k$ vertices, such that there is no independent set which contains at least one vertex from each class. I believe such graphs contain a ...

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### Does van der Waerden's Theorem hold for $\omega_1$?

One way to phrase van der Waerden's Theorem is:
For every finite coloring of $\mathbb N$ and every finite $F \subseteq \mathbb N$, there exist $a,b \in \mathbb N$ such that $a + b \cdot F$ is ...

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### Is this version of van der Waerden's Theorem consistent with ZFC?

One way to phrase van der Waerden's Theorem is:
For every finite coloring of $\mathbb N$ and every finite $F \subseteq \mathbb N$, there exist $a,b \in \mathbb N$ such that $a + b \cdot F$ is ...

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### monochromatic cycle-free colouring of the complete graph on R?

Hi
So there is an edge-colouring of a complete graph on R (the reals), with countably many colours that as no monochromatic triangle. To find it map R to (0,1) write the numbers in binary and if 2 ...

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### What is the complexity of determining Ramsey Number?

In the notation of Garey and Johnson [1], two problems related to Ramsey Problem were defined:
$\textbf{ARROWING}$
Instance: (Finite) graphs $F$, $G$ and $H$.
Question: Does $F\rightarrow (G, H)$?
...

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### 3-colorings of the unit distance graph of $\Bbb R^3$

Let $\Gamma$ be the unit distance graph of $\Bbb R^3$: points $(x,y)$ form an edge if $|x,y|=1$.
Let $(A,B,C,D)$ be a unit side rhombus in the plane, with a transcendental diagonal, e.g. $A = ...

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### Reference request: monochromatic paths in edge-colored complete graphs

Given $k,c \in \mathbb{N}$, let $P(k,c)$ be the minimum $n$ such that no matter how we color the edges of the complete graph $K_n$ with $c$ colors, there is always a monochromatic path of length $k$.
...

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### A generalization of SOCA

Roughly speaking, SOCA (Semi Open Coloring Axiom) says that for an open coloring of the unordered pairs over an uncountable separable metric space you can always find an uncountable homogeneous subset ...

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### Genus tradeoffs in bipartite graph

Given $G$ as bipartite graph of genus $g(G)$ with number of vertices of each color being $N$ with $A$ as $N\times N$ biadjacency matrix. Denote $\bar{G}$ to bipartite graph of genus $g(\bar{G})$ of ...

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### Sets of points containing permutations - a Ramsey-type question

The following question arised as a side-question in a geometric problem. It has a "feel" similar to problems in Ramsey-theory, but I have not found any mention of it (also I'm not very familiar with ...

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### Ergodic limits along subsets of $\mathbb{N}.$

Let say that an infinite subsets $A$ of $\mathbb{N}$ is "nice w.r.to ergodic limits", if it can replace $\mathbb{N}$ in the individual ergodic theorem, that is, if it is such that the following ...

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### Where is the Erdős–Rado theorem stated in Erdős and Rado's Bull AMS paper?

This may be inappropriate for MO, but here goes: if I have understood the statement of the Erdős–Rado theorem correctly, then it contains as a special case the following result:
if $\mu$ is ...

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votes

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### Could there be an exact formula for the Ramsey numbers?

Let $R(k)$ denote the diagonal Ramsey number, i.e. the minimal $n$ such that every red-blue colouring of the edges of $K_n$ produces at least one monochromatic $K_k$.
Is it possible that there ...

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### Noncombinatorial proofs of Ramsey's Theorem?

I know of 2(.5) proofs of Ramsey's theorem, which states (in its simplest form) that for all $k, l\in \mathbb{N}$ there exists an integer $R(k, l)$ with the following property: for any $n>R(k, l)$, ...

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### Why have most maximal cliques of Paley graphs odd size?

I ask this question mainly by curiosity.
See here for definitions and a plot of the clique numbers of the Paley graphs for the primes $p\equiv 1 \pmod 4$ up to $10000$.
Is there an ...

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### A stronger version of Van der Waerden's theorem?

Let $W$ be an infinite word over a finite alphabet $\{1,\dots,n\}$ and $k$ a positive integer. An easy application of Van der Waerden's theorem implies the existence of $k$ disjoint and consecutive ...

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### Is every knot unavoidable in the embeddings of some graph?

Is it the case that, for any given knot $K$,
there exists some graph $G$ whose every embedding into $\mathbb{R}^3$
(or into $\mathbb{S}^3$)
contains a cycle that realizes $K$?
I know the ...

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### Cliques, Paley graphs and quadratic residues

A question I've thought about, on and off for a long time, is how to improve the best bounds that (seem to be) known for the clique numbers of Paley graphs.
If p=1 mod 4 is a prime, we can define the ...

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### Combining van der Waerden's theorem with Ramsey's theorem

Consider positive integers $c$, $k$, and $s$. Does there exist some $N = N(c,k,s)$ such that the following holds?
Take any $c$-coloring of the $k$-tuples of integers in $[1,N]$. Then there is an ...

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**1**answer

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### Are semigroups with finite-to-one right multiplication “moving”?

A semigroup $S$ is moving if $S$ is infinite, and for all finite
$F\subseteq S$ and infinite $A\subseteq S$, there are $a_{1},\dots,a_{k}\in A$ such that,
for all but finitely many $s\in S$,
$$
...

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### Big binary tree as an induced subgraph

I believe this is true:
Suppose $G$ is a graph. If $G$ has a subdivision of a large binary tree, prove that $G$ has an
induced subgraph which is a subdivision of a large binary tree or the line ...

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### Is There a Graph that is Ramsey for $P_{2n}$ but is $C_{2n+1}-$free

Write $F\to G$ to mean that for every two coloring of the edges of $F$, there exists a monochromatic copy of $G$. Nesetril and Rodl proved that for a graph $G$, there exists a graph $F\to G$ with ...

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votes

**0**answers

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### Moving from positive upper Banach density to positive upper density [closed]

Under which conditions positive upper Banach density implies positive upper or lower asymptotic density? Thanks a lot.

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### Mixed Tsirelson Norm

A couple of days ago I posted this question on Mathematics Stack Exchange. Surprisingly, so far, I haven't received any answers or comments about it (besides my own possible answer). Maybe I can get ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### Is Van der Waerden's function elementary

Van der Waerden's function was proved to have elementary upper bound on growth rate.
Is the Van der Waerden's function itself elementary in the sense of Kalmar?

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### Magnitude of Graham's Number?

I recently stumbled across this number, and then (foolishly, most likely) decided to try to describe it in a blog post
http://frothygirlz.com/2010/01/14/big-numbers-part-2/
Q - Are there any ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### Coloring of subgraphs of G^n

Let $G=(L,R,E)$ be a finite bipartite graph, such that for each $v\in L\cup R: deg(v)>0$. Define $E^{(n)}=\{(\overline{l},\overline{r}) | \overline{l}=(l_1,...,l_n)\in L^n , ...

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### Applications of infinite Ramsey's Theorem (on N)?

Finite Ramsey's theorem is a very important combinatorial tool that is often used in mathematics. The infinite version of Ramsey's theorem (Ramsey's theorem for colorings of tuples of natural numbers) ...

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### Infinite Ramsey theorem with infinitely many colours

Clearly, it is possible to colour the edges of an infinite complete graph so that it does not contain any infinite monochromatic complete subgraph. Now what about the following?
Let $G$ be the ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### Geometric van der waerden theorem

Van der Waerden theorem states that sufficiently long initial segment of the natural numbers when divided into $r$ parts contains an arithmetic progression of length $k$. The length of the initial ...

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### Multipartite Ramsey theorem

Given $c<\infty$ colors, positive integers $k_1,\dots,k_n$ and positive integers $N_1,\dots,N_n$. Then there exist positive integers $M_1,\dots,M_n$ so that for disjoint finite sets $A_1,\dots,A_n$ ...