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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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### 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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### Erdos Conjecture on arithmetic progressions

Introduction:
Let A be a subset of the naturals such that $\sum_{n\in A}\frac{1}{n}=\infty$. The Erdos Conjecture states that A must have arithmetic progressions of arbitrary length.
Question:
I ...

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### Reconstructing the argument that yields Graham's number

Graham's number achieved a kind of cult status, thanks to Martin Gardner, as the largest finite number appearing in a mathematical proof. (It may no longer hold that record, but that is not my concern ...

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### Monochromatic triangles in every two-coloring of the plane?

An old problem (possibly due to Erdős and Graham?): given a triangle $T$ and a two-coloring of the plane, does there necessary exist a monochromatic congruent copy of $T$? Here "monochromatic" means ...

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### Ramsey multiplicity

Given a positive integer $a$, the Ramsey number $R(a)$ is the least $n$ such that whenever the edges of the complete graph $K_n$ are colored using only two colors, we necessarily have a copy of $K_a$ ...

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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### Differences of near diagonal Ramsey numbers.

I am a graduate student trying to get involved in Ramsey theory. My question comes from:
Erdős on graphs: his legacy of unsolved problems
By Fan R. K. Chung, Paul Erdős, Ronald L. Graham
p.14 of ...

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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### Density Ramsey theorems with explicit asymptotics

I wonder what interesting and non-trivial examples of density Ramsey theorems with explicit asymptotics are there?
I'm aware of two examples: Szemerédi's theorem and density Hales-Jewett theorem.
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### From very many sets of fixed measure in a probability space, can we select many that have a positive intersection?

I assume the following Lemma is either well known or, more probably, a
Corollary of a much stronger well known Theorem, and I would be grateful for a
reference:
For all $\delta\in (0,1)$ and all ...

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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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### Ramsey Theory, monochromatic subgraphs

If we have the complete countably infinite bipartite graph $K_{\omega,\omega}$ and we colour the edges with just two colours. Should we expect to get a monochromatic copy of $K_{\omega,\omega}$.
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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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### A General Framework for Ramsey Theory ?

There are few results in modern mathematics that I find so deep and full of philosophical implications as Ramsey's theorem.
I am aware (at some basic level) that it has generated a plethora of ...

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### Asymptotics for Ramsey Theory

Ramsey Theory says that every sufficently large (but finite) complete graph having $d-$coloured edges contains a monochromatic complete subgraph with $k$ vertices.
One could ask for asymptotics: Let ...

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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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### Extracting countable chains from linear orders

There is a well-known fact in infinite combinatorics asserting that for each infinite linear order $P$ there is a countable subset $R\subseteq P$ of order type either $\omega$ or $\omega^{*}$
(by ...

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### Deriving Konig's Lemma directly from Infinite Ramsey's Theorem for triples

Let KL denote König's Lemma (for trees over $\mathbb{N}$), and RT(3) denote the
Infinite Ramsey Theorem for triples over $\mathbb{N}$ (notation as in Simpson's
book Subsystems of second order ...

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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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### 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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### 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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### 3x3 submatrix with only $0$ or $1$ entries

I decided to cross-post the question here from math.stackexchange.com because I got no answer from there.
It is a quick question on bipartite Ramsey numbers (I'm not an expert on the subject, so ...

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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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### 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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### Bound on cardinality of a union

Suppose I have n finite sets A1 through An contained in some fixed set S, and I am given non-negative integers N and N1 through Nn such that each Ai has cardinality N, and each k-tuple intersection ...

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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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### 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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### The Problem about 2-coloring finite plane

Suppose we color a $X \times X$ finite plane by red and blue arbitrarily. How large does X need to be to guarantee a monochromatic combinatorial square $k \times k$
1 0 1 0 1 1
1 1 1 1 1 1
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### Partition calculus question

For $m,n,k < \omega$, consider the equation
$X \to (\omega \times k)^{m}_{n}$
What is the smallest $X$ known to satisfy it?
Baumgartner-Hajnal theorem gives a satisfactory answer for $m=2$, but ...

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### Non trivial colouring of the edges of an infinite complete graph

Can you build a probabilistic scheme for colouring each edge (independently of all other edges) of the complete graph G on the positive integers such that the probability that G contains an infinite ...

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### Bounds on a partition theorem with ambivalent colors

I've been running into the following type of partition problem.
Given positive integers h, r, k, and a real number ε ∈ (0,1), find n such that if every (unordered) r-tuple from an n ...

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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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### small Ramsey number and Brooks' Theorem

I'm studying about Graph Ramsey Theory now. Starting this study, I'm reading Chvatal and Harary's series of papers. In the second paper (V.Chvatal, F.Harary, Generalized ramsey theory for graphs,Ⅲ. ...

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### Graham-Rothschild via Hales-Jewett

I am currently reading the recent preprint of Dodos, Kanellopoulos, Tyros, where the ambitiously short proof of Density Hales Jewett theorem is provided. The important ingredient is Graham-Rothschild ...

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### Van der Waerden like theorem

I am trying to develop bounds for the function B(k) where B(k) is defined as the least such positive integer so that whenever the set $\{1,2,\cdots B(k)\}$ is partitioned into two parts at least one ...

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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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### Best lower bound for off-diagonal Ramsey numbers

What are the current best lower bounds for off-diagonal Ramsey numbers $R(k,l)$ with $l$ of order unity and asking for asymptotic behavior for large $k$, such as $R(k,4)$, $R(k,5)$, and so on? ...

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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?