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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 1 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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?
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Ramsey pairs of classes graphs

Motivation Call a set $H$ of vertices of a graph $G$ homogeneous if it is either independent or complete. Every perfect graph of size $n$ has a homogeneous subset of size $\sqrt n$. Noga Alon has ...
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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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Weak Arithmetic Progressions

I am studying a special type of a sequence on the naturals which I am calling a weak arithmetic progression. Formally I call a k-sequence $x_1< x_2 \cdots< x_k$ a weak arithmetic progression ...
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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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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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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 $A_1,\dots,A_n$ ...
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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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Permutations of Grid Colorings

Hello all, This question arises out of a Ramsey-theoretic study related (but tangential) to this question on CSTheory: Grid $k$-coloring without monochromatic rectangles. Background: In general, we ...
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Constructive lower bounds for multicolor Ramsey numbers

The $k$-color Ramsey number of the complete graph $K_n$, denoted with $R_k(n)$, is defined to be the smallest integer $t$, such that in any $k$-coloring of the edges of $K_t$, there is a complete ...
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Bound on how many 2-colored graphs have maxredclique $i$, maxblueclique $j$

Fix $i,j$. I want a bound $F(i,j)$ on the following: $\sum_{n=1}^\infty$ (the number of 2-colorings of the edges of $K_n$ such that the MAX RED clique is size exactly ...
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Arithmetic progressions of length 3 in subset of Z_n of size n^d

Let $A\subset\mathbb{Z}/n\mathbb{Z}$ such that: $|A|>n^{d}$ ($0< d <1$). Let $C=\{(x,y,2y-x)\in A\times A \times A\}$ be the set of $3$-term arithmetic progressions within $A$. [The ...
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Suppose the independent number of a graph is bounded. How small the clique number can be?

Suppose the independent number of a graph is bounded. How small the clique number can be? linear? It seems to be a natural problem to ask. but I could not find any reference. Thanks.