Path-fan Ramsey numbers

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For two given graphs $G$ and $H$, the Ramsey number $R(G,H)$ is the smallest positive integer $p$ such that for every graph $F$ on $p$ vertices the following holds: either $F$ contains $G$ as a subgraph or the complement of $F$ contains $H$ as a subgraph. In this paper, we study the Ramsey numbers $R(P_{n},F_{m})$, where $P_{n}$ is a path on $n$ vertices and $F_{m}$ is the graph obtained from $m$ disjoint triangles by identifying precisely one vertex of every triangle ($F_{m}$ is the join of $K_{1}$ and $mK_{2}$). We determine exact values for $R(P_{n},F_{m})$ for the following values of $n$ and $m$: $n=1,2$ or $3$ and $m\geq 2$; $n\geq 4$ and $2\leq m\leq (n+1)/2$; $n\geq7$ and $m=n-1$ or $m=n$; $n\geq 8$ and $(k\cdot n-2k+1)/2\leq m\leq (k\cdot n-k+2)/2$ with $3\leq k\leq n-5$; $n=4,5$ or $6$ and $m\geq n-1$; $n\geq 7$ and $m\geq (n-3)^2/2$. We conjecture that $R(P_{n},F_{m}) \leq 2m+n-3$ for the other values of $m$ and $n$.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEnschede
PublisherUniversity of Twente, Department of Applied Mathematics
Publication statusPublished - 2003

Publication series

NameMemorandum / Department of Applied Mathematics
PublisherUniversity of Twente, Department of Applied Mathematics
ISSN (Print)0169-2690


  • MSC-05C55
  • EWI-3523
  • IR-65888
  • MSC-05D10

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