By Mark de Longueville

ISBN-10: 1441979107

ISBN-13: 9781441979100

A path in Topological Combinatorics is the 1st undergraduate textbook at the box of topological combinatorics, a topic that has develop into an energetic and leading edge examine sector in arithmetic during the last thirty years with becoming purposes in math, laptop technological know-how, and different utilized components. Topological combinatorics is anxious with ideas to combinatorial difficulties by means of making use of topological instruments. as a rule those strategies are very stylish and the relationship among combinatorics and topology usually arises as an unforeseen surprise.

The textbook covers subject matters corresponding to reasonable department, graph coloring difficulties, evasiveness of graph houses, and embedding difficulties from discrete geometry. The textual content incorporates a huge variety of figures that help the knowledge of suggestions and proofs. in lots of instances numerous substitute proofs for a similar consequence are given, and every bankruptcy ends with a chain of workouts. The broad appendix makes the booklet thoroughly self-contained.

The textbook is easily suited to complicated undergraduate or starting graduate arithmetic scholars. prior wisdom in topology or graph idea is beneficial yet no longer precious. The textual content can be utilized as a foundation for a one- or two-semester direction in addition to a supplementary textual content for a topology or combinatorics category.

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11 The hypergraph above is not conformal since the maximal clique {x1 , x3 , x5 } is not a hyperedge. 6 A hypergraph is conformal if and only if its dual has the Helly property. Proof Let H = (V ; E) be a hypergraph. Assume that H is conformal. Let X = {X 1∗ , X 2∗ , X 3∗ , . . X k∗ } be a maximal intersecting family of H ∗ . For all i, j ∈ {1, 2, . . , k}, X i∗ ∩ X ∗j = ∅, which implies that there is a hyperedge ei, j ∈ E which contains xi , x j (the vertices of H standing for the hyperedges X i∗ , X ∗j respectively) for all i, j ∈ {1, 2, .

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L(H ) [H ∗ ]2 . Moreover the two following statements are equivalent, where Γ is a graph: (i) H verifies the Helly property and Γ is the line graph of H . (ii) Maximal hyperedges (for inclusion) of H ∗ are maximal cliques of Γ . Proof The vertices of both L(H ) and H ∗ are the hyperedges of H . A pair of vertices ei , e j of L(H ) is an edge if and only if the corresponding hyperedges have a nonempty intersection. So these two vertices belong to the same hyperedge of H ∗ . Consequently {ei , e j } is an edge of [H ∗ ]2 .

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