Decompositions of large graphs into small subgraphs

28 April 2015

A fundamental theorem of Wilson states that, for every graph $F$, every sufficiently large $F$-divisible clique has an $F$-decomposition. Here $G$ has an $F$-decomposition if the edges of $G$ can be covered by edge-disjoint copies of $F$ (and $F$-divisibility is a trivial necessary condition for this). We extend Wilson's theorem to graphs which are allowed to be far from complete (joint work with B. Barber, D. Kuhn, A. Lo).

I will also discuss some results and open problems on decompositions of dense graphs and hypergraphs into Hamilton cycles and perfect matchings.

  • Combinatorial Theory Seminar