Induced Trees in Triangle-Free Graphs

Jiří Matoušek, Robert Šámal


We prove that every connected triangle-free graph on $n$ vertices contains an induced tree on $\exp(c\sqrt{\log n}\,)$ vertices, where $c$ is a positive constant. The best known upper bound is $(2+o(1))\sqrt n$. This partially answers questions of Erdős, Saks, and Sós and of Pultr.

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