On Regular Hypergraphs of High Girth

David Ellis, Nathan Linial

Abstract


We give lower bounds on the maximum possible girth of an $r$-uniform, $d$-regular hypergraph with at most $n$ vertices, using the definition of a hypergraph cycle due to Berge. These differ from the trivial upper bound by an absolute constant factor (viz., by a factor of between $3/2+o(1)$ and $2 +o(1)$). We also define a random $r$-uniform 'Cayley' hypergraph on the symmetric group $S_n$ which has girth $\Omega (\sqrt{\log |S_n|})$ with high probability, in contrast to random regular $r$-uniform hypergraphs, which have constant girth with positive probability.

Keywords


Hypergraph theory; girth

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