An Improved Bound on the Sizes of Matchings Guaranteeing a Rainbow Matching

Dennis Clemens, Julia Ehrenmüller

Abstract


A conjecture by Aharoni and Berger states that every family of $n$ matchings of size $n+1$ in a bipartite multigraph contains a rainbow matching of size $n$. In this paper we prove that matching sizes of $\left(\frac 3 2 + o(1)\right) n$ suffice to guarantee such a rainbow matching, which is asymptotically the same bound as the best known one in case we only aim to find a rainbow matching of size $n-1$. This improves previous results by Aharoni, Charbit and Howard, and Kotlar and Ziv.

Keywords


Rainbow matchings; Bipartite graphs

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