Ramsey Numbers of Trees Versus Odd Cycles

Matthew Brennan


Burr, Erdős, Faudree, Rousseau and Schelp initiated the study of Ramsey numbers of trees versus odd cycles, proving that $R(T_n, C_m) = 2n - 1$ for all odd $m \ge 3$ and $n \ge 756m^{10}$, where $T_n$ is a tree with $n$ vertices and $C_m$ is an odd cycle of length $m$. They proposed to study the minimum positive integer $n_0(m)$ such that this result holds for all $n \ge n_0(m)$, as a function of $m$. In this paper, we show that $n_0(m)$ is at most linear. In particular, we prove that $R(T_n, C_m) = 2n - 1$ for all odd $m \ge 3$ and $n \ge 25m$. Combining this with a result of Faudree, Lawrence, Parsons and Schelp yields $n_0(m)$ is bounded between two linear functions, thus identifying $n_0(m)$ up to a constant factor.


Ramsey number; Trees; Odd cycles

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