Packing Tree Factors in Random and Pseudo-Random Graphs

  • Deepak Bal
  • Alan Frieze
  • Michael Krivelevich
  • Po-Shen Loh
Keywords: Tree factors, Packing, Random graphs, Pseudo-random graphs


For a fixed graph $H$ with $t$ vertices, an $H$-factor of a graph $G$ with $n$ vertices, where $t$ divides $n$, is a collection of vertex disjoint (not necessarily induced) copies of $H$ in $G$ covering all vertices of $G$. We prove that for a fixed tree $T$ on $t$ vertices and $\epsilon>0$, the random graph $G_{n,p}$, with $n$ a multiple of $t$, with high probability contains a family of edge-disjoint $T$-factors covering all but an $\epsilon$-fraction of its edges, as long as $\epsilon^4 n p \gg \log^2 n$. Assuming stronger divisibility conditions, the edge probability can be taken down to $p>\frac{C\log n}{n}$. A similar packing result is proved also for pseudo-random graphs, defined in terms of their degrees and co-degrees.
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