Rainbow Turán Problems for Paths and Forests of Stars

  • Daniel Johnston
  • Cory Palmer
  • Amites Sarkar
Keywords: Rainbow Turán numbers, Paths, Stars


For a fixed graph $F$, we would like to determine the maximum number of edges in a properly edge-colored graph on $n$ vertices which does not contain a rainbow copy of $F$, that is, a copy of $F$ all of whose edges receive a different color. This maximum, denoted by $ex^*(n,F)$, is the rainbow Turán number of $F$, and its systematic study was initiated by Keevash, Mubayi, Sudakov and Verstraëte [Combinatorics, Probability and Computing 16 (2007)]. We determine $ex^*(n,F)$ exactly when $F$ is a forest of stars, and give bounds on $ex^*(n,F)$ when $F$ is a path with $l$ edges, disproving a conjecture in the aforementioned paper for $l=4$.

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