Forbidden Families of Minimal Quadratic and Cubic Configurations

  • Attila Sali
  • Sam Spiro
Keywords: Forbidden configurations, Extremal hypergraph theory, Extremal set theory


A matrix is simple if it is a (0,1)-matrix and there are no repeated columns. Given a (0,1)-matrix $F$, we say a matrix $A$ has $F$ as a configuration, denoted $F\prec A$, if there is a submatrix of $A$ which is a row and column permutation of $F$. Let $|A|$ denote the number of columns of $A$. Let $\mathcal{F}$ be a family of matrices. We define the extremal function $\text{forb}(m, \mathcal{F}) = \max\{|A|\colon A \text{ is an }m-\text{rowed simple matrix and has no configuration } F\in\mathcal{F}\}$. We consider pairs $\mathcal{F}=\{F_1,F_2\}$ such that $F_1$ and $F_2$ have no common extremal construction and derive that individually each $\text{forb}(m, F_i)$ has greater asymptotic growth than $\text{forb}(m, \mathcal{F})$, extending research started by Anstee and Koch.
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