A Generalization of Erdős' Matching Conjecture

  • Christos Pelekis
  • Israel Rocha
Keywords: Erdős matching conjecture, Hypergraphs, Complete intersection theorem


Let $\mathcal{H}=(V,\mathcal{E})$ be an $r$-uniform hypergraph on $n$ vertices and fix a positive integer $k$ such that $1\le k\le r$. A $k$-matching of $\mathcal{H}$ is a collection of edges $\mathcal{M}\subset \mathcal{E}$ such that every subset of $V$ whose cardinality equals $k$ is contained in at most one element of $\mathcal{M}$. The $k$-matching number of $\mathcal{H}$ is the maximum cardinality of a $k$-matching. A well-known problem, posed by Erdős, asks for the maximum number of edges in an $r$-uniform hypergraph under constraints on its $1$-matching number. In this article we investigate the more general problem of determining the maximum number of edges in an $r$-uniform hypergraph on $n$ vertices subject to the constraint that its $k$-matching number is strictly less than $a$. The problem can also be seen as a generalization of the well-known $k$-intersection problem. We propose candidate hypergraphs for the solution of this problem, and show that the extremal hypergraph is among this candidate set when $n\ge 4r\binom{r}{k}^2\cdot a$.

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