On the Running Time of Hypergraph Bootstrap Percolation

  • Jonathan A. Noel
  • Arjun Ranganathan


Given $r\geq2$ and an $r$-uniform hypergraph $F$, the $F$-bootstrap process starts with an $r$-uniform hypergraph $H$ and, in each time step, every hyperedge which "completes" a copy of $F$ is added to $H$. The maximum running time of this process has been recently studied in the case that $r=2$ and $F$ is a complete graph by Bollob\'as, Przykucki, Riordan and Sahasrabudhe [Electron. J. Combin. 24(2) (2017), Paper No. 2.16], Matzke [arXiv:1510.06156v2] and Balogh, Kronenberg, Pokrovskiy and Szab\'o [arXiv:1907.04559v1]. We consider the case that $r\geq3$ and $F$ is the complete $r$-uniform hypergraph on $k$ vertices. Our main results are that the maximum running time is $\Theta\left(n^r\right)$ if $k\geq r+2$ and $\Omega\left(n^{r-1}\right)$ if $k=r+1$. For the case $k=r+1$, we conjecture that our lower bound is optimal up to a constant factor when $r=3$, but suspect that it can be improved by more than a constant factor for large $r$.

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