Holes in Graphs

  • Yuejian Peng
  • Vojtech Rödl
  • Andrzej Ruciński


The celebrated Regularity Lemma of Szemerédi asserts that every sufficiently large graph $G$ can be partitioned in such a way that most pairs of the partition sets span $\epsilon$-regular subgraphs. In applications, however, the graph $G$ has to be dense and the partition sets are typically very small. If only one $\epsilon$-regular pair is needed, a much bigger one can be found, even if the original graph is sparse. In this paper we show that every graph with density $d$ contains a large, relatively dense $\epsilon$-regular pair. We mainly focus on a related concept of an $(\epsilon,\sigma)$-dense pair, for which our bound is, up to a constant, best possible.

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