Families of Sets with Intersecting Clusters
William Y.C. Chen, Jiuqiang Liu and Larry X.W. Wang
Abstract: A family of k-subsets A_{1}, A_{2},... , A_{d} on [n] = {1, 2,... , n} is called a (d, c)-cluster if the union A_{1} ∪A_{2} ∪...∪A_{d} contains at most ck elements with c < d. Let F be a family of k-subsets of an n-element set. We show that for k ≥ 2 and n ≥ k+ 2, if every (k, 2)-cluster of F is intersecting, then F contains no (k- 1)-dimensional simplices. This leads to an affirmative answer to Mubayi's conjecture for d = k based on Chvatal's simplex theorem. We also show that for any d satisfying 3 ≤ d ≤ k and n ≥ , if every (d, )-cluster is intersecting, then |F| ≤ with equality only when F is a complete star. This result is an extension of both Frankl's theorem and Mubayi's theorem. AMS Classification: 05D05 Keywords: clusters of subsets, Chvátal's simplex theorem, d-simplex, Erdös- Ko-Rado Theorem Download: pdf |