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51. CMB 1999 (vol 42 pp. 25)
On the Set of Common Differences in van der Waerden's Theorem on Arithmetic Progressions Analogues of van der Waerden's theorem on arithmetic progressions
are considered where the family of all arithmetic progressions,
$\AP$, is replaced by some subfamily of $\AP$. Specifically, we
want to know for which sets $A$, of positive integers, the
following statement holds: for all positive integers $r$ and $k$,
there exists a positive integer $n= w'(k,r)$ such that for every
$r$-coloring of $[1,n]$ there exists a monochromatic $k$-term
arithmetic progression whose common difference belongs to $A$. We
will call any subset of the positive integers that has the above
property {\em large}. A set having this property for a specific
fixed $r$ will be called {\em $r$-large}. We give some necessary
conditions for a set to be large, including the fact that every
large set must contain an infinite number of multiples of each
positive integer. Also, no large set $\{a_{n}: n=1,2,\dots\}$ can
have $\liminf\limits_{n \rightarrow \infty} \frac{a_{n+1}}{a_{n}} > 1$.
Sufficient conditions for a set to be large are also given. We
show that any set containing $n$-cubes for arbitrarily large $n$,
is a large set. Results involving the connection between the
notions of ``large'' and ``2-large'' are given. Several open
questions and a conjecture are presented.
Categories:11B25, 05D10 |
52. CMB 1998 (vol 41 pp. 33)
Asymptotic existence of tight orthogonal main effect plans Our main result is showing the asymptotic existence of tight
$\OMEP$s. More precisely, for each fixed number $k$ of rows, and with the
exception of $\OMEP$s of the form $2 \times 2 \times \cdots 2 \times 2s\specdiv 4s$
with $s$ odd and with more than three rows, there are only a finite number
of tight $\OMEP$ parameters for which the tight $\OMEP$ does not exist.
Categories:62K99, 05B15 |
53. CMB 1997 (vol 40 pp. 149)
Monochromatic homothetic copies\\ of $\{1,1+s,1+s+t\}$ For positive integers $s$ and $t$, let $f(s, t)$ denote the smallest positive
integer $N$ such that every $2$-colouring of $[1,N]=\{1,2, \ldots , N\}$ has
a monochromatic homothetic copy of $\{1, 1+s, 1+s+t\}$.
We show that $f(s, t) = 4(s+t) + 1$ whenever $s/g$ and $t/g$ are not
congruent to $0$ (modulo $4$), where $g=\gcd(s,t)$. This can be viewed as
a generalization of part of van~der~Waerden's theorem on
arithmetic progressions, since the $3$-term arithmetic progressions are the
homothetic copies of $\{1, 1+1, 1+1+1\}$. We also show that $f(s, t) = 4(s+t)
+ 1$ in many other cases (for example, whenever $s > 2t > 2$ and $t$ does not
divide $s$), and that $f(s, t) \le 4(s+t) + 1$ for all $s$, $t$.
Thus the set of homothetic copies of $\{1, 1+s, 1+s+t\}$ is a set of
triples with a particularly simple Ramsey function (at least for the case
of two colours), and one wonders what other ``natural'' sets of triples,
quadruples, {\it etc.}, have simple (or easily estimated) Ramsey functions.
Category:05D10 |