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1. CMB Online first

Dukes, Peter; Lamken, E.R.; Ling, Alan C.H.
An existence theory for incomplete designs
An incomplete pairwise balanced design is equivalent to a pairwise balanced design with a distinguished block, viewed as a `hole'. If there are $v$ points, a hole of size $w$, and all (other) block sizes equal $k$, this is denoted IPBD$((v;w),k)$. In addition to congruence restrictions on $v$ and $w$, there is also a necessary inequality: $v \gt (k-1)w$. This article establishes two main existence results for IPBD$((v;w),k)$: one in which $w$ is fixed and $v$ is large, and the other in the case $v \gt (k-1+\epsilon) w$ when $w$ is large (depending on $\epsilon$). Several possible generalizations of the problem are also discussed.

Keywords:block design, hypergraph

2. CMB 2015 (vol 58 pp. 610)

Rodger, C. A.; Whitt, Thomas Richard
Path Decompositions of Kneser and Generalized Kneser Graphs
Necessary and sufficient conditions are given for the existence of a graph decomposition of the Kneser Graph $KG_{n,2}$ and of the Generalized Kneser Graph $GKG_{n,3,1}$ into paths of length three.

Keywords:Kneser graph, generalized Kneser graph, path decomposition, graph decomposition
Categories:05C51, 05C70

3. CMB 2009 (vol 53 pp. 378)

Zhou, Sizhong
A New Sufficient Condition for a Graph To Be $(g,f,n)$-Critical
Let $G$ be a graph of order $p$, let $a$, $b$, and $n$ be nonnegative integers with $1\leq a\lt b$, and let $g$ and $f$ be two integer-valued functions defined on $V(G)$ such that $a\leq g(x)\lt f(x)\leq b$ for all $x\in V(G)$. A $(g,f)$-factor of graph $G$ is a spanning subgraph $F$ of $G$ such that $g(x)\leq d_F(x)\leq f(x)$ for each $x\in V(F)$. Then a graph $G$ is called $(g,f,n)$-critical if after deleting any $n$ vertices of $G$ the remaining graph of $G$ has a $(g,f)$-factor. The binding number $\operatorname{bind}(G)$ of $G$ is the minimum value of ${|N_G(X)|}/{|X|}$ taken over all non-empty subsets $X$ of $V(G)$ such that $N_G(X)\neq V(G)$. In this paper, it is proved that $G$ is a $(g,f,n)$-critical graph if \[ \operatorname{bind}(G)\gt \frac{(a+b-1)(p-1)}{(a+1)p-(a+b)-bn+2} \quad\text{and}\quad p\geq \frac{(a+b-1)(a+b-2)}{a+1}+\frac{bn}{a}. \] Furthermore, it is shown that this result is best possible in some sense.

Keywords:graph, $(g,f)$-factor, $(g,f,n)$-critical graph, binding number

4. CMB 2007 (vol 50 pp. 504)

Dukes, Peter; Ling, Alan C. H.
Asymptotic Existence of Resolvable Graph Designs
Let $v \ge k \ge 1$ and $\lam \ge 0$ be integers. A \emph{block design} $\BD(v,k,\lambda)$ is a collection $\cA$ of $k$-subsets of a $v$-set $X$ in which every unordered pair of elements from $X$ is contained in exactly $\lambda$ elements of $\cA$. More generally, for a fixed simple graph $G$, a \emph{graph design} $\GD(v,G,\lambda)$ is a collection $\cA$ of graphs isomorphic to $G$ with vertices in $X$ such that every unordered pair of elements from $X$ is an edge of exactly $\lambda$ elements of $\cA$. A famous result of Wilson says that for a fixed $G$ and $\lambda$, there exists a $\GD(v,G,\lambda)$ for all sufficiently large $v$ satisfying certain necessary conditions. A block (graph) design as above is \emph{resolvable} if $\cA$ can be partitioned into partitions of (graphs whose vertex sets partition) $X$. Lu has shown asymptotic existence in $v$ of resolvable $\BD(v,k,\lambda)$, yet for over twenty years the analogous problem for resolvable $\GD(v,G,\lambda)$ has remained open. In this paper, we settle asymptotic existence of resolvable graph designs.

Keywords:graph decomposition, resolvable designs
Categories:05B05, 05C70, 05B10

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