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A Remark on the Number of Complete and Empty Subgraphs

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 June 1998

RICHARD H. SCHELP
Affiliation:
Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Memphis, Memphis TN 38152, USA (e-mail: schelpr@msci.memphis.edu)
ANDREW THOMASON
Affiliation:
Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Memphis, Memphis TN 38152, USA (e-mail: schelpr@msci.memphis.edu) Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics, 16 Mill Lane, Cambridge CB2 1SB, UK (e-mail: A.G.Thomason@dpmms.cam.ac.uk)

Abstract

Let kp(G) denote the number of complete subgraphs of order p in the graph G. Bollobás proved that any real linear combination of the form [sum ]apkp(G) attains its maximum on a complete multipartite graph. We show that the same is true for a linear combination of the form [sum ]apkp(G) +bpkp(), provided bp[ges ]0 for every p.

Type
Research Article
Copyright
1998 Cambridge University Press

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