Discussiones Mathematicae Graph Theory 25(1-2) (2005) 57-65
doi: 10.7151/dmgt.1260

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MULTICOLOR RAMSEY NUMBERS FOR PATHS AND CYCLES

Tomasz Dzido

Department of Computer Science
University of Gdańsk
Wita Stwosza 57, 80-952 Gdańsk, Poland
e-mail: tdz@math.univ.gda.pl

Abstract

For given graphs G1,G2,☐,Gk, k ≥ 2, the multicolor Ramsey number R(G1,G2,☐,Gk) is the smallest integer n such that if we arbitrarily color the edges of the complete graph on n vertices with k colors, then it is always a monochromatic copy of some Gi, for 1 ≤ i ≤ k. We give a lower bound for k-color Ramsey number R(Cm,Cm,☐,Cm), where m ≥ 8 is even and Cm is the cycle on m vertices. In addition, we provide exact values for Ramsey numbers R(P3,Cm,Cp), where P3 is the path on 3 vertices, and several values for R(Pl,Pm,Cp), where l,m,p ≥ 2. In this paper we present new results in this field as well as some interesting conjectures.

Keywords: edge coloring, Ramsey number.

2000 Mathematics Subject Classification: 05C15, 05C55.

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Received 30 October 2003
Revised 28 January 2005