Turán Problem for $10$-Cycles in the Hypercube

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Author(s): Erdos, Paul
Subject: Combinatorics
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Posted by: Jon Noel
on: September 20th, 2015

\begin{problem} Bound the extremal number of $C_{10}$ in the hypercube. \end{problem}

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The problem of bounding the extremal number for cycles in the hypercube was first considered by Erdős [Erd1,Erd2] who conjectured that $\text{ex}(Q_d,C_4) = (1/2 +o(1)) |E(Q_d)|$ and that $\text{ex}(Q_d,C_{2t}) = o(|E(Q_d)|)$ for all $t\geq3$. The first conjecture is still open, and the second is known to be false in the case $t=3$ (see [BDT, Chu, Cond]).

Chung [Chu] proved that $\text{ex}(Q_d,C_{2t}) = o(|E(Q_d)|)$ for even $t\geq 4$ and Füredi and Özkahya [FO1,FO2] proved the same for odd $t\geq 7$. Conlon [Conl] gave a unified proof of these results, which also applies to more general subgraphs of the hypercube. However, the case of $C_{10}$ remains unsolved.


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[BDT] A. E. Brouwer, I. J. Dejter and C. Thomassen, Highly symmetric subgraphs of hypercubes, J. Algebraic Combin. 2 (1993), 25–29.

[Chu] F. Chung, Subgraphs of a hypercube containing no small even cycles, J. Graph Theory 16 (1992), 273–286.

[Cond] M. Conder, Hexagon-free subgraphs of hypercubes, J. Graph Theory 17 (1993), 477–479.

[Conl] D. Conlon, An extremal theorem in the hypercube, Electron. J. Combin. 17 (2010), no. 1, Research Paper 111, 7 pages

[Erd1] P. Erdős, On some problems in graph theory, combinatorial analysis and combinatorial number theory, in: Graph Theory and Combinatorics (Cambridge, 1983), Academic Press, London, 1984, 1–17.

[Erd2] P. Erdős, Some of my favourite unsolved problems, in: A tribute to Paul Erdős, Cambridge University Press, 1990, 467–478.

[FO1] Z. Füredi and L. Özkahya, On 14-cycle-free subgraphs of the hypercube, Combin. Probab. Comput. 18 (2009), 725–729.

[FO2] Z. Füredi and L. Özkahya, On even-cycle-free subgraphs of the hypercube, Electronic Notes in Discrete Mathematics 34 (2009), 515–517.

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