### Abstract

More than twenty years ago, Manickam, Miklós, and Singhi conjectured that for any integers n, k satisfying n≥4k, every set of n real numbers with nonnegative sum has at least (n-1k-1) k-element subsets whose sum is also nonnegative. In this paper we discuss the connection of this problem with matchings and fractional covers of hypergraphs, and with the question of estimating the probability that the sum of nonnegative independent random variables exceeds its expectation by a given amount. Using these connections together with some probabilistic techniques, we verify the conjecture for n≥33k ^{2}. This substantially improves the best previously known exponential lower bound n≥e ^{ckloglogk}. In addition we prove a tight stability result showing that for every k and all sufficiently large n, every set of n reals with a nonnegative sum that does not contain a member whose sum with any other k-1 members is nonnegative, contains at least (n-1k-1)+(n-k-1k-1)-1 subsets of cardinality k with nonnegative sum.

Original language | English (US) |
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Pages (from-to) | 784-796 |

Number of pages | 13 |

Journal | Journal of Combinatorial Theory. Series B |

Volume | 102 |

Issue number | 3 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - May 1 2012 |

Externally published | Yes |

### All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

- Theoretical Computer Science
- Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics
- Computational Theory and Mathematics

### Keywords

- Fractional cover
- Hypergraph matching
- Nonnegative k-sum

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## Cite this

*Journal of Combinatorial Theory. Series B*,

*102*(3), 784-796. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jctb.2011.12.002