## Abstract

For a graph H and an integer n, the Turán number ex(n,H) is the maximum possible number of edges in a simple graph on n vertices that contains no copy of H. H is rdegenerate if every one of its subgraphs contains a vertex of degree at most r. We prove that, for any fixed bipartite graph H in which all degrees in one colour class are at most r, ex(n, H)≤ 0(n^{2-1/r}), This is tight for all values of r and can also be derived from an earlier result of Füredi. We also show that there is an absolute positive constant c such that, for every fixed bipartite r-degenerate graph H, ex(n, H) ≤ O(n ^{1-c/r}). This is motivated by a conjecture of Erdos that asserts that, for every such H, ex(n,H) ≥O(n^{1-1/r}). For two graphs G and H, the Ramsey number r(G, H) is the minimum number n such that, in any colouring of the edges of the complete graph on n vertices by red and blue, there is either a red copy of G or a blue copy of H. Erdos conjectured that there is an absolute constant c such that, for any graph G with m edges, r(G, G) ≤ 2 ^{c√m}. Here we prove this conjecture for bipartite graphs G, and prove that for general graphs G with m edges, r(G,G)≤2 ^{c√mlog m} for some absolute positive constant c. These results and some related ones are derived from a simple and yet surprisingly powerful lemma, proved, using probabilistic techniques, at the beginning of the paper. This lemma is a refined version of earlier results proved and applied by various researchers including Rödl. Kostochka, Gowers and Sudakov.

Original language | English (US) |
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Pages (from-to) | 477-494 |

Number of pages | 18 |

Journal | Combinatorics Probability and Computing |

Volume | 12 |

Issue number | 5-6 SPEC. ISS. |

DOIs | |

State | Published - Sep 2003 |

Externally published | Yes |

## All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

- Theoretical Computer Science
- Statistics and Probability
- Computational Theory and Mathematics
- Applied Mathematics