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    Senior Member Dinkydoe's Avatar
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    Colour Number Graph

    Hey, I'm a little stuck on the following problem:

    Let  x_1,\cdots x_{kl+1} be n different real numbers. Show there exists a decreasing subsequence with at least k+1 terms, or a increasing sequence of at least l+1 terms. With as hint: \chi(K_{lk+1})>lk

    Wich suggests that the result can be proven by seeing the numbers x_i as vertices in the graph K_{lk+1}. Why this helps...I don't quite see this, yet.

    Any suggestions?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dinkydoe View Post
    Hey, I'm a little stuck on the following problem:

    Let  x_1,\cdots x_{kl+1} be n different real numbers. Show there exists a decreasing subsequence with at least k+1 terms, or a increasing sequence of at least l+1 terms. With as hint: \chi(K_{lk+1})>lk

    Wich suggests that the result can be proven by seeing the numbers x_i as vertices in the graph K_{lk+1}. Why this helps...I don't quite see this, yet.

    Any suggestions?

    It's well known theorem. Erdos-Szekeres Theorem.

    You can find many proofs on the net.

    Here some nice(and very difficult) article about this theorem...
    http://www-stat.wharton.upenn.edu/~s...VOTMSTOEAS.pdf
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    Re: Colour Number Graph

    Thanks, it's a nice article.

    I did prove it differently though, ...but it's depending on (again) difficult graph-theory.

    We can construct a graph: (x_i,x_j) \in G \Leftrightarrow j>i and x_j>x_i

    The increasing subsequences form a clique in G. Furthermore, G is a comparability graph...and by some theorems, G must be a perfect graph.

    A perfect graph has the property that the colour number \chi(G) equals \alpha(G) (wich is the clique-number,i.e., largest clique in G).

    Suppose there's no increasing subsequence of at least l+1 terms. Then we have \alpha(G)=\chi(G)\leq l. Now apply a l-colouring on G.

    Note that, by the pigeon-hole principle 1 colour is used at least k+1 times.
    All x_i that have this colour form a decreasing subsequence of at least k+1 terms.
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