## Discrete Math Seminar - Forbidden Configurations: Critical Substructures

- Date: 09/29/2009

University of British Columbia

Forbidden Configurations: Critical Substructures

Let F be a kxl (0,1)-matrix. We say that a (0,1)-matrix A has F as a

`configuration' if some row and column permutation of F is a

submatrix of A.

We are interested in `simple' matrices, namely (0,1)-matrices with no

repeated columns. If A is a simple matrix and has no configuration F then

what can we deduce about A? Our extremal problem is given m,F to

determine the maximum number of columns forb(m,F) in an m-rowed simple matrix A

which has no configuration F.

A `critical substructure' of F is a configuration F’ which is

contained in F and such that forb(m,F’)=forb(m,F). We give some examples to

demonstrate how this idea often helps in determining forb(m,F).

This represents joint work with Steven Karp and also Miguel Raggi.

4:00pm-5:00pm, WMAX 216.