Graduation Year

2012

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree

Ph.D.

Degree Granting Department

Mathematics and Statistics

Major Professor

Brendan Nagle

Keywords

extremal combinatorics, fractional packings, linear hypergraphs, regularity

Abstract

Let F0 be a fixed k-uniform hypergraph, and let H be a given k-uniform hypergraph on n vertices. An F0-packing of H is a family F of edge-disjoint copies of F0 which are subhypergraphs in H. Let nF0(H) denote the maximum size |F| of an F0-packing F of H. It is well-known that computing nF0(H) is NP-hard for nearly any choice of F0.

In this thesis, we consider the special case when F0 is a linear hypergraph, that is, when no two edges of F0 overlap in more than one vertex. We establish for z > 0 and n &ge n0(z) sufficiently large, an algorithm which, in time polynomial in n, constructs an F0-packing F of H of size |F| ≥ nF0(H) - znk.

A central direction in our proof uses so-called fractional F0-packings of H which are known to approximate nF0(H). The driving force of our argument, however, is the use and development of several tools within the theory of hypergraph regularity.

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