Classification of Maximum Hittings by Large Families

Candida Bowtell, Richard Mycroft*

*Corresponding author for this work

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For integers $r$ and $n$, where $n$ is sufficiently large, and for every set $X \subseteq [n]$ we determine the maximal left-compressed intersecting families $A \subseteq \binom{[n]}{r}$ which achieve maximum hitting with $X$ (i.e. have the most members which intersect $X$). This answers a question of Barber, who extended previous results by Borg to characterise those sets $X$ for which maximum hitting is achieved by the star.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-39
Number of pages13
JournalGraphs and Combinatorics
Publication statusPublished - 16 Nov 2019


  • Compressions
  • Intersecting families
  • Set systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics


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