Localized codegree conditions for tight Hamilton cycles in 3-uniform hypergraphs

Pedro Araújo, Simon Piga, Mathias Schacht

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We study sufficient conditions for the existence of Hamilton cycles in uniformly dense 3-uniform hypergraphs. Problems of this type were first considered by Lenz, Mubayi, and Mycroft for loose Hamilton cycles, and Aigner-Horev and Levy considered them for tight Hamilton cycles for a fairly strong notion of uniformly dense hypergraphs. We focus on tight cycles and obtain optimal results for a weaker notion of uniformly dense hypergraphs. We show that if an n-vertex 3-uniform hypergraph H = (V, E) has the property that for any set of vertices X and for any collection P of pairs of vertices, the number of hyperedges composed by a pair belonging to P and one vertex from X is at least (1/4+o(1))|X||P|-o(|V|3) and H has minimum vertex degree at least Ω(|V|2), then H contains a tight Hamilton cycle. A probabilistic construction shows that the constant 1/4 is optimal in this context.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-169
Number of pages23
JournalSIAM Journal on Discrete Mathematics
Issue number1
Early online date6 Jan 2022
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2022


  • hypergraphs
  • Eulerian and Hamiltonian graphs
  • Absorption Method


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