Path decompositions of tournaments

Antonio Jose Ferra Gomes De Almeida Girao, Bertille Granet, Daniela Kuhn*, Allan Lo, Deryk Osthus

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In 1976, Alspach, Mason, and Pullman conjectured that any tournament 𝑇of even order can be decomposed into exactly ex(𝑇)paths, where ex(𝑇)∢=12βˆ‘π‘£βˆˆπ‘‰(𝑇)|𝑑+𝑇(𝑣) βˆ’π‘‘βˆ’π‘‡(𝑣)|. We prove this conjecture for all sufficiently large tournaments. We also prove an asymptotically optimal result for tournaments of odd order.
Original languageEnglish
JournalProceedings of the London Mathematical Society
Early online date19 Jan 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Jan 2023

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Funding Information:
We thank the referee for helpful suggestions. This project has received partial funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement no. 786198, D. KΓΌhn and D. Osthus). The research leading to these results was also partially supported by the EPSRC, grant nos. EP/N019504/1 (A. GirΓ£o and D. KΓΌhn) and EP/S00100X/1 (D. Osthus).

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