$r$-cross $t$-intersecting families via necessary intersection points

Pranshu Gupta, Yannick Mogge, Simón Piga, Bjarne Schülke

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Given integers $r\geq 2$ and $n,t\geq 1$ we call families $\mathcal{F}_1,\dots,\mathcal{F}_r\subseteq\mathscr{P}([n])$ $r$-cross $t$-intersecting if for all $F_i\in\mathcal{F}_i$, $i\in[r]$, we have $\vert\bigcap_{i\in[r]}F_i\vert\geq t$. We obtain a strong generalisation of the classic Hilton-Milner theorem on cross intersecting families. In particular, we determine the maximum of $\sum_{j\in [r]}\vert\mathcal{F}_j\vert$ for $r$-cross $t$-intersecting families in the cases when these are $k$-uniform families or arbitrary subfamilies of $\mathscr{P}([n])$. Only some special cases of these results had been proved before. We obtain the aforementioned theorems as instances of a more general result that considers measures of $r$-cross $t$-intersecting families. This also provides the maximum of $\sum_{j\in [r]}\vert\mathcal{F}_j\vert$ for families of possibly mixed uniformities $k_1,\ldots,k_r$.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 22 Oct 2020

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  • math.CO
  • 05D05


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