Distinct degrees in induced subgraphs

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An important theme of recent research in Ramsey theory has been establishing pseudorandomness properties of Ramsey graphs. An $N$-vertex graph is called $C$-Ramsey if it has no homogeneous set of size $C\log N$. A theorem of Bukh and Sudakov, solving a conjecture of Erd\H{o}s, Faudree and S\'os, shows that any $C$-Ramsey $N$-vertex graph contains an induced subgraph with $\Omega_C(N^{1/2})$ distinct degrees. We improve this to $\Omega_C(N^{2/3})$, which is tight up to the constant factor. We also show that any $N$-vertex graph with $N > (k-1)(n-1)$ and $n\geq n_0(k) = \Omega (k^9)$ either contains a homogeneous set of order $n$ or an induced subgraph with $k$ distinct degrees. The lower bound on $N$ here is sharp, as shown by an appropriate Tur\'an graph, and confirms a conjecture of Narayanan and Tomon.


Original languageEnglish
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 4 Feb 2020