Edge-decompositions of graphs with high minimum degree

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A fundamental theorem of Wilson states that, for every graph F, every sufficiently large F-divisible clique has an F-decomposition. Here a graph G is F-divisible if e(F) divides e(G) and the greatest common divisor of the degrees of F divides the greatest common divisor of the degrees of G, and G has an F-decomposition if the edges of G can be covered by edge-disjoint copies of F. We extend this result to graphs which are allowed to be far from complete: our results imply that every sufficiently large F-divisible graph G on n vertices with minimum degree at least (1-1/(16|F|4)+ε)n has an F-decomposition. Moreover, every sufficiently large K3-divisible graph of minimum degree at least 0.956n has a K3-decomposition. Our result significantly improves previous results towards the long-standing conjecture of Nash-Williams that every sufficiently large K3-divisible graph with minimum degree 3n/4 has a K3-decomposition. For certain graphs, we can strengthen the general bound above. In particular, we obtain the asymptotically correct thresholds of 2n/3+o(n) for C4 and n/2+o(n) for even cycles of length at least 6. Our main contribution is a general method which turns an approximate decomposition into an exact one.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-121
Number of pages7
JournalElectronic Notes in Discrete Mathematics
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2015


  • Edge decomposition, Minimum degree