Deciding Bell number for hereditary graph properties

Graphs, Hypergraphs, and Computing

02 May 10:15 - 11:15

Vadim Lozin - University of Warwick

The paper [J. Balogh, B. Bollobas, D. Weinreich, A jump to the Bell number for hereditary graph properties, J. Combin. Theory Ser. B 95 (2005) 29--48] identifies a jump in the speed of hereditary graph properties to the Bell number B_n and provides a partial characterisation of the family of minimal classes whose speed is at least B_n. In this talk, we give a complete characterisation of this family. Since this family is infinite, the decidability of the problem of determining if the speed of a hereditary property is above or below the Bell number is questionable. We answer this question positively by showing that there exists an algorithm which, given a finite set F of graphs, decides whether the speed of the class of graphs containing no induced subgraphs from the set F is above or below the Bell number. For properties defined by infinitely many minimal forbidden induced subgraphs, the speed is known to be above the Bell number.

Joint work with A. Atminas, A. Collins, J. Foniok
Magnus M. Halldorsson
Reykjavik University
Klas Markström
Umeå University
Andrzej Rucinski
Adam Mickiewicz University
Carsten Thomassen
Technical University of Denmark, DTU


Klas Markström


For practical matters at the Institute, send an e-mail to