Non-trivial intersecting families

P. Frankl, Z. Füredi

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The Erdös-Ko-Rado theorem states that if F is a family of k-subsets of an n-set no two of which are disjoint, n ≥ 2k, then |F| ≤ n-1 k-1 holds. Taking all k-subsets through a point shows that this bound is best possible. Hilton and Milner showed that if ∩ F = Ø then |F|≤ n-1 k-1- n-k-1 k-1+1 holds and this is best possible. In this note a new, short proof of this theorem is given.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)150-153
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Combinatorial Theory, Series A
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1986


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics

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