By Jagdish Srivastava

ISBN-10: 0720422620

ISBN-13: 9780720422627

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1) => (2), because, for any hypergraph H9 we have 2v(i7) < τ2(Η) < 2τ(Η). Let us show that (2) => (1). Let us assume that a hypergraph H satisfies (2) and v(H) < τ(Η)9 and let us show that this leads to a contradiction. Let //' be a partial hypergraph of H with v(H') < τ(Η') and with a minimal number of edges. For every edge E[ of //', we have ν(Η'-Εί) = τ(Η'-Ε& v(//'-ED = v(H') or v(H')-l9 τ(Η'-Ε[) = τ(Η') or τ(Η')-1. Hence ν(Η'-£ί) = ν(Η') (0, τ(Α'-£ί) = τ(/Τ)-1 (0· , Let £Ί and JE2 be two intersecting edges of H' (they exist by the above equalities).

Proof. Let (Sl9 S29 · . ·, Sk) be a partition of X into k classes, and let k(i) be the number of classes which meet edge Et. If k(i) = k for every /, then we have a partition of X into k transversal sets. If k(i) < k for an index i = i09 we have k(i0) < \Eio\; hence there exist two indices p and q with \SP n JEiol > 2, |S e n £ fe | = 0. The sub-hypergraph / ί ' induced by 5 Ρ u Sq is balanced, hence, by theorem 1, it admits a bicoloration (S'p, S£). Let Sj = Sj for j Φ p,q\ the partition (Si, S £ , .

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