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Primitive bound of a 2-structure


A 2-structure on a set $S$ is given by an equivalence relation on the set of ordered pairs of distinct elements of $S$. A subset $C$ of $S$, any two elements of which appear the same from the perspective of each element of the complement of $C$, is called a clan. The number of elements that must be added in order to obtain a 2-structure the only clans of which are trivial is called the primitive bound of the 2-structure. The primitive bound is determined for arbitrary 2-structures of any cardinality. This generalizes the classical results of Erd\H{o}s et al. and Moon for tournaments, as well as the result of Brignall et al. for finite graphs, and the precise results of Boussa\"{\i}ri and Ille for finite graphs, providing new proofs which avoid extensive use of induction in the finite case.

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hal-01322798 , version 1 (27-05-2016)



Abderrahim Boussaïri, Pierre Ille, Robert E. Woodrow. Primitive bound of a 2-structure. Journal of Combinatorics, 2016, 7 (4), pp.543-594. ⟨hal-01322798⟩
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