Collections of subsets with the Sperner property

Author:
Jerrold R. Griggs

Journal:
Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. **269** (1982), 575-591

MSC:
Primary 05A05; Secondary 05C35, 06A10, 52A37

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637711

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Abstract: Let and , . Let be the subsets of which intersect , ordered by inclusion. Lih showed that has the Sperner property. Here it is shown that has several stronger properties. A nested chain decomposition is constructed for by bracketing. is shown to have the LYM property. A more general class of collections of subsets is studied: Let be partitioned into parts , let be subsets of , and let . Sufficient conditions on the are given for to be LYM, or at least Sperner, and examples are provided in which is not Sperner. Other results related to Sperner's theorem, the Kruskal-Katona theorem, and the LYM inequality are presented.

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