Piercing d-Intervals

N. Alon*

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A (homogeneous) d-interval is a union of d closed intervals in the line. Let H be a finite collection of d-intervals. The transversal number τ (H) of H is the minimum number of points that intersect every member of H. The matching number v(H) of H is the maximum number of pairwise disjoint members of H. Gyárfás and Lehel [3] proved that τ ≤ O(vd!) and Kaiser [4] proved that τ ≤ O(d2v). His proof is topological, applies the Borsuk-Ulam theorem, and extends and simplifies a result of Tardos [5]. Here we give a very short, elementary proof of a similar estimate, using the method of [2].

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)333-334
Number of pages2
JournalDiscrete and Computational Geometry
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 1998


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