An asymmetric random Rado theorem: 1-statement

Elad Aigner-Horev, Yury Person

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A classical result by Rado characterises the so-called partition-regular matrices A, i.e. those matrices A for which any finite colouring of the positive integers yields a monochromatic solution to the equation Ax=0. We study the asymmetric random Rado problem for the (binomial) random set [n]p in which one seeks to determine the threshold for the property that any r-colouring, r≥2, of the random set has a colour i∈[r] admitting a solution for the matrical equation Aix=0, where A1,…,Ar are predetermined partition-regular matrices pre-assigned to the colours involved. We prove a 1-statement for the asymmetric random Rado property. In the symmetric setting our result retrieves the 1-statement of the symmetric random Rado theorem established in a combination of results by Rödl and Ruciński [34] and by Friedgut, Rödl and Schacht [11]. We conjecture that our 1-statement in fact unveils the threshold for the asymmetric random Rado property, yielding a counterpart to the so-called Kohayakawa-Kreuter conjecture concerning the threshold for the asymmetric random Ramsey problem in graphs. We deduce the aforementioned 1-statement for the asymmetric random Rado property after establishing a broader result generalising the main theorem of Friedgut, Rödl and Schacht from [11]. The latter then serves as a combinatorial framework through which 1-statements for Ramsey-type problems in random sets and (hyper)graphs alike can be established in the asymmetric setting following a relatively short combinatorial examination of certain hypergraphs. To establish this framework we utilise a recent approach put forth by Mousset, Nenadov and Samotij [26] for the Kohayakawa-Kreuter conjecture.

Original languageEnglish
Article number105687
JournalJournal of Combinatorial Theory. Series A
StatePublished - Jan 2023


  • Container method
  • Ramsey theory
  • Random graphs and hypergraphs


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