Extending Edge-colorings of Complete Hypergraphs into Regular Colorings

Amin Bahmanian

Let $\binom{X}{h}$ be the collection of all $h$-subsets of an $n$-set $X\supseteq Y$. Given a coloring (partition) of a set $S\subseteq \binom{X}{h}$, we are interested in finding conditions under which this coloring is extendible to a coloring of $\binom{X}{h}$ so that the number of times each element of $X$ appears in each color class (all sets of the same color) is the same number $r$. The case $S=\varnothing, r=1$ was studied by Sylvester in the 18th century, and remained open until the 1970s. The case $h=2,r=1$ is extensively studied in the literature and is closely related to completing partial symmetric Latin squares. For $S=\binom{Y}{h}$, we settle the cases $h=4, |X|\geq 4.847323|Y|$, and $h=5, |X|\geq 6.285214|Y|$ completely. Moreover, we make partial progress toward solving the case where $S=\binom{X}{h}\backslash \binom{Y}{h}$. These results can be seen as extensions of the famous Baranyai's theorem, and make progress toward settling a 40-year-old problem posed by Cameron.

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