## Abstract

An avoidance problem of configurations in 4-cycle systems is investigated by generalizing the notion of sparseness, which is originally from Erdos' r-sparse conjecture on Steiner triple systems. A 4-cycle system of order v, 4CS(v), is said to be r-sparse if for every integer j satisfying 2 ≤ j ≤ r it contains no configurations consisting of j 4-cycles whose union contains precisely j + 3 vertices. If an r-sparse 4CS(v) is also free from copies of a configuration on two 4-cycles sharing a diagonal, called the double-diamond, we say it is strictly r-sparse. In this paper, we show that for every admissible order v there exists a strictly 4-sparse 4CS(v). We also prove that for any positive integer r ≥ 2 and sufficiently large integer v there exists a constant number c such that there exists a strictly r-sparse 4-cycle packing of order v with c · v^{2} 4-cycles.

Original language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | 175-185 |

Number of pages | 11 |

Journal | Journal of Combinatorial Mathematics and Combinatorial Computing |

Volume | 75 |

State | Published - 1 Nov 2010 |

## Keywords

- 4-Cycle system
- Avoidance
- Configuration
- R-sparse