## Abstract

Many problems in extremal graph theory correspond to questions involving ho-momorphisms into a fixed image graph. Recently, there has been interest in maximizing the number of homomorphisms from graphs with a fixed number of vertices and edges into small image graphs. For the image graph H_{ind}, the graph on two adjacent vertices, one of which is looped, each homomorphism from G to H_{ind} cor-responds to an independent set in G. It follows from the Kruskal-Katona theorem that the number of homomorphisms to H_{ind} is maximized by the lex graph, whose edges form an initial segment of the lex order. A loop-threshold graph is a graph built recursively from a single vertex, which may be looped or unlooped, by successively adding either a looped dominating vertex or an unlooped isolated vertex at each stage. Thus, the graph H_{ind} is a loop-threshold graph. We survey known results for maximizing the number of ho-momorphisms into small loop-threshold image graphs. The only extremal homo-morphism problem with a loop-threshold image graph on at most three vertices not yet solved is H_{ind} ∪ E_{1}, where extremal graphs are the union of a lex graph and an empty graph. The only question that remains is the size of the lex component of the extremal graph. While we cannot give an exact answer for every number of vertices and edges, we establish the significance of and give bounds on ℓ(m), the number of vertices in the lex component of the extremal graph with m edges and at least m + 1 vertices.

Original language | English |
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Article number | P2.38 |

Pages (from-to) | 1-18 |

Number of pages | 18 |

Journal | Electronic Journal of Combinatorics |

Volume | 27 |

Issue number | 2 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - 2020 |