[seqfan] Re: Antichains and RAM

israel at math.ubc.ca israel at math.ubc.ca
Mon May 11 15:56:53 CEST 2020

See Anderson, Combinatorics of Finite Sets, Cor. 5.3.3 : If A is an 
intersecting antichain of subsets of an n-set, then |A| <= binomial(n, 
floor(n/2)+1). References are to Brace and Daykin in 1972 and Schonheim in 


On May 11 2020, Brendan McKay wrote:

>Hmmmm, fix an element u of U.  Take all the subsets of size n/2 that 
>include u,
>and all the subsets of size n/2+1 that don't include u.  It comes to
>(n/(n+2)) binomial(n,n/2) subsets altogether.  I don't know if this is 
>best possible,
>but I know it isn't possible to reach binomial(n,n/2).
>On 11/5/20 7:00 pm, Brendan McKay wrote:
>> I will add a(7) for A305857 and A305855 shortly.
>> The case of a(8) will be substantially more difficult.  A relevant 
>> question is the following:
>> Given a universal set U of size n, what is the maximum number of 
>> non-empty subsets
>> of U such that none of the subsets is contained in another and each 
>> pair of the subsets
>> has non-empty intersection?
>> In the case that n is odd, the answer is binomial(n,(n+1)/2) with the 
>> unique solution
>> being all the subsets of size (n+1)/2.
>> I don't know the answer for n even.  A lower bound is 
>> binomial(n,n/2)/2 since one
>> can take all the subsets of size n/2 that contain a fixed element of 
>> U.  Is it possible
>> to do better?  This is surely known.
>> Brendan.
>> On 11/5/20 5:34 pm, Elijah Beregovsky wrote:
>>> Tim, thank you for the time spent!
>>> I'd thought about the isomorphism you propose, but I couldn't come up 
>>> with any way to use it to speed up computations. There are loads of 
>>> sequences on the OEIS, though, that count the equivalence classes. 
>>> https://oeis.org/A305857, or https://oeis.org/A305855, for example. 
>>> You could maybe extend some of them with your program.
>>> Best,
>>> Elijah
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