FOM: 36:Adjacent Ramsey Theory

Harvey Friedman friedman at
Mon Mar 22 19:00:18 EST 1999

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14:New characterizations of the provable ordinals  4/8/98  2:09AM
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16':Errata  4/28/98  10:28AM
17:Very Strong Borel statements  4/26/98  8:06PM
18:Binary Functions and Large Cardinals  4/30/98  12:03PM
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21:Long Sequences/Update  10/13/98  3:18AM
22:Finite Trees/Impredicativity  10/20/98  10:13AM
23:Q-Systems and Proof Theoretic Ordinals  11/6/98  3:01AM
24:Predicatively Unfeasible Integers  11/10/98  10:44PM
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28:Optimized Functions/Large Cardinals:more  1/27/99  4:37AM
28':Restatement  1/28/99  5:49AM
29:Large Cardinals/where are we? I  2/22/99  6:11AM
30:Large Cardinals/where are we? II  2/23/99  6:15AM
31:First Free Sets/Large Cardinals  2/27/99  1:43AM
32:Greedy Constructions/Large Cardinals  3/2/99  11:21PM
33:A Variant  3/4/99  1:52PM
34:Walks in N^k  3/7/99  1:43PM
35:Special AE Sentences  3/18/99  4:56AM
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Harvey M. Friedman
March 23, 1999

We start with the following easy consequence of the infinite Ramsey theorem.

THEOREM 1. Let k,r >= 1 and F:Z+^k into [0,r]. There exists x_1 < ... <
x_k+1 such that F(x_1,...,x_k) = F(x_2,...,x_k+1).

We consider (x_1,...,x_k) and (x_2,...,x_k+1) to be "adjacent."

Note that this is logically "simpler" than the infinite Ramsey theorem in
that its conclusion is purely existential.

And also consider the following easy consequence of the finite Ramsey theorem.

THEOREM 2. For all k,r >= 1 there exists n in Z+ such that the following
holds. Let F:[1,n]^k into [1,r]. There exists x_1 < ... < x_k+1 such that
F(x_1,...,x_k) = F(x_2,...,x_k+1).

We now define the adjacent Ramsey numbers as follows. R(k,r) is the least n
such that Theorem 2 holds.

THEOREM 3. For all k >= 1, R(k,2) = 2k+1.

What about R(k,r)? Let 2^[b](k) be an exponential stack of b 2's with k on
top. THus 2^[1](k) = 2^k.

THEOREM 4. Let b >= 1. For all sufficiently large k, R(k,3) > 2^[b](k).

It looks like we can give a reasonable bound on how large k has to be in
Theorem 4 as a function of k. However, to get a really good bound, we need
to do further investigation.

THEROEM 5. For all b >= 1 there exists k such that the following holds. For
all sufficiently large r >= 1, R(k,r) > 2^[b](r).

Again, it looks like we can give a reasonable bound k in terms of b and how
large r has to be in terms of b. This also needs further investigation.

But the main point is that for 3 colors (r = 3), this most bare bones form
of Ramsey's theorem already has an iterated exponential blowup.

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