Date of Award

Summer 8-1-2011

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Mathematics and Statistics

First Advisor

Yi Zhao

Abstract

We consider tiling problems for graphs and hypergraphs. For two graphs and , an -tiling of is a subgraph of consisting of only vertex disjoint copies of . By using the absorbing method, we give a short proof that in a balanced tripartite graph , if every vertex is adjacent to of the vertices in each of the other vertex partitions, then has a -tiling. Previously, Magyar and Martin [11] proved the same result (without ) by using the Regularity Lemma.

In a 3-uniform hypergraph , let denote the minimum number of edges that contain for all pairs of vertices. We show that if , there exists a -tiling that misses at most vertices of . On the other hand, we show that there exist hypergraphs such that and does not have a perfect -tiling. These extend the results of Pikhurko [12] on -tilings.

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