## On the stability of graph independence number

26 Feb 2021  ·  Zichao Dong, Zhuo Wu ·

Let $G$ be a graph on $n$ vertices of independence number $\alpha(G)$ such that every induced subgraph of $G$ on $n-k$ vertices has an independent set of size at least $\alpha(G) - \ell$. What is the largest possible $\alpha(G)$ in terms of $n$ for fixed $k$ and $\ell$?.. We show that $\alpha(G) \le n/2 + C_{k, \ell}$, which is sharp for $k-\ell \le 2$. We also use this result to determine new values of the Erd\H{o}s--Rogers function. read more

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Combinatorics 05C69, 05C55