On γ-Vectors Satisfying the Kruskal-Katona Inequalities

Eran Nevo*, Kyle K. Petersen

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We present examples of flag homology spheres whose γ-vectors satisfy the Kruskal-Katona inequalities. This includes several families of well-studied simplicial complexes, including Coxeter complexes and the simplicial complexes dual to the associahedron and to the cyclohedron. In these cases, we construct explicit flag simplicial complexes whose f-vectors are the γ-vectors in question, and so a result of Frohmader shows that the γ-vectors satisfy not only the Kruskal-Katona inequalities but also the stronger Frankl-Füredi-Kalai inequalities. In another direction, we show that if a flag (d-1)-sphere has at most 2d+3 vertices its γ-vector satisfies the Frankl-Füredi-Kalai inequalities. We conjecture that if Δ is a flag homology sphere then γ(Δ) satisfies the Kruskal-Katona, and further, the Frankl-Füredi-Kalai inequalities. This conjecture is a significant refinement of Gal's conjecture, which asserts that such γ-vectors are nonnegative.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)503-521
Number of pages19
JournalDiscrete and Computational Geometry
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Gal's conjecture
  • γ-Vector


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