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Homework Help: Ramsey number inequality problem

  1. Jul 5, 2011 #1
    Prove that
    [itex]R(p,q) \leq \left(\stackrel{p+q-2}{p-1}\right) [/itex]
    where [itex]p [/itex] and [itex]q[/itex] are positive integers

    I'm supposed to use induction on the inequality [itex]R(p,q) \leq R(p-1,q) + R(p,q-1) [/itex], but I'm having difficulty there.

    How do I go about doing this? I can show it's true for [itex]p=q=1[/itex].
    But, I can't see how I get the combination in the first inequality from an induction on the second inequality (which doesn't contain a combination) ...
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