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Then M is a maximum matching i f and only i f there exists no augmenting path in G relative to M . 1. PROOF. By virtue of our remark prior to the theorem we will be finished if, given a matching M which admits no augmenting path, we can show it to be maximum. To this end, let M’ be any maximum matching and form M @ M’. Then the components of M @ M’ must consist of even cycles and alternating paths. But no alternating path component may be M-augmenting by hypothesis and hence each is even in length.

Construct a bipartite graph G on V(G) = A u B by joining X E A to y E B if and only if X G Y . (a) Prove that G has a matching of A into B. (b) For each X EA, define A(X)= 1+ max{ 2t 1 JXn { 1,.. ,2t} I 2 t } . Show that X -, A(X) defines a matching of (all of) A into B in graph G. (c) Use part (a) to prove Sperner’s Lemma (1928) which says that the maximum number of subsets of an n-element set such that none is contained in any other is ([&,). 8 1. MATCHINGS IN BIPARTITE GRAPHS ’BOX 1A. NP-properties, Good Characterirations and Minimax Theorems t \ Frobenius’ theorem characterizes those bipartite graphs which have a perfect matching.

This same author wishes to thank the d V (Hungarian State Railways) for keeping the Szeged Expressz running on time! Our warmest gratitude is extended to Pal Erdos and Tibor Gallai who were both “present at the creation” of matching theory and whose personal recollections were unselfishly shared with both authors on a number of occasions. For financial assistance and hospitality of various kinds we want to thank R E X (International Research ExLhange), NKI (the Hungarian Cultural Institute), NAS (the National Academy of Sciences), MTA (the Hungarian Academy of Sciences), SFB (the Sonderforschungsbereich of PREFACE xxvii West Germany), MKI (the Mathematics Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences), Vanderbilt University, Attila Jozsef University, Lorand Eotvos University, The University of Bonn, the University of Waterloo and the University of Melbourne.