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On duals of multiplicative designs


Patenaude, Robert Alan (1972) On duals of multiplicative designs. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/AENB-1V51.


A multiplicative design is a square design (that is, a set S of n elements called varieties, and a collection of n subsets of S called blocks) in which each block may be assigned a positive number, called the block's weight, less than the size of the block in such a way that the size of the intersection of two distinct blocks is the geometric mean of their weights. A uniform design is a multiplicative design in which the difference between the weight and size of a block is independent of the choice of the block. A λ-design is a multiplicative design with identical weights in which not all of the block sizes are equal.

It is conjectured that if a multiplicative design has a multiplicative dual, and if neither design belongs to a specific class of designs, then both are uniform designs. Two cases of this conjecture are proved, one of which is this generalization of a result of K. N. Majumdar: a λ-design with a multiplicative dual has λ = 1. Degenerate multiplicative designs are investigated. A generalization to multiplicative designs of Henry B. Mann's upper bound on the multiplicity of a repeated variety is also proved.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:Mathematics
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy
Major Option:Mathematics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Ryser, Herbert J.
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:3 April 1972
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Army Research OfficeUNSPECIFIED
Record Number:CaltechTHESIS:06132016-081554388
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ID Code:9871
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