Some new block designs of dimension three

Coen del Valle, Peter J. Dukes*

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The dimension of a block design is the maximum positive integer d such that any d of its points are contained in a proper subdesign. Pairwise balanced designs PBD(v,K) have dimension at least two as long as not all points are on the same line. On the other hand, designs of dimension three appear to be very scarce. We study designs of dimension three with block sizes in K = {3, 4} or {3, 5}, obtaining several explicit constructions and one nonexistence result in the latter case. As applications, we obtain a result on dimension three triple systems having arbitrary index as well as symmetric latin squares which are covered in a similar sense by proper subsquares

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-102
Number of pages18
JournalBulletin of the Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • block designs
  • dimension
  • latin squares
  • Steiner spaces
  • triple systems


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