Mosaics of combinatorial designs

Oliver Wilhelm Gnilke*, Marcus Greferath, Mario Osvin Pavčević

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Looking at incidence matrices of t-(v,k,λ) designs as v× b matrices with two possible entries, each of which indicates incidences of a t-design, we introduce the notion of a c-mosaic of designs, having the same number of points and blocks, as a matrix with c different entries, such that each entry defines incidences of a design. In fact, a v× b matrix is decomposed in c incidence matrices of designs, each denoted by a different colour, hence this decomposition might be seen as a tiling of a matrix with incidence matrices of designs as well. These mosaics have applications in experiment design when considering a simultaneous run of several different experiments. We have constructed infinite series of examples of mosaics and state some probably non-trivial open problems. Furthermore we extend our definition to the case of q-analogues of designs in a meaningful way.

Original languageEnglish
JournalDesigns, Codes, and Cryptography
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)85-95
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Affine plane
  • c-Mosaic
  • Resolvable design
  • t-Design


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