Exact bounds for (λ,n)–stable 0-1 matrices.

Document Type: Research Paper


Faculté de Médecine et des sciences de la santé, Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Canada



Consider a v × v (0, 1) matrix A with exactly k ones in each row and each column. A is (λ, n)–stable, if it does not contain any λ × n submatrix with exactly one 0. If A is (λ, n)–stable, λ, n ≥ 2, then under suitable conditions on A, v ≥ k k(n−1)+(λ−2) . The case n λ−2 of equality leads to new and substantive connections with block designs. The previous bound and characterization of (λ, 2)–stable matrices follows immediately as a special case.


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