By J. Denes and A.D. Keedwell (Eds.)

ISBN-10: 0444888993

ISBN-13: 9780444888990

In 1974 the editors of the current quantity released a well-received ebook entitled ``Latin Squares and their Applications''. It integrated an inventory of seventy three unsolved difficulties of which approximately 20 were thoroughly solved within the intervening interval and approximately 10 extra were partly solved. the current paintings includes six contributed chapters and likewise six extra chapters written through the editors themselves. in addition to discussing the advances that have been made within the material of many of the chapters of the sooner publication, this new ebook comprises one bankruptcy which offers with a subject matter (r-orthogonal latin squares) which didn't exist whilst the sooner publication was once written. The luck of the previous booklet is proven by means of the 2 or 300 released papers which care for questions raised by way of it.

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INr(h) I = IR I and O DEFINITION. ) which satisfies the = a(xy) for all x , y E Q is said to associate on the left. The set of all elements which associate on the left form the left nucleus of a. ) has a left identity element e and that ~ d I& . a. x = ax. S O , A = La. y ( x y ) ~= a(xy) . Thus, in this case, Q has a left nucleus N, = (cf. ) Np(e) and L = {L,:aeNp}. Similarly, if ( Q , * ) has a right identity e*, then Q has a right nucleus = X A . ~= Nr = Nr(e*) and R = {Ra:aeNr) . If (Q. ) is a loop with identity element e, then it has left, right and middle nuclei and each of these sets is a group.

Russu (1975) . These authors have proved among other things that, for a latin square in standard form (first row and column in natural order if 0, 1, . . ,n-1 are used as symbols) is congruent to zero modulo the number of elements in the left nucleus N, (or the right nucleus NJ of the loop G whose multiplication table is given by the latin square. We discuss some of their results below. As an illustration, we can deduce immediately from the results just mentioned that the six classes of 6x6 squares which McCarthy found to have 8 transversals cannot correspond to either of the group squares because 8 + 0 mod 6 .

Gsk,), such that the elements g;igi,j+k (where i = 1 . 2 , . ,s; and the second suffix j is added modulo ki) comprise the non-identity elements of G each counted A times. A) near comDlete m a ~ ~ i nwhere g , K = {h1 ,h2, . . ,hr ;k 1 ,k2, . . ,k,) and the hi and kj are integers such r that 1-1 arrangement of the elements of G (each used lengths h i , h 2 , . A S = A {GI,is an jX1 times) into r sequences with & hi + 13 kj . b and s cyclic sequences with lengths k l , k 2 . . ,ks, say such that the elements (g$- 1gi,,+l and g$gi,,+l together with the elements gidig,l comprise the non-identity elements of G each counted A times.

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