Although the functions described in this section were initially meant to investigate designs generated from nearrings, they can also be applied to other incidence structures. In principal a design is represented as a set of points and a set of blocks, a subset of the powerset of the points, with containment as incidence relation.

`DesignFromPointsAndBlocks( `

`, `

` )`

`DesignFromPointsAndBlocks`

returns the design with the set of points
`points` and the set of blocks `blocks`, a subset of the powerset of
`points`.

gap> points := [1..7];; gap> blocks := [[1,2,3],[1,4,5],[1,6,7],[2,4,7],[2,5,6],[3,5,7], > [3,4,6]];; gap> D := DesignFromPointsAndBlocks( points, blocks ); <an incidence structure with 7 points and 7 blocks>

`DesignFromIncidenceMat( M ) ;`

`DesignFromIncidenceMat`

returns the design with incidence matrix `M`,
The rows of `M` are labelled by the set of points 1 to *v*, the
columns represent the blocks.
If the ( *i*, *j* ) entry of the matrix `M` is 1, then the point *i* is
incident with the *j*-th block, i.e. the *j*-th block consists of those
points *i* for which the entry ( *i*, *j* ) of `M` is 1. All other entries
have to be 0.

gap> M := [[1,0,1,1], > [1,1,0,0], > [1,1,1,0]];; gap> DesignFromIncidenceMat( M ); <an incidence structure with 3 points and 4 blocks>

`DesignFromPlanarNearRing( `

`, `

` )`

`DesignFromPlanarNearRing`

returns a design obtained from the planar
nearring `N` following the constructions of James R. Clay
<[>Clay:Nearrings].

If `type` = `"*"`

, `DesignFromPlanarNearRing`

returns the design
(*N* ,*B*^{*}, Î ) in the notation of J. R. Clay with the elements of `N` as
set of points and {*N*^{*}·*a*+*b* | *a*,*b* Î *N*, *a* ¹ 0 } as set of blocks.
Here *N*^{*} is the set of elements *x* Î *N* satisfying *x*·*N* = *N*.

If `type` = `" "`

(blank), `DesignFromPlanarNearRing`

returns the design
(*N* ,*B*, Î ) in the notation of J. R. Clay with the elements of `N` as
set of points and {*N*·*a*+*b* | *a*,*b* Î *N*, *a* ¹ 0 } as set of
blocks.

gap> n := LibraryNearRing( GTW9_2, 90 ); LibraryNearRing(9/2, 90) gap> IsPlanarNearRing( n ); true gap> D1 := DesignFromPlanarNearRing( n, "*" ); <a 2 - ( 9, 4, 3 ) nearring generated design> gap> D2 := DesignFromPlanarNearRing( n, " " ); <a 2 - ( 9, 5, 5 ) nearring generated design>

`DesignFromFerreroPair( `

`, `

`, `

` )`

`DesignFromFerreroPair`

returns a design obtained from the group `G`, and
a group of fixed-point-free automorphisms `phi` acting on `G` following the
constructions of James R. Clay <[>Clay:Nearrings].

If `type` = `"*"`

, `DesignFromFerreroPair`

returns the design
(*G* ,*B*^{*}, Î ) in the notation of J. R. Clay with the elements of `G` as
set of points and the nonzero orbits of `G` under `phi` and their
translates by group-elements as set of blocks.

If `type` = `" "`

(blank), `DesignFromFerreroPair`

returns the design
(*G* ,*B*, Î ) in the notation of J. R. Clay with the elements of `G` as
set of points and the nonzero orbits of `G` under `phi` joined with the zero
of `G` and their translates by group-elements as set of blocks.

gap> aux := FpfAutomorphismGroupsCyclic( [3,3], 4 ); [ [ [ f1, f2 ] -> [ f1*f2, f1*f2^2 ] ], <pc group of size 9 with 2 generators> ] gap> f := aux[1][1]; [ f1, f2 ] -> [ f1*f2, f1*f2^2 ] gap> phi := Group( f ); <group with 1 generators> gap> G := aux[2]; <pc group of size 9 with 2 generators> gap> D3 := DesignFromFerreroPair( G, phi, "*" ); <a 2 - ( 9, 4, 3 ) nearring generated design> gap> # D3 is actually isomorphic to D1

`DesignFromWdNearRing( `

` )`

`DesignFromWdNearring`

returns a design obtained from the weakly divisible
nearring `N` with cyclic additive group of prime power order. Following the
constructions of A. Benini, F. Morini and S. Pellegrini, we take the elements
of `N` as set of points and {*N*·*a*+*b* | *a* Î *C*, *b* Î *N* } as set of
blocks. Here *C* is the set of elements *a* Î *N* such that *a*·*N* = *N*.

gap> n := LibraryNearRing( GTW9_1, 202 ); LibraryNearRing(9/1, 202) gap> IsWdNearRing( n ); true gap> DesignFromWdNearRing( n ); <a 1 - ( 9, 5, 10 ) nearring generated design>

`PointsOfDesign( `

` )`

`PointsOfDesign`

returns the actual list of points of the design `D`, not
their positions, no matter how the points of the design `D` may be
represented. To get the representation of those points, whose positions in
the list of all points are given by the list `pointnrs`, one can use
`PointsOfDesign( `

`D`` ){`

`pointnrs``}`

.

gap> D1; <a 2 - ( 9, 4, 3 ) nearring generated design> gap> PointsOfDesign( D1 ); [ (()), ((4,5,6)), ((4,6,5)), ((1,2,3)), ((1,2,3)(4,5,6)), ((1,2,3)(4,6,5)), ((1,3,2)), ((1,3,2)(4,5,6)), ((1,3,2)(4,6,5)) ] gap> PointsOfDesign( D1 ){[2,4]}; [ ((4,5,6)), ((1,2,3)) ] gap> # returns the points in position 2 and 4

`BlocksOfDesign( `

` )`

`BlocksOfDesign`

returns the actual list of blocks of the design `D`, not
their positions. Blocks are represented as lists of points. A point is
incident with a block if the point is an element of the
block. To get the representation of those blocks, whose positions in
the list of all blocks are given by the list `blocknrs`, one can use
`BlocksOfDesign( `

`D`` ){`

`blocknrs``}`

.

gap> Length( BlocksOfDesign( D1 ) ); 18 gap> BlocksOfDesign( D1 ){[3]}; [ [ ((4,6,5)), (()), ((1,2,3)(4,5,6)), ((1,3,2)(4,5,6)) ] ] gap> # returns the block in position 3 as a list of points

`DesignParameter( `

` )`

`DesignParameter`

returns the set of paramaters *t*, *v*, *b*, *r*, *k*, l
of the design `D`. Here *v* is the size of the set of points
`PointsOfDesign`

, *b* is the size of the set of blocks `PointsOfDesign`

,
every point is incident with precisely *r* blocks, every block is incident
with precisely *k* points, every *t* distinct points are together incident
with precisely l blocks.

gap> DesignParameter( D1 ); [ 2, 9, 18, 8, 4, 3 ] gap> # t = 2, v = 9, b = 18, r = 8, k = 4, lambda = 3

`IncidenceMat( `

` )`

`IncidenceMat`

returns the incidence matrix of the design `D`, where the
rows are labelled by the positions of the points in `PointsOfDesign`

, the
columns are labelled by the positions of the blocks in `BlocksOfDesign`

.
If the point in position *i* is incident with the block in position *j*, then
the ( *i*, *j* ) entry of the matrix `IncidenceMat`

is 1, else it is 0.

gap> M1 := IncidenceMat( D1 ); [ [ 0, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1, 1, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1 ], [ 1, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 1, 1, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1, 1, 0, 0, 1 ], [ 1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1, 1, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1, 1, 0 ], [ 1, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1 ], [ 0, 1, 1, 0, 0, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 1, 1, 0, 0, 1 ], [ 0, 1, 0, 1, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1, 1, 0 ], [ 1, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1, 1, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0 ], [ 0, 1, 1, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1, 1, 0, 0, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0 ], [ 0, 1, 0, 1, 1, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0 ] ]

`PrintIncidenceMat( `

` )`

`PrintIncidenceMat`

prints only the entries of the incidence matrix
`IncidenceMat`

of the design without commas. If the point in position *i* is
incident with the block in position *j*, then there is 1 in the *i*-th
row, *j*-th column, else there is '.', a dot.

gap> PrintIncidenceMat( D1 ); ..1.1.1..1.11..1.1 1...1..11..1.11..1 1.1....1.11..1.11. 1..1.1..1.1.1..1.1 .11..11...1..11..1 .1.11.1.1....1.11. 1..1.11..1.1..1.1. .11..1.11..11...1. .1.11..1.11.1.1...

`BlockIntersectionNumbers( `

` )`

`BlockIntersectionNumbersK( `

`, `

` )`

In the first form `BlockIntersectionNumbers`

returns the list of
cardinalities of the intersection of each block with all other blocks of the
design `D`.
In the second form `BlockIntersectionNumbers`

returns the list of
cardinalities of the intersection of the block in position `blocknr` with
all other blocks of the design `D`.

gap> BlockIntersectionNumbers( D1, 2 ); [ 0, 4, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 1, 2, 1, 2, 2, 2, 1, 2, 1 ] gap> # the second has empty intersection with the first block gap> # and intersects all others in at most 2 points

`IsCircularDesign( `

` )`

`IsCircularDesign`

returns `true`

if the design `D` is circular and `false`

otherwise. The design `D` has to be the result of `DesignFromPlanarNearRing`

or `DesignFromFerreroPair`

, since `IsCircularDesign`

assumes the particular
structure of such a nearring-generated design.

A design `D` is **circular** if every two distinct blocks intersect in at most
two points.

`IsCircularDesign`

calls the function `BlockIntersectionNumbers`

.

gap> IsCircularDesign( D1 ); true

`IsPointIncidentBlock( `

`, `

`, `

` )`

`IsPointIncidentBlock`

returns `true`

if the point whose position in the list
`PointsOfDesign( `

`D`` )`

is given by `pointnr` is incident with the block
whose position in the list `BlocksOfDesign( `

`D`` )`

is given by `blocknr`,
that is, the point is contained in the block as an element in a set.

gap> IsPointIncidentBlock( D1, 3, 1 ); true gap> # point 3 is incident with block 1 gap> IsPointIncidentBlock( D1, 3, 2 ); false

`PointsIncidentBlocks( `

`, `

` )`

`PointsIncidentBlocks`

returns a list of positions of those points of the
design `D` which are incident with the blocks, whose positions are given in
the list `blocknrs`.

gap> PointsIncidentBlocks( D1, [1, 4] ); [ 4, 7 ] gap> # block 1 and block 4 are together incident with gap> # points 4 and 7

`BlocksIncidentPoints( `

`, `

` )`

`BlocksIncidentPoints`

returns a list of positions of the blocks of the
design `D` which are incident with those points, whose positions are given
in the list `pointnrs`.

gap> BlocksIncidentPoints( D1, [2, 7] ); [ 1, 12, 15 ] gap> # point 2 and point 7 are together incident with gap> # blocks 1, 12, 15 gap> BlocksOfDesign( D1 ){last}; [ [ ((4,5,6)), ((4,6,5)), ((1,2,3)), ((1,3,2)) ], [ ((1,3,2)), ((1,3,2)(4,5,6)), (()), ((4,5,6)) ], [ ((1,3,2)(4,6,5)), ((1,3,2)), ((4,5,6)), ((1,2,3)(4,5,6)) ] ] gap> # the actual point sets of blocks 1, 12, and 15 gap> BlocksIncidentPoints( D1, [2, 3, 7] ); [ 1 ] gap> # points 2, 3, 7 are together incident with block 1 gap> PointsIncidentBlocks( D1, [1] ); [ 2, 3, 4, 7 ] gap> # block 1 is incident with points 2, 3, 4, 7

SONATA manual

October 2018