# Extending the t-design concept

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Let 픅 be a family of k-subsets of a υ-set V, with 1 ≤ k ≤ υ/2. Given only the inner distribution of 픅, i.e., the number of pairs of blocks that meet in j points (with j = 0, 1, …, k), we are able to completely describe the regularity with which 픅 meets an arbitrary t-subset of V, for each order t (with 1 ≤ t ≤ υ/2). This description makes use of a linear transform based on a system of dual Hahn polynomials with parameters υ, k, t. The main regularity parameter is the dimension of a well-defined subspace of ℝt+1, called the t-form space of 픅. (This subspace coincides with ℝt+1 if and only if 픅 is a t-design.) We show that the t-form space has the structure of an ideal, and we explain how to compute its canonical generator. © 1993 American Mathematical Society.

### Full Text

### Duke Authors

### Cited Authors

- Calderbank, AR; Delsarte, P

### Published Date

- January 1, 1993

### Published In

### Volume / Issue

- 338 / 2

### Start / End Page

- 941 - 952

### International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

- 0002-9947

### Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

- 10.1090/S0002-9947-1993-1134756-0

### Citation Source

- Scopus