A note on MDS codes, n-Arcs and complete designs

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A generalized incidence matrix of a design over GF(q) is any matrix obtained from the (0, 1)-incidence matrix by replacing ones with nonzero elements from GF(q). The dimension d q of a design D over GF(q) is defined as the minimum value of the q-rank of a generalized incidence matrix of D. It is proved that the dimension dq of the complete design on n points having as blocks all w-subsets, is greater that or equal to nw + 1, and the equality dq = nw + 1 holds if and only if there exists an [n, nw + 1, w] MDS code over GF(q), or equivalently, an n-arc in PG(w − 2, q).

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2003. Publisher’s version of record: https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1024121012598

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Designs, Codes and Cryptography