Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
Dr. James A. Davis
In this paper, the topics of symmetric designs and difference sets are discussed both separately and in relation to each other. Then an approach to MacFarland Difference Sets using the theory behind homomorphisms from groups into the complex numbers is introduced. This method is contrasted with the method of finding this type of difference set used by E.S. Launder in his book Symmetric Designs: An Algebraic Approach.
Polhill, John Bowen Jr., "Symmetric designs, difference sets, and a new way to look at MacFarland difference sets" (1993). Honors Theses. 578.