Steiler Quadruple Systems


10.1 Introduction

A Steiner quadruple system is an ordered pair ( V , B ) where V is a finite set of symbols and B is a set of 4-element subsets of V called quadruples with the property that every 3-element subset of V is a subset of exactly one quadruple in B. |V| is called the order of the Steiner quadruple system. For short, we write SQS(v) to denote a Steiner quadruple system of order v.

It is very important to remember that two quadruples in a Steiner quadruple system can intersect in two symbols, since it is only the 3-element subsets that are required to occur in a unique quadruple. (For those of us who are most familiar with block designs, this is easy to forget!)

Figure 10.1: Quadruples in a ...

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