A Construction Technique for Group Divisible (v-1,k,0,1) Partially Balanced Incomplete Block Designs (PBIBDs)
Asian Journal of Probability and Statistics,
Group Divisible PBIBDs are important combinatorial structures with diverse applications. In this paper, we provided a construction technique for Group Divisible (v-1,k,0,1) PBIBDs. This was achieved by using techniques described in literature to construct Nim addition tables of order 2n, 2≤n≤5 and (k2,b,r,k,1)Resolvable BIBDs respectively. A “block cutting” procedure was thereafter used to generate corresponding Group Divisible (v-1,k,0,1) PBIBDs from the (k2,b,r,k,1)Resolvable BIBDs. These procedures were streamlined and implemented in MATLAB. The generated designs are regular with parameters(15,15,4,4,5,3,0,1);(63,63,8,8,9,7,0,1);(255,255,16,16,17,15,0,1) and (1023,1023,32,32,33,31,0,1). The MATLAB codes written are useful for generating the blocks of the designs which can be easily adapted and utilized in other relevant studies. Also, we have been able to establish a link between the game of Nim and Group Divisible (v-1,k,0,1) PBIBDs.