, Volume 103, Issue 3, pp 417-430
Date: 18 Nov 2012

The geometric dimension of some small configurations

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Recently, Jungnickel and Tonchev (Des Codes Cryptogr, doi:10.1007/s10623-012-9636-z, 2012) introduced new invariants for simple incidence structures \({\mathcal{D}}\) , which admit both a coding theoretic and a geometric description. Geometrically, one considers embeddings of \({\mathcal{D}}\) into projective geometries \({\Pi} = PG(n, q)\) , where an embedding means identifying the points of \({\mathcal{D}}\) with a point set V in \({\Pi}\) in such a way that every block of \({\mathcal{D}}\) is induced as the intersection of V with a suitable subspace of \({\Pi}\) . Then the new invariant, the geometric dimension \({\mathrm{geomdim}_{q}\mathcal{D}}\) of \({\mathcal{D}}\) , is the smallest value of n for which \({\mathcal{D}}\) may be embedded into the n-dimensional projective geometry PG(n, q). It is the aim of this paper to discuss a few additional general results regarding these invariants, and to determine them for some further examples, mainly some small configurations; this will answer some problems posed in (Des Codes Cryptogr, doi:10.1007/s10623-012-9636-z, 2012).