Designs, Codes and Cryptography

, Volume 44, Issue 1–3, pp 223–238 | Cite as

What is a design? How should we classify them?

  • R. A. Bailey
  • Peter J. Cameron


Design theory crosses the boundary between mathematics and statistics, and includes a wide range of disparate types of design. In this paper we present a classification scheme which aims to include as many important types as possible, based on a balance among concept, representation and use.


Block design Incidence Multiset Partition Geometry Chamber system 

AMS Classification

05B99 05B05 62K99 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Mathematical Sciences, Queen MaryUniversity of LondonLondonUK

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