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table_seating [2021-06-12 12:02] niktable_seating [2021-12-08 08:44] timbo
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-arranging a group of people into a number of tables so that everyone sits with everyone else.+The general problem is arranging a group of people into a number of tables so that everyone sits with everyone else. There are multiple versions for this.
  
-strict version is an affine plane. More generally we want a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Block_design#Resolvable_2-designs|resolvable 2-design]]. Resolvable is the parallelism. Maybe there is something like discrete hyperbolic geometry to deal with thisbut we seem to have better combinatorial ideas below.+  * The strict version is that all tables are the same size and that after the required number of roundseveryone has shared a table with every other person exactly once 
 +  * The lower version requires that each person shares a table with each other person at most once 
 +  * The upper version requires that each person shares a table with each other person at least once
  
 +Some general thoughts. Each sitting defines a partition of the set of people, each part is one table.
  
-Strict versions include [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kirkman%27s_schoolgirl_problem|Kirkman's Schoolgirl Problem]] (15 children walk in groups of 3can they do this so that all pairs of girls walk together exactly once over whole week) {[[https://oeis.org/search?q=schoolgirl&sort=&language=german&go=Suche|oeis]]}+===Strict=== 
 +A strict version is an affine planeExample 25 people in 5 tables of 5Point set is Z_5 x Z_5,we take the tables to be the lines L(a,b)={(x,y)| y=ax+b} and L(a)={(a,y)y in Z_5}, the sitting is a parallel class (the 5 lines with the same slope a), so we have 6 sittings, L(a,b) for a=0,1,2,3,4 and then the parallel class of L(a). 
  
-In less strict cases we allow people to meet more oftenor not to meet.+More generally we want a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Block_design#Resolvable_2-designs|resolvable 2-design]]. We want resolvable (v,k,1) designs. Resolvable is the parallelism. Maybe there is something like discrete hyperbolic geometry to deal with thisbut we seem to have better combinatorial ideas below. 
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 +Versions include [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kirkman%27s_schoolgirl_problem|Kirkman's Schoolgirl Problem]] (15 children walk in groups of 3, can they do this so that all pairs of girls walk together exactly once over a whole week) {[[https://oeis.org/search?q=schoolgirl&sort=&language=german&go=Suche|oeis]]}. This is the question as to resolvable (v,3,1) 2-designs, which if I understand it, exist iff v = 3 mod 6. 
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 +For pairs, resolvable (v,2,1) 2-designs exist only for even v, v >= 4. 
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 +Table size 4: Resolvable (v,k,1)- 2-designs.  
 +[[https://www.semanticscholar.org/paper/The-spectrum-of-resolvable-designs-with-block-size-Vasiga-Furino/364fb4a75a38493ed2c86fa3589adfee6d2714f5|This paper]] says that nessesary numerical conditions are sufficient except for a case that need not concern us. 
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 +=== Lower Version=== 
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 +Just leave out some sittings on a strict version. Perhaps add a few nonexistant people to get a better distribution of people on tables with not all tables always full. 
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 +=== Upper Version ===
  
 The "[[https://github.com/fpvandoorn/Dagstuhl-tables|Dagstuhl Happy Diner problem]]" is the version where everyone meets at least once. {[[https://oeis.org/A318240|oeis]]} The "[[https://github.com/fpvandoorn/Dagstuhl-tables|Dagstuhl Happy Diner problem]]" is the version where everyone meets at least once. {[[https://oeis.org/A318240|oeis]]}
  
-[[https://www.researchgate.net/publication/227715273_Equitable_resolvable_coverings|Equitable Resolvable coverings]] also seem to be a more strict form, where we can allow people to meet at most twice. {[[https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1002|ref]]}/jcd.10024?saml_referrer+[[https://www.researchgate.net/publication/227715273_Equitable_resolvable_coverings|Equitable Resolvable coverings]] also seem to be a more strict form, where we can allow people to meet at most twice. {[[https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1002/jcd.10024|ref]]}
  
 If we have people sitting at round tables and only interacting with their neighbours, then we have the more difficult [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oberwolfach_problem|Oberwolfach Problem]] If we have people sitting at round tables and only interacting with their neighbours, then we have the more difficult [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oberwolfach_problem|Oberwolfach Problem]]
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