Charles E. Killian

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We show that symmetric Venn diagrams for n sets exist for every prime n, settling an open question. Until this time, n = 11 was the largest prime for which the existence of such diagrams had been proven, a result of Peter Hamburger. We show that the problem can be reduced to finding a symmetric chain decomposition, satisfying a certain cover property, in a(More)
A Venn diagram is simple if at most two curves intersect at any given point. A recent paper of Griggs, Killian, and Savage [Elec. J. Combinatorics, Research Paper 2, 2004] shows how to construct rotationally symmetric Venn diagrams for any prime number of curves. However, the resulting diagrams contain only n n/2 intersection points, whereas a simple Venn(More)
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