On the variance of average distance of subsets in the Hamming space
Date of Issue2004
School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences
Let V be a finite set with q distinct elements. For a subset C of V n, denote var(C) the variance of the average Hamming distance of C. Let T (n,M; q) and R(n,M; q) denote the minimum and maximum variance of the average Hamming distance of subsets of V n with cardinality M, respectively. In this paper, we study T (n,M; q) and R(n,M; q) for general q. Using methods from coding theory, we derive upper and lower bounds on var(C), which generalize and unify the bounds for the case q = 2. These bounds enable us to determine the exact value for T (n,M; q) and R(n,M; q) in several cases.
Discrete applied mathematics
© 2004 Elsevier B.V. This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by Discrete Applied Mathematics, Elsevier B.V. It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: [http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dam.2004.08.004].