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On the Minimum Number of Completely 3-Scrambling Permutations

Abstract : A family $\mathcal{P} = \{\pi_1, \ldots , \pi_q\}$ of permutations of $[n]=\{1,\ldots,n\}$ is $\textit{completely}$ $k$-$\textit{scrambling}$ [Spencer, 1972; Füredi, 1996] if for any distinct $k$ points $x_1,\ldots,x_k \in [n]$, permutations $\pi_i$'s in $\mathcal{P}$ produce all $k!$ possible orders on $\pi_i (x_1),\ldots, \pi_i(x_k)$. Let $N^{\ast}(n,k)$ be the minimum size of such a family. This paper focuses on the case $k=3$. By a simple explicit construction, we show the following upper bound, which we express together with the lower bound due to Füredi for comparison. $\frac{2}{ \log _2e} \log_2 n \leq N^{\ast}(n,3) \leq 2\log_2n + (1+o(1)) \log_2 \log _2n$. We also prove the existence of $\lim_{n \to \infty} N^{\ast}(n,3) / \log_2 n = c_3$. Determining the value $c_3$ and proving the existence of $\lim_{n \to \infty} N^{\ast}(n,k) / \log_2 n = c_k$ for $k \geq 4$ remain open.
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Jun Tarui. On the Minimum Number of Completely 3-Scrambling Permutations. 2005 European Conference on Combinatorics, Graph Theory and Applications (EuroComb '05), 2005, Berlin, Germany. pp.351-356. ⟨hal-01184432⟩

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