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Publication# Packing the Boolean lattice with copies of a poset

Abstract

The Boolean lattice (2[n],subset of) is the family of all subsets of [n]={1,MIDLINE HORIZONTAL ELLIPSIS,n}, ordered by inclusion. Let P be a partially ordered set. We prove that if n is sufficiently large, then there exists a packing P of copies of P in (2[n],subset of) that covers almost every element of 2[n]: P might not cover the minimum and maximum of 2[n], and at most |P|-1 additional points due to divisibility. In particular, if |P| divides 2n-2, then the truncated Boolean lattice 2[n]-{ null ,[n]} can be partitioned into copies of P. This confirms a conjecture of Lonc from 1991.

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Related concepts (2)

Boolean algebra (structure)

In abstract algebra, a Boolean algebra or Boolean lattice is a complemented distributive lattice. This type of algebraic structure captures essential properties of both set operations and logic operations. A Boolean algebra can be seen as a generalization of a power set algebra or a field of sets, or its elements can be viewed as generalized truth values. It is also a special case of a De Morgan algebra and a Kleene algebra (with involution).

Complemented lattice

In the mathematical discipline of order theory, a complemented lattice is a bounded lattice (with least element 0 and greatest element 1), in which every element a has a complement, i.e. an element b satisfying a ∨ b = 1 and a ∧ b = 0. Complements need not be unique. A relatively complemented lattice is a lattice such that every interval [c, d], viewed as a bounded lattice in its own right, is a complemented lattice. An orthocomplementation on a complemented lattice is an involution that is order-reversing and maps each element to a complement.