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A pair of square 0, 1 matrices A,B such that ABT = E + kI (where E is the n × n matrix of all 1s and k is a positive integer) are called Lehman matrices. These matrices figure prominently in Lehman’s seminal theorem on minimally nonideal matrices. There are two choices of k for which this matrix equation is known to have infinite families of solutions. When n = k2+k+1 and A = B, we get point-line incidence matrices of finite projective planes, which have been widely studied in the literature. The other case occurs when k = 1 and n is arbitrary, but very little is known in this case. This paper studies this class of Lehman matrices and classifies them according to their similarity to circulant matrices.





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Journal of Combinatorial Theory, Series B, 99, 3, 531-556.