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## Essential Properties

The specification of block_design is as follows:

```block_design = element block_design {
attribute id	{ xsd:ID } ,
attribute v		{ xsd:positiveInteger } ,
attribute b  	{ xsd:positiveInteger } ? ,
attribute precision	{ xsd:positiveInteger } ? ,
blocks ,
point_labels ? ,
indicators ? ,
combinatorial_properties ? ,
block_design_automorphism_group ? ,
resolutions ? ,
statistical_properties ? ,
alternative_representations ? ,
info ?
}
```

The first four components of the specification are:

id

An attribute giving a unique identifier for the design.

v

An attribute giving the number of points.

b

An attribute giving the number of blocks (optional).

blocks

The list of blocks (as described above). The list must be ordered:

```blocks = element blocks {
attribute ordered { "true" } ,
block+
}

block = element block { z+ }
```

Here is the design from the example in the Introduction, including only the components above:

```<block_design b="7" id="t2-v7-k3-L1-1" v="7">
<blocks ordered="true">
<block><z>0</z><z>1</z><z>2</z></block>
<block><z>0</z><z>3</z><z>4</z></block>
<block><z>0</z><z>5</z><z>6</z></block>
<block><z>1</z><z>3</z><z>5</z></block>
<block><z>1</z><z>4</z><z>6</z></block>
<block><z>2</z><z>3</z><z>6</z></block>
<block><z>2</z><z>4</z><z>5</z></block>
</blocks>
</block_design>
```

All these components, except the attribute b, are essential. The subsequent elements are optional. The first optional element is point_labels. If, for example, the design has been built from a set of points in a projective geometry, the point labels might be the coordinates of the points. More important for applications, the point labels could be the actual treatments associated to the points in the experimental plan (after randomisation). The point labels, if present, should form a list of length .

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Peter Dobcsanyi 2003-12-15