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Dinitz Problem

Given any assignment of $n$-element sets to the $n^2$ locations of a square $n\times n$ array, is it always possible to find a Partial Latin Square? The fact that such a Partial Latin Square can always be found for a $2\times 2$ array can be proven analytically, and techniques were developed which also proved the existence for $4\times 4$ and $6\times 6$ arrays. However, the general problem eluded solution until it was answered in the affirmative by Galvin in 1993 using results of Janssen (1993ab) and F. Maffray.

See also Partial Latin Square


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