• A Panigrahi

Articles written in Proceedings – Mathematical Sciences

• On the structure ofp-zero-sum free sequences and its application to a variant of Erdös-Ginzburg-Ziv theorem

Letp be any odd prime number. Letk be any positive integer such that $$2 \leqslant k \leqslant \left[ {\frac{{p + 1}}{3}} \right] + 1$$. LetS = (a1,a2,...,a2p−k) be any sequence in ℤp such that there is no subsequence of lengthp of S whose sum is zero in ℤp. Then we prove that we can arrange the sequence S as follows: $$S = (\underbrace {a,a,...,a,}_{u times}\underbrace {b,b,...,b,}_{v times}a'_1 ,a'_2 ,...,a'_{2p - k - u - v} )$$whereuv,u +v ≥ 2p - 2k + 2 anda -b generates ℤp. This extends a result in  to all primesp andk satisfying (p + 1)/4 + 3 ≤k ≤ (p + 1)/3 + 1. Also, we prove that ifg denotes the number of distinct residue classes modulop appearing in the sequenceS in ℤp of length 2p -k (2≤k ≤ [(p + 1)/4]+1), and $$g \geqslant 2\sqrt 2 \sqrt {k - 2}$$, then there exists a subsequence of S of lengthp whose sum is zero in ℤp.

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