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International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences
Volume 2005 (2005), Issue 2, Pages 215-224

k-complementing subsets of nonnegative integers

Department of Mathematics, University of Lagos, Akoka-Yaba, Lagos 101017, Nigeria

Received 9 September 2004

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A collection {S1,S2,} of nonempty sets is called a complementing system of subsets for a set X of nonnegative integers if every element of X can be uniquely expressed as a sum of elements of the sets S1,S2, We present a complete characterization of all complementing systems of subsets for the set of the first n nonnegative integers as well as an explicit enumeration formula.