Volume 17, No 6, 2010, P. 50-55

UDC 519.725
E. V. Gorkunov
The automorphism group of a q-ary hamming code

It is well known that the semilinear symmetry group of a $q$-ary Hamming code $\mathcal H$ with length $n=\frac{q^m-1}{q-1}$ is isomorphic to $\mathit\Gamma L_m(q)$. This does not clarify if all symmetries of the code are semilinear or not. Here we prove that each symmetry of the code constituted by all triples in $\mathcal H$ is semilinear. This implies that every symmetry of the Hamming code is semilinear. So, it is shown that the automorphism group of a $q$-ary Hamming code is isomorphic to the semidirect product $\mathit\Gamma L_m(q)\rightthreetimes\mathcal H$.
Bibliogr. 4.

Keywords: the Hamming code, automorphism group.

Gorkunov Evgeny Vladimirovich 1
1. Novosibirsk State University,
2 Pirogov St., 630090 Novosibirsk, Russia
e-mail: evgumin@gmail.com

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