Permutations Avoiding Arithmetic Patterns

Peter Hegarty


A permutation $\pi$ of an abelian group $G$ (that is, a bijection from $G$ to itself) will be said to avoid arithmetic progressions if there does not exist any triple $(a,b,c)$ of elements of $G$, not all equal, such that $c-b=b-a$ and $\pi(c)-\pi(b)=\pi(b)- \pi(a)$. The basic question is, which abelian groups possess such a permutation? This and problems of a similar nature will be considered.

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