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The following feels like a community wiki question, so I do it here:

Recently we have heard of a new proof of the Circulant Hadamard conjecture of Ryser (a long standing difficult conjecture):

There is no Circulant Hadamard matrix with more than $4$ columns


More recently a gap was found in the proof:


Question: What is the real status of this Conjecture ?

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This is not my field, but I don't know of any progress since the case of 448 was done. –  Kimball Feb 15 '11 at 16:17
@Kimball: Your comment concerns the Hadamard Conjecture: For each posotive integer $n$ multiple of $4$ there exist an Hadamard matrix with $n$ columns. For both conjectures see the web wiki page that gives details on both, but not enough... –  Luis H Gallardo Feb 15 '11 at 18:35
Given both articles are from 2011, I'd say you are as on top of the status as anyone could be. Robert Craigen is approachable and (with the possible exception of Will Orrick) would be the first person I would ask about the conjecture. Gerhard "Ask Me About System Design" Paseman, 2011.02.15 –  Gerhard Paseman Feb 15 '11 at 19:53
Kimball, if you mean 428, indeed, no new Hadamard matrices with new orders have been announced to me in the last 7 years. If you mean 448 (= 28x16), you might check some (almost any) combinatorial design literature from the 20th century. Gerhard "Slow, But Not That Slow" Paseman, 2011.02.15 –  Gerhard Paseman Feb 16 '11 at 4:14
It has been circulating around.. –  Qfwfq Feb 16 '11 at 23:59

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The paper by Craigen and Jedwab points out a very definite flaw in the main theorem by Hurley, Hurley & Hurley, providing a counterexample to that theorem. So the conjecture is still open.

The paper by Leung and Schmidt (here) gives the latest information about possible counterexamples to the Circulant Hadamard conjecture.

A website of Bernhard Schmidt lists smallest open cases based (I believe) on the work of the paper cited above. The smallest open cases are, of course, quite large.

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Interesting reference Ken. –  Luis H Gallardo May 11 '11 at 17:08

Craigen and Jedwab have indicated that the September 2011 revision of Hurley, Hurley & Hurley also has a flaw:

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Unfortunatly, there has been confusion about the status of this problem for decades.

All correct results on the circulant Hadamard matrix conjecture are contained in the following papers:

[1] Turyn, Richard J.: Character sums and difference sets. Pacific J. Math. 15 1965 319–346.

[2] Leung, Ka Hin; Schmidt, Bernhard: The field descent method. Des. Codes Cryptogr. 36 (2005), no. 2, 171–188.

[3] Leung, Ka Hin; Schmidt, Bernhard: New restrictions on possible orders of circulant Hadamard matrices. Des. Codes Cryptogr. 64 (2012), no. 1-2, 143–151.

Computational results and the latest status on the smallest open cases can be found in

[4] Peter Borwein, Michael J. Mossinghoff: Wieferich pairs and Barker sequences, II. arXiv:1306.0045v2

Bernhard Schmidt

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About two weeks ago, at the International Workshop on Hadamard Matrices and Their Applications (RMIT), Jennifer Seberry presented a proof, based on counting arguments, but that proof was quickly found to be incomplete. As far as I know, she is currently working on improving the proof. A special volume of the Australasian Journal of Combinatorics is forthcoming, and with any luck, things will become much clearer at that point.

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this complements Penguian's post: gives: JOURNAL ARTICLES SUBMITTED Lei Wang, Tianbing Xia and Jennifer Seberry, UMAC for identifying IP spoofing attacks, (submitted) Tianbing Xia, Jennifer Seberry and Mingyuan Xia, Some new constructions for orthogonal designs, (submitted) Jennifer Seberry, Non-existence of circulant Hadamard matrices for orders $>$ 4 (submitted BLMS 17/11/11) Jennifer Seberry, New families of amicable Hadamard matrices, clicking on "Non-existence of circulant Hadamard matrices for orders $>$ 4 " you get: –  Luis H Gallardo Dec 19 '11 at 22:39
continued here: You went from this referring page: To this missing page: –  Luis H Gallardo Dec 19 '11 at 22:40
Now, february 2012, above address changed contents to: (in prep) i.e., now seems that the paper, that has order number 10, become ``in preparation''... –  Luis H Gallardo Feb 14 '12 at 16:59

On sep 4, 2011, authors Hurley, Hurley & Hurley of the paper on the Circulant Hadamard conjecture, has posted the same paper on the arxiv. Did they corrected the error reported by Craigen and Jedwab on feb 10, 2011?

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If you give a link, then this might help people to answer –  Yemon Choi Sep 29 '11 at 23:36
2 –  Chris Godsil Sep 30 '11 at 0:07
@Chris: thanks, I now vaguely recall seeing this in the daily listings at the time. I note that the new/revised version makes no explicit reference that I can see to the earlier effort, nor to the Craigen and Jedwab paper –  Yemon Choi Sep 30 '11 at 1:04
@Yemon: actually they state that it's a "post publication revision of on-line Bull. London Math. Soc. version", which is very delicately phrased. The lack of a reference to Craigen and Jedwab is a little strange. –  Chris Godsil Sep 30 '11 at 12:20

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