An Order-5 Pandiagonal, Associative, Compact,
and Self-similar Magic Square

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Introduction

The example on this page is used to show some of the number patterns that sum to the magic constant.
Also some definitions to help you understand my explanation of this square.

The Order-5 Magic Square

See how five numbers can combine in 1128 ways to sum to 65.

July 31/99
Not so!
See the addendum now at the end of this page, which explains a very big error in my count!
I have chosen to leave the original page as is to better explain how wrap-around can cause   apparently different patterns.

Some Definitions

Pandiagonal      Associative    Compact    Self-similar     Wrap-around
5 Symmetrical cell pairs         8 Non-symmetrical patterns

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An Order-5 Pandiagonal Associative Magic Square

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This order-5 pandiagonal, associative, complete, and self-similar magic square has the following combinations of 5 cells summing to 65:

Combination # Example   Example
Rows 5 1, 15, 24, 8, 17    
columns 5 1, 23, 20, 12, 9    
diagonals 10 1, 7, 13, 19, 25 includes broken diagonal pairs 15, 16, 22, 3, 9
corners of 3 x 3 squares + center 25 1, 24, 7, 20, 13 including wrap-around 12, 10, 18, 1, 24
corners of 5 x 5 squares + center 25 1, 17, 13, 9, 25 including wrap-around 23, 14, 10, 1, 17
corners of 2 x 2 rhombics + center 25 23, 15, 7, 4, 16 including wrap-around 11, 3, 25, 17, 9
corners of 3 x 3 rhombics + center 25 20, 24, 13, 2, 6 including wrap-around 2, 6, 25, 14, 18
corners of 4 x 4 rhombics + center 25   all are wrap-around 1, 22, 8, 19, 15
corners of 5 x 5 rhombics + center 25   all are wrap-around 7, 20, 23, 1, 14
Plus 58 combinations of any 2 symmetrical cell pairs plus the center cell. (see diagrams below) 1, 15, 13, 11, 25 wrap-around doesn’t work
Plus 900 combinations of 8 non-symmetrical patterns (see diagrams below) 1, 8, 17, 14, 25 15, 17, 1, 23, 9

Total combinations of five cell patterns summing to 65 = 1128
Do you arrive at the same total? (Note: see addendum for correct total)

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Definitions

Pandiagonal Magic Square
Also known as Diabolic, Nasic, Continuous, Indian, Jaina or Perfect M.S. To be pandiagonal, the broken diagonal pairs must also sum to the magic constant. This is considered the top class of magic squares. Some pandiagonal magic squares are also associative (order 5 & higher) . Because of the vast number of combinations possible, individual magic squares may contain other unique features that make them more magic.
There is only 1 basic order 3 magic square and it is not pandiagonal.
Of the 880 basic order 4 magic squares, only 48 are pandiagonal and none of these are associative.
Order 5 has 3600 basic pandiagonal magic squares (Only 36 essentially different).
Order 7 has 678,222,720 basic pandiagonal magic squares. (38,102,400 regular plus 640,120,320 irregular pan-magic squares). See Benson & Jacoby, New Recreations With Magic Squares, Dover Publ., 1976.
Order 8 has more then 6.5 billion pandiagonal magic squares.

Associated M.S.
A magic square where all pairs of cells diametrically equidistant from the center of the square equal the sum of the first and last terms of the series, or n2 + 1. Also called Symmetrical or Regular. The center cell of odd order associated magic squares is always equal to the middle number of the series. Therefore the sum of each pair is equal to 2 times the center cell and the sum of any 2 symmetrical pairs plus the center cell is equal to the constant. This permits a great many combinations (the order 5 square above has 58 of this type).
In an even order magic square, the sum of any 2 symmetrical pairs will equal the constant.
There are NO singly-even Associated magic squares.
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Compact means corner and center cells of all small squares (including rhombics) sum to the constant. This is an extension of the formal definition of Compact as written for double even order pandiagonal magic squares. See Glossary.

Self-similar means that when each number is changed to its complement (i.e. subtracted from n+1), an identical magic square is formed but rotated 180 degrees. This term was coined by Mr. Mutsumi Suzuki who discovered six such squares. See his excellent site at http://www.pse.che.tohoku.ac.jp/~msuzuki/  (Sorry, this is no longer available on the Internet).

Wrap-around means when you go off of one edge, continue (wrap-around) to the corresponding cell on the opposite edge. The easiest way to accomplish this is to lay out the magic square in a repeating pattern on the plane as shown to the right. Then any 5 x 5 array is an equivalent pan-diagonal magic square. So, to complete a line, you can just keep going in the same direction. The red cell values  illustrate wrap-around when applied to a broken diagonal pair. Wrap-around works only with pan-diagonal magic squares.

The Five Symmetrical cell pairs
A Symmetrical cell pair is defined as 2 cells that are symmetrical around the center cell i.e. 1 & 25, 8 & 18, 4 & 22, 7 & 19 etc. Wrap-around doesn't work with these. The 3 squares illustrate the 5 basic  pairs. Each of these may be rotated and/or reflected and used in any unique combination of 2 pairs plus the center cell.

pandiag1.gif (2183 bytes) Note that some of these combinations are duplicates of the basic patterns counted at the start. Example; if the 2 patterns in the center diagram are lined up, this combination constitutes a main diagonal which has already been counted.

Non-symmetric Patterns
The seven  patterns on the left (below) each appear 25 times because of wrap around and 4 times due to rotation ( i.e. 7 x 25 x 4 = 700).
They are symmetrical about a horizontal, vertical or diagonal axis and so cannot be reflected for unique solutions.
That pattern 1 will always be magic in an order-5 pandiagonal magic square, if it is rotated so the 3 adjacent cells are in any of the 4 corners was proven by Rosser and Walker in 1939 [1].

The pattern on the right is not symmetrical around a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal axis, so appears 25 times because of wrap around, 4 times due to rotation and 2 times because of reflection (i.e. 25 x 4 x 2 = 200).
Starting a given pattern on a different cell, in combination with a rotation or a reflection, may result in the same 5 cells being used. Example, start the first pattern with 9, 23, 1, 15, 17. Now rotate the pattern 90 degrees clockwise and start with 15,17, 1, 23, 9. Both combinations use the same 5 cells, but in a different arrangement. I consider them different combinations.
Of course, we could say the same about the use of wrap-around when computing the number of combinations for rows, columns and the diagonals. However, by convention, these extra combinations are not counted.

[1] R. Rosser and R.J Walker, The Algebraic Theory of Diabolic Magic Squares, Duke Mathematical Journal, Vol. 5, No, 4, Dec. 1939 pp 705-728 (p.717)

Addendum

On June 28/99, I received an e-mail from Aale de Winkel advising me that he thought  non-symmetric pattern 1, above, was actually equivalent to the wrap-around 2 by 2 rhombic, and patterns 2 and 8 were equivalent to the wrap-around 2 by 2 square.

Subsequent investigation on my part confirmed these equivalents, and also that four of  the other five patterns are also equivalent to symmetric patterns already counted.
1. is equivalent to wrap-around 2 by 2 rhombic ( now called plusmagic --- see Quadrant Magic Squares)
2. is equivalent to wrap-around 2 by 2 square ( now called crosmagic)
3. is equivalent to wrap-around 3 by 3 rhombic corners.
4. is equivalent to wrap-around 5 by 5 square corners.
5. is just a reflected 4. (another goof!).
6. is unique, so add 100 combinations to the total.
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is equivalent to wrap-around 5 by 5 square corners.
8. is equivalent to wrap-around 2 by 2 square

The three diagrams below demonstrate the equivalence of  the 2 x 2 rhombic (plusmagic) and non-symmetric pattern 1.
Diagram A shows pattern 1 within the magic square and the plusmagic with two cells outside of the square. diagrams B and C show the patterns shifted down and to the right. In each of these cases, the plusmagic pattern is within the square and two cells of the pattern 1 outside.

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Yet to be determined. Should the rotated non-symmetric patterns be counted and included in the total?
For now, let us say that there are 328 different combinations!
By the way. There are 1394 sets of 5 numbers, from the first 25 consecutive numbers, that sum to 65!

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Last updated 05/10/2009
Harvey Heinz   harveyheinz@shaw.ca
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