The minimum size of a linear set
In this paper, we first determine the minimum possible size of an Fq-linear set of rank k in PG(1,qn). We obtain this result by relating it to the number of directions determined by a linearized polynomial whose domain is restricted to a subspace. We then use this result to find a lower bound on the number of points in an Fq-linear set of rank k in PG(2,qn). In the case k=n, this confirms a conjecture by Sziklai in .