By Dr. Rabe von Randow (auth.)

ISBN-10: 3540071776

ISBN-13: 9783540071778

ISBN-10: 3642482929

ISBN-13: 9783642482922

Matroid idea has its starting place in a paper by means of H. Whitney entitled "On the summary houses of linear dependence" [35], which seemed in 1935. the most aim of the paper was once to set up the fundamental (abstract) homes of the recommendations of linear dependence and independence in vector areas, and to take advantage of those for the axiomatic definition of a brand new algebraic item, specifically the matroid. additionally, Whitney confirmed that those axioms also are abstractions of definite graph-theoretic strategies. this is often greatly in facts whilst one considers the elemental thoughts making up the constitution of a matroid: a few mirror their linear­ algebraic starting place, whereas others mirror their graph-theoretic starting place. Whitney additionally studied a couple of very important examples of matroids. the subsequent significant improvement was once caused within the forties by way of R. Rado's matroid generalisation of P. Hall's recognized "marriage" theorem. This supplied new impulses for transversal conception, during which matroids at the present time play an important position below the identify of "independence structures", cf. the treatise on transversal conception by means of L. Mirsky [26J. At approximately an identical time R.P. Dilworth estab­ lished the relationship among matroids and lattice thought. therefore matroids grew to become an important a part of combinatorial arithmetic. approximately ten years later W.T. Tutte [30] constructed the funda­ mentals of matroids intimately from a graph-theoretic perspective, and characterized picture matroids in addition to the bigger classification of these matroids which are representable over any field.

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E. S' is a hyperplane by (a), for (S' maximal in B) ===> ( 1\ e'e E-(S'u{e}) e€ S'u{e'}) ===> with Theorem 7(h) (1\ e'€ E-(S'v{e}) e'e S'u{e}), Le. /\ e'E E-S' eeS'u{e'}. S'v{e'} = E S'u{e} = E, (because 1\ e'e E-(S'u {e}) hence E = S'u{e}C:: S'u{e'}). + Sand 3 eES-S' such that r(S'u{e}) = r(S). Then by (b) 3 hyperplane SIt with Corollary: S' c hence Clearly S' S" c:: E-{e}. Clearly S' c S()S". By the submodular inequality 26 reS) + (r(E)-1) = reS) + reS") ~ r(E) + r(S()S"). e. r(sns"), reS'). hence r(Sf'lS") (d(2».

S 6 G, because (E-S = E-S~E-S" = E-S") , =) contradicting the maximality of E-S in {SIeE : S' = 57 f E} by Theorem 9( a). Theorem 16. A matroid is binary if and only if the symmetric difference of any family of cocircuits is the union of a family of pairwise disjoint cocircuits. Proof (Crapo and Rota [7]). ===): Let M(E,G) be a binary matroid and suppose that the theorem does not hold for M(E,G). Let S be minimal in {S'eE : S' is the symmetric difference of cocircuits but not the union of pairwise disjoint cocircuits}.

N-m+1)T I E P , as above, the matrix is a cyclomatic matrix of G and is called a fundamental c:l;:cle matrix of G. l(G) = m-1. Clearly if A is a cyclomatic and B a cocyclomatic matrix of G, then ABT = O. X =: {x 1 ,x 2 , ••. ,x m}, the incidence matrix If (w({x 1 }),W({x2 }), ... Jm-1) T 1 , W 2 , ••• , W is a cocyclomatic matrix of G. m-1 as above, the matrix is a cocyclomatic matrix of G and is called a fundamental cocycle matrix of G. 4. is of Q), and that I =P + T Q , i. e. Graph-Theoretic Examples.

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