# Tagged Questions

Questions related to the field of Combinatorics called Matroid Theory. Relevant topics include matroids in Combinatorial Optimization, Lattice Theory, Algebraic Geometry, Polyhedral Theory, Rigidity, and Algorithms. For questions about Oriented Matroids, the oriented-matroids tag may be used.

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### Matroid Representation of the Antichains of a Poset

Introduction I am studying a problem in which the antichains of a poset are of key importance. They are naturally geometrically embedded as vectors in the space $\mathbb{R}^P$, where $P$ is the poset,...
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### Augmention property of matroid along perfect matching

Let M be a matroid of rank k, B a base, X a set of rank rank(X) < k, and P a perfect matching of the complete bipartite graph (X, B). Is it true that there exists an edge (x, b) of P augmenting X (...
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### Base decomposition of matroids

I want to find a generalization of the idea that, in a graphic matroid, every base can be decomposed on the stars (edges adjacent to a vertex). For example one could say that a matroid $M$ of rank $k$...
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### Which matroids have not unique unimodular representation?

Matroid $M$ is represented by real vectors, and we know that any base of $M$ generates the same lattice (this is called unimodular representation, I guess.) If we change the sign of any vector, we ...
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### Determine existence of matroid with some barrier given

Let $E$ be a finite ground set. Let $\mathcal{L}$ (as lower barrier) and $\mathcal{U}$ (upper) be subsets of $2^E$. How can we determine whether there is some matroid $\mathcal{M}=(E,\mathcal{I})$ ...
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### minimum number of bases of a matroid, that comes from a convex polytope

Given a d-dimensional polytope P with n points, then what is the minimum number of simplices that are spanned by vertices of P? This question led my research to matroids and so my question is: what is ...
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### Matroids similar to the cycle matroid

Let $G=(V,E)$ be a graph (loops and multiple edges are permitted). Three following systems of dependent sets in $E$ define matroids: 1) Set $A\subset E$ is dependent if $A$ contains cycle. This is a ...
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### Number of bases of a matroid

I would like to know the minimum number of bases of a matroid of rank $k$ and $n$ elements, knowing that each singleton is independent. At least for small ranks.
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### Do the support sets of subspaces give the representable matroids?

Fact:   Start with $V$ a subspace of $\mathbb R^n$. Take the set of all supports of vectors in $V$. Throw out $\emptyset$. You now have the dependent sets of some matroid. Not sure you ...
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### Non-uniform matroids as the matroid sum of uniform matroids

Can all non-uniform matroids be written as the direct sum / matroid sum of uniform matroids? If so, What happens to the matrices representing the uniform matroids? If the non-uniform matroid is ...
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### A Result of Anders Bjorner: Matchings in countably infinite geometric lattices of finite height

Let $L$ be a countably infinite geometric lattice of finite height $r\ge3$. (A geometric lattice of height $r$ is an atomistic semimodular lattice such that every maximal chain has $r+1$ elements.) ...
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### Is the union of strongly base-orderable matroids strongly base-orderable?

A matroid is said to be strongly base-orderable if for any two bases $B_1,B_2$ there is a bijection $f:B_1 \to B_2$ such that for any $S\subseteq B_1$ set $(B_1 \setminus S) \cup f(S)$ is also a base. ...
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### Determining strong base-orderability of a matroid

A matroid is said to be strongly base-orderable when for any two bases $B_1,B_2$ there exists a bijection $f:B_1 \mapsto B_2$ such that for any $X\subseteq B_1$ set $B_1 - X+ f(X)$ is also a base. ...
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### Non-representable irreducible matroid of rank at least 5?

Can anyone tell me an example of a matroid of rank 5 or higher which is not a product of two lower rank matroids and is not the independence matroid of a finite set of vectors in a vector space over ...
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### Matroids relaxations of a given matroid

Let $\mathcal{M}$ be a rank-$d$ matroid on $[n]$. Say a matroid $\mathcal{N}$ is a relaxation of $\mathcal{M}$ if $\mathrm{rank}(\mathcal{N})=d$, $\mathrm{groundset}(\mathcal{N})=[n]$, and every ...
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### Decomposing polyhedral cones into “direct sums” and a polynomial

This question consists of two parts. I'm not breaking it up into two separate ones because posing the second question would essentially require me two rewrite the first one. Also, to some extent, the ...
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### Small remarkable matroids

Working on phased matroids (a generalization of oriented matroid to the complex case) I've found an interesting formula for computing the inner Tutte group (and, hence, all the Tutte groups) ...
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### Vanishing patterns of minors of matrix

Let $M$ be a $m\times n$ matrix with entries in, say $\mathbb{C}$; assume $n\leq m$. Denote by $I\subseteq\{1,2,\ldots, n\}$ a subset of the columns of M. I am interested in positive results to the ...
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### Positroids and Totally Nonnegative Complex Grassmanian

Recently I begin working on matroids, in particular to a generalization of oriented matroids to the complex case. I found on arxiv the following interesting articles: 1)Alexander Postnikov: Total ...
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### Hamiltonian Matroids

Similar to graphs, a Matroid $M$ is said to be Hamiltonian if there is a base $B$ of $M$ and $e \in M-B$ such that $B + e$ is a cycle of $M$. Is there any literature on this? EDIT: Actually my ...
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### Checking if a matroid is binary(Detecting $U^2_4$ minor in a matroid)

I am wondering what is the (computationally) best way to tell if a matroid of size $n$ and rank $r$ is binary(or whether it has a $U^2_4$ minor) given either one of these: 1) An independence oracle 2) ...
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### Is there a graph-theoretical proof of Tutte's theorem on matroids?

First of all, I'm not a mathematician and I hope this question isn't too elementary, but I got no answers on math.SE, and since this is a reference request on a relatively advanced theorem, I thought ...
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### Schemes defined by a collection of Plücker coordinates

If $C \subset {[n]\choose k}$ is any collection of $k$-element sets, we can define a scheme $$W(C) = \bigcap_{S\notin C} \{V \in Gr(k,n) : p_S(V)=0\} \qquad \subseteq Gr(k,n),$$ where $p_S$ is the ...
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### What is the name of this measure of matrix “degenerateness”

Given a spanning set, consider the minimum number of vectors that you must remove in order to make it no longer span. What is this number called? If the vectors are columns in a matrix $\Phi$, then ...
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### Checking whether an element is in all inclusion-wise maximal common independent sets of two matroids

Given two matroids $M$ and $M'$ over the same universe $E$, and some element $x \in E$, I am interested in the importance of $x$ for the intersection (the common independent sets) of $M$ and $M'$. It ...
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### Realizability of extensions of a free oriented matroid by an independent set

Question: I am searching for a non-realizable matroid with few dependencies relative to the number of points. Precisely, I would like to find a non-realizable (over $\mathbb{R}$) oriented matroid $M$ ...