Matroid matching with Dilworth truncation

Márton Makai


Let H=(V,E) be a hypergraph and let k \ge 1 and l \ge 0 be fixed integers. Let M be the matroid with ground-set E s.t. a set F \subseteq E is independent if and only if each X \subseteq V with k|X|-l \ge 0 spans at most k|X|-l hyperedges of F. We prove that if H is dense enough, then M satisfies the double circuit property, thus Lovász' min-max formula on the maximum matroid matching holds for M. Our result implies the Berge-Tutte formula on the maximum matching of graphs (k=1, l=0), generalizes Lovász' graphic matroid (cycle matroid) matching formula to hypergraphs (k=l=1) and gives a min-max formula for the maximum matroid matching in the 2-dimensional rigidity matroid (k=2, l=3).

Bibtex entry:

AUTHOR = {Makai, M{\'a}rton},
TITLE = {Matroid matching with Dilworth truncation},
NOTE= {{\tt}},
INSTITUTION = {Egerv{\'a}ry Research Group, Budapest},
YEAR = {2005},
NUMBER = {TR-2005-11}

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