matroid


Rota's basis conjecture ★★★

Author(s): Rota

Conjecture   Let $ V $ be a vector space of dimension $ n $ and let $ B_1,\ldots,B_n \subseteq V $ be bases. Then there exist $ n $ disjoint transversals of $ B_1,\ldots,B_n $ each of which is a base.

Keywords: base; latin square; linear algebra; matroid; transversal

Aharoni-Berger conjecture ★★★

Author(s): Aharoni; Berger

Conjecture   If $ M_1,\ldots,M_k $ are matroids on $ E $ and $ \sum_{i=1}^k rk_{M_i}(X_i) \ge \ell (k-1) $ for every partition $ \{X_1,\ldots,X_k\} $ of $ E $, then there exists $ X \subseteq E $ with $ |X| = \ell $ which is independent in every $ M_i $.

Keywords: independent set; matroid; partition

Bases of many weights ★★★

Author(s): Schrijver; Seymour

Let $ G $ be an (additive) abelian group, and for every $ S \subseteq G $ let $ {\mathit stab}(S) = \{ g \in G : g + S = S \} $.

Conjecture   Let $ M $ be a matroid on $ E $, let $ w : E \rightarrow G $ be a map, put $ S = \{ \sum_{b \in B} w(b) : B \mbox{ is a base} \} $ and $ H = {\mathit stab}(S) $. Then $$|S| \ge |H| \left( 1 - rk(M) + \sum_{Q \in G/H} rk(w^{-1}(Q)) \right).$$

Keywords: matroid; sumset; zero sum

Rota's unimodal conjecture ★★★

Author(s): Rota

Let $ M $ be a matroid of rank $ r $, and for $ 0 \le i \le r $ let $ w_i $ be the number of closed sets of rank $ i $.

Conjecture   $ w_0,w_1,\ldots,w_r $ is unimodal.
Conjecture   $ w_0,w_1,\ldots,w_r $ is log-concave.

Keywords: flat; log-concave; matroid

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