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On Matroid Parity and Matching Polytopes

Konstantinos Kaparis(K.Kaparis***at***uom.edu.gr)
Adam Letchford(A.N.Letchford***at***lancaster.ac.uk)
Ioannis Mourtos(mourtos***at***aueb.gr)

Abstract: The "matroid parity" (MP) problem is a natural extension of the matching problem to the matroid setting. It can be formulated as a 0-1 linear program using the so-called "rank" and "line" constraints. We call the associated family of polytopes "MP polytopes". We then prove the following: (i) when the matroid is a gammoid, each MP polytope is a projection of a perfect matching polytope into a suitable subspace; (ii) when the matroid is laminar, each MP polytope is affinely congruent to a perfect matching polytope; (iii) even if the matroid is laminar, MP polytopes can have facets that are defined by inequalities with non-ternary left-hand side coefficients; (iv) for any matroid, the elementary closure of the continuous relaxation of the rank-and-line formulation is equal to its {0,1/2}-closure.

Keywords: matroids; gammoids; polyhedral combinatorics

Category 1: Combinatorial Optimization (Graphs and Matroids )

Category 2: Combinatorial Optimization (Polyhedra )

Citation: Technical report, Department of Management Science, Lancaster University, March 2017.

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Entry Submitted: 03/17/2017
Entry Accepted: 03/17/2017
Entry Last Modified: 03/17/2017

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