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On a unimodality conjecture in matroid theory

Dukes, W.M.B. (2002) On a unimodality conjecture in matroid theory. Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science, 5 (1). pp. 181-190. ISSN 1365-8050

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Abstract

A certain unimodal conjecture in matroid theory states the number of rank-r matroids on a set of size n is unimodal in r and attains its maximum at r=⌊ n/2 ⌋. We show that this conjecture holds up to r=3 by constructing a map from a class of rank-2 matroids into the class of loopless rank-3 matroids. Similar inequalities are proven for the number of non-isomorphic loopless matroids, loopless matroids and matroids.