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isBinary -- whether a matroid is representable over F_2



Determines if M is a binary matroid, i.e. is representable over the field $F_2$ of 2 elements.

A matroid is representable over F_2 iff it does not have U_{2,4} as a minor. However, this method does not go through hasMinor, for efficiency reasons: rather it checks whether the symmetric difference of any 2 distinct circuits is dependent.

Note: in general, determining representability is a difficult computational problem. For instance, assuming access to an independence oracle, it is known that the problem of determining whether a matroid is binary cannot be solved in polynomial time.

i1 : M5 = matroid completeGraph 5

o1 = a "matroid" of rank 4 on 10 elements

o1 : Matroid
i2 : isBinary M5

o2 = true
i3 : U48 = uniformMatroid(4, 8)

o3 = a "matroid" of rank 4 on 8 elements

o3 : Matroid
i4 : isBinary U48

o4 = false

See also

Ways to use isBinary :

For the programmer

The object isBinary is a method function.