Extended Formulations for Independence Polytopes of Regular Matroids
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We show that the independence polytope of every regular matroid has an extended formulation of size quadratic in the size of its ground set. This generalizes a similar statement for (co-)graphic matroids, which is a simple consequence of Martin’s extended formulation for the spanning-tree polytope. In our construction, we make use of Seymour’s decomposition theorem for regular matroids. As a consequence, the extended formulations can be computed in polynomial time.