Mathematics in Computer Science

, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 121–133 | Cite as

Truncation Formulas for Invariant Polynomials of Matroids and Geometric Lattices

  • Relinde Jurrius
  • Ruud Pellikaan
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This paper considers the truncation of matroids and geometric lattices. It is shown that the truncated matroid of a representable matroid is again representable. Truncation formulas are given for the coboundary and Möbius polynomial of a geometric lattice and the spectrum polynomial of a matroid, generalizing the truncation formula of the rank generating polynomial of a matroid by Britz.


Matroid theory Geometric lattice Invariant polynomials 

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We like to thanks the referees for the detailed remarks and the suggestion to give shorter proofs of the three main theorems.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mathematics and Computer ScienceEindhoven University of TechnologyEindhovenThe Netherlands

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