The Two-Point Fano and Ideal Binary Clutters

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Let \(\mathbb{F}\) be a binary clutter. We prove that if \(\mathbb{F}\) is non-ideal, then either \(\mathbb{F}\) or its blocker \(b(\mathbb{F})\) has one of \(\mathbb{L}_7,\mathbb{O}_5,\mathbb{LC}_7\) as a minor. \(\mathbb{L}_7\) is the non-ideal clutter of the lines of the Fano plane, \(\mathbb{O}_5\) is the non-ideal clutter of odd circuits of the complete graph K5, and the two-point Fano\(\mathbb{LC}_7\) is the ideal clutter whose sets are the lines, and their complements, of the Fano plane that contain exactly one of two fixed points. In fact, we prove the following stronger statement: if \(\mathbb{F}\) is a minimally non-ideal binary clutter different from \(\mathbb{L}_7,\mathbb{O}_5,b(\mathbb{O}_5)\), then through every element, either \(\mathbb{F}\) or \(b(\mathbb{F})\) has a two-point Fano minor.

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This work is supported by NSERC CGS and Discovery grants and by U.S. Office of Naval Research grants under award numbers N00014-15-1-2171 and N00014-18-1-2078.

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Abdi, A., Guenin, B. The Two-Point Fano and Ideal Binary Clutters. Combinatorica 39, 753–777 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00493-018-3779-0

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