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Matroids: The Value of Abstraction

6. References

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Edmunds, J., A Brief Description of Matroid Theory, National Bureau of Standards, 1964.

Edmunds, J. and D. Fulkerson, Transversals and matroid partition, J. Res. Nat. Bur. Standards, 69B (1965) 147-153.

Graver, J., Lectures on the Theory of Matroids, U. of Alberta, Edmonton, 1966.

Harary, F. and D. Welsh, Matroids versus graphs, in The Many Facets of Graph Theory, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1969, p. 155-170.

Holzmann, C. and P. Norton, M. Tobey, A graphical representation of matroids, SIAM J. Appl. Math., 25 (1973) 618-627.

Ingleton, A., Representation of matroids, in Combinatorial Mathematics and Its Applications, D. Welsh, (ed.), Academic Press, London, 1971.

Kung, J., (ed.), A Source Book in Matroid Theory, Birkhäuser, Boston, 1986.

Las Vergnas, M., Sur les systèmes de représentants distincts d'une famille d'ensembles, C.R. Acad. Sci. Paris Sér. A-B 270 (1970) A501-503.

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Maurer, S., Matrix generalizations of some theorems on trees, cycles and cocyles in graphs, SIAM J. Appl. Math., 30 (1976) 148.

Mirsky, L. Transversal Theory, Academic Press, New York, 1971.

Oxley, J. Matroid Theory, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1992.

Oxley, J., What is a matroid? (preprint.)

Rado, R., A theorem on independence relations, Quart. J. Math., 13 (1942) 83-89.

Recski, A., Matroid Theory and its Applications, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1989.

Seymour, P. The matroids with the max-flow min-cut property, J. Comb. Theory, Series B, 23 (1977) 189-222.

Seymour, P., Matroid representation over GF(3), J. Comb Theory, Series B, 26 (1979) 159-173.

Seymour, P., Decomposition of regular matroids, J. Comb. Theory, Series B, 28 (1980) 305-359.

Seymour, P., Recognizing graphic matroids, Combinatorica 1 (1981) 75-78.

Seymour, P., On minors of non-binary matroids, Combinatorica 1 (1981) 387-394.

Sugihara, K., Machine Interpretation of Line Drawings, MIT Press, Cambridge U. Press, Cambridge, 1986.

Truemper, K., Matroid Decomposition, Academic Press, Boston, 1992.

Tutte, W., Matroids and graphs, Trans. Amer. Math. Soc., 88 (1958) 527-552.

Tutte, W., An algorithm for determining whether a given binary matroid is graphic, Proc. Amer. Math. Soc., 11 (1960) 905-917.

Tutte, W., Lectures on Matroids, J. Res. Nat. Bur. Standards, 69B (1965) 1-47.

Tutte, W., Introduction to the Theory of Matroids, Elsevier, New York, 1971.

Von Randow, R., Introduction to the Theory of Matroids, Lecture Notes in Economics and Mathematical Systems, Volume 109, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1975.

Welsh, D., Matroid Theory, Academic Press, London, 1976.

White, N. (ed.), Theory of Matroids, Cambridge U. Press, Cambridge, 1986.

White, N. (ed.), Combinatorial Geometries, Cambridge U. Press, Cambridge, 1987.

White, N. (ed.), Matroid Applications, Cambridge U. Press, Cambridge, 1992.

Whitely, W., Some matroids from discrete applied geometry, in Matroid Theory, J. Bonin, j. Oxley, and B. Servatius, (eds.), American Mathematical Society, Providence, 1996, p. 171-311.

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Wilson, R., An introduction to matroid theory, Amer. Math. Monthly, 80 (1973) 500-525.


An online bibliography of books about matroids is available.

Those who can access JSTOR can find some of the papers mentioned above there.


My thanks to Professor Leroy Dickey (University of Waterloo) for calling my attention to a picture of W.T. Tutte available on the University of Waterloo web site.

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  4. The development of a theory of matroids
  5. Applications of matroids
  6. References

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