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Discussiones Mathematicae Graph Theory

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Discussiones Mathematicae Graph Theory 33(3) (2013) 599-602
DOI: 10.7151/dmgt.1689

Broken Circuits in Matroids---Dohmen's Inductive Proof

Wojciech Kordecki

University of Business in Wrocław
Department of Management
ul. Ostrowskiego 22, 53-238 Wrocław, Poland

Anna Łyczkowska-Hanćkowiak

Poznań University of Economics
Faculty of Informatics and Electronic Economy
Department of Operations Research
al. Niepodległości 10, 61-875 Poznań, Poland


Dohmen [4] gives a simple inductive proof of Whitney's famous broken circuits theorem. We generalise his inductive proof to the case of matroids.

Keywords: matroids, broken circuits, induction

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification: 05C15, 05B35.


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Received 18 October 2011
Revised 12 July 2012
Accepted 8 November 2012