Title

Towards a splitter theorem for internally 4-connected binary matroids VI

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-1-2018

Abstract

Let M be a 3-connected binary matroid; M is called internally 4-connected if one side of every 3-separation is a triangle or a triad, and M is internally 4-connected if one side of every 3-separation is a triangle, a triad, or a 4-element fan. Assume M is internally 4-connected and that neither M nor its dual is a cubic Möbius or planar ladder or a certain coextension thereof. Let N be an internally 4-connected proper minor of M. Our aim is to show that M has a proper internally 4-connected minor with an N-minor that can be obtained from M either by removing at most four elements, or by removing elements in an easily described way from a special substructure of M. When this aim cannot be met, the earlier papers in this series showed that, up to duality, M has a good bowtie, that is, a pair, {x1,x2,x3} and {x4,x5,x6}, of disjoint triangles and a cocircuit, {x2,x3,x4,x5}, where M\x3 has an N-minor and is internally 4-connected. We also showed that, when M has a good bowtie, either M\x3,x6 has an N-minor; or M\x3/x2 has an N-minor and is internally 4-connected. In this paper, we show that, when M\x3,x6 has an N-minor but is not internally 4-connected, M has an internally 4-connected proper minor with an N-minor that can be obtained from M by removing at most three elements, or by removing elements in a well-described way from one of several special substructures of M. This is a significant step towards obtaining a splitter theorem for the class of internally 4-connected binary matroids.

Publication Source (Journal or Book title)

Advances in Applied Mathematics

First Page

100

Last Page

167

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