Title

On bipartite restrictions of binary matroids

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-1-2011

Abstract

In a 1965 paper, Erdos remarked that a graph G has a bipartite subgraph that has at least half as many edges as G. The purpose of this note is to prove a matroid analogue of Erdos's original observation. It follows from this matroid result that every loopless binary matroid has a restriction that uses more than half of its elements and has no odd circuits; and, for 2≤k≤5, every bridgeless graph G has a subgraph that has a nowhere-zero k-flow and has more than k-1/k|E(G)| edges. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.

Publication Source (Journal or Book title)

European Journal of Combinatorics

First Page

1199

Last Page

1202

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