Matroid Inequalities from Electrical Network Theory

David G. Wagner

Abstract


In 1981, Stanley applied the Aleksandrov–Fenchel Inequalities to prove a logarithmic concavity theorem for regular matroids. Using ideas from electrical network theory we prove a generalization of this for the wider class of matroids with the "half–plane property". Then we explore a nest of inequalities for weighted basis–generating polynomials that are related to these ideas. As a first result from this investigation we find that every matroid of rank three or corank three satisfies a condition only slightly weaker than the conclusion of Stanley's theorem.


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