Defining the $q$-Analogue of a Matroid
Keywords: Matroid theory, q-Analogue, Rank Metric Codes
This paper defines the $q$-analogue of a matroid and establishes several properties like duality, restriction and contraction. We discuss possible ways to define a $q$-matroid, and why they are (not) cryptomorphic. Also, we explain the motivation for studying $q$-matroids by showing that a rank metric code gives a $q$-matroid.