Base Partition for Mixed Families of Finitary and Cofinitary Matroids

Joshua Erde, J Pascal Gollin*, Attila Joó, Paul Knappe, Max Pitz

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Let M = (M i:i ϵ K) be a finite or infinite family consisting of matroids on a common ground set E each of which may be finitary or cofinitary. We prove the following Cantor-Bernstein-type result: If there is a collection of bases, one for each M i, which covers the set E, and also a collection of bases which are pairwise disjoint, then there is a collection of bases which partition E. We also show that the failure of this Cantor-Bernstein-type statement for arbitrary matroid families is consistent relative to the axioms of set theory ZFC.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-52
Number of pages22
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021


  • Infinite matroid
  • Base packing
  • Base covering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mathematics
  • Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics

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