Matroid Theory and its Applications in Electric Network Theory and in Statics, Softcover reprint of the origina, 1989 Edition (Paperback )

Andras Recski

  • 出版商: Springer
  • 出版日期: 2013-10-03
  • 售價: $5,320
  • 貴賓價: 9.5$5,054
  • 語言: 英文
  • 頁數: 548
  • 裝訂: Paperback
  • ISBN: 3662221454
  • ISBN-13: 9783662221457

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I. The topics of this book The concept of a matroid has been known for more than five decades. Whitney (1935) introduced it as a common generalization of graphs and matrices. In the last two decades, it has become clear how important the concept is, for the following reasons: (1) Combinatorics (or discrete mathematics) was considered by many to be a collection of interesting, sometimes deep, but mostly unrelated ideas. However, like other branches of mathematics, combinatorics also encompasses some gen­ eral tools that can be learned and then applied, to various problems. Matroid theory is one of these tools. (2) Within combinatorics, the relative importance of algorithms has in­ creased with the spread of computers. Classical analysis did not even consider problems where "only" a finite number of cases were to be studied. Now such problems are not only considered, but their complexity is often analyzed in con­ siderable detail. Some questions of this type (for example, the determination of when the so called "greedy" algorithm is optimal) cannot even be answered without matroidal tools.