Enumerating matroids and linear spaces
We show that the number of linear spaces on a set of n points and the number of rank-3 matroids on a ground set of size n are both of the form (cn+o(n))n2/6, where c=e3√/2−3(1+3–√)/2. This is the final piece of the puzzle for enumerating fixed-rank matroids at this level of accuracy: the numbers of rank-1 and rank-2 matroids on a ground set of size n have exact representations in terms of well-known combinatorial functions, and it was recently proved by van der Hofstad, Pendavingh, and van der Pol that for constant r≥4 there are (e1−rn+o(n))nr−1/r! rank-r matroids on a ground set of size n. In our proof, we introduce a new approach for bounding the number of clique decompositions of a complete graph, using quasirandomness instead of the so-called entropy method that is common in this area.
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G2
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565-575
Academie des Sciences
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