According to the present state of the theory of the matroid matching problem, the existence of a good characterization to the size of a maximum matching depends on the behavior of certain substructures, called double circuits. In this paper we prove that if a polymatroid has no double circuits at all, then a partition-type min-max formula characterizes the size of a maximum matching. We provide applications of this result to parity constrained orientations and to a rigidity problem.
A polynomial time algorithm is constructed by generalizing the principle of shrinking blossoms used in Edmonds’ matching algorithm .
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