# Leigh.Samphier/Sandbox/Equivalence of Definitions of Matroid Base Axiom/Definition 3 Iff Definition 7

## Theorem

Let $S$ be a finite set.

Let $\mathscr B$ be a non-empty set of subsets of $S$.

The following definitions of the concept of Matroid Base Axiom are equivalent:

### Definition 3

$\mathscr B$ is said to satisfy the base axiom if and only if:

 $(\text B 3)$ $:$ $\displaystyle \forall B_1, B_2 \in \mathscr B:$ $\displaystyle \exists \text{ a bijection } \pi : B_1 \setminus B_2 \to B_2 \setminus B_1 : \forall x \in B_1 \setminus B_2 : \paren {B_1 \setminus \set x } \cup \set {\map \pi x} \in \mathscr B$

### Definition 7

$\mathscr B$ is said to satisfy the base axiom if and only if:

 $(\text B 7)$ $:$ $\displaystyle \forall B_1, B_2 \in \mathscr B:$ $\displaystyle \exists \text{ a bijection } \pi : B_1 \setminus B_2 \to B_2 \setminus B_1 : \forall x \in B_1 \setminus B_2 : \paren {B_2 \setminus \set {\map \pi x} } \cup \set x \in \mathscr B$

## Proof

#### Necessary Condition

Let $\mathscr B$ satisfy the base axiom:

 $(\text B 3)$ $:$ $\displaystyle \forall B_1, B_2 \in \mathscr B:$ $\displaystyle \exists \text{ a bijection } \pi : B_1 \setminus B_2 \to B_2 \setminus B_1 : \forall x \in B_1 \setminus B_2 : \paren {B_1 \setminus \set x } \cup \set {\map \pi x} \in \mathscr B$

Let $B_1, B_2 \in \mathscr B$.

From $(\text B 3)$:

$\exists \text{ a bijection } \pi : B_2 \setminus B_1 \to B_1 \setminus B_2 : \forall y \in B_2 \setminus B_1 : \paren {B_2 \setminus \set y } \cup \set {\map \pi y} \in \mathscr B$

Let $\pi^{-1} : B_1 \setminus B_2 \to B_2 \setminus B_1$ denote the inverse mapping of $\pi$.

From Inverse of Bijection is Bijection, $\pi^{-1}$ is a bijection.

$\forall x \in B_1 \setminus B_2 : \map {\pi^{-1}} x = y \iff \map \pi y = x$

Hence:

$\forall x \in B_1 \setminus B_2 : \paren {B_1 \setminus \set{\map {\pi^{-1}} x} } \cup \set x = \paren {B_1 \setminus \set y} \cup \set {\map \pi y} \in \mathscr B$

It follows that $\mathscr B$ satisfies the base axiom:

 $(\text B 7)$ $:$ $\displaystyle \forall B_1, B_2 \in \mathscr B:$ $\displaystyle \exists \text{ a bijection } \pi : B_1 \setminus B_2 \to B_2 \setminus B_1 : \forall x \in B_1 \setminus B_2 : \paren {B_2 \setminus \set {\map \pi x} } \cup \set x \in \mathscr B$

$\Box$

#### Sufficient Condition

Let $\mathscr B$ satisfy the base axiom:

 $(\text B 7)$ $:$ $\displaystyle \forall B_1, B_2 \in \mathscr B:$ $\displaystyle \exists \text{ a bijection } \pi : B_1 \setminus B_2 \to B_2 \setminus B_1 : \forall x \in B_1 \setminus B_2 : \paren {B_2 \setminus \set {\map \pi x} } \cup \set x \in \mathscr B$

Let $B_1, B_2 \in \mathscr B$.

From $(\text B 7)$:

$\exists \text{ a bijection } \pi : B_2 \setminus B_1 \to B_1 \setminus B_2 : \forall y \in B_2 \setminus B_1 : \paren {B_1 \setminus \set {\map \pi y} } \cup \set y \in \mathscr B$

Let $\pi^{-1} : B_1 \setminus B_2 \to B_2 \setminus B_1$ denote the inverse mapping of $\pi$.

From Inverse of Bijection is Bijection, $\pi^{-1}$ is a bijection.

$\forall x \in B_1 \setminus B_2 : \map {\pi^{-1}} x = y \iff \map \pi y = x$

Hence:

$\forall x \in B_1 \setminus B_2 : \paren {B_1 \setminus \set x } \cup \set{\map {\pi^{-1}} x} = \paren {B_1 \setminus \set {\map \pi y} } \cup \set y \in \mathscr B$

It follows that $\mathscr B$ satisfies the base axiom:

 $(\text B 3)$ $:$ $\displaystyle \forall B_1, B_2 \in \mathscr B:$ $\displaystyle \exists \text{ a bijection } \pi : B_1 \setminus B_2 \to B_2 \setminus B_1 : \forall x \in B_1 \setminus B_2 : \paren {B_1 \setminus \set x } \cup \set {\map \pi x} \in \mathscr B$

$\blacksquare$