This paper compares skew-linear and multilinear matroid representations. These are matroids that are representable over division rings and (roughly speaking) invertible matrices, respectively. The main tool is the von Staudt construction, by which we translate our problems to algebra. After giving an exposition of a simple variant of the von Staudt construction we present the following results:
Undecidability of several matroid representation problems over division rings. An example of a matroid with an infinite multilinear characteristic set, but which is not multilinear in characteristic \(0\). An example of a skew-linear matroid that is not multilinear.
Mathematics Subject Classifications: 05B35, 52B40, 14N20, 52C35, 20F10, 03D40
Keywords: Matroids, division ring representations, subspace arrangements, \(c\)-arrange\-ments, multilinear matroids, von Staudt constructions, word problem, Weyl algebra, Baumslag-Solitar group