Let $M$ be a representable matroid and $Q, R, S, T$ subsets of the ground set such that the smallest separation that separates $Q$ from $R$ has order $k$, and the smallest separation that separates $S$ from $T$ has order $l$. We prove that if $M$ is sufficiently large, then there is an element $e$ such that in one of $M\backslash e$ and $M\!/e$ both connectivities are preserved. For matroids representable over a finite field we prove a stronger result: we show that we can remove $e$ such that both a connectivity and a minor of $M$ are preserved.

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Keywords matroids, connectivity, Tutte's linking theorem, interwining
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Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1137/13091837X
Project Matroid Structure for Efficiency
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Huynh, T.C.T, & van Zwam, S.H.M. (2014). Intertwining connectivities in representable matroids. doi:10.1137/13091837X