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Planar sets closed under intersection of circles

Let $P$ be the plane with a point at infinity. By plane, I mean the Euclidian plane, and therefore it has circles. A line is also a circle, though its center is at infinity. If $A\subset P$ has ...
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vector balancing problem

I believe the solution posted to the arXiv on June 17 by Marcus, Spielman, and Srivastava is correct. This problem may be hard, so I don't expect an off-the-cuff solution. But can anyone suggest ...
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from affine matroid to measures

Let $S$ be an arbitrary finite spanning subset of $\mathbb{R}^d$ of cardinality $N$. Let $W(S)$ be the formal $\mathbb{R}$-vector space generated by all $d$-dimensional simplices (i.e. bases of the ...
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On the number of lines of given points

Hi all, I have a question Concerning Beck's theorem. I have read it from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beck%27s_theorem and I have two questions : I suppose Beck's theorem doesn't hold when instead ...
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The area of the intersection of convex sets with prescribed pairwise intersections

Consider two numbers $a>b>0$. Let $A_1,A_2,A_3$ be three convex sets in ${\mathbb R}^2$ such that $\mu(A_i)=a$, $\mu(A_i\cap A_j)=b$ ($\mu$ is the usual measure on ${\mathbb R}^2$). What is the ...
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Is Euler characteristic of a simplicial complex upper bounded by a polynomial in the number of its facets ?

What is the best upper bound known on the (absolute value of) the Euler characteristic of a simplicial complex in terms of the number of its facets ? In particular, I am interested in proving or ...
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On the joints problem in finite fields

The original version of the so-called "joints problem" consists of the following: Let $L$ be a set of lines in $\mathbb{R}^{3}$. Determine the maximum number of "joints" determined by these lines, ...
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Careless packing

The sequence $\frac{1}{2}, \frac{1}{2\cdot 2}, \frac{1}{3\cdot 4}, \frac{1}{4\cdot 6}, \frac{1}{5\cdot 8}, \frac{1}{6\cdot 10},\ldots$ has a curious property, as follows: a) the series with these ...
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Erdős-Szekeres empty pseudoconvex $k$-gons

I am wondering if the Erdős-Szekeres empty convex $k$-gon question has a different answer if convexity is replaced by a pseudoline-version of convexity. The empty convex $k$-gon question is a variant ...
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Bodies of constant width?

In two-dimensional case one can generalize figures of constant width as figures which can rotate in a covex polygon. Here is one example which can be used to drill triangular holes: I would like to ...
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convex polytopes with many faces and edges but few cells and vertices

For a convex polytope $P$ in $\mathbb R^4$, denote by $N_0,N_1,N_2,N_3$ respectively the number of vertices, edges, faces, cells. By Euler's formula, we know $N_0+N_2=N_1+N_3$, which means there is a ...
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Integer points in dilations of a disk of volume one

The following question is related to When are Ehrhart polynomials polynomials?. For a positive integer $n$, let $i(D,n)$ be the number of integer points in the disk $x^2+y^2\leq n^2/\pi$, so $i(D,n) ...
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How many vertices/edges/faces at most for a convex polyhedron that tiles space?

I wonder if this problem has already been examined before: Consider a convex polyhedron that tiles $\mathbb R^3$. What is the maximum of vertices/edges/faces that such a polyhedron can have? ...
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Combinatorial optimization and graph coloring

I am considering the following problem: (i) Fix $n$ and color the edges of $K_n$ red and blue arbitrarily. (ii) Let $M$ be the set of monochromatic triangles in $K_n$ and define $g:M\rightarrow ...
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Question regarding contiguous forms

I read about contiguous forms in Achill Scürmann's thesis on positive quadratic forms. I am wondering about one aspect of the Voronoi algorithm presented in there, that enumerates all arithmetically ...
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Traversing perfect quadratic forms

I am wondering whether there is an efficient algorithm to traverse all the $N\times N$ perfect quadratic forms $Q$ inside the polyhedron $e_j^T Q e_j \geq 1$, $j = 1\ldots m$, where $e_j$ are some ...
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Slices of Simplices that are Simplices, Reference?

I am trying to find a reference for the following fact. It is elementary and not hard to prove, but I haven't been able to find the question treated anywhere. Let $A$ be an $l\times n$ matrix with ...
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the minimal diameter of a quadrilateral

Let a convex quadrilateral ABCD with perimeter 1,d is the maximum of AB,AC,AD,BC,BD,CD,prove that d is not less than 1/3 we can prove that parallelogram ABCD with perimeter 1,than one of AC,BD is ...
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Enumerating Perfect Lattices

I have a question regarding enumeration of perfect lattices/quadratic forms. In the thesis of Achill Schürmann http://fma2.math.uni-magdeburg.de/~achill/public/habil.pdf there is an algorithm called ...
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Why is the Street nerve of the Gray tensor product $[1]\otimes [1]$ isomorphic to $[1]\times [1]$

Recall that given two strict ω-categories $A$ and $B$, their lax Gray tensor product $A\otimes B$ is sent to the Verity-Gray tensor product of their associated complicial sets ...
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Largest possible volume of the convex hull of a curve of unit length

What is the largest possible volume of the convex hull of an open/closed curve of unit length in $\mathbb{R}^3$?
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Building a polyhedron from areas of its faces

Is there a known algorithm which, given a finite multiset (unordered list) of integers $A$, returns a yes/no answer for ...
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Smallest containing simplex

Let $V_n$ be the least real number such that for every convex subset of $\mathbb{R}^n$ with hypervolume $1$ there is a containing simplex with hypervolume $V_n$. What is known about $V_n$? Is there a ...
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$\kappa$-coloring of $\mathbb{R}^2$ and triangle with area 1

What is the largest cardinal number integer $\kappa$ such that every $\kappa$-coloring of $\mathbb{R}^2$ contains a triangle with area 1 and all vertices of the same color?
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Higher-dimensional Catalan numbers?

One could imagine defining various notions of higher-dimensional Catalan numbers, by generalizing objects they count. For example, because the Catalan numbers count the triangulations of convex ...
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On lattice points “far inside” convex lattice polygons

Let $\mathcal{P}$ be a convex lattice polygon with $n$ vertices and let $\mathcal{L}$ be the set of all lattice points inside $\mathcal{P}$. For every $n \geq 5$, does there exist a point in ...
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Omniscient bots gathering on $\mathbb{Z}^2$

There are $N=n^2$ "bots" on distinct integer lattice points in the plane. Each knows the positions $p_i$ of all bots, and each has unlimited (private) memory. Each executes the same algorithm ...
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When is the conical hull of a finite set of vectors a subset of the space? (and tilings)

Consider a hypercube in n-dimensions, and take some projection down to an m-dimensional subspace. Now take all vertices and m-1 dimensional facets visible from some direction outside the projection. ...
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Point sets in Euclidean space with a small number of distinct distances

It is well known and not hard to prove that the regular simplex in n-dimensions is the only way to place n+1 points so that the distance between distinct pairs of points is always the same. My general ...
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Isostatic graphs and the Henneberg conjecture

I have been reading "Combinatorial Rigidity" by Graver, Servatius and Servatius and I am interested in their chapter on rigidity in dimension $\geq$ 3. I have two questions. What is the current ...
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Minimally 6-connected 3D discrete lines that are convex lattice sets

There are several definitions of 3D discrete lines, e.g. http://diwww.epfl.ch/w3lsp/publications/discretegeo/nratddl.html , http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-19867-0_4 . However, I know of none that ...
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Decomposition of inner horns

Hi guys, I have a question. Prove or disproof the statement: Any inner horn $\Lambda[n,k],0< k< n $ admits a filtration $\mathbf{n}<\cdots<\Lambda[n,k]$, such that each step is filling an ...
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Convex tilings of the plane

For convex polyhedra you have Steinitz's theorem characterizing them as the 3-connected planar graphs. My question is not about spheric tilings, but about periodic tilings of the euclidean plane. Is ...
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Not quite regular polyhedra

Take a naive interpretation of regular polyhedra: All vertices (including epsilon ball) congruent All edges congruent All faces congruent We can now find interesting families by removing one ...
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Polygon illumination with perturbed reflections

Here is a variation on the classical polygon illumination problem. For $c \geq 0$ we say that a mirror has reflection index $c$ if whenever a ray hits the mirror with angle of incidence $\alpha$ then ...
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Polytopes with few vertices.

Suppose I have a convex polytope in $\mathbb{R}^d$ which I know has few vertices (in the case which prompted this question, I seem to have a polytope in $\mathbb{R}^9$ which has sixteen vertices). Is ...
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Simplices in convex polytopes

This question is a direct generalization of: Counting the (additive) decompositions of a quadratic, symmetric, empty-diagonal and constant-line matrix into permutation matrices Given a convex ...
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Intersection of pencils in $\mathcal{R}^2$

Consider $9n$ pencils through non-collinear points $p_1, \ldots , p_{9n}$ in $R^2$ each consisting of at most $n$ concurrent lines. Define the intersection $S$ of these pencils to be the set of points ...
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Maximal number of edges and triangular cells for n points in a triangular lattice

Consider a subset of $n$ points in an equilateral triangular lattice. Draw all the edges between nearest-neighbor points. What is the maximum, over all such subsets, of the number of edges? This ...
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A “join” of ω-categorical simplices

Recall that the category of level trees $\mathcal{T}$ is defined to be the category $[\mathbb{N}^{op},\Delta_a]$, where $\Delta_a$ is the skeleton of the category of finite possibly empty linearly ...
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Subdivision of triangles into congruent triangles

Recently some old notes of mine have gotten me to thinking about the problem of subdividing a triangle into $N$ smaller triangles, all congruent to one another. A little thought shows the following ...
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Voronoi cell of lattices with the same profile

Definition 1. Given a body $V$ in $\mathbb R^n$, the function $p_V\colon \mathbb R_+\to \mathbb R_+$ $$p_V(r)=\mathop{\rm vol} [V\cap B_r(0)]$$ will be called profile of $V$. Definition 2. Define ...
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[Matrices over Z] - An algorithm for calculating the diagonal with elementary operations

Dear mathoverflow, Let $ \left( \begin{array}{cc} a & b \newline c & d \end{array} \right) $ be a matrix with $a, b, c, d \in \mathbb{Z}$, $\gcd(a,b,c,d) = 1$ and $ad - bc = \pm N$, with $N ...
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Approximate search space on a 5x5x5 cube with 3 different possible classes?

Hey all, I read the meta, and I realize this question might be pretty elementary for this site, but I'm having trouble computing this, and I know it won't take too much insight for someone to give me ...
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Large subgroups of the Hamming cube

Let's consider the abelian group $\mathbb{Z}^N_2$ equipped with the Hamming metric (the hypercube). Suppose I have a subgroup of this hypercube (not necessarily a subcube) which is generated by a set ...
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Determining the vector space for application of Cauchy Schwarz

In the paper "On the Erdős distinct distance problem in the plane" by Larry Guth and Nets Hawk Katz, http://arxiv.org/PS_cache/arxiv/pdf/1011/1011.4105v1.pdf they define the functions $d(P)$, ...
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Literature Request: Genus Two Partition Functions

Apologies in advance for what will surely sound like a, "well why can't you just Google it" question, but I'm struggling to find good literature that presents the basic construction of genus two ...
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Equivariant homology of Hilb and torus stable curves

The torus equivariant homology of a compact homogeneous variety $G/B$ may be described by using the "skeleton" consisting of torus fixed points and the torus invariant curves that connect them. ...
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A combinatorial approximation functor sSet->qCat

Let $sSet_J$ denote the category of simplicial sets equipped with the Joyal model structure. Simply by the fact that $sSet_J$ is locally presentable and its class of anodynes ($\neq \mathbf{Cof} \cap ...
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An Ex functor for the contravariant homotopy structure

I'm going to slack on the background and get to the point: Is there a good notion of an $Sd/Ex$ adjunction for $sSet/S$ equipped with the contravariant model structure (cofibrations are monomorphisms ...