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How to explain the concentration-of-measure phenomenon intuitively?

One way to phrase the "concentration-of-measure" phenomenon is that, for a Euclidean sphere $S^d$ in $d$ dimensions, for large $d$, "most of the mass is close to the equator, for any equator."1 ...
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What is the name for this measure on a Minkowski plane (=R^2 with a norm)?

Suppose $(V,\|\cdot\|)$ is a normed 2-dimensional real vector space. Choose an inner product on $V$ and let $\lambda$ be the resulting Lebesgue measure. Set $$K=\sup\ \lambda(\{\alpha a+\beta b\ :\ ...
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partition of a convex set into squares

Let $P$ denote the perimeter function. It's not hard to prove that for any rectangle $R$ in $\mathbb{R}^2$, $R$ can be partitioned into a countable collection of squares $\{Q_k\}_{k=1}^{\infty}$ such ...
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Common density of a random Vector with dependent entries ($Z=(aX,bX)$) [closed]

Given a real random variable $X$ with density $g:R \to R$ and two real constants $a,b$. Let $Z:=(aX, bX)$, the random vector with entries as written (same random variable $X$ with different factors). ...
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Lattice parallelogram of minimal area containing convex lattice polygon

What is the minimal constant $\alpha$ so that for any convex lattice polygon $F$ there exists a lattice parallelogram $P\supseteq F$ of area $A(P)\leq \alpha\cdot A(F)$? It is not hard to show that ...
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Measurement of “symmetry” of a convex body

I often hear that the regular simplex is "the least" symmetric convex body, and I've heard that there are some measures of symmetry of a body, that the simplex minimizes. Could you please explain or ...
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When is the convex hull of two space curves the union of lines?

I am interested in the convex hull of two space curves. Let $A,B\subset \mathbb R^3$ be two spaces curves. I am interested in when $\mathrm {con} (A \cup B)$ equals to $$\bigcup _{a\in A,b\in B} ...
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center of divisorial valuations on toric varieties

Suppose we are given a divisorial valuation $\mathcal{v}$ on a smooth toric variety $X_{\Sigma}$ (for a fan $\Sigma$), i.e. $\mathcal{v}$ is the valuation induced by a torus invariant divisor ...
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Diameter of a convex body relative to its Legendre ellipsoid

Given a convex body in $\mathbb{R}^n$ that is symmetric with respect to the origin, let us measure its diameter with respect to the Euclidean metric determined by its own Legendre ellipsoid. How large ...
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Geodesics on convex hypersufaces

Let $M^n$ be the boundary of a convex compact set in $\mathbb{R}^{n+1}$ with non-empty interior. Question 1. Is $M$ geodesically complete, i.e. is it true that every geodesic (= locally shortest ...
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polynomial expression for counting number of integral points of a set

Let $v_i=a_ie_i\in\mathbb R^d$ and $w_i=b_ie_i\in\mathbb R^d$ for $i=1,\dots,d$ where $e_i$'s are unit vetcors and $a_i,b_i$ are positive integers. Let $$S=conv\{0,rv_i+sw_i:i=1,\dots,d\}.$$ Can we ...
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Regions on a sphere that avoid a fixed point set

Let $P$ be a finite set of points on a unit-radius sphere $S$ in $\mathbb{R}^3$. Treat $P$ as a fixed pattern that can be rigidly slid around $S$ as a unit (no reflection). Let $R$ be a subset of ...
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Linear projections of convex sets with unique preimages of boundary points

Fix a compact convex subset $C \subset \mathbb{R}^n$ with nonempty interior. For any subspace $S \subset \mathbb{R}^n$, let $P_S$ denote the orthogonal linear projection onto $S$. I'd like to claim ...
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Helly's theorem in other areas of mathematics

Are there some outstanding results using some version of Helly's theorem in a totally different area (whatever that means) than convex geometry?
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Bounds on the spherical measure of sub-level sets of quadratic forms

I'm wondering if there are any bounds on the spherical measure of sets of the form $$ \mu_n\left(\{y\in S^{n-1} : \frac{y_1^2}{y_2^2} < \alpha\}\right) \leq f(\alpha) $$ where $\alpha$ is some ...
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planes intersecting a convex polytope

We are given a $d$-dimensional convex polytope ${\cal P}$ in $N$-dimensional space where $d<N-1$. Consider several planes $P_i$ corresponding to inequalities $f_i(X)\ge 0$. We are given that each ...
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Concavity of mixed volumes and mixed discriminants

For $n\times n$ symmetric matrices $A_1, \ldots, A_n$, the mixed discriminant $D(A_1, \ldots, A_n)$ can be defined as $1/n!$ times the coefficient of $t_1\ldots t_n$ in the homogeneous polynomial ...
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Expressing a convex Polytope as a sublevel set of a function

Given an n-dimensional polytope $P$ in $\mathbb R^n$, Given as a convex hull of a finite set of points, $S$ I would like to construct an expliict formula for a function $f\colon \mathbb R^n \to ...
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Find the intersection between two convex hulls, in this specific case

We work over $\mathbb{R}^K$. Let $V$ be the set of vectors whose coordinates take values $0$ or $1$, or equivalently the corners of the unit cube $[0,1]^K$. Let $d:\{0, \ldots, K\} \to \mathbb{R}_+$ ...
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Newton polyhedron and product of ideals

Let $I$ be an ideal generated by monomials $\underline{x}^{\underline{a}_1},\ldots ,\underline{x}^{\underline{a}_s}$ and $J$ be the ideal generated by $\underline{x}^{\underline{b}_1},\ldots ...
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Projecting a convex partition onto a convex set

Say that $X$ and $Y$ are two convex regions in the plane, and suppose that $X \subset Y$. Further suppose that $Y$ is partitioned into disjoint convex subsets $Y_1 ,\dots, Y_n$. Is there a way of ...
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Cardinality of non-integer points in the translation of the Minkowski sum of convex hull.

Let $\operatorname{conv}(a_1,\ldots,a_m)$ denote the convex hull of $\{a_1,\ldots,a_m\}$. Let $\mathbb{Z}_+=\mathbb{N}\cup\{0\}$ and $\mathbb{Q}_+$ denotes the positive (inluding 0) rational numbers. ...
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Extreme points of convex hull of Minkowski sum [closed]

Let $\operatorname{conv}(a_1,\ldots,a_m)$ denote the convex hull of $\{a_1,\ldots,a_n\}$. Let $P = \operatorname{conv}(a_1,\ldots,a_p)$ and $Q = \operatorname{conv}(b_1,\ldots,b_q)$ be two convex sets ...
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Projection of a ray onto a random polytope

Suppose $P$ is a polytope formed by $p$ (general) random planes in $\mathbb{R}^n$. We assume $p \asymp n$ and $P$ has a diameter $O(\sqrt{n})$. For any $x \in \mathbb{R}^n$, denote by ...
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A (possibly boring) Voronoi Game

The board for this game is a compact convex region $\cal C$ of $\mathbb{R}^2$. Below I illustrate with $\cal C$ an equilateral triangle. Two players, $A$ and $B$, alternate turns. At each turn they ...
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Is the center of gravity in a CAT(0) space contained in the convex hull?

In reading Greg Kuperberg's partial answer to this question Convex hull in CAT(0) , I started wondering if the center of gravity is always contained in the closed convex hull. More precisely, given ...
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What are the extremal CAT(0) metrics?

(Split off from Does every CAT(0) space embed in a product of trees? ) Fix an integer $k \ge 2$, and let $MC0_k \subset \mathbb{R}^{\binom{k}{2}}$ be the set of possible squared-distances between $k$ ...
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Bounding the number of lattice points inside an $n$-dimensional ellipsoid

I am wondering if it is possible to produce an upper and/or lower bound on the number of integer lattice points that lie inside an $n$-dimensional ellipse. That is, given an $n$-dimensional ellipsoid ...
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Radius of the largest enclosed ball in the convex hull of an algebraic variety

Let $\mathcal{V}\subset\mathbb{R}^n$ be a real compact algebraic variety. Let $\mathcal{V}^c$ be the convex hull of $\mathcal{V}$ and let us assume that $\mathcal{V}^c$ has nonzero n-dimensional ...
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Averaging a log-concave centrally-symmetric function over convex bodies

the question is the following: given a log-concave isotropic function $f$ defined on $\mathbb{R}^n$ and two compact 0-symmetric convex bodies $C_1, C_2$, where $C_1 \subset C_2$. Is it true that $$ ...
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Dividing a convex region to minimize average distances

Let $C$ be a convex region in the plane with area 1 that contains distinct points $p_1,\dots,p_n$. Say I'd like to divide $C$ into $n$ pieces $C_1,\dots,C_n$, each of area $1/n$, and I'd like to ...
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On the modulus of convexity of mixed-norm $\ell_{p_1,p_2}$ spaces

Let $\ell_{p_1,p_2}=(\mathbb{R}^{m\times n},\|\cdot\|_{p_1,p_2})$ be the space of $m\times n$ matrices endowed with the mixed-norm $$ \|X\|_{p_1,p_2} = \left( \sum_{j=1}^n \left( \sum_{i=1}^m ...
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Largest ball with fixed center in a a convex region

Let $x_0$ be a point contained inside a compact, convex set $C\subset\mathbb{R}^d$, which is of the form $C=\{x:f(x)\leq0\}$ for some explicit convex function $f$. Is there a computationally ...
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Intersecting balls with convex regions and a bisector thereof

This question is related to my previous posting Angle subtended by the shortest segment that bisects the area of a convex polygon Let $C$ be a convex region in the plane and let $s$ be the shortest ...
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Angle subtended by the shortest segment that bisects the area of a convex polygon

Let $C$ be a convex polygon in the plane and let $s$ be the shortest line segment (I believe this is called a "chord") that divides the area of $C$ in half. What is the smallest angle that $s$ could ...
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Continuous maps which send intervals of $\mathbb{R}$ to convex subsets of $\mathbb{R}^2$

Let $f : \mathbb{R} \longmapsto \mathbb{R}^2$ be a continuous map which sends any interval $I \subseteq \mathbb{R}$ to a convex subset $f(I)$ of $\mathbb{R}^2$. Is it true that there must be a line in ...
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If $\angle 0xy\leq \pi/2$ for every $x\in \partial K$, $y\in K$, then $K$ is a ball

Let $K$ be a bounded closed convex set in $\mathbb{R}^d$, $0$ lies in interior of $K$. Assume that for every boundary point $x$ of $K$ the plane through $x$ perpendicular to $x$ is a support plane of ...
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Upper bound for the number of integral points in a convex set

Let $K \subset \mathbb{R}^3$ be a bounded convex set such that the points with integer coordinates in $K$ are not all coplanar. Is it true that $|K \cap \mathbb{Z}^3| \leq 6{\rm Vol}(K) + 3$?
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Approximation of convex body by polytopes

In a recent survey paper, Approximation of convex sets by polytopes, Bronstein claims that under Hausdorff distance $\rho_H$, for every convex body $U$, $$\rho_H(U,\mathcal{P}_n)\leq c(U) ...
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Convex hull of the union of two parameterized curves in $\mathbb{R}^3$

My goal is to find a way to calculate the convex hull of the union of some parameterized curves. For instance, I had to calculate the convex hull of $A=\{(-4k,k^2+2,2k^2-2k)|k\ge 2\}\cup ...
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max volume of inscribed simplex in a ball

Let $B_n$ be the $n$-dimensional unit ball, and $B_n(\epsilon)$ be the spherical cap with height $\epsilon$ I am interested in the quantity $$\Gamma:=\sup_{\Delta:\textrm{ inscribed simplex in ...
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Lower bound for Quermassintegrals

Let $K$ be a convex body (a compact, convex subset of $R^n$ with empty interior), denote $W_0(K),W_1(K),\cdots,W_n(K)$ the Quermassintegrals of $K$. Note that $W_0(K)=V(K)$ the volume of $K$, and ...
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two-dimensional sections of polyhedral cones

Given a polyhedral cone, its intersection with any two-dimensional plane is either a polygon or a region enclosed by a polygonal curve. Is it a characterization of polyhedral cones? Does there exists ...
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Looking for the correct version of a wrong statement from Barvinok's book on convex polyhedra

The book I'm concerned with is "Integer Points in Polyhedra" by A. Barvinok, which, I must say, is turning out to be highly fascinating. A real finite-dimensional vector space $V$ defines the ...
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Looking for a homogeneous function with some properties

I'm looking for a 1-homogeneous function $\pi \colon \mathbb{R}^n_{\geq 0} \to \mathbb{R}$ satisfying the following properties: 1) $\pi$ is not concave. This is equivalent to the fact that there ...
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continuous extensions of concave functions

Let $N$ be a lattice. For a ring R we denote $N_R := N \otimes R$. My question is the following: Does a continuous and concave function \begin{eqnarray*} f: N_{\mathbb{Q}} \to \mathbb{R} ...
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Integral representation formula for convex

For $u \in \mathbb{S}^{d-1} \subset \mathbb{R}^d$, it is easy to show that: \begin{equation} u=c_d \int_{\mathbb{S^{d-1}}} \xi \mathbb{1}_{\left\{x \cdot u >0 \right\}}(\xi) \ ...
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Which natural numbers are a square minus a sum of two squares?

Question: Which natural numbers are of the form $a^2 - b^2 - c^2$ with $a>b+c$? This question came up in (Eike Hertel, Christian Richter, Tiling Convex Polygons with Congruent Equilateral ...
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Linear map of Zonotopes [closed]

Consider a linear system with a map $A: \mathbb{R}^n \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^m$ such that $y = A x$ with $n \geq m$ The input space $x$ is constrained by a zonotope set $\mathcal{X} \subseteq ...
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Decomposing polyhedral cones into “direct sums” and a polynomial

This question consists of two parts. I'm not breaking it up into two separate ones because posing the second question would essentially require me two rewrite the first one. Also, to some extent, the ...