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### Concentration of measure for arbitrary convex bodies?

There are various "concentration-of-measure" theorems,
the best known that due to Lévy,
which is this (informally): the volume of a sphere $S^d$ in $d$ dimensions is largely
concentrated around an ...

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### Distributing points with respect to a concave function

Suppose I have a concave function defined on the unit interval such that $f(0) = f(1) = 0$ and $\int_0^1 f(t) dt = \alpha$, where $\alpha$ is "small" (say $0.01$ or thereabouts). Say I distribute $n$ ...

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### How do control the boundary regularity of the Legendre transformation domain from a convex function

Let f(x) be a strongly convex smooth function (its Hessian matrix is positive definite) defined in a convex domain D, introduce the Legendre transformation
$$x=(x_1,...,x_n)\rightarrow ...

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### Area-preserving map between rectangles and fat polygons

Are there any well-known continuous area-preserving maps between fat convex polygons and fat rectangles? Specifically, given a fat convex polygon $C$, is there a natural way to choose a fat rectangle ...

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### The cone of positive semidefinite matrices is self-dual? (reference needed)

I'm seeking a reference for the following fact.
The cone of positive semidefinite matrices is self-dual (a.k.a. self-polar).
This result is relatively easy to prove, has been known for a long ...

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### Geometric meaning of derivatives of the curvature

Let $\Gamma$ be a sufficiently smooth, closed, convex curve in the plane parametrized by arclength $s$. Further assume that $\kappa>0$ and that the second derivative of $\kappa$ with respect to $s$ ...

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### Is there a midsphere theorem for 4-polytopes?

The (remarkable) midsphere theorem says that each combinatorial
type of convex polyhedron may be realized by one all of whose edges are
tangent to a sphere
(and the realization is unique if the center ...

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### Minimum norm of convex hull

Dear all,
I am currently stuck at a problem which seems too easy to be stuck at to me...
Summary
Let $H$ be the convex hull of the points $d_1,\ldots, d_n\in \mathbb{R}^d$. How can one compute
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### A min-max formula for depth of the origin in a convex set

Depth is defined as the distance to the boundary of a set, i.e., $\operatorname{depth}(x, C) = \operatorname{dist}(x, \mathbb{R}^n \backslash C)$.
Let $C$ be a convex set that contains the origin. I ...

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### Helly theorem + Nerve

Consider nerve $\mathcal N$ of a finite set of convex sets in $\mathbb R^n$.
Helly theorem says that $\mathcal N$ is completely determined by its $n$-skeleton, say $\mathcal N_n$.
It seems that not ...

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### minimal maximal ellipsoids

Suppose $K$ is a centrally symmetric, strictly convex body in $\mathbb{R}^2$. Let denote the curvature and the support function of $\partial K$, boundary of $K$, respectively with $\kappa$ and $s$. If ...

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### Equations for an algebraic gömböc

A gömböc is a $3-$dimensional convex body (having uniform density) which has exactly one stable and one instable equilbrium position (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6mb%C3%B6c).
Such a convex ...

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### Maximum of a function on $d-$dimensional convex compact sets

Let $\mathcal C_d$ denote the set of all $d-$dimensional convex compact subsets with
barycenter at the origin of the $d$-dimensional Euclidean space $\mathbb E^d$. Given an
element $C\in\mathcal C_d$ ...

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### volume of the unit ball of the Banach space $\ell_1^n\otimes_{\epsilon}\ell_1^n$?

We denote by $\otimes_{\epsilon}$ the injective Banach tensor product.
Which is the asymptotic volume of the unit ball of the Banach space $\ell_1^n\otimes_{\epsilon}\ell_1^n$?

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### Maximum surface area among convex subsets of the unit sphere of a given volume

The following problem is listed in Steven Lay's "Convex Sets and Their Applications" (1982) as unsolved (paraphrased):
Let $B$ be the unit ball in $\mathbb{R}^3$ and $0 < V < \pi$. Define ...

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### volume of the projected body

Suppose $K$ is an $n$-dimensional $C^2$ convex body in $\mathbb{R}^{n+1}$. We choose two distinct directions $z_0, z_1\in\mathbb{S^{n}}$. If $P_1$ and $P_2$ are the corresponding hyperplanes($z_0\perp ...

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### Polynomial roots and convexity

A couple of years ago, I came up with the following question, to which I have no
answer to this day. I have asked a few people about this, most of my teachers and some
friends, but noone had ever ...

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### Listing lattice points in a simplex

Let $n \in \mathbf{Z}_{\geq 1}$. Is there an algorithm which, given a simplex $\Delta \subset \mathbf{R}^n$ specified as the convex hull of $v_0,\dots,v_n \in \mathbf{Z}^n$, computes the set $\Delta ...

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### How aspherical can a Gömböc be?

A Gömböc is a homogeneous massive convex solid that can rest on a horizontal plane in just two positions of equilibrium under gravity: one stable and the other unstable. How small a proportion of the ...

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### Two-convexity ⇒ Lefschetz?

Assume that
$\Omega$ is an open simply connected set in $\mathbb R^n$
(two-convexity) if 3 faces of a 3-simplex belong to $\Omega$ then whole simplex in $\Omega$.
Is it true that any component of ...

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### Submanifolds lying on the boundary of a convex domain

Let $M$ be a submanifold of $\mathbb R^n$. Call $M$ locally convex if locally $M$ is contained in the boundary of a convex domain of $\mathbb R^n$.
Is there any known condition that is equivalent to ...

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### Analogy of Parseval identity for Legendre Transform ?

Parseval's identity states that the sum of squares of coefficients of the Fourier transform of a function equals the integral of the square of the function, or
$$ \sum_{-\infty}^{\infty} |c_n|^2 = ...

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### Point on a line nearest a point in Banach space

I have a Banach space geometry question (a curiosity-driven spin-off from a research topic). Given a point $x$ on the unit sphere of a Banach space and a vector $y\ne 0$, there is a multiple $t_0y$ of ...

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### sharper minkowski bound

If we want to bound the norm of the smallest ideal which generates a nontrivial ideal class, is there a better bound than Minkowski's bound?
(Note that Minkowski's bound is to guarantee something ...

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### Do elongated convex objects all have long simple geodesics?

Let $S$ be a closed convex surface, the boundary of a compact
convex body in $\mathbb{R}^3$.
I am interested in whether there are conditions on its shape
that ensure that it supports a long, simple ...

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### Finding points inside innermost convex hull [closed]

Given a set of points $S$ on the Euclidean plane, Onion Peeling determines the nested set $H$ of convex hulls on $S$. Define an analytical formula on $S$ which produces a point, not necessarily in ...

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### How do maximum norms relatively change in Euclidean translations

Let $Q$ be the cube $[-1,1]^{3}$ and $\pi$ be a plane in $\mathbb{R}^{3}$
that contains the origin but doesn't contain any vertex of $Q$. Suppose that $A$ is an invertible
linear transformation from ...

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### crookedness of convex curves (milnor)

hello,
I'm currently reading On the Total Curvature of Knots and am trying to understand one of the lemmas in it (3.3)
A closed polygon $P$ in $H^2$ is convex if and only if for every $b$ either ...

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### The number of hyperplanes determining the integer points of a polyhedron

This question is inspired by this one.
Let $P \subset \mathbb R_{+}^n$ be a convex polyhedron whose complement in $\mathbb R_{+}^n$ has finite volume. Let $Int(P) = P \cap \mathbb N^n$. (For ...

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### Ellipse naturally associated with a polygon

My colleagues and I have stumbled onto a way to associate an ellipse, or equivalently a positive definite symmetric matrix, to a polygon that is different from other better known ways. We want to know ...

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### Is there always a parallelogram cross-section of parallelepiped contained in the smallest box

Let $M$ be a centered parallelepiped, the intersection of $M$ and any plane $P$ that passes through the origin is a parallelogram or hexagon. Each parallelogram or hexagon has a cubic box that is the ...

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### Does the dual Banach space $B(\ell^\infty)$ have weak* normal structure?

Let $K$ be a bounded closed convex subset of a Banach space $E$. A point $x$ in $K$ is called a diametral point if
$$
\sup_{y\in K} \|x-y\|={\rm diam}(K).
$$
where ${\rm diam}(K)$ denotes the ...

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### The logic of convex sets

Let me start with Helly's theorem: Let $A_1$, $A_2$, ..., $A_{n+2}$ be $n+2$ convex subsets of $\mathbb R^n$. If any $n+1$ of these subsets intersect (this means: have nonempty intersection), the so ...

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### Are the Platonic solids shadows of 4-polytopes?

Say that a 3D shadow of a 4-polytope is a parallel projection to 3-space, not necessarily orthogonal to that 3-space (that would make it an orthogonal projection).
I am wondering if each of the five ...

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### A conjecture of parallelogram inside convex and central symmetric curve

Assume Q is a convex central symmetric curve, whose area is $\displaystyle S$. The area of the maximum parallelogram inside Q is $\displaystyle S'$.
How to prove the conjecture that $\displaystyle ...

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### Finding a point that lies in a majority of polytopes

Suppose I have $k$ $n$-dimensional polytopes $P_1,\ldots,P_k$, each explicitly specified as the intersection of a collection of hyperplanes. If there was a point $p \in \mathbb{R}^n$ that lay in the ...

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### Quantifying that near a point on a smooth hypersurface, it looks like a tangent hyperplane

Suppose $C$ is a smoothly bounded convex body (*) in $\mathbb{R}^d$, and $p$ is a point on the boundary of $C$. Let $r>0$ and let $B(r)$ denote the ball of radius $r$ centered at $p$.
Is it ...

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### a different algebra/representation for convex sets

Hi,
I was dealing with finding a feasible region for a set of norm inequalities and the feasible region is convex. The question is not about how to find the feasible region but how to represent the ...

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### Isodiametric hull

Let A be a convex compact set in the plane (with a piecewise smooth boundary, say). We want to `inflate' it in such a way that the diameter does not increase.
More accurately, we are looking for ...

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### Dimension of convex arrangements for hypergraphs

Suppose you have a hypergraph H on n vertices. Let d be the smallest integer such that we can find an arrangement A of convex subsets in Rd so that H represent the intersections of sets in A.
Has ...

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### Polar body of a convex body that avoids a lattice

Let $K \subset {\bf R}^d$ be a symmetric convex body (an open bounded convex neighbourhood of the origin with $K = -K$) with the property that $K + {\bf Z}^d \neq {\bf R}^d$, i.e. the projection of ...

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### Estimate probability( 0 is in the convex hull of N random points ) ?

Can anyone estimate N such that Prob( 0 is in the convex hull of $N$ points ) >= .95
for points uniformly scatterered in $[-1,1]^d$, $d = 2, 3, 4, 10$ ?
The application is nearest-neghbour ...

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### Condition number for Ellipsoid method matrix

Hello,
When using the ellipsoid method (for solving a linear program for example), the volume of the ellipsoid at each iteration is proven to decrease, and do so by at least a factor of $e^{1/2n}$.
...

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### A characterization of convexity

While doing some research on polytopes I came to the following question. Maybe it's already somewhere but anyway I'll post it here.
Let $X\subset \mathbb{R}^3$ be such that, for every plane $P$, ...

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### A variation of Minkowski sum

I have to work with the following variation of Minkowski sum:
Let $\mathbb E$ be a Euclidean space and $K$ be a convex set in $\mathbb E\times \mathbb E$.
Set
$$K^+=\{\\,x+y\in\mathbb ...

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### Pushing convex bodies together

Given two convex bodies $A$ and $B$, in $\mathbb R^3$ let's say. We define $A(t)$ and $B(t)$ as $A+xt$ and $B+yt$ where $x,y$ are two arbitrary points. (That is the Minkowski sum, so the two bodies ...

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### Constructive aspects of Caratheodory's theorem in convex analysis

Let me paraphrase Caratheodory's theorem in a probabilistic setup:
Let $X$ be a real-valued random variable. For $k = 1, \ldots, m$, let $f_k: \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ be a continuous function such ...

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### Cutting convex sets

Any bounded convex set of the Euclidean plane can be cut into two convex pieces of equal area and circumference.
Can one cut every bounded convex set of the Euclidean plane into an arbitrary number ...

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### Minimum enclosing rectangle of a convex polygon proof

Hi,
I've been reading about the rotating calipers algorithm for solving the minimum-area enclosing rectangle problem. It relies on a theorem: The rectangle of minimum area enclosing a convex polygon ...

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### Diameter of a metric on orbits under affine bijections of $n-$dimensional convex compact sets

Given two $n-$dimensional convex compact sets $A,B$, we define $d(A,B)$ as $\log({\mathrm{Vol}}(\alpha_2(A)))-\log(\mathrm{Vol}(\alpha_1(A)))$ where $\alpha_1,\alpha_2$ are two affine bijections such ...