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Ascertain properties of a new kind of rectilinear-convex set

PREABMLE TO MY QUESTION I am reading about convex sets and hulls in orthogonal/rectilinear spaces. As can be seen in this publication, for a given set of points in $\mathbb{R}^{2}$, there are many ...
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Extremal Lipschitz convex functions

Let $B_d$ the unit ball in $\mathbb{R}^d$, and let $F_d$ be the set of convex functions with Lipschitz constant at most 1 from $B_d$ to $\mathbb{R}$. When $d=1$ (so the domain is the just the ...
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Decidability of convex rearrangements of polygons

Triggered by the MO question, "How many convex shapes can be made with the pieces of the Stomachion?," I would like to pose this question: Q. Given $n$ polygons in a set $S$, say each with integer ...
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On convergence of convex bodies

Let $K\subset \mathbb{R}^n$ be a compact convex set of full dimension. Assume that $0\in \partial K$. Question 1. Is it true that there exists $\varepsilon_0>0$ such that for any ...
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A third degree surface and a touching sphere [closed]

Let consider a surface $z=1/(xy)$ and a sphere defined by $(x-1.5)^2+(y-1.5)^2+(z-1.5)^2=3/4$. The sphere touches the surface at (1,1,1). Is it possible to prove that point (1,1,1) is the only ...
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Tensor Product of Convex Sets?

I was wondering if such a concept was used anywhere. What I was thinking of is this. Consider two vectors spaces $V,W$ and convex sets $C_1 \subseteq V$ and $C_2 \subseteq W$ if we define $C_1 \otimes ...
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Algorithm to calculate moments of uniform distribution on convex polyhedra

There is system of linear inequalities $$ Ax \leq K, $$ $$ x\geq a, x\leq b. $$ $A$ is $(n\times m)$-matrix, where $n\approx 100$ and $m\approx 10000$, $rank(A)=n$. Suppose that on set of solutions ...
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Does there always exist a self dual polytope that contains a given polytope contained in its dual?

Suppose a polytope $P$ is contained in its dual polytope $\tilde{P}$. Does there always exist a polytope $Q$ that contains $P$ and is self dual $Q=\tilde{Q}$? Is there any bound on the minimal number ...
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How to find overlap between two convex hulls, along with the overlap area

I have two boundaries of two planar polygons, say, B1 and B2 of polygons P1 and P2 (with m and n points in Boundaries B1 and B2). I want to find out if the polygons overlap or not. If they overlap, ...
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Partitioning a convex object without harming existing convex subsets

$C$ is a convex planar figure and $C_1,\dots,C_n$ are pairwise-disjoint convex subsets of $C$, like this: A convex-preserving partition of $C$ is a partition $C=E_1\cup\dots\cup E_N$, , such that ...
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A question on the theorem of Minkowski-Hlawka

The Minkowski-Hlawka theorem (as stated by Gruber in his lovely book Convex and Discrete Geometry) says that if $S$ is a Jordan measurable set in $\mathbb{R}^n$ with volume < 1. Then there is a ...
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Convex body with affine-equivalent cross-sections

I recently discovered the following fact: Let $K\subset\mathbb R^3$ be an origin-symmetric convex body with smooth and strictly convex boundary. Suppose that all central cross-sections of $K$ (that ...
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Can we prove that a normal surface of an extreme point of a convex subset of a simplex is a separating hyperplane?

Let's assume that we have a simplex $G = \{x\in R^d|\sum_{i=1}^d x_i=1, x_i\ge 0 , i = 1, 2, .., d\}$ and a polyhedral convex subset $H \subseteq G$. Is it possible to prove that for any extremal ...
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Shape whose translated and scaled copies are closed under intersection

The translated and scaled copies of an equilateral triangle with fixed orientation are closed under intersection - the intersection is again an equilateral triangle with the same orientation. What ...
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What is the dual of an semidefinitely representable (SDR) cone?

The Question Let $V\simeq \mathbb{R}^r$ be an $r$-dimensional vector space with the usual Euclidean inner product. Let $\mathcal K\subset V$ be a cone defined as $$ \mathcal K=\Big\{x\in V\ ...
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Lipschitz constant of cental projection of unit ball to surface of convex body

Let $X$ be a real normed space equipped with $\lVert\cdot\rVert$ and $M$ be a convex set in $X$, such that $B(0,r) \subset M \subset B(0,R)$ for $r>0$. Here $B(a, t)$ stands for closed ball with ...
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Upper bound on the number of convex connected components of the complement of the zero set of a polynomial

The classic Milnor-Thom upper bound on the sum of the Betti numbers of real algebraic sets (for a nice exposition and references, see e.g. N.R. Wallach, On a Theorem of Milnor and Thom, in S. Gindikin ...
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How to show it is contained in a convex hull?

There are $(d+1)f$ points (denote the set of all points as $S$) in $\mathbb{R}^d$, that can be divide into $d+1$ disjoint sets $F_1,...,F_{d+1}$, each set of size $f$. If we have $$ ...
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Maximal volume of a simplex inscribed in a spherical cap

Let $B_n$ be the $n$-dimensional unit ball, and $B_n(\varepsilon)$ be the spherical cap with height $\varepsilon$ I am interested in the quantity $$\Gamma:=\sup_{\Delta:\textrm{ inscribed simplex in ...
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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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Atiyah-Guillemin-Sternberg convexity theorem

I would like to study the Atiyah-Guillemin-Sternberg convexity theorem: proof and applications. I am already familiarised with hamiltonian actions, moment maps...and with elementary Morse theory. So ...
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Efficiently Generating the Convex Hulls of Two Polytopes and Counting Faces

Suppose you have two polytopes $P_1, P_2 \in \Bbb{R}^n$ given by $$ P_1 = \lbrace x: A_1 x \le b_1\rbrace$$ $$ P_2 = \lbrace x: A_2 x \le b_2\rbrace $$ I wish to find their convex hull, that is a ...
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Least Width of Planar Unimodal Curves with Unit Diameter

I am currently trying to find a way to define some notion of "roundness" for subtours in graphs and that definition should only be based on the comparing (sums of) edge length and on the order in ...
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Is support function of a convex curve in $\mathbb{R}^2$ absolutely continuous? [closed]

There is an example of a convex function of two variables that is convex but not absolutely continuous. The level set of this function is a convex curve. To construct one example of such a function ...
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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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Tighter Caratheodory on the moment curve?

The moment curve is the set of points of the form $$(t,t^2,t^3,...,t^n) \in R^n$$ Let $M$ be the portion of the moment curve where $t\in [0,1]$, and let $\overline{M}$ be the convex hull of $M$. ...
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Choquet theory and Hilbert's fourth problem

The following text is an attempt to see Hilbert's fourth problem in a new light. Definition. A pseudometric $d$ on $\mathbb{R}^n$ is called projective if whenever a point $z$ belongs to a line ...
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does every compact convex set in c0 have but countably many extreme points

This seems plausible, given the properties of the unit ball of $c_0$. I have a compact set in a complex Banach space $X$ whose closed convex hull has uncountably many extreme points. It would be ...
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A lottery on coins in a convex set

You play the following game. You get $4n$ gold coins and have to arrange them in the unit square in general position (no two coins have the same x or the same y coordinate). Call this set of coins ...
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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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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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Cluster Variables for non-convex n-gons

Most of the lectures and lecture notes on Cluster Algebras (at least from Combinatorial point of view) start with mutations of the diagonals of a convex n-gon (mostly the pentagon) as the illustration ...
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Research trends in geometry of numbers?

Geometry of numbers was initiated by Hermann Minkowski roughly a hundred years ago. At its heart is the relation between lattices (the group, not the poset) and convex bodies. One of its fundamental ...
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The center of a minimal convex superbody

Is the following true? CONJECTURE: $\,$ Let $\ B\ C\subseteq\mathbb R^n\ $ be convex bodies in $\mathbb R^n$ such that $\ C\ $ is centrally symmetric, $\ B\subseteq C,\ $ and $\ t\!\cdot\! B\ $ ...
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Projecting on a convex compact polytope with special form

Let $E$ be a large sparse $l$-by-$n$ matrix ($l$ and $n$ can be in the billions...) with coefficients in $\{-1, 0, 1\}$: the first row of $E$ is the vector $(1,0,0,\ldots,0) \in \mathbb R^n$, and ...
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Projecting on a a special polyhedron

Let $X$ be an $n$-by-$p$ matrix and consider the closed convex polyhedron $$\mathcal P_X := \{y \in \mathbb R^n | \|X^Ty\|_\infty \le 1\}.$$ Notice that $\mathcal P_X$ is symmetric about the origin. ...
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Continuous maps which send intervals of $\mathbb{R}$ to convex subsets of $\mathbb{R}^2$

Let $f : \mathbb{R} \longrightarrow \mathbb{R}^2$ 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 ...
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Show that the Minkowski sum of two triangles in 3D is the union of Minkowski sums of each triangle along the other's edges?

I'd like to show (or disprove) the claim that the Minkowski sum of two triangles with vertices in $\mathbb{R}^3$, $A+B$, is equal to the union of the unions of the Minkowski sums of $A$ along all ...
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Minimize sum of $\ell_2$ norm and linear combination, on simplex

Let $\Delta_n := \{x \in \mathbb{R}^n | x \ge 0, \sum_{1 \le i \le n}x_i = 1\}$ be the $n$-simplex. For $a, b \in \mathbb R^n$, with $\Delta_n \not \ni a$, consider the problem of computing the ...
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Checking integer points of given infinity norm on intersection

If we have convex region $\mathscr R$ given as intersection of a convex polytope $\mathscr P$ and an ellisoid $\mathscr E$ in $\ell^2$ norm is there an efficient way to test if there is an integer ...
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Questions about the regularity of the “norm” associated to a convex set

Suppose $K\subset \mathbb{R} ^n$ is a closed convex set whose interior contains the origin. We can assign a gauge function to $K$ as $g_{K}(x):=\inf\{\lambda>0 \mid x\in\lambda K\}$. $g_K$ has all ...
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Convex hull of the orbit of a matrix under permutations

Let $P$ be a generic permutation matrix on $\mathbb{R}^n$. For any vector $x \in \mathbb{R}^n$, the convex hull of the set $\{ Px : \; \text{$P$ is a permutation matrix}\}$ is the set of vectors ...
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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 is the maximal convex hull in $\mathbb R^3$ of a tree with fixed total length?

Denote by $\mathcal T_n$ the set of all trees on $n$ nodes. For a tree $T\in\mathcal T_n$, we assign to each edge a non-negative length such that the sum of all lengths is 1. Denote by $v(T)$ the ...
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Efficient sampling from a polytope with large number of contraints [duplicate]

As far as I know, the most popular way to sample from a polytope (in H-representation) \begin{equation} \mathcal{P} := \{z \in \mathbb{R}^n | (Az)_j \le b_j\; \forall j=1,2,\ldots,m\} \end{equation} ...
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Number of simplices contained in a convex body

I am interested in the following question: Given a convex body $K$ in $\mathbb{R}^d$ and an $\epsilon>0$ small enough, how many $d$-simplices $\{D_i\}_{i=1}^m\subset K$ do we need at least so that ...
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A functional inequality about log-concave functions

Let $f,g$ be smooth even log-concave functions on $\mathbb{R}^{n}$, i.e.,$f=e^{-F(x)}, g=e^{-G(x)}$ for some even convex functions $F(x),G(x)$. Is it true that: $$ \int_{\mathbb{R}^{n}} \langle ...
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Linear transformation of a polyhedron

Is there a simple proof that shows: Linear transformation of a $\mathcal{H}$-polyhedron (i.e. the intersection of finitely many closed half-spaces) is a $\mathcal{H}$-polyhedron. Minkowski sum of ...
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Maximum value of linear function on the intersection of a parametrized family of balls

Let $C$ be a (nonempty) closed convex subset of $\mathbb{R}^n$ and $a, b \in \mathbb{R}^n$. Using the normal cone characterization of the euclidean projection operator $\mathrm{proj}_C$ (recall that ...
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Internal edges in Convex Polytopes

Suppose $S\subset{\mathbb R}^n$ is an infinite subset that is in general position which means that the intersection of $S$ with every affine subspace of dimension $d<n$ always contains at most ...