# Tagged Questions

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### What's the volume of $\{x\in[0,1]^n|\sum x_i\le t\}$ for real $t$?

EDIT: Thanks for your answers and comments. There is indeed a classical easy formula, given by Pietro Majer (with a simple nice proof) in his answer below.
Given $x\in\mathbb{R}^n$, $x_i$ denotes ...

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### The view from inside of a mirrored tetrahedron

Suppose you were standing inside a regular tetrahedron $T$ whose
internal face surfaces were perfect mirrors.
Let's assume $T$'s height is $3{\times}$ yours, so that your
eye is roughly at the ...

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### Polytopes with few vertices and few facets

I recently realized that, for fixed $\alpha$ and $\beta$, the number of (combinatorial types of) $d$-polytopes with $\leq d+1+\alpha$ vertices and $\leq d+1+\beta$ facets is bounded by a constant that ...

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### Regular unimodular triangulation for a certain simplex

Consider an $n$-simplex with vertices given by
$(0,0,\dots,r_i,r_{i+1},\dots,r_n)$ where $r_1,\dots,r_n$ are given natural numbers,
and $i=0,1,\dots,n+1$.
Does this simplex admit a regular, ...

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### What does this number tell me about a convex lattice polygon?

EDIT: I realized I'd tricked myself by working with a too special case of $f$, the question is now updated (boundary lattice points replaced vertices).
Suppose I have a convex lattice polygon $P$, ...

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### Positivity of Ehrhart polynomial coefficients

Are there any results stating that a given family of convex polytopes have Ehrhart polynomials with non-negative coefficients?
What methods are available for proving such a property for some family ...

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### Looking for the manuscript “Uniform polytopes” by N. Johnson

The manuscript Uniform Polytopes (1991) by Norman Johnson is cited in the wikipedia page on uniform polytopes (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uniform_polytope).
Is there an electronic copy of this ...

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### The limit of edge-midpoint convex polyhedra

Starting with a convex polyhedron $P_1 \subset \mathbb{R}^3$,
replace that with $P_2$, the convex hull of the midpoints of the edges of $P_1$.
Continuing this process, we obtain a ...

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### Guises of the Stasheff polytopes, associahedra for the Coxeter $A_n$ root system?

Richard Stanley keeps a famous running compilation of different guises of the celebrated Catalan numbers. The number of vertices of the associahedron is one instantiation among the multitude, and the ...

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### Are all marked order polytopes normal?

Richard Stanley showed that order polytopes have a unimodlar ttriangulation.
In particular, this implies that they are integrally closed/normal.
One can generalize order polytopes to marked order ...

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### Convex Sets and Nearest Neighbors

For a set $S \subseteq \mathbb{R}^n$ and a point $x \in \mathbb{R}^n$, let $c_S(x)$ be the point $s \in S$ that minimizes $\|x-s\|$ if such a point exists and is uniquely determined. It is known that ...

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### Information needed to distinguish combinatorially isomorphic polytopes (up to affine equivalence)

I originally posted this question on Stack Exchange, thinking it perhaps does not qualify as "research-level" but it received no answers... hopefully someone here can help.
The title pretty much ...

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### Some polytopes in $\mathbb R^n$ whose vertices have coordinates 1, -1 or 0

Let $n$ and $k$ be positive integers with $k\leq n$.
Let $P(n,k)$ be the convex hull in $\mathbb R^n$ of the $2^k {n \choose k}$ vectors whose exactly $k$ coordinates belong to $\{\pm 1\}$ all the ...

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### Pictures of the von Neumann polytope

Are there any graphic portrayals of von Neumann polytopes in low dimensions?

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### Higher dimensional generalization of: Any quadrilateral tiles the plane?

Any (non-self-intersecting) quadrilateral tiles the plane.
(MathWorld image.)
Q. What is the strongest known generalization of this statement to higher dimensions?
I.e., ...

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### construction of four dimensional regular convex polytopes

Could anybody give me a reference book about the explicit construction of the 6 regular four dimensional convex polytopes. I cannot easily find Schläfli's original paper so I am looking for a modern ...

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### Estimating the volume of a union of balls

Let $\{ B_i \}_{i=1}^n$ be a set of $n$ ball in the unit cube $C$ of dimension $d$.
If I want to estimate
$$
\frac{ \lambda \left( \cup B_i \right) }{\lambda\left( C \right) }, \tag{1}
$$
where ...

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### Polynomials connected with Gale's condition and cyclic polytopes

I was reading about cyclic polytopes and (I think naturally) became interested in polynomials $f(X) \in \mathbb{R}[X]$ which have a factorization of the form $f(X)=g(X)g(X+1)$ for some $g(X) \in ...

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### $\mathcal{H}$-polyhedron under a linear map

Let $P = \{ x \in \mathbb{R}^n \mid Ax \leq b \}$ be a (bounded) polyhedron for $A \in \mathbb{R}^{m \times n}$ and $b \in \mathbb{R}^m$, $n,m > 0$.
Moreover, let $M \colon \mathbb{R}^n \to ...

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### Criteria for abstract polytopes to be convex polytope

Suppose I have an abstract polytope defined by a poset. Are there any methods for determining whether the abstract polytope can be geometrically realized as convex-hull on its set of vertices?

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### How to (efficiently) find intersection of two polyhedral cones?

I have two polyhedral cones represented by their rays. I am looking to find their intersection, which would also be a polyhedral cone, hopefully efficiently. Does anybody know a way to do that?
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### Build a topological polytope with a specified CW-structure

I am a topologist and not quite familiar with the tools for building a polytope. I would like to build some topological polytope which is an somewhere in between permutohedron and associahedron which ...

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### Convex Optimization related problem

Suppose two non-negative convex functions $f$ and $g$ be given.
We want to solve the following optimization
$$\max_{g\leq\epsilon}f.$$
Now suppose that both $f$ and $g$ can be upper-bounded by a ...

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### Are shortest halving curves simple closed geodesics?

Let $S$ be a smooth convex surface in $\mathbb{R}^3$
(although my question may as well be asked for the surface of a polyhedron).
Say that $\gamma$ is a shortest halving curve if
(a) it partitions the ...

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### Generators for lattice polytopes

Let $V$ be a finite set of integral vectors in $\mathbb{R}^n$. Consider the real (positive) convex cone $\mathbb{R}_+V$ spanned by $V$. We can assume that all vectors in $V$ are extremal in ...

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### Volume of normal cone of a simplex (at a vertex)

This question is related to an orthant-type simplex in $\mathbb{R}^n$, which can be defined as
$$ S = \{x\in\mathbb{R}_{+}^n: \sum_{i=1}^nx_i \leq 1\}=\overline{\mbox{conv}}(0,e_1,\ldots,e_n). $$
For ...

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### intersection of the unit cube and a hyperplane containing the main diagonal

Let $A$ be a linear $m$-dimensional subspace of $\mathbf{R}^n$ $m < n$, containing the point $(1,1,\ldots,1) \in \mathbf{R}^n$,
and consider the intersection of $A$ and the unit cube $\Delta_n$ ...

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### Minimax-like theorems involving union and intersection of regions in $\mathbb R^d$

From Minimax theorems, we roughly know that if $f(x,y)$ is convex on $X$ and concave $Y$ for both compact $X,Y$, then:
$$
\max_{x\in X}\min_{y\in Y} f(x,y)=\min_{y\in Y}\max_{x\in X} f(x,y).
$$
We can ...

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### The number of facets of a polyhedron under linear transformation

Consider a (not necessarily bounded) convex polyhedron $P\subset \mathbb{R}^n$ which has $k$ facets.
Let $L:\mathbb{R}^n \to \mathbb{R}^m$ be a linear transformation.
Question1: Is there a fixed ...

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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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### Unimodular triangulation and Ehrhart polynomials

Let $P$ be a convex lattice polytope. Then it has a polynomial Ehrhart function.
I am interested in what can be said about the Ehrhart polynomial when
$P$ has any of the properties
is integrally ...

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### Vertices of a polytope as algebra generators

I am wondering if the following kind of objects has some name, or are there any studied examples. I apologize for perhaps too specific definition, this is an adoptation of a situation that arises in ...

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### Paths on Cartesian products of graphs satisfying linear constraints

Assume integers $d > r > 0$ and a connected graph $G$ with $d$ vertices. Every point on the $r$-fold Cartesian product of $G$ with itself, $G^{\square r}$, is equivalent to a dimension-$d$ ...

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### Convex hull of total orders

Let $n$ be a positive integer and $\prec$ an arbitray total order on $\{1,\dots,n\}$. I associate to this order a vector $v$ with one coordinate for every pair $(i,j)$ s.t. $1\leq i\neq j \leq n$, by ...

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### Volume of a polytope with relaxed constraints

Consider a polytope in $n$ dimensions defined by a set of linear constraints:
$$P = \{x \in \mathbb{R}^n : Ax \leq b\}$$
where A is some $m \times n$ constraint matrix, and $b = (b_1,\ldots,b_m)$ is ...

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### Cavalieri's principle and inversion of the Vandermonde matrix

There are many examples on the Web of the use of Cavalieri's principle in determining areas and volumes of 2-D and 3-D geometrical figures. The Wikipedia link uses the principle as both a proof and ...

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### Does the set of points minimizing their distance to a multiset of convex polytopes result in a polytope?

Let $\mathbb{R}^n$ be a normed affine space of finite dimension $n$, and $d : \mathbb{R}^n \times \mathbb{R}^n \mapsto \mathbb{R}^+$ be the distance derived from the norm under consideration. A convex ...

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### Status of Barany's conjecture?

One of Barany's most intriguing conjectures is about the $f$-vectors of convex polytopes. It asks:
Let $P$ be a convex $d$-polytope. Is it always true that $f_k \geq \min(f_0, f_{d-1})$?
A ...

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### Surface area of convex hull [duplicate]

Let Q be the convex hull of a non-convex polyhedron P. Is it true that the surface area of Q is not greater than the surface area of P?

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### The Mahler conjecture and non-zonoidal 3-polytopes (4-polytopes)

I have been working on the Mahler conjecture for over a year now and have made some progress for certain classes of convex polytopes and I'm now attempting to write up my results specified to ...

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### Integrally closed polytopes from 01-matrices

Let $A$ be a matrix with entries either 0 or 1, where each column contains at least one 1, to remove trivial degenerations.
Let $P$ be the convex hull of all integer vectors $x$ that satisfy $Ax \leq ...

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### doubly-stochastic isomorphisms of graphs

A doubly stochastic matrix that commutes with the adjacency matrix of a graph is a doubly-stochastic automorphism of that graph (definition by Tinhofer 1986). Each (classical) automorphism of a graph ...

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### Calculate the discrete set of points B which are in the convex hull of the set of points A

This problem is likely best described with the following picture:
Given the discrete set of points $A$ (shown in blue), I wish to calculate the discrete set of points that are contained within the ...

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### “Japanese Theorem” on cyclic polygons: Higher-dimensional generalizations?

A beautiful theorem known as the Japanese Theorem (Wikipedia, MathWorld)
says that, no matter how one triangulates a cyclic (inscribed in a circle) polygon,
the sum of the radii of the incircles is ...

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### How many facets can $\{\|D^T x\|_1\leq 1\}$ have?

$\newcommand{\RR}{\mathbb{R}}$Consider $x\in\RR^n$ and $D\in \RR^{n\times p}$ with $p\geq n$ and full rank. My question is:
How many facets can the polytope $ \{x\in\RR^n\ :\ \|D^T x\|_1\leq 1\}$ ...

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### Triangulations of special polyhedra

Let $A_1,A_2,A_3 \in \mathbb{N}^3$ be three points in space all lying in some plane $x+y+z=d$ where $d$ is a positive integer. If $\{e_1,e_2,e_3\}$ is the standard basis in $\mathbb{R}^3$, we can ...

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### Looking for a canonical (matroid polytope) subdivision of the hypersimplex

A matroid polytope is the convex hull of the indicator vectors of the bases of a matroid, and a matroid polytope subdivision (MPS) is a polyhedral subdivision of a matroid polytope whose cells are ...

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### Is the diameter of a centrally symmetric convex body realized by a pair of antipodal points?

Let $S \subset \mathbb{R}^n$ be the boundary of a centrally symmetric convex body and provide $S$ with the geodesic metric given by its embedding in Euclidean space (i.e., the distance between two ...

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### Dead Flies Problem [duplicate]

If a set of points in the plane contains one point in each convex region of
area 1, then can it have finite density?
what is the density of the points? In my understanding, it means the average ...

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### Generalized permutahedron and random polytopes

The Birkhoff polytope $B_n$ is defined as the convex hull of the set of permutation matrices, which gives us the set of doubly stochastic matrices. A concept which is intimately related is that of the ...