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Trapping a convex body by a finite set of points

In $\mathbb{R}^n$, let $K$ be a convex body and $T$ a finite set of points disjoint from the interior of $K$. Say that $T$ traps $K$ if there is no continuous motion of $K$ carrying $K$ arbitrarily ...
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Non-asymptotic large deviations for a convex set

Let $X_1,\dots,X_n$ be $n$ i.i.d random variables taking values in a Polish vector space $\mathcal{X}$ and with (Borel) probability distribution $\mu$. For any convex, compact $\Gamma \subset ...
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additive support functions of a convex set

Let $K \subset \mathbb{R}^d$ be a compact, convex set. It could be uniquely determined by its support function (for $u$ on the unit-sphere $S^{d-1}$), given by $$h_K(u) = \sup \{ \sum_{i=1}^d x_i ...
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Is there a name for functions f(x,y) that are only convex in x (and continuous in y). [closed]

This is just a notation question. If I cannot find a preexisting name, I would try one-sided convex, or something of the sort.
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Question about the log-det function

Suppose I have a diagonal $n \times n$ matrix $\Gamma$ with positive entries, and a fixed $n \times k$ matrix $P$ with $P^\intercal P = I$ (here, $k \leq n$). I'm interested in knowing whether the ...
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Geometry of the metric cone

Let us say that two metrics $d$ and $d_0$ on a set $X$ are related if there exist positive constants $0 < \alpha \leq \beta$ such that $$ \alpha \,\left(d_0(x,y) + d_0(y,z) - d_0(x,z)\right) \leq ...
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Smooth convex extensibility of combination of two line segments

This is a refined version of my earlier question Convex extensibility of combination of two lines. Is there a smooth function $f:[0,1]\times [0,1]\rightarrow\mathbb R$ such that for all $x\in ...
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An equivalence relation for norms

Let us say that two norms $\|\cdot\|_1$ and $\|\cdot\|_2$ on a real vector space $V$ are strongly equivalent if there exists a constant $\lambda \geq 1$ such that $$ \frac{1}{\lambda} \left( \|x\|_1 ...
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the validity of a basic statement involving the Hausdorff distance

Let $\Omega_1 \supset \Omega_2 \supset \cdots$ be a sequence of nonempty, open, bounded and convex sets in $R^n.$ Define $\Omega = \operatorname{int} \Bigl( \overline{\bigcap_{k=1}^{\infty} \Omega_k ...
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Convex extensibility of combination of two lines

This may be too easy, but: Is there a function $f$ on the first quadrant of $\mathbb R^2$ such that $$ f(x,1)=x,\qquad f(x,0)=0, $$ and $f$ is convex or concave? Note there is no solution of ...
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A natural center of a convex weakly compact set in Banach space

Question: Let $S$ be a convex weakly compact set in Banach space $H$. Propose a natural way to define the unique center $O \in S$. Motivation: A lot! For example, in game theory $S$ can be a set of ...
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Which matrix/operator in a cone has the largest negative spectral part?

Background: Let $\mathcal{K}$ be set (convex cone, if you like) of symmetric matrices of order $n$. Each matrix $A \in \mathcal{K}$ can be decomposed in a unique way as $A=A_{+}-A_{-}$, where ...
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About generalized Minkowski inequality

For which functions $f:\mathbb{R}^+ \to \mathbb{R}^+$ does the inequality $f^{-1}\left(\sum\limits_{k=1}^n f(x_k+y_k)\right) \leq f^{-1}\left(\sum\limits_{k=1}^n f(x_k)\right) + ...
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Are there pathological examples of log-concave measures that admit no shifts?

Does there exist a random vector $X$ in, say, the space $\mathbb{R}^\infty$ of sequences that has the following properties? The distribution of $X$ is log-concave, i.e. for every $n$ the joint ...
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Is this function of a matrix convex?

Let $\mathcal{N}_{n}$ be the set of symmetric nonnegative irreducible matrices. For a matrix $A \in \mathcal{N}_{n}$ let $v^{A}$ be its Perron vector, normalized so that $||v^{A}||_{2}=1$. Define the ...
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Given a multivariate polynomial with even degree, can we find its tightest convex polynomial 'envelop'?

To be specific, given a multivariate polynomial function $f: \mathbb{R}^n \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ with even degree $2d$, can we construct a convex polynomial function $g$, such that: $\forall ...
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Can we decompose a polynomial into difference of convex polynomials?

Given a multivariate polynomial $p(x_1, ..., x_n)$ on $\mathbb{R}^n$, can we always decompose it into the difference of two convex polynomials? i.e., is there a pair of convex polynomials $f$ and $g$, ...
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Exponential Convexity Results [closed]

$\textbf{Definition:}$ 1. A function $h : (a,b)\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ is exponentially convex if it is continuous and $$\sum _{i, j=1}^n\xi_i\xi_jh(x_i+x_j)\geq 0,$$ for all $n\in\mathbb{N}$ and all ...
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Volumes of Sets of Constant Width in High Dimensions

Background The n dimensional Euclidean ball of radius 1/2 has width 1 in every direction. Namely, when you consider a pair of parallel tangent hyperplanes in any direction the distance between them ...
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Exponential Convexity

$\textbf{Definition:}$ 1. A function $h : (a,b)\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ is exponentially convex if it is continuous and $$\sum _{i, j=1}^n\xi_i\xi_jh(x_i+x_j)\geq 0,$$ for all $n\in\mathbb{N}$ and all ...
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Lattice points and convex bodies

Given are two convex bodies $K, L \subset \mathbb{R}^n$ that contain the origin as an interior point. Assume the number of integer points contained in $\lambda K$ equals the number of integer points ...
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How large are the smallest-area projections of a high-dimensional convex body?

Let $B$ be a convex body in $\mathbb{R}^d$, equipped with its standard Euclidean form, and assume that $$\intop_B x \, dx = 0$$ $$\frac{1}{|B|_d} \intop_B x_i x_j \, dx = \delta_{ij},$$ a ...
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How to find the necessary and sufficient conditions for a non-convex function to be locally convex?

Let $f(X)\geq 0$ be a nonconvex $C^\infty$ function: $\mathbb R^3\to \mathbb R$. Give any fixed $X_0$ such that $f(X_0)=\epsilon^+$, and the level set: ${L}=\{X\in \mathbb R^3:f(X)\leq \epsilon^+\}$ ...
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Infinite convex combinations in a Banach space

Let's say that a subset $C$ of a Banach space $X$ is $\sigma$-convex if the following property holds: For any sequence $(x_k)_{k\ge0}$ in $C$, and for any sequence of non-negative real numbers ...
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Open ideally convex sets

Background Recall that a subset $A \subseteq X$ of a Banach$^{1}$ space $X$ is said to be ideally convex if, for every bounded sequence $(x_n)_{n \in {\mathbb N}}$ in $A$ and every sequence ...
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necessary and sufficient conditions for a function to be DC

Hi, Does anyone know the necessary and sufficient conditions for a function to be a DC-function? Definition: A function is a DC-function if and only if it can be written as a differnece of 2 convex ...
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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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Product of derivatives of a convex function [closed]

Given a well-behaved function $f(x,t)$ such that $\frac{\partial f}{\partial x}<0$ and $\frac{\partial^2f}{\partial x^2}>0$, is there a way to show \begin{equation} ...
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Proving solution to linear parabolic PDE is convex with negative third derivative

I have a PDE in $g(y,t)$ of the form \begin{equation} a\frac{\partial^2g}{\partial y^2}y^2-b\frac{\partial g}{\partial y}y -rg + \frac{\partial g}{\partial t} - c = 0 \end{equation} in which $a$, $b$, ...
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Proof of an inequality for a linear combination of three trigonometric functions

Given a function $$f(t) = k_{1} \sin(t+\alpha) + k_{3} \sin(3t+\beta) + k_{5} \sin(5t+\gamma)$$ where $k_{1}, k_{3}$ and $k_{5}$ are all positive parameters, and the three phase angles, $ ...
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Eigenvalues of a given parametrized matrix.

Let $\mathbf{A}$ and $\mathbf{B}$ be two complex rank-one $N\times N$ positive semi-definite matrices. Let the matrix $\mathbf{C}$ be defined as \begin{align} ...
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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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An open problem in convex geometry

Is it possible to find four norms $\| \cdot\|_k$ $( 1 \leq k \leq 4)$ on the plane such that a three-dimensional normed space containing four subspaces isometric to these normed planes does not exist? ...
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Convex hulls of families of probability measures

Let $X$ be a standard Borel space, so that the space of Borel probability measures on $X$ is also a standard Borel space. We denote it by $\mathcal P(X)$. In this paper for any family of probability ...
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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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Directional derivates and unique subgradients

I have a question about the fine structure of convex functions. Convex functions behave very regular in the interior of their domain of definition (e.g. they are locally Lipschitz continuous there) ...
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Shortest curve with given convex hull

Suppose $S\subset\mathbb{R}^2$ is compact and convex. Suppose $\Gamma:[0,1]\to S$ is a continuous curve that passes through every extreme point of $S$, i.e., the convex hull of $\Gamma([0,1])$ is $S$. ...
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Generalizations of the Birkhoff-von Neumann Theorem

The famous Birkhoff-von Neumann theorem asserts that every doubly stochastic matrix can be written as a convex combination of permutation matrices. The question is to point out different ...
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Map from a convex polygon that increases distance

At the risk of asking an extremely stupid question, suppose that $P\subset\mathbb{R}^2$ is a convex polygon with area $1$ that contains the origin, and let $r$ denote the farthest distance between the ...
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Inequalities for averaging over partially ordered sets

Let's start from a classical inequality: If $0\le a_1\le\cdots\le a_k$ and $0\le b_1\le\cdots\le b_k$ then $(a_1+\cdots+a_k)(b_1+\cdots+b_k)\le k(a_1b_1+\cdots+a_k b_k)$. It can be written also in ...
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Tverberg's theorem in CAT(0) spaces

Does Tverberg's theorem hold for CAT(0) spaces of covering dimension $d<\infty$: Is it true that for any $d$-dimensional $CAT(0)$-space $X$ and a subset $E\subset X$ of cardinality $(d + 1)(r - ...
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The maximal “nearly convex” function

The following problem is only tangently related to my present work, and I do not have any applications. However, I am curious to know the solution -- or even to see a lack thereof, indicating that the ...
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Variations on a problem of S. Mazur

In problem 76 of the Scottish Book Mazur asked Given a convex body $K$ in three-dimensional space and a point $o$ in its interior, consider the surface $S$ formed by all points $p$ such that the ...
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Determining the sign of each element of the optimal of a strict convex function

The problem is: Let $\vec{x}\in\mathbb{R}^d$ be the variable and $f(\vec{x})$ be a scalar function that is globally strictly convex in $\mathbb{R}^d$. We assume the unique optimum of $f$ to be ...
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carleman inequality

Is there a connection between carleman inequality discovred by T. Carleman in 1922 if I am not mistaken in his research on quasianalytic functions and what is called Carleman estimates used in the PDE ...
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Is Ryser's conjecture on permanent minimizers still open?

Let $A(k,n)$ be the set of $\{0,1\}$ matrices of order $n$ with all their line sums equal to $k$. Conjecture number 5 on the list from Minc's book, attributed to Ryser, says that if $A(k,n)$ ...
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A construction related to scissors congruence

I was thinking about the following some time ago. My question is whether such things have been studied before. Let $E_n$ be the abelian group with a generator for each (bounded) euclidean polytope of ...
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Uniform approximation of tangent cone

Let $\mathcal{C}$ be a convex and closed set in $\mathbb{R}^n$ containing $0$. The tangent cone of $\mathcal{C}$ at $0$ is given as, \begin{equation} T_{\mathcal{C}}(0)=Cl(\text{cone}(\mathcal{C})) ...
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Uniform convergence of difference quotients of a convex function

Let $f(\cdot):\mathbb{R}^n\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ be a convex function. At $x$ denote the subdifferential by $\partial f(x)$ which is compact and closed. Now, define the approximation of $f$ around a ...
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Is a convex function continuous and almost everywhere differentiable? [closed]

is this statement true ? assume $f:D\rightarrow \mathbf{R} $ is a convex function where $D\subset \mathbf{R}^n$ is a convex set. $f$ is continuous and almost everywhere differentiable and in class ...