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### Rational viewing points in a polygon

We refer to the question posed in Seeing the vertices of a polygon with rational angles, but now ask for constructions or for the existence of rational viewing points. We'll call a point $p$ inside ...

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votes

**1**answer

190 views

### Seeing the vertices of a polygon with rational angles

Given any convex polygon in the plane, is it always possible to find a point $p$ in its interior such that when we draw the line segments from $p$ to each of its vertices, the angles formed at $p$ are ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### The sparsest planar net that captures every unit segment

Let $\cal C = \lbrace C_i \rbrace$ be a collection
of rectifiable curves in the plane with the property that
every unit-length segment meets at least one curve
in at least one point.
Call such a ...

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votes

**1**answer

558 views

### The geometry of crinkled aluminum foil

I wonder if the geometry of crinkled aluminum foil has been studied?
The above is a photo of foil I flattened to reuse.
It might be ...

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votes

**1**answer

194 views

### Best upper bound on rate for q-ary codes

Among the many upper bounds for families of codes in $\mathbb F _2 ^n$, the best known bound is the one by McEliece, Rodemich, Rumsey and Welch which states that the rate $R(\delta)$ corresponding to ...

**0**

votes

**2**answers

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### Disks Packing Variant

Usually disk packing problems require that no two disks of the packing intersect.
Does anybody know if the problem has been studied when disks may intersect but they are not allowed to contain the ...

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### A sudden smiley? :-)

This is a vague question, and I will no doubt be (properly!) chastised for posing it.
I would like to generate a set $S$ of points in $\mathbb{R}^3$—$|S|$ finite or infinite—which
has the ...

**2**

votes

**2**answers

182 views

### Is there a simple test to determine whether a polytope is integral?

It is known that any rational convex polytope expressed as $\{ x\in\mathbb{R}^d : Ax \ge b \}$, where $A\in\mathbb{Z}^{k\times d}$ and $b\in\mathbb{Z}^k$, can be written as the convex hull of finitely ...

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### Discrete Morse function from smooth one

Suppose I have a smooth manifold $M$ and a smooth Morse function $f$ on $M$. Is there a standard way to replace $M$ with a cell complex and $f$ with a discrete Morse function such the resulting ...

**0**

votes

**3**answers

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### The symmetry group of $\mathbb Z^d$

Let $d \ge 1$, and consider the integer lattice $\mathbb Z^d$. This is a homogeneous space, in the manner of the Erlangan Programm.
I would like to write $\mathbb Z^d = G / H$, where $G$ is the ...

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votes

**0**answers

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### Optimal Gear Trains

Suppose you need to slow down a turning motor so that a gear turns at
an angular velocity $\frac{a}{b}$ of that of the motor shaft, where $a$ and
$b$ are natural numbers. For example, this set of ...

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votes

**3**answers

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### Herringbone partitions of regions and surfaces

Let $R \subset \mathbb{R}^2$ be a region of the plane bounded
by a Jordan curve. The boundary $\partial R$ could be a polygon,
or a smooth curve—there are variations depending upon boundary ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### Empty convex polytopes for random point sets

I know of the famous results on the Erdős-Szekeres empty convex polygon problem in the plane
(the Happy-Ending Problem), and I know that there are higher-dimensional extensions.
A great source ...

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votes

**1**answer

320 views

### Detecting a hidden convex body with line probes

Imagine that, somewhere inside an origin-centered, unit-radius sphere
$S$ in $\mathbb{R}^3$,
sits a convex body $K$ of volume vol$(K)=\alpha (\frac{4}{3} \pi)$,
with $\alpha < 1$ the fraction of ...

**1**

vote

**2**answers

190 views

### Triangular grid with 4 edges per vertex

I am trying to create a triangular grid/mesh for a rectangular domain in $\mathbb{R}^2$ with the property that each vertex is shared by (at most) four edges. Is this possible to accomplish?

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### Minimizing the excursion of a sum of unit vectors

I have $n$ unit-length vectors $v_i$ in $\mathbb{R}^3$, whose
sum is zero:
$$ v_1 + v_2 + \cdots + v_n = 0 \; .$$
Now I form the closed polygon $P$ in space by placing them head to tail.
So the ...

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votes

**5**answers

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### Minimal blocking objects with shadows like a cube

This is a more geometric version of the previous question,
"Lattice-cube minimal blocking sets". I will first specialize to $\mathbb{R}^3$, $d=3$.
View an $n \times n \times n$ cube $C_3(n)$ as ...

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votes

**2**answers

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### Lattice-cube minimal blocking sets

Let $C_d(n)$ be the lattice cube consisting of the $n^d$ points with
each of its $d$ coorindates in $\lbrace 1,2,\ldots,n \rbrace$.
Define a blocking set for a lattice cube to be a set of points
in ...

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votes

**4**answers

737 views

### Optimal pebble-packing shape

Suppose you throw many ($n$) congruent convex bodies (in $\mathbb{R}^3$) of unit volume (or of unit area in $\mathbb{R}^2$) into a large container, and shake it until little else changes.
Q. ...

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votes

**6**answers

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### Tetris-like falling sticky disks

Suppose unit-radius disks fall vertically from $y=+\infty$,
one by one, and create a random jumble of disks above the $x$-axis.
When a falling disk hits another, it stops and sticks there.
Otherwise, ...

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votes

**2**answers

489 views

### Midpoint lattice polygons

Midpoint polygons (a.k.a Kasner polygons) have been studied, and their behavior is well understood.
I am considering a variant, which I call midpoint lattice polygons.
Start with a sequence of ...

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votes

**1**answer

951 views

### Building a genus-$n$ torus from cubes

I wonder if this has been studied:
What is the fewest number of unit cubes
from which one can build an $n$-toroid?
The cubes must be glued face-to-face,
and the boundary of the resulting ...

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votes

**6**answers

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### Covering a unit ball with balls half the radius

This is a direct (and obvious) generalization of the recent MO question, "Covering disks with smaller disks":
How many balls of radius $\frac{1}{2}$ are needed to cover completely a ball of radius ...

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votes

**2**answers

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### Touching-tetrahedra graphs

Have the graphs representable by touching tetrahedra been explored?
Let $\cal T$ be a collection of tetrahedra in $\mathbb{R}^3$
with pairwise disjoint interiors.
Define a graph $G_{\cal T}$ to have ...

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votes

**1**answer

188 views

### Min Bend Orthogonal Knots

I am seeking literature on 3D orthogonal drawings of knots,
especially minimum bend drawings.
An orthogonal drawing employs segments parallel to the axes of
a Cartesian coordinate system.
A bend is a ...

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votes

**2**answers

271 views

### Acute triangulation

Assume that $S$ is a finite 2-dimensional simplicial complex equipped with a metric $d$
such that each triangle is isometric to a plane triangle (so $(S,d)$ is a polyhedral space).
Is it possible ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### Lipshitz Constant of the convex extension of a submodular function

The title says it all :)
Given a submodular function (take the rank function of a matroid, for a concrete example) $f:\{0,1\}^n\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$, we can extend it to a convex function ...

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votes

**2**answers

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### maximum number of shortest path among a set of n triangle obstacles

Assume that we have a two distinct points. The number of shortest path between these two points is one. When we add a triangle obstacle to the plane and this triangle intersects the line connecting ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### Polygons that are hard to guard

Given an $n$-vertex polygonal 'art gallery' $P$ in the plane, it is possible to cover the interior of $P$ by placing 'guards' at (at worst) $\lfloor n/3\rfloor$ of the vertices of $P$. That this is ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### Transience of self avoiding random walks on $\mathbb{Z}^d$

I'm finishing up a masters thesis in computer science and want to say a bit in the introduction about self-avoiding walks. My thesis looks at a random process which arose in computer science and my ...

**0**

votes

**1**answer

338 views

### On the number of lines of given points

Hi all, I have a question Concerning Beck's theorem. I have read it from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beck%27s_theorem and I have two questions :
I suppose Beck's theorem doesn't hold when instead ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### Triangulations of polytopes and tilings of zonotopes

Consider a set $A = \{ a_1,a_2,\ldots, a_n \} $ of vectors in $\mathbb{R}^d$, which lie in a common affine hyperplane. Two convex polytopes may be obtained from $A$, namely the convex hull of the ...

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votes

**2**answers

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### The area of the intersection of convex sets with prescribed pairwise intersections

Consider two numbers $a>b>0$. Let $A_1,A_2,A_3$ be three convex sets in ${\mathbb R}^2$ such that $\mu(A_i)=a$, $\mu(A_i\cap A_j)=b$ ($\mu$ is the usual measure on ${\mathbb R}^2$). What is the ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### Metric conditions on configurations of points with only finitely many solutions

There is an old puzzle, which I believe I learned from Nob Yoshigahara, that asks for all configurations of four (distinct) points in the plane such that the six pairwise distances assume only two ...

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votes

**3**answers

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### Small 4-chromatic coin graphs

A coin graph is a graph that can be represented by a set of disjoint, except possibly touching, unit disks in the plane (i.e. the disks are the vertices and the edges correspond to the pairs that ...

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**0**answers

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### Update to Shephard's “Twenty Problems on Convex Polyhedra”

Forty-three years ago, Geoffrey Shephard published an influential list of open problems
on convex polyhedra.
Progress has been made on several of his problems, and perhaps some have been completely ...

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votes

**1**answer

786 views

### Primes that are the sum of three squares

This is in some sense an extension of the earlier MO question, "Gaussian prime spirals."
Gaussian primes in the complex plane, $a+b i$, require $a^2 +b^2$ prime off the axes.
The generalization to ...

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votes

**5**answers

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### Gaussian prime spirals

Imagine a particle in the complex plane, starting at $c_0$, a Gaussian integer,
moving initially $\pm$ in the horizontal
or vertical directions. When it hits a Gaussian prime, it turns left ...

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votes

**2**answers

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### Form a $\mathbb{Z}^d$ lattice cycle from given lengths

Suppose you are given a list of integer lengths,
e.g.,
$(5,3,2,2,1,1,2,1,1)$.
The task is to decide if they can form a closed cycle
in $\mathbb{Z}^d$ by connecting segments of those
lengths in order, ...

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votes

**2**answers

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### Erdős-Szekeres for first differences

The classical Erdős-Szekeres theorem says that any sequence of $n^2+1$
real numbers contains a monotonic $(n+1)$-term subsequence. Suppose, however,
that we want to find a subsequence which is not ...

**17**

votes

**3**answers

645 views

### Sperner Lemma Applications

I was always fascinated with this result. Sperner's lemma is a combinatorial result which can prove some pretty strong facts, as Brouwer fixed point theorem. I know at least another application of ...

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**0**answers

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### Interpolating points with minimum curvature constraint

I have $n$ points $p_i$ strictly interior to a rectangle $R$,
and I would like to connect them with a curve $C$ whose curvature is as low as possible.
Let $\kappa_\max(C)$ be the sharpest (largest ...

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votes

**2**answers

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### Conformal structure does not see conical singularities

the conformal structure does not see the conical singularities of a polyhedral surface.
This is a quote from the Preface of Quantum Triangulations (eds.: Carfora, Marzuoli).
The sentiment is ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### Tverberg partitions with less than (r-1)(d+1)+1 points

The Tverberg Theorem states the following: Let $x_1,x_2,\dots, x_m$ be points in $R^d$ with $m \ge (r-1)(d+1)+1$. Then there is a partition $S_1,S_2,\dots, S_r$ of $\{1,2,\dots,m\}$ such that $\cap ...

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votes

**0**answers

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### Erdős-Szekeres empty pseudoconvex $k$-gons

I am wondering if the
Erdős-Szekeres
empty convex $k$-gon question has a different answer if
convexity is replaced by a pseudoline-version of convexity.
The empty convex $k$-gon question
is a variant ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### Polygons uniquely inducing arrangements

A beautiful, relatively recent result is that,
Every simple arrangement $\cal{A}$ of $n$ lines in the plane is induced by a simple $n$-gon $P$.
In a simple arrangement, every pair of lines ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### Does the Hirsch conjecture hold for $n < 2d$?

The Hirsch conjecture asserts that the graph (i.e. $1$-skeleton) of a $d$-dimensional convex polytope with $n$ facets has diameter at most $n - d$.
After being open for decades, Francisco Santos has ...

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votes

**3**answers

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### Expected minimum face angle of random convex polyhedron in $\mathbb{R}^3$

Let $P_n$ be a "random convex polyhedron" in $\mathbb{R}^3$ of $n$ vertices, where "random" could follow any one
of a number of models:
(1) the convex hull of $n$ points randomly and uniformly ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### Ratio of circumscribed/inscribed $(n{-}1)$-gons

As a discrete analog of the MO question,
"Löwner-John Ellipsoid: incribed and circumscribed,"
I've been wondering what might be the maximum ratio
of this quantity?
Let $P$ be a convex polygon of $n$ ...

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votes

**2**answers

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### Bodies of constant width?

In two-dimensional case one can generalize figures of constant width as figures which can rotate in a covex polygon.
Here is one example which can be used to drill triangular holes:
I would like to ...