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### Smoothing a piecewise smooth manifold

Let $M \subset \mathbb{R}^d$ be a piecewise smooth $2$-manifold. Let $C$ be a polyhedral complex that covers $\mathbb{R}^d$ and contains faces of dimension $[0,d]$. Since $M$ is a $2$-manifold, we can ...

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### How big can a family of pairwise intesecting affine spaces be?

I apologize if this question might seem to be a bit too elementary.
Let $\mathbb{P}^n$ be the projective space over $k$ - an algebraically closed field of characteristic 0. Let $1\leq l\leq n-1$, and ...

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### Is there a shelling of a (threshold)shifted complex, such that any partial shelling is still (threshold)shifted?

first the relevant definitions:
A complex $\Delta \subset 2^{[n]}$ is a family of subsets of $[n]$ that is closed downwards, i.e. if $A \subset B$ and $B \in \Delta$, then $A \in \Delta$.
A complex ...

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### Generating function for number of different tessellation checkered rectangle

Let $R_n$ be checkered rectangle sized $n \times 4, n \ge 1$.
Let $a_n$ be number of different $R_n$ tiling with rectangles sized $1 \times 3$.
$\ \ \ $ $\ \ \ $ $\ \ \ $ $\ \ \ $ $\ \ \ $ $\ \ \ ...

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### Conjugate transpose and discreteness, for Kleinian groups

Let $G=\langle g_1,\dots g_n\rangle<\mathrm{PSL}_2(\mathbb{C})$ be discrete,
i.e. a finitely generated Kleinian group.
Let $H=\langle g^{\dagger}g\mid g\in G\rangle$,
where $g^{\dagger}$ is the ...

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### What is the minimal number of lines needed to partition a simplex into cells of diameter at most $\epsilon$?

I am studying a problem that requires me to partition the simplex into cells using a particular family of hyperplanes. For concreteness, consider the 2-simplex. I would like to construct lines ...

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### Unusual isoperimetry and maximizing the measure of unions of translates of a set

Let me state a standard result first. Let a $A\subset \mathbb{R}^d$ be a set of fixed volume. Define $A_t$ to be the set of all points at distance at most $t$ from $A$. Then the volume of $A_t$ is ...

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### Are the primary parallelotopes classified? (equivalently, Voronoi cells of lattices)

A primary parallelohedron is a polyhedron that can fill space with infinite translated copies.
It is known (e.g., Coxeter, H. S. M. Regular Polytopes, 3rd ed. New York: Dover, pp. 29-30, 1973; or, ...

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### Generalized Sphere Kissing Problem [duplicate]

I am currently researching discrete geometry and I am in need of an upper bound on a generalized kissing number in 3-dimensions dependent upon a parameter $\eta$ which is the radii of spheres touching ...

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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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### The smallest disk containing all cirular arcs

In a comment to my recent question about covering segments by a disk, Gerhard Paseman has suggested a generalisation: replacing the segments of the original $n$-gon by a simple closed (say, convex) ...

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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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### Is there a proof of the uniformization theorem using circle packing?

In this paper: http://www.dm.unipi.it/~benedett/rodin-sullivan.pdf
Rodin and Sullivan show that circle packings converge to the Riemann map. Later, Scharmm and He found another proof of the same ...

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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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### Set of balls which the number of the ball intersects lines on the plane is bounded

Does there exist the set of balls(may be not disjoint) $X=\{B_i\subset\mathbb{R^2};i\in I\}$, satisfing following properties?(Note that the ball has a positive real radius)
Let the set of all lines ...

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### The smallest disk containing all sides of an $n$-gon

Start with a regular $n$-gon of side 1 and consider its sides as open segments that can be moved around in the plane, allowing only translations. Two segments may not intersect.
What is the ...

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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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votes

**1**answer

57 views

### A bound on the Haussdorff distance

Let $X, Y \subset \mathbb{Z}^2$ be two discrete and bounded sets. Let $f_X$ be the Euclidean signed distance function of $X$ (similarly for $Y$) and $d_H(X,Y)$ the Euclidean Haussdorff distance ...

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### Labeling edges of an icosahedron with sum constraints

The question is inspired by this previous MO question. There it was shown that it's possible to label the edges of a cube by the numbers $\{1,2,\ldots,6,8,9, \ldots, 13\}$ in such a way that:
Three ...

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votes

**1**answer

167 views

### Status of Zeeman's collapsability Conjecture

Zeeman's conjecture in topological combinatorics states that if K is a contractible polyhedron of dimension 2, then K×I has a collapsible subdivision.
What is the status of this conjecture ...

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### Fold-and-cut problem in three dimensions

The fold-and-cut theory states that "Any shape with straight sides can be cut from a single (idealized) sheet of paper by folding it flat and making a single straight complete cut. Such shapes include ...

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### Covering of a surface of a cube $n\times n \times n$ by pieces of paper $1\times 6$

When I was too young one of my problems was in the list of problems of All-Russian Olympiad. The problem is the following:
Problem. We have a surface of a cube $n\times n \times n$ such that each ...

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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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### Combinatorial optimization and graph coloring

I am considering the following problem:
(i) Fix $n$ and color the edges of $K_n$ red and blue arbitrarily.
(ii) Let $M$ be the set of monochromatic triangles in $K_n$ and define $g:M\rightarrow ...

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votes

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### How to show it is contained in a convex hull?

There are $(d+1)f$ points(denote 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
$$
\mathcal{H}(F_i)\bigcap ...

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### Affine-regular hexagon in convex body

An affine-regular $n$-gon is a non-degenerate affine image of the regular $n$-gon. It seems to be a standard fact in combinatorial geometry that inside every convex compact set $K\subseteq \mathbb ...

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### Special case of Erdos Distance Problem in a plane

Erdos in his Distinct distance Problem in a plane conjectured that the minimal number of distinct distance determined by $n$ points in a plane be $g(n)$,
$$g(n) \sim \frac{cn}{\sqrt{\log n}}$$
But ...

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### Intersection of rotating regular polygons

This question has a recreational flavor, but may not be
entirely uninteresting.
Let $P_k$ be a unit-radius regular polygon of $k$ sides,
and $P_n$ a unit-radius regular polygon of $n \ge k$ sides.
...

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### Finding closest set of K disjoint hyperspheres to a point in $\mathbb{R}^n$ with uniform radius

I am interested in the following problem: in $\mathbb{R}^n$, we have $N$ overlapping hyperspheres all with the same radius. Given a point $p$ in $\mathbb{R}^n$, the objective is to find the $K$ non ...

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### A question about simple closed plane polygons

For any positive integer $n$ greater than $3$, let $P(1),P(2),...,P(n)$ be a set of $n$ pairwise distinct points in the Euclidean plane, no three of which are collinear. Let $H(P(1),P(2),...,P(n))$ be ...

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### Tiling a square with rectangles

Is it possible to completely tile a square with different rectangles of integer sides but all with the same area?
The original problem, not requiring integer sides for rectangles, was proposed by Joe ...

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### Can we cover the unit square by these rectangles?

The following question was a research exercise (i.e. an open problem) in R. Graham, D.E. Knuth, and O. Patashnik, "Concrete Mathematics", 1988, chapter 1.
It is easy to show that
$$\sum_{1 \leq k } ...

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votes

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### Blowing up spheres in a face centered cubic (fcc) packing geometry just enough to cover the volume of the lattice

Imagine I have an infinite lattice of spheres packed in a face centered cubic (fcc) lattice geometry which has the basis: $((-1, -1, 0), (1, -1, 0), (0, 1, -1))$. Here, provided that sphere-sphere ...

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### Is there a decomposition strengthening of the Sauer-Shelah Lemma?

Let $S \subset \{-1,1\}^n$. For a subset $A \subset [n]$ let $P_A$ denote the coordinate projection operator on S; in other words let $P_A(S)$ be the coordinate projection of $S$ onto the coordinates ...

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### separating points in $\mathbb{R}^d$ by minimal number of planes

Given $n$ points of general position in $\mathbb{R}^d$ (say, $n>d$ and no $d+1$ lie in a hyperplane.) We want to draw $k$ hyperplanes not passing through those points so that they all are in ...

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**1**answer

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### Number of height-limited rational points on a circle

Consider origin-centered circles $C(r)$ of radius $r \le 1$.
I am seeking to learn how many rational points might lie on $C(r)$,
where each rational point coordinate has height $\le h$.
For example, ...

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votes

**3**answers

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### Embedding planar graphs into the grid

I've seen the following lemma in a paper. The result is by Valiant.
A planar graph $G$ with maximum degree $4$ can be embedded in the plane using $O(|V|)$ area in such a way that its vertices are at ...

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### Lattice points on the boundary of an ellipse

How many points of the integer lattice ${\mathbb Z}^2$ can an axis-parallel ellipse of radius $r$ contain on its boundary? (that is, we consider ${\mathbb Z}^2$ as lying in ${\mathbb R}^2$). ...

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### What's the difference between a PL simplicial sphere and a shellable simplicial sphere?

Shellability of a simplicial sphere tells us that we can build up the complex one facet at a time such that at each step (except the last step) the complex is a PL-ball. At the last step it is of ...

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### Above/below directed graph on cells of arrangement of lines

This question concerns the structure of a directed graph
built on the cells of an arrangement of lines.
My basic question is whether this graph has been
studied before, perhaps in another guise. I ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### distinct multiple points in a space with at least one point lying in a subspace

Let $X$ be a topological space and $A$ a subspace of $X$. Given $k\geq 2$, let the unordered configuration space be
$$
B(X,k)=\{(x_1,x_2,\cdots,x_k)\in X^k\mid x_i\neq x_j \text{ for any } i\neq j\}
...

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### Finding spanning vector sets

Let $V$ be the set of all vectors over the non-negative integers. For any two subsets $S$ and $T$ of $V$, define $S + T$ to include:
All vectors in $S$
All vectors in $T$
All vectors that can be ...

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### Reduction to some physical interpretation of this formula

Problem Given N 3-dimensional points which are {$p_1,p_2,..,p_n$} where $p_i = (x_i,y_i,z_i) $ . I have to find the value of the formula
$$ \sum \limits_{i=0}^n \sum \limits_{j=i+1}^n \frac{ \mid ...

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### Which -icial sets produce the “standard” representations of symmetric groups?

Suppose you have a system of cell complexes (say, even convex polyhedra) $(P_n)_{n\geqslant0}$ which occur as faces of each other and are used to define the corresponding notion of "$P_*$-set". So ...

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### How does one go from convexity to submodularity?

If I have a function which is convex in the hypercube, $[-1,1]^n$ then when would it imply that its restriction to $\{-1,1\}^n$ is submodular?
It would be helpful is someone can share some specific ...

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votes

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### Upperbounding the number of regions induced by a set of unit disks

Given a set $D$ of $n$ same radius disks, embedded in the plane, their arrangement induces a number $k$ of connected regions in $\mathbb{R}^2 \setminus \cup_{d \in D}$ .
I am interested in an upper ...

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### Convex Polyhedra Scissors Congruence Problem

I am currently writing a geometry paper "Rectifications of Convex Polyhedra" and I am confused to have discovered what appears to be a remarkable discrete geometric fact:
Conjecture: Let $P$ be a ...

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votes

**3**answers

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### Probability of random geodesics on the half-sphere intersecting

4 end points (a,b,c,d say) are chosen uniformly randomly and connected a to b and c to d by two geodesics on the 2-dim half-sphere. Here, uniform means that, probability that a point lies on a surface ...

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votes

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### Generate polyhedra by collapsing vertices of a polyhedron

I am looking for basic information about the following idea:
(I) Consider a square. By collapsing two adjacent vertices, we obtain a triangle.
(II) Consider a three-dimensional cube. By collapsing a ...

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### Basic question about discrete minimal surfaces

Let $P$ be a convex polygon with $n > 3$ vertices $v_1, \ldots, v_n \in \mathbb{R}^2$, let $x$ be a point in the interior of $P$, and let $u$ be a function with prescribed values at the vertices of ...