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Panning for gold nuggets: a type of isoperimetric problem

Let $C$ be a unit-radius circle in the plane. Suppose you have a total length $L$ of string available, and your task is to connect chords of $C$ using no more than $L$ of string to minimize the ...
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Does the boundary of a convex body contain a regular planar pentagon?

How to prove or disprove that the boundary of any convex body in $\mathbb{R}^3$ includes 5 points which form a regular planar pentagon? The following consideration suggests the answer "yes": if we ...
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Stable equilibria of points on the 2-sphere

Suppose $n$ points lie on the sphere $S^2=\{x\in\mathbb{R}^3\mid \|x\|=1\}$ and are subjected to a repulsive acceleration that pushes away a point from each other point with an intensity proportional ...
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Projection from a polytope to an affine space

Let $P\subseteq \mathbf{R}^n$ be some polytope defined by an intersection of half spaces with corresponding hyperplanes $H_k$, and let $A\subseteq \mathbf{R}^n$ be some affine space, with $A\cap P ...
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The Universality Theorem by Mnev for uniform oriented matroids of rank 4 and higher

According to the Universality Theorem by Mnev (see below theorem 8.6.6 from [1]), for any open semialgebraic variety V there is a uniform oriented matroid of rank 3 whose realization space is stably ...
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Path metrics without geodesics [duplicate]

This is a follow-up of this question. Recall that a metric space $(X,d)$ is called a path-metric space if the distance between any two points in $X$ equals the infimum of lengths of paths between ...
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Three-dimensional Apollonian spirals

Given mutually (externally) tangent spheres $S_1$, $S_2$, $S_3$, $S_4$, let $S_n$ be the unique sphere externally tangent to $S_{n-1}$, $S_{n-2}$, $S_{n-3}$, and $S_{n-4}$ for $n \geq 5$. Let ...
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Reverse plane geometry, anyone?

I refer to Greenberg's wonderful 2010 MAA article "Old and new results in the foundations of elementary plane Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometries". There, and in his book, Greenberg defines a ...
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Creating topological spaces with portals [closed]

I'm trying to rigorously describe an object that I'm calling a "portal". The situation is easiest to describe in two dimension. I start with a line segment $pq$ in $\mathbb{R}^2$. I want to remove ...
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Inside-out polygonal dissections

A dissection of a polygon $P$ is a partition of $P$ into a finite number of pieces, which can then be rearranged (via planar translations and rotations) and joined (without overlap) to form a new ...
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Counting valid coordinates

We are given a matrix $D = (d(i,j))_{1 \leq i,j \leq n}$ such that $d(x,z) \leq d(x,y) + d(y,z)$ for each $1 \leq x,y,z \leq n$. It is also known that $d(x,y) \in \mathbb{N}$ (In this question $0 \in ...
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Determine the boundary points of a set of points [closed]

I have a set of points $S=\{(x_1,y_1),(x_2,y_2),\ldots,(x_n,y_n)\}$. Then how to find the boundary points (which is a subset of $S$) of $S$? There are methods like convex hull, concave hull and ...
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Probability that a random projection doesn't reduce the distance of a point from a subspace too much

Consider the natural uniform measure (is it called the Haar measure?) on the set of $(n-k)$-dimensional subspaces of $R^n$. We are given a $d$-dimensional affine subspace $U$ (think of $d, k \ll n$; ...
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“a shape that … lies halfway between a square and a circle”

An article in the Notices of the AMS, Volume 61, Issue 10, 2014 (PDF download link), on Khot's Unique Games Conjecture, says this: Another group ... found a shape that in a certain sense lies ...
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Optimal planar net for catching convex shapes

Imagine you want to make a net out of string to filter and catch objects of a certain size, minimizing the length of string employed. (This actually arises in filtering biological impurities from ...
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Are angles between points enough to decide the realizability?

Let n points in the plane be given whose coordinates we don't know. Assume, however, that for any triple of the points we know the angle. Question: Can we decide whether the n points are realizable ...
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A forked plane continuum

I came up with this question while trying to solve the following MO one: Does every connected set that is not a line segment cross some dyadic square? Suppose $C$ is a plane continuum (i.e. a ...
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A question about Assaf Naor's review in Bourbaki about the Batson-Spielman-Srivastava result

I am referring to this article - http://www.cims.nyu.edu/~naor/homepage%20files/Exp.1033.pdf If I understand right, the author states that his equations (8) and (9) are equivalent to the equations ...
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Generalised “projection” of a metric space

Assume we have $n$ points $p_0\ldots p_{n-1}$ which form a discrete metric space $V$ with metric $d$. Can we define a function $f:V\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ with $f(p_0) = 0$, $f(p_1) = d(p_0,p_1)$ and ...
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Visibility kernels of embedded graphs

Let $G$ be a connected graph embedded in the plane with all edges straight segments. For $\alpha \in (0,\pi)$, define an $\alpha$-path as a path in $G$ with all turns at vertices within ...
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Better Sobolev inequality holds in this case when assuming doubling and Poincare inequality?

Let $X$ be a Polish space and let $m$ be a locally finite Borel measure on $X$. Let $\epsilon$ be a strongly local, regular Dirichlet form on $L^2(X,m)$ with Domain $V :=\{f\in ...
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Intersection points of closed curves inscribed in a convex polygon

Suppose that I have two distinct simple closed curves, $C_1$ & $C_2$, and each is inscribed in a convex polygon, D. By inscribed, I mean tangent to each side of D. In particular, I am most ...
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How to infer missing nodes from a path?

I have a first data set which is a list of train stops with coordinates (lat, lon), but not the "links" between the nodes/stops (this could thought of as a null or empty graph). I have a second data ...
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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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A metric on $S^{2}$ [closed]

Edit:Can this new version of this question be answered with the method of same comments to the previous version? Let $p:S^{3}\to S^{2}$ be the Hopf fibration $p(z,w)= (\parallel ...
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Separating points in the plane II

Let A be a set of $2m$ points on the plane so that no open set of diameter $2$ has more than m of them. Define $A+A+...+A$ ($k$ times) to be the multiset of $k$-sums from $A$. That is, we consider all ...
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Rep-tiles of order 2

A 2-rep-tile is a geometric shape that can be partitioned into exactly 2 smaller (dilated) copies of itself. Although there are many rep-tiles of higher orders, the only 2-rep-tiles I could find ...
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Triangulations of translation surfaces whose edges are shorter than the diameter

Let $S$ be a compact translation surface (i.e. a surface endowed with a singular flat metric such that singular points are locally isometric to a cone of angle an integer multiple of $2\pi$, and that ...
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CAT spaces and Metric Measure Spaces [closed]

This is very vague question but here it goes: are there any results of analysis on metric spaces in CAT spaces?, for instance as in the paper of Sturm (On the geometry of metric measure spaces) or as ...
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Randall Munroe's Lost Immortals

In Randall Munroe's book What If?, the "Lost Immortals" question asks: If two immortal people were placed on opposite sides of an uninhabited Earthlike planet, how long would it take them to find ...
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Surfaces ruled through a subset of points

One common definition of a ruled surface $S$ is that, through every point $p \in S$, there passes a line $L(p)$ that lies in $S$: $L(p) \subset S$. My question is: Q0. Is there any loosening of ...
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Thinnest 2-fold coverings of the plane by congruent convex shapes

It is an unsolved problem to determine the "thinnest" $2$-fold covering of the plane by disks. The $2$-fold coverage problem by disks is to find the minimum number of congruent (unit-radius) disks ...
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Gromov-Hausdorff convergence for non-compact metric spaces

Let $(X_i,p_i)$, $(X,p)$ be pointed connected proper metric spaces (i.e. the closures of balls are compact). Are the following two statements equivalent? $\forall r > 0: \bar{B}_r(p_i) ...
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Random non-intersecting circles in the plane

If I give a finite region of $\mathbb{R}^{2}$ and place $k$ circles of radius $r(k)$ uniformly at random inside, are there any known results for the probability that the circles do not overlap? ...
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Surfaces with curvature $\leq K$ are of bounded integral curvature

One characteristic of a CBA($K$) surface (a topological surface with an intrinsic metric of curvature $\leq K$ in the sense of Alexandrov) is that $\delta_K(T) \leq 0$, where $\delta_K(T)$ is the ...
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Generalization of the triple tangent identity

It is well known that if $x + y + z = \pi$ then $$\tan x \times \tan y \times \tan z = \tan x+ \tan +\tan z.$$ I came across the following generalization of this equality: $$\sqrt{1-k^2} {\rm ...
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A taut string of equilateral triangles

Let $T$ be a unit edge-length equilateral triangle composed of three cylinders each of (small) radius $r>0$. (By "small" I mean approximately $< 0.1$.) Think of $T$ as a physical, rigid ...
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Does this squared distance functional have a unique critical point on geodesically convex manifolds?

Let $M$ be a Riemannian manifold with distance function $d$, $C \subset M$ a geodesically convex set, $a=(a_i)_{i=1}^n \in C^n$, $W \in \mathbb{R}_{\geq 0}^{n \times n}$ and $J\colon C^n \rightarrow ...
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Containing a “fuzzy” ellipsoid within an ordinary ellipsoid

Consider the ellipsoid described by the inequality $(x - x_c)^T P^{-1} (x - x_c) \leq 1$, where the vector $x_c \in \mathbb{R}^n$ denotes the center of the ellipsoid and the symmetric positive ...
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The distribution of the shortest path through $n$ points

In the big picture, I'd like to know: if I sample $n$ points uniformly at random in the unit square, what is the probability that the shortest path that visits each one of them is very small? More ...
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Is there a connection between |roots| $\rightarrow$ 1 and Gromov's waist theorem?

Recent questions showed that roots of a random polynomial tend to lie on the unit circle ("Why do roots of polynomials tend to have absolute value close to 1?"; "Distribution of roots of complex ...
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Maximum number of general-position points with mutual rational distances?

Richard Guy has shown that there are six points in the plane—no three collinear, no four cocircular—such that all interpoint distances are rational. Guy, Richard. Unsolved Problems in ...
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Translative packing constant strictly larger than lattice packing constant

Simply put, my question is this: what is the smallest dimension, if any, where we can know for sure that a convex body exists whose translative packing constant is strictly larger than its lattice ...
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Peeling a polygonal vegetable

When you peel a vegetable, such as a potato or a cucumber, you usually remove its head, then contiually remove parts of its skin, until you remain with the pulp alone. I would like to formalize this ...
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What polygons can be shrinked into themselves?

Let's call a polygon $P$ shrinkable if any down-scaled (dilated) version of $P$ can be translated into $P$. For example, the following triangle is shrinkable (the original polygon is green, the ...
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Dubins car shortest paths: Decidable?

A Dubins car follows a Dubins path in $\mathbb{R}^2$, with constant wheel speed and limited turning radius. It is known that the shortest Dubins path in the absence of obstacles follows circular arcs ...
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Maximum size of set of points with distance bounded from below

I am interesting in finding a reference for a result of the following type: Suppose $D \subset \Bbb{R}^n$ is a bounded open set and $\delta>0$. Then the size $M$ of a family of points $F = ...
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Dirichlet polyhedra for hyperbolic manifolds

Let $H$ be a simply-connected, complete space of constant negative curvature, that is, a hyperbolic space, $\Gamma$ a discrete group of isometries, and and $M=H/\Gamma$ its quotient space; we assume ...
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CAT(0) groups that does not act on CAT(0) cubical complex

CAT(0) groups are groups that act on a CAT(0) space properly and cocompactly. If a group acts on a CAT(0) cubical complex properly and cocompactly, then of course it is a CAT(0) Group. I am wondering ...
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what-if.xkcd.com: stabbing (simply connected) regions on the 2-sphere with few geodesics

In the latest what-if Randall Munroe ask for the smallest number of geodesics that intersect all regions of a map. The following shows that five paths of satellites suffice to cover the 50 states of ...