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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 ...

**4**

votes

**0**answers

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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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votes

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327 views

### 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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votes

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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 ...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

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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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vote

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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 ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

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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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votes

**0**answers

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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 ...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

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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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votes

**1**answer

75 views

### 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 ...

**14**

votes

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446 views

### 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 ...

**8**

votes

**3**answers

523 views

### 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 ...

**7**

votes

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344 views

### 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 ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

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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 ...

**-1**

votes

**1**answer

98 views

### 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 ...

**39**

votes

**2**answers

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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 ...

**3**

votes

**0**answers

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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 ...

**6**

votes

**1**answer

235 views

### 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 ...

**8**

votes

**1**answer

212 views

### 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) ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

191 views

### 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? ...

**3**

votes

**0**answers

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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 ...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

179 views

### 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 ...

**3**

votes

**0**answers

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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 ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

108 views

### 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 ...

**3**

votes

**0**answers

82 views

### 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 ...

**7**

votes

**3**answers

345 views

### 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 ...

**5**

votes

**0**answers

179 views

### 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 ...

**5**

votes

**1**answer

219 views

### 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 ...

**6**

votes

**1**answer

125 views

### 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 ...

**4**

votes

**3**answers

266 views

### 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 ...

**34**

votes

**3**answers

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### What polygons can be shrunk 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 ...

**8**

votes

**1**answer

246 views

### 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 ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

225 views

### 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 ...

**6**

votes

**0**answers

115 views

### 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 ...

**29**

votes

**2**answers

599 views

### 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 ...

**6**

votes

**4**answers

361 views

### What can be said of the structure of a metric space without isosceles triangles?

This is a question that has been bothering me in the back of my head for quite some time.
Suppose we have a metric space $X$ with metric $\mathrm{d}$. By an isosceles triangle we mean a tuple of ...

**7**

votes

**2**answers

122 views

### Trees with a maximal convex hull: are the only optimal solutions Steiner trees?

For given $n\geqslant 3$, I'm looking for a connected set composed of $n$ equal segments in the plane such that the convex hull of it has maximal area $A(n)$. To simplify notation, we'll take ...

**4**

votes

**0**answers

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### Nice minimal embeddings of large finite groups into compact Riemannian manifolds

The initial motivation for this question is a very practical problem: I need to find the absolute minimum of a function on a very large symmetric group $\Sigma_N$ (with $N$ 10000 or more). So if ...

**15**

votes

**1**answer

260 views

### 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., ...

**18**

votes

**2**answers

542 views

### Is every elementary absolute geometry Euclidean or hyperbolic?

Absolute geometry is any one that satisfies Hilbert's axioms of plane geometry without the axiom of parallels. It is well-known that it is either the Euclidean or a hyperbolic plane. For an elementary ...

**11**

votes

**1**answer

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### Simple, closed geodesics in $\mathbb{S}^3$ manifold

Lyusternik and Shnirel'man were the first to prove
Poincaré's conjecture that any Riemannian metric on $\mathbb{S}^2$ has
at least three simple (non-self-intersecting), closed geodesics.
See, e.g., ...

**4**

votes

**0**answers

122 views

### Circumscribing simplex to convex body?

Q.
Does every (perhaps smooth) compact convex body $K$ in $\mathbb{R}^d$ admit a
circumscribing simplex, each facet of which touches (shares a point with) $K$?
How about a circumscribing ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

112 views

### Covering points with a shortest lattice spiral

Let $S$ be a finite set of lattice points in $\mathbb{Z}^2$.
My question is, roughly:
Q. How can a shortest lattice spiral that passes through
every point of $S$ be found?
A lattice spiral (my ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

115 views

### Lipschitz function with somewhere dense image

Let $Q=[-1,1]^2$ denote the unit square and let $f:Q\to Q$ be a Lipschitz function such that for any ball $B(a,r)\subset Q$ with radius $r$, the width of the image $f(B(a,r))$ is at least $cr$ for ...

**8**

votes

**1**answer

521 views

### Is there a straightedge and compass construction of incommensurables in the hyperbolic plane?

In other words, given a segment in the hyperbolic plane is there a straightedge and compass construction of a segment incommensurable with it? In the Euclidean plane one can take the diagonal of the ...

**4**

votes

**2**answers

110 views

### Which criteria guarantee an orthogonal circuit in $\mathbb R^3$ to be rigid?

For $n\ge4$, define an orthogonal circuit or O-circuit as a closed circuit of $n$ unit segments in $\mathbb R^3$ such that any two neighboring segments form a right angle. (Physically this could be ...

**9**

votes

**1**answer

254 views

### A random variation on Polya's orchard problem

Polya's orchard problem is as follows:
"How thick must the
trunks of the trees in a regularly spaced circular orchard grow if they are
to block completely the view from the center?"
See, ...

**9**

votes

**4**answers

544 views

### A metric space of geometric shapes

My research involves geometric shapes in $R^2$, and I need a metric with several properties such as:
Families of similar shapes, such as squares, are closed in this metric. Also more general ...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

136 views

### 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 ...

**2**

votes

**0**answers

160 views

### Finitely generated groups non-embeddable into $L_1(0,1)$

I am interested in finitely generated groups which, endowed with their word metrics, do not admit bilipschitz embeddings into $L_1(0,1)$. I know two classes of such groups:
(1) Heisenberg group ...