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Maps between spaces of non-empty compact subsets with the Hausdorff distance (reference request)

Let $X, Y$ be metric spaces, and let $PX$ (resp. $PY$) be the set of all non-empty compact subsets of $X$ (resp. $Y$) with the Hausdorff metric. A continuous map $f\colon X\to Y$ induces a continuous ...
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What is the best way to peel fruit?

A mango made me wonder about this. (See also this question, which is in a similar spirit.) Fix $L >0$ and a smooth body (possibly nonconvex—pears or bananas are fair game!) $B \subset ...
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Equitably distributed curve on a sphere

Let $\gamma=\gamma(L)$ be a simple (non-self-intersecting) closed curve of length $L$ on the unit-radius sphere $S$. So if $L=2\pi$, $\gamma$ could be a great circle. I am seeking the most equitably ...
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Large almost equilateral sets in finite-dimensional Banach spaces

Question: Does there exist a function $C:~(0,1)\to \mathbb{R}$ such that for each $\varepsilon\in(0,1)$ every Banach space $X$ of dimension $\ge C(\varepsilon)\log n$ contains an $n$-point set ...
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The view from inside of a mirrored tetrahedron

Suppose you were standing inside a regular tetrahedron $T$ whose internal face surfaces were perfect mirrors. Let's assume $T$'s height is $3{\times}$ yours, so that your eye is roughly at the ...
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Infinite desert with waterpoints

UPDATE: I created a simple web-application, that allows the user to move waterpoints around, then automatically calculates a maximum set of interior-disjoint squares between the points (the algorithm ...
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Routh's theorem in three dimensions

The most well known case of Routh's triangle theorem is: If the sides BC, CA,and AB are trisected at the points D, E, and F, respectively, then the area of the inside triangle formed by AD, BE, ...
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Stable Tables on Fluctuating Floors

If a four-legged, rectangular table is rickety, it can nearly always be stabilised just by turning it a little. This is very useful in everyday life! Of course it relies on the floor being the source ...
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Categories of Geometry [closed]

I learn that Geometry has several categories/subfields from Wikipedia. But I am still not clear about the standards according to which they are classified. It seems Euclidean Geometry, Affine ...
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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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How large can you draw an island on a map?

A cartographer friend asked me this question: could you classify (shapes of) islands by how much space they occupy on a map (comparatively to how much space is occupied by water) if you draw them as ...
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How to compute the number of regular spheres needed to fill a rectangular space

Computing the volume of a sphere is straightforward 4/3*pi*R^3 As is the volume of a rectangular space length*width*height (e.g. 10*10*6) How might I go about determining how many spheres would fit ...
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Compute the Centroid of a 3D Planar Polygon

Given a list of 3D coordinates that define the surface( Point3D1, Point3D2, Point3D3, and so ...
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Set of vectors separated by at least a specified angle

Suppose theta and d are given. How big can a set of d-dimensional vectors be such that no pair of them are at angle less than theta? I particularly want an upper bound; that is, an n=n(theta,d) such ...
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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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Term for “uncheckable constructions”

Is there a term for "uncheckable geometric constructions"? Say, Angle Trisection and Doubling the Cube are checkable; i.e., if the answer is given one can do finite Compass-and-straightedge ...
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Is there a bounded sequence of points in the plane with pairwise distances at least $1/\sqrt{|i-j|}$?

Previously I have mentioned the following problem in an addition to the list of Contest problems with connections to deeper mathematics.. Is there an infinite bounded sequence $(P_n) \subset ...
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Is displacement controled by stable norm?

Let $T^n$ be the $n$-dimensional torus and $g$ be a Riemannian metric on $T^n$. Let $\tilde g$ be the induced metric on the universal covering; using suitable coordinates, $\tilde g$ is therefore a ...
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Word metrics and finite index subgroups

Suppose that we are given some finitely generated group $ G $ and some finite index subgroup of it $ H $. Given a finite generating symmetric generating set $ S \subset G $, we can define the word ...
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Geometrically interpreting the answer to a vector calculus question involving tangent line segments to ellipses.

Let E be an ellipse centered at the origin on the x, y plane with major radius b and minor radius a. The length of the shortest line segment tangent to E that begins on the x-axis and ends on the ...
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Is ellipse on a sphere convex? (proof)

Is 'small enough' ellipse projected on a surface of a sphere convex? By ellipse I mean a set of points 'C' with a constant sum |AC| + |BC|, A and B are the centers. By 'small enough' I mean that the ...
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Literature on ellipses [migrated]

I'm looking for good literature/sources that I can cite for working with ellipses, particularly concerning the overlap of 2 or more ellipses but also other calculations with ellipses (e.g. dividing ...
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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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Triangle area on surfaces of constant curvature

I am looking for an elementary derivation of the formula for the area of a geodesic triangle lying in a surface of constant curvature $\kappa$, depending on the angles and side length. Of course, the ...
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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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Vertex-transitive polytopes in any dimension with any number of vertices?

Given positive integers $d$ and $v$ with $v \geq d+1$, does there always exist a (convex) vertex-transitive $d$-polytope with $v$ vertices? It seems that the answer should be "obviously" true, but I ...
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Get a point inside a polygon

I have a 2D polygon of arbitrary geometry. I need to find any point that is inside of that polygon. Taking the center won't work, because the polygon might not be convex. Is there a way to quickly ...
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Tiling of the plane with manholes

Some shapes, such as the disk or the Releaux triangle can be used as manholes, that is, it is a curve of constant width. (The width between two parallel tangents to the curve are independent of the ...
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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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Algorithm for finding the volume of a convex polytope

It's easy to find the area of a convex polygon by division into triangles, but what is the optimal way of finding the volume of higher-dimensional convex bodies? I tried a few methods for dividing ...
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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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Any reference to an algorithm for finding the largest empty circle on a sphere (with great-circle distance)?

Given a set $S$ of 2D points in the plane, there are known algorithms for finding the largest empty circle ($LEC$) of the set of points. The $LEC$ problem is stated in this way: find a $LEC$ whose ...
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Intrinsic metric with no geodesics

It seems that I have the needed example, but I want it to be simple and self-explaining... Construct a nontrivial complete metric space $X$ with intrinsic metric which has no nontrivial minimizing ...
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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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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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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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On bi-invariant metrics on groups

I'm looking for a quick, snap-your-fingers proof of the following result: A continuous length metric on $\mathbb{R}^n$ that is invariant under translations comes from a norm. To be clear about ...
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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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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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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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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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Lower-Hölder embeddings of the sphere

My question is very simple: Given $d\ge 3$, does there exist $s\in (0,1)$ and an embedding $f:S^{d-1}\to \mathbb{R}^d$ such that $$ |f(x)-f(y)| \ge |x-y|^s \quad\textrm{if } |x-y|<r, $$ for ...
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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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How to show the Poincaré disk is hyperbolic for some $\delta$ [migrated]

I am trying to prove that the Poincaré disk, $\mathbb{D}$, is $\delta$-hyperbolic with respect to the slim triangle definition for hyperbolicity. I have been stuck for a while on where to begin, ...
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Consecutive Integer Squared Square

Is it possible to construct a squared square out of consecutive integer squares? Be it 1,2,3,...n or k,k+1,k+2,...n.