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### $ n $-Cats-in-a-Bed Problem: Picking $ n $ points in a given planar domain to maximize the sum of their pairwise distances

Let $ C $ be a connected and simply connected compact subset of the plane $ \mathbb{R}^{2} $. How can we pick $ n $ points, denoted $ x_{1},\ldots,x_{n} $, lying in $ C $ such that the total sum $ ...

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### Ricocheting pinball-like shot: Complexity?

Suppose one has $n$ perfect two-sided mirror segments in the plane $\mathbb{R}^2$.
The segments are open, excluding their endpoints.
They are disjoint as closed segments, i.e., no pair shares an ...

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### Geometric realization of an abstract triangulation of the plane

Can every abstract simplicial complex whose geometric realization is homeomorphic to $\mathbb{R}^2$ be realized by a rectilinear triangulation of the Euclidean plane? Alternatively put, can a curvy ...

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### Geometric dominating set: NP-complete?

Let $G=(V,E)$ be a geometric graph, a graph embedded in the plane whose edge lengths are
the Euclidean distance between its endpoint vertices.
Say that a set of vertices $D \subseteq V$ is a geometric ...

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### Set with small internal radius, small perimeter and prescribed area

Given a regular set $E\subset \mathbb R^2$ define
$$
R(E) = \sup\{r\colon \exists x,\ B(x,r)\subseteq E\}
$$
to be the radius of the largest circle contained in $E$ and let $|\partial E|$ be the ...

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### Polynomial threading through a monotone corridor

I have a need to find a polynomial of minimal degree that connects
two points and stays within a given
"corridor," by which I mean an $x$-monotone polygon.
Here is an example:
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### On matrix rank inequality

Let $A$ be a $\{0,1\}$ square matrix.
Let $J$ be all $1$ matrix.
Let $\bar{A}=J-A$.
Is it possible for $rk_+(A)\geq c\cdot rk_+(\bar{A})^d-1$ and $rk_+(\bar{A})\geq c\cdot rk_+({A})^d-1$ for some ...

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### Connected components $0-1$ matrices

Let $M$ be a $0-1$ matrix.
Here a matrix has one component means we can traverse from a matrix entry $(i,j)$ which is $1$ to any other one by moving step of $(i\pm1,j),(i,j\pm1),(i\pm1,j\pm1)$ where ...

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### Unbalanced equipartitions

Let $K$ be a compact convex set in the plane.
Say that a perimeter-halving partition of $K$
is a partition of $K$
into two pieces by a chord (a segment with endpoints
on the boundary $\partial K$) ...

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### Planar curves identical to their inverses

Is the right strophoid
the only planar curve $C$ whose inverse curve w.r.t. some circle (in this case: centered on the origin)
is identical to $C$?
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### Koebe–Andreev–Thurston theorem - where can I find a proof?

Koebe–Andreev–Thurston theorem (known also as the circle packing theorem) says that any planar graph can be realized by a set of (interior-) disjoint disks corresponding to vertices, such that two ...

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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### Schoenberg's Rational Polygon Problem

"A polygon is said to be rational if all its sides and diagonals are rational, and I. J. Schoenberg has posed the difficult question, ‘Can any given polygon be approximated as closely as we like by ...

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### Non-Convex Polygons with “Antipodal Visibility”

by "antipodal visibility" of planar, simple polygons I mean the following property:
if two points $p$ and $q$ on the polygon's boundary divide the polygon's boundary into two polylines of equal ...

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### Maximum possible number of similar three-colored triangles

I want to maximize the number of similar triangles with vertices from three fixed sets, one vertex from each set. For example, if you fix two points $X$, $Y$ (i.e. two sets with only one member), then ...

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### Hexagon Formed by connecting Trisections of triangle sides [closed]

Is there a theorem for the area of the hexagon formed by connecting the points formed when the sides of a triangle are trisected? It appears that the ratio of the area of the triangle to the area of ...

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### A quantity associated to a triangle

Let $\Delta ABC$ be a triangle in the plane. Let $P_{1}, P_{2}, P_{3}$ be the intersection points of bisectors, medians and altitudes, respectively. We define the quantity:
\begin{equation}
Q(\Delta ...

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### The points of half area of a triangle

Let $S$ be a simply connected Riemannan surface . Suppose $\Delta ABC$ is a triangle on $S$. The Area of a triangle is denoted by $\mathcal{A}$. A point $P$ in the interior of $\Delta ABC$ is ...

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### Distribution of area of randomly placed circles

I've searched the web now for ages to try and find a paper on the asymptotic distribution of the area of the union of randomly placed discs on the plane. Ideally, I would be looking for the discs to ...

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### Hiding $k$ disks inside a larger disk

Suppose one has $k$ unit-radius disks, and the goal is to hide them inside
a disk of radius $R \gg k$.
The detection probes are rays along a line.
(Think of the disks as tumor cells, and the rays as ...

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### Boundary of an open, bounded and convex set in $\mathbb{R} ^n$

Let $U$ be an open, bounded and convex set in $\mathbb{R} ^n$. Since $\partial U$ is a rectifiable set it follows that up to a set of $H^{n-1}$-measure zero $\partial U$ is contained in a countable ...

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### Maximum crossings of curvature-constrained curve

Let $C$ be a curve in the plane whose curvature is everywhere $\le 1$.
If $C$ has length $L$, what is the largest number of proper self-crossings
of $C$ as a function of $L$?
For example, the curve ...

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### Vertices of Curves and Eigenvectors of Hessian

This might be a trivial question, but I can't seem to figure it out. Suppose I have an implicitly defined curve in the plane given by $f(x,y) = t$.
This curve is strictly convex, and feel free to ...

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### What is the projective dual of a planar graph?

Everybody learns the usual definition of the dual of a planar graph when edges are preserved and faces are mapped to vertices. Everybody learns the projective duality. What if we apply it to a ...

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### Integral straight-line embeddings of planar graphs

Wikipedia says (in the article on Fáry's theorem),
"Heiko Harborth raised the question of whether every planar graph has a straight line representation in which all edge lengths are integers. The ...

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### Generalization of notion of convexity

I am searching for the correct term for the following, if it exists.
A set $X\subset \mathbb{R}^2$ is called $r$-convex if for any two points $x_1, x_2\in X$ such that there exists an arc of radius ...

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### Geometric explanation of Hutton's formula?

$$\frac{\pi}{4} = 2 \tan^{-1} \frac{1}{3} + \tan^{-1} \frac{1}{7} \;.$$
Is there some geometric construction that explains this beautiful equation
(known as Hutton's formula)?
Perhaps a "proof without ...

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### Points contained in a disk [closed]

I have a question, but not sure how to prove this.
We are given $n$ points in the Euclidean plane such that there exists no disk of radius $a$ which contains all of the points.
Conjecture: There ...

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### Triangle with largest perimeter in a convex region

What is the largest value of $r$ such that the following statement is always true?
"Let $C$ be a convex region with area $1$. There must exist a triangle contained in $C$ whose perimeter is at least ...

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### Probability that random cubic polynomials meet in a square

Let $p_1(x)$ and $p_2(x)$ be cubic polynomials with
random coefficients in $[-1,1]$.
I wanted to compute the probability that $p_1$ and $p_2$
share at least one point within
the square $[-1,1]^2$.
Of ...

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### Characterization of discs

Let $D$ be a bounded simply connected region (open subset homeomorphic to the disc)
in the plane, containing the origin.
Suppose that for every line $L$ through the origin the intersection ...

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### Maximal regions with given diameter

Let us call a bounded region $D$ in the plane maximal if the conditions $D\subset D'$ and
$\mathrm{diam} D'=\mathrm{diam} D$ imply $D'=D$.
Is it possible to describe all maximal regions?
The only ...

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### Planar linkage that traces a circle from its exterior?

Q.
Is there a linkage in the plane that traces out a circle $C$
in such a manner that the interior of the disk bounded
by $C$ is never intersected by any link througout the motion?
What I ...

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### Blocking light with mirrored convex objects

There is a long-unsolved problem posed by Janos Pach,
sometimes known as the enchanted forest problem,
which asks if it is possible to block a point light source
in the plane
from reaching
infinity by ...

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### Extending a line-arrangement so that the bounded components of its complement are triangles

Given a finite collection of lines $L_1,\dots,L_m$ in ${\bf{R}}^2$, let $R_1,\dots,R_n$ be the connected components of ${\bf{R}}^2 \setminus (L_1 \cup \dots \cup L_m)$, and say that {$L_1,\dots,L_m$} ...

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### Lightray trapped between two mirror disks: Computation formulation?

I would like to calculate the angle of a ray $r$ from a given
point $p$ such that it gets "stuck" reflecting between
two congruent mirror-disks.
For why there is such a ray, see the (amazing!) answer
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### Generalizations of Directly Similar Theorem?

There is an attractive theorem that says that if two plane figures
are directly similar, then so is any convex combination of them.
Below, $P_1$ and $P_2$ are directly similar polygons: they have
the ...

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### Reversing shortest paths among unit disks

Twas the night before Christmas, and throughout M.O.
Not a question was posted, not even by Joe.
Well, let me remedy that. :-)
Let the plane contain a number of ...

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### Shortest curve with given convex hull

Suppose $S\subset\mathbb{R}^2$ is compact and convex. Suppose $\Gamma:[0,1]\to S$ is a continuous curve that passes through every extreme point of $S$, i.e., the convex hull of $\Gamma([0,1])$ is $S$. ...

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### Map from a convex polygon that increases distance

At the risk of asking an extremely stupid question, suppose that $P\subset\mathbb{R}^2$ is a convex polygon with area $1$ that contains the origin, and let $r$ denote the farthest distance between the ...

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### Is the perimeter of an ellipse with integer axes irrational?

Let $Q$ be an ellipse with integer-length axes $a$ and $b$:
$$ \frac{x^2}{a^2} + \frac{y^2}{b^2} = 1 \;.$$
The perimeter of $Q$ is given by the complete elliptic integral of the 2nd kind, $E(\;)$:
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### Hidden points in polygons

Let $h(n)$ be the largest number of mutually invisible points that can be located in a
polygon $P$ of $n$ vertices. Two points $x$ and $y$ are mutually invisible if the segment
$xy$ contains a point ...

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### Tetrahedron insphere iteration

I know that iterating the following incircle construction approaches an equilateral triangle in the limit:
Starting with any triangle $T$, one forms $T'$ by connecting ...