# Tagged Questions

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### Matching on sphere to create cycle with chords

Imagine a number of chords of a sphere $S$ which nearly, but not quite, pass through
the center of $S$, in such a way that no pair of chords intersect:
I would like ...

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### Existence of Simple Closed Straightest Geodesics

There are at least three distinct simple closed quasigeodesics on convex polyhedra [Mat. Sb. (N.S.), 1949, 25(67) :2, 275–306 Quasi-geodesic lines on a convex surface Pogorelov].
Is the same true ...

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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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### Expanding disks lead to what packing of the plane?

Suppose one sprinkles points uniformly at random on the infinite Euclidean plane,
with some density $\rho$ per unit area.
View the points as disks of radius zero.
Now the radii $r$ of all disks grows ...

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### Question about tetrahedron decomposition

Are there tetrahedra which can be subdivided into three parts similar to the original? I believe this would require splitting one face into three parts. I know some types of tetrahedron for which this ...

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### Reference request: affine transforms + circle inversion?

This problem cropped up in the context of scale-insensitive methods for generating random variables.
Let $X=R^n \cup \{\infty\}$. Suppose we consider a set of transforms $\cal{T}$ from $X\rightarrow ...

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### Sums of uniformly random vectors from the $n$-dimensional unit ball

I'm interested in some instances of the following problem.
Let $n \geq 2$, and suppose we draw $k \geq 2$ vectors $v_1, \dots, v_k$ uniformly at random from the $n$-dimensional ball of radius $1$, ...

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### Optimal inspection path on a sphere

Suppose you would like to "inspect" every point of a unit-radius
sphere $S \subset \mathbb{R}^3$ by walking along a path $\gamma$
on $S$, but you can only see a distance $d$ from where you stand.
...

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### Optimal paintbrush geodesics

Let $S$ be a smooth, closed surface in $\mathbb{R}^3$,
and $\gamma$ a geodesic segment on $S$, i.e., a finite-length piece
of a geodesic.
Define $\gamma(w)$ as all the points of $S$ within
a distance ...

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### A question of compactness in the geometry of numbers

Given a star body $S \subset \mathbb{R}^n$ with the origin as interior point, the critical determinant of $S$---usually denoted as $\Delta(S)$---is the infimum of the determinants of all lattices ...

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### What properties does generalized Delaunay triangulation have?

Suppose that instead of the usual circle, we pick some other convex set D and make the Delaunay triangulation of a finite planar point set with respect to this set, i.e. connect two points if there is ...

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### Reference question: Poncelet theorem

A very famous theorem of Poncelet states that for an elliptic billiard all $n$-periodic trajectories are tangent to some ellipse. As far as I know, Poncelet proved this theorem while sitting in ...

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### Which metric spaces have this superposition property?

Let $A \subset X$ and $B \subset X$ be two isometric subsets of a metric space $X$.
So there is an isometry $f: A \to B$.
Say that a metric space $X$ has the superposition property (my terminology)
...

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### There are two points on the Earth's surface that … ?

At every moment in time, there are two points on the Earth's surface that have the same $\lbrace x, y, z, ... \rbrace$...?
What is the strongest, most impressive statement one can make here? The ...

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### The sparsest planar net that captures every unit segment

Let $\cal C = \lbrace C_i \rbrace$ be a collection
of rectifiable curves in the plane with the property that
every unit-length segment meets at least one curve
in at least one point.
Call such a ...

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### About MF Atiyah and R Bott's 1983 paper

I am a theoretical physics major student working on string theory. I want to understand the work of MF Atiyah and R Bott, "The Yang-Mills equations over riemann surfaces" . What kinds of mathematical ...

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### Detecting a hidden convex body with line probes

Imagine that, somewhere inside an origin-centered, unit-radius sphere
$S$ in $\mathbb{R}^3$,
sits a convex body $K$ of volume vol$(K)=\alpha (\frac{4}{3} \pi)$,
with $\alpha < 1$ the fraction of ...

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### Infinite knot composed of parallel helices

I am wondering if there is a developed theory of "infinite knots" that could capture
this object, and tell me something of its knot properties.
Imagine vertical helices in $\mathbb{R}^3$, each ...

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### Empty lattice simplex or White's theorem

White has proved (White, G. K. Lattice tetrahedra -- Canad. J. Math. 16 1964 389–396.) the following theorem:
If $T$ is a closed tetrahedron and $\Lambda$ is a lattice which contains the vertices of ...

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### Circle-arc number of a knot

I would like to build knots in $\mathbb{R}^3$ from arcs
of unit-radius (planar) circles, joined together at points where
the tangents match. Thus the knot will have
curvature $1$ at all but the ...

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### Lattice-cube minimal blocking sets

Let $C_d(n)$ be the lattice cube consisting of the $n^d$ points with
each of its $d$ coorindates in $\lbrace 1,2,\ldots,n \rbrace$.
Define a blocking set for a lattice cube to be a set of points
in ...

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### What fraction of a sphere's volume lies within a cone?

Let $B \subset \mathbb{R}^n$ be a collection of $n$ (not necessarily independent) unit vectors which we will label $v_1,\ldots, v_n$ for convenience. The cone $K_B \subset \mathbb{R}^n$ associated to ...

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### Midpoint lattice polygons

Midpoint polygons (a.k.a Kasner polygons) have been studied, and their behavior is well understood.
I am considering a variant, which I call midpoint lattice polygons.
Start with a sequence of ...

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### Simple development of simple curve on a cone

Let $\Lambda$ be a cone with apex $a$ and apex angle $\alpha$. Draw a simple (non-self-intersecting)
curve $C=(x,y)$ on $\Lambda$, and then develop it to a curve
$\overline{C}$ on a plane by rolling ...

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### Pursuit-Evasion on a Manifold

I know pursuit-evasion has been studied in many contexts, including
on a manifold (e.g., Melikyan,
"Geometry of Pursuit-Evasion Games on Two-Dimensional Manifolds"),
but I have not seen this version:
...

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### What nets fold to polyhedra?

There is a classic (and open) problem asking whether every polyhedron can be unfolded to give a non-overlapping net. The converse problem has been studied asking which polygons can be folded in some ...

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### Maximum volume convex body coverable by a unit square

Suppose you are given a single unit square, and you are permitted to cut it into $k$ (connected)
pieces (where $k=1$ means just the square). Your task is to construct the largest volume
convex body ...

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### Covering a Cube with a Square

Suppose you are given a single unit square, and you would like to completely cover the surface
of a cube by cutting up the square and pasting it onto the cube's surface.
Q1. What is the largest ...

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### Optimal Wireframe Sphere

Suppose you have a length $L$ of metal pipe at your disposal,
and you would like to build a wireframe unit-radius sphere,
by bending, cutting, and welding the pipe into a connected structure $F$.
Your ...

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### Uniform convergence of convex functions - references

Inspired by the following question on stackexchange: http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/126142/uniform-convergence-of-convex-sequence-of-functions, I thought of asking whether anyone knows of ...

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### The “grassmannian” of a simplicial complex

This question is mainly a reference request – I have a construction which seems natural, so I am quite convinced it should be standard, but I don't know what it is called.
Take an $n$ dimensional ...

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### Periodic lightray paths trapped between two nested mirror circles

I wonder if the periodic paths of a lightray trapped between two nonconcentric circles,
each perfectly reflecting, are known?
The behavior of such rays seems chaotically complicated. For example, ...

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### An equilibrium property of subsets of $\mathbb{R}^{n}$

Let $A\subset\mathbb{R}^{n}$ be a closed set and $\phi(x)=e^{-||x||^{2}}$,
$x\in\mathbb{R}^{n}$. We shall say that $A$ is an "equilibrium set", if
$x\in\partial A$ ...

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### Probing a manifold with geodesics

Supposed you stand at a point $p \in M$ on a smooth 2-manifold $M$
embedded in $\mathbb{R}^3$.
You do not know anything about $M$.
You shoot off a geodesic $\gamma$ in some direction $u$,
and learn ...

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### Point sets in Euclidean space with a small number of distinct distances

It is well known and not hard to prove that the regular simplex in n-dimensions is the only way to place n+1 points so that the distance between distinct pairs of points is always the same. My general ...

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### Maximal tetrahedra inscribed in ellipsoid

Pietro Majer quoted the theorem of Michel Chasles in his MO question,
"Convex curves with many inscribed triangles maximizing perimeter,"
which states that the triangles of maximum perimeter inscribed ...

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### Why is the half-torus rigid?

The half-torus surface that results from slicing a torus like a bagel,
depicted below (left), is isometrically rigid.
I know this from a remark of Alexandrov in
Mathematics: ...

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### Recovering a polyhedron from its tumble-density profile

Imagine a white convex polyhedron $P$ tumbling randomly about its fixed center of gravity (c.g.)
$c$ against a blue background.
A long-exposure photo would show pure white in a neighborhood of $c$
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### Relationship between the focal locus and the cut locus

I am seeking
clarification of
the relationship between the
focal locus
and the
cut locus
of a curve $C$ in $\mathbb{R}^2$, and
of a surface $S$ in $\mathbb{R}^3$.
Essentially my question is,
Under ...

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### On the definition of regularity

In the litterature on D-modules, there are many definitions of regularity of holonomic D-modules.
(1) Bernstein first defines regularity on a curve then says a holonomic D-module is regular if its ...

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### Developable 3-manifolds in $\mathbb{R}^4$

Is there a classification of the equivalent of a "developable surface" in $\mathbb{R}^4$?
Analogous to: planes, cylinders, cones, and tangent developables in $\mathbb{R}^3$?
Edit: Here I am imagining ...

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### Average degree of contact graph for balls in a box

Imagine you dump congruent, hard, frictionless balls in a box,
letting gravity compress the balls into a stable configuration
(I believe such configurations are called
jammed.)
Assume the box ...

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### Shortest paths on linked tori

I will make this question specific at first, and general later.
Suppose we have two linked tori, $T_1$ and $T_2$,
each of radii $(2,1)$, meaning that each torus is the result of sweeping
a circle of ...

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### Who conjectured that a transitive projective plane is Desarguesian?

The only known finite projective plane with a transitive automorphism group is the Desarguesian plane $PG(2,q)$ and it seems likely that there are no others, although this is not (quite) proved.
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### Parametrization of the intersection of an ellipsoid with a sphere

Hi,
Fisrt I would like to say that geometry is far away from my domain.
I have encountered a problem that has a geometric formulation and I don't even know if this is a difficult or an easy ...

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### What is known about the number of permissible simplicial complexes given the number of k-cells?

Motivation: I am working on a problem that reduces to finding simplicial complexes given some data (details are unnecessary), but all I have managed to wrangle from my input is the number of cells of ...

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### Is there a combinatorial analogue of Ricci flow?

The question of generalising circle packing to three dimensions was asked in 65677. There is a clear consensus that there is no obvious three dimensional version of circle packing.
However I have ...

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### Is there a midsphere theorem for 4-polytopes?

The (remarkable) midsphere theorem says that each combinatorial
type of convex polyhedron may be realized by one all of whose edges are
tangent to a sphere
(and the realization is unique if the center ...

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### Coloring toroidal polyhedra with convex faces?

Consider a toroidal polyhedron, which is a topological torus, in which all faces are planar, two faces meet in at most an edge, and adjacent faces are not coplanar. The Szilassi polyhedron has 7 ...

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### Shadow boundary on convex body in $\mathbb{R}^3$

Let $S$ be the surface of a compact, convex, smooth ($C^\infty$) body in $\mathbb{R}^3$,
with strictly positive Gaussian curvature at every point of $S$.
Fix a direction $z$ in a Cartesian coordinate ...