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Professor of Computer Science; Professor of Mathematics.
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answered  Basic question about discrete minimal surfaces 
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27 
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Geodesics on SO(3)
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Aug
27 
accepted  Geodesics on SO(3) 
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Geodesics on SO(3)
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Geodesics on SO(3)
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Aug
26 
asked  Geodesics on SO(3) 
Aug
26 
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Linked circles in R3
Permit me to cite an earlier, related question: "Random rings linked into one component?" This asked if a random collection of unitradius circles are linked into one component (under certain conditions), and the answer is, essentially: Yes. 
Aug
26 
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Fair surfaces  general mathematical theory
This survey cites 41 papers, although it is a decade old: Brook, Alexander, Alfred M. Bruckstein, and Ron Kimmel. "On similarityinvariant fairness measures." Scale Space and PDE Methods in Computer Vision. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2005. 456467. 
Aug
25 
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Algorithm to express a point from a Hpolyhedron as convex combination of extreme points
It seems that proofs of Caratheodory's theorem are constructive. E.g., this one from RadhaKrishna Ganti's blog. Perhaps it could be turned into an algorithm? 
Aug
24 
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What can we learn from the newly discovered monohedral convex pentagonal tiling?
Is it known that there are only a finite number of convex pentagons that tile the plane monohedrally? Or might there be (for all we know) a countably infinite number? Or an uncountable number? 
Aug
24 
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Maple and Mathematica struggling with integral
You might try the Computational Science forum instead. 
Aug
24 
awarded  Good Question 
Aug
24 
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An approximate version of $g^2 = e$ for all $g \in G$, implies $G$ is Abelian
And see also,"Why can't a nonabelian group be 75% abelian?," also answered by Geoff, where the $\frac{5}{8}$ is explained. 
Aug
24 
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Biggest (or large) rectangle in a polytope
Incidentally, there is work on finding the largest ellipsoid in a polytope: ETHZ. 
Aug
24 
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Biggest (or large) rectangle in a polytope
This is related, but doesn't seem to answer your question directly: Packer, Asa. "Polynomialtime approximation of largest simplices in Vpolytopes." Discrete Applied Mathematics 134, no. 1 (2004): 213237. (Journal link.) 
Aug
23 
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Biggest (or large) rectangle in a polytope
This is already nontrivial in 2D: Knauer, Christian, Lena Schlipf, Jens M. Schmidt, and Hans Raj Tiwary. "Largest inscribed rectangles in convex polygons." Journal of Discrete Algorithms 13 (2012): 7885. 
Aug
23 
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Parameterizing rotations of a cube
Possibly(?) related: uniformly distributed random orthogonal matrices, used, e.g., in this MO question. 
Aug
23 
answered  How should a mathematician approach the physics literature concerning percolation? 
Aug
20 
awarded  Popular Question 
Aug
18 
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Important formulas in Combinatorics
@darijgrinberg: The Euler characteristic holds for a simplicial sphere, i.e., a simplicial complex homeomorphic to a $d$sphere. 