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Optimal instructions for the modular construction of rectlinear Lego structures

Let $X$ be a compact (or periodic) union of integer translates of unit cubes such that the interior of $X$ is connected. (If it makes any difference, suppose that the dimension $n$ of $X$ is 3.) I am ...
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A clarification on pointed Gromov-Hausdorff convergence

According to Burago-Burago-Ivanov, one says that the sequence of pointed metric spaces $(X_n,d_n,p_n)$ GH-converges to $(X,d,p)$ if for every $R>0,\varepsilon>0$, there exists a $N$ such that ...
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Sufficient conditions for a curve on the sphere to be the Gauß map of a closed path

I was wondering which curves on the $n-1$ sphere arise as the Gauss maps of closed paths in $\Bbb R^n$. Necessary conditions are obviously that the path on the sphere is the image of some smooth ...
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Volume of a scaled ball [closed]

Let $B \subset \mathbb{R}^n$ be the unit ball with respect to an arbitrary norm $\|.\|$ (e.g. $B=\{x \in \mathbb{R}^n:\|x\| \le 1 \}$). I read in a book that it is easy to show: $vol_n(\epsilon ...
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How much must a curve bend to intersect another curve twice?

Suppose $c_1$ and $c_2$ are segments of smooth plane curves. To be concrete, say $c_1$ and $c_2$ are graphs of smooth functions $f_i:[a_i,b_i]\to \mathbb R$, $i=1,2$. If the curves were lines, then ...
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Rigidity in a $CAT(-1)$ space

Summary: How to proove that a reunion of triangles in a $CAT(-1)$ space is isometric to the reunion of coresponding comparisons triangles ? Context and notations: Le $X$ be a $CAT(-1)$ metric space. ...
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What is the envelope formed by a triangle fixed to two points?

Take two fixed points in a plane and a triangle of fixed shape. Constrain two sides of the triangle to each touch one of the two points. As the triangle moves under this constraint the third side ...
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Showing convexity of a function in the unit ball

We have the unit sphere $S^2$ in $\mathbb{R}^3$ and two points, $X$ and $Y$ on the surface of the sphere. Then, a function is defined for any point $P$ inside of the unit ball as: $$f(P) = R\,d(P, ...
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Geometric or topological results from group theory

Do you know interesting examples of purely geometric or topological results which can be proved using group theory? To make precise what I have in mind, let us consider the two following examples: ...
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Comparison of angles in Alexandrov space

Let $X$ be a finite dimensional Alexandrov space with curvature bounded below. Let $p\in X$ be a fixed point. Is it true that for any $\varepsilon >0$ there exists $\delta>0$ such that for any ...
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Elementary reference for the isometry group of $\mathbb{RP}^2$

Endow the real projective plane with the distance defined by $d(L,L')$ := "the angle between the lines $L$ and $L'$ ". It is the case that every isometry from $RP^2$ onto $RP^2$ is induced by an ...
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Prove that a metric space is intrinsic

Let $(X,d)$ be a general locally compact metric space (in particular not a Riemannian manifold). Suppose we don't know if $(X,d)$ is complete. To prove $(X,d)$ is intrinsic. I have to compute the ...
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Ball ricochetting from a plane of close-packed spheres

Suppose the lower $z \le 0$ halfspace of $\mathbb{R}^3$ is filled with a rigid close-packing of unit-radius spheres. (I don't think it matters much for my purposes if it is an FCC or an HCP ...
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Historical perspectives on CAT(0) spaces

Does there exist a survey on the early developments of CAT(k) spaces, with the first motivations and the first problems considered? I looked at Bridson and Haefliger's book On metric spaces of ...
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Banach-Mazur distance from finite-dimensional subspaces of $\ell_p$ to the Hilbert space

I am reading a paper http://www.math.tamu.edu/~johnson/TF3.4.pdf by Bill Johnson and Andrzej Szankowski and having trouble grasping why $d_n(Z_m) \leq d_n(\ell_{p_{m+1}} ) = n^{|p_{m+1}-2|}$ in the ...
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Are rays in Carnot groups straight?

A famous open problem in Geometric Control Theory and in the study of sub-Riemannian manifolds is whether constant-speed length minimizers in a sub-Riemannian manifold are always smooth (see also this ...
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References for metrics in matrix groups

I am studying a very concrete matrix group with a riemaniann (right invariant) metric for solving a question on Applied Math. I need explicit formulas for the distance between two matrices, geodesics ...
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Lattice n-gons with ordered side lengths 1,2,3,…,n

Consider the octagon in the Cartesian plane with vertices at (0,0), (1,0), (1,2), (4,2), (4,6), (7,2), (7,8), and (0,8). Are there other (infinitely many) polygons, such as this, lying entirely in ...
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Volume of the subelliptic ball

Let $\Omega \in \mathbb{R}^n$ a bounded open set when $n\geq 2$, and let $X_{1},X_{2},\cdots,X_{m}$ be real smooth vector fields that satisfy Hormander condition on $\Omega$. If we denote $Q(x)$ as ...
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A centralised website for computational attempts in graph theory and metric geometry?

The set of questions below stems from this question. 1) does a website exist that contains (at least links to) code and data files, with the aim to centralise computational results in graph ...
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Rational $d$-simplices

Define a rational $d$-simplex as a simplex in $\mathbb{R}^d$ such that the measure of all its $k$-dimensional faces, $k \ge 1$, is rational. So a rational triangle has rational edge lengths and ...
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The pointwise Lipschitz-ness of a function on a dense set, implies its pointwise Lipschitz-ness everywhere?

Some definitions: Let $(M,d)$, $(M',d')$ be metric spaces. For $f:M\to M'$, $x\in M$ and $r>0$, define $$D_r(f)(x):= \sup\{r^{-1}d'(f(x),f(y)): y\in M,\,d(x,y)\leq r\}.$$ Define the pointwise ...
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Quasi-isometric quotients of finitely generated groups

Let $G$ be a finitely generated group, $S$ a finite symmetric system of generators of $G$, and let $H,K\subset G$ be subgroups. Then $S$ induces a metric on the quotients $G/H$ and $G/K$; for ...
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Tameness in $\mathbb{R}^{n^2}$ of the subset consisting of matrices of positive determinant

The Lie group $GL(n)$ being a manifold is locally path-connected. Consider its connected component of the identity $C\subseteq\mathbb{R}^{n^2}$. What is a good way of showing that $C$ is a tame ...
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Compact manifolds locally bi-Lipschitz to Euclidean space

I have a compact manifold $M$, and I am allowed to choose some Riemannian metric on it, exactly which I don't care. But I would love it if I could choose the metric $g$ such that every point has an ...
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What are the central points of a semi-nice region in the plane?

For a convex set in Euclidean space, there is an obvious notion of its center: namely, its center of mass, which by convexity lies in the set. For a nonconvex set there is just as obviously no nice ...
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When does there exist a convex polyhedron with given edge lengths?

Let $n$ be a positive integer, and let $n = \ell_1 + \dots + \ell_k$ be a partition of $n$. Then there exists a convex polygon with side lengths $\ell_1, \dots, \ell_k$ if and only if all of the ...
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Are square tiled surfaces dense in the moduli space of translation surfaces?

I'm reading the survey "An introduction to Veech surfaces" by Pascal Hubert and Thomas Schmidt. At page 19 they state "In any fixed stratum, the set of square-tiled surfaces of that stratum is ...
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Gromov-Hausdorff limits of 2-dimensional Riemannian surfaces

Let $\{M_i\}$ be a sequence of 2-dimensional orientable closed surfaces of genus $g$ with smooth Riemannian metrics with the Gauss curvature at least $-1$ and diameter at most $D$. By the Gromov ...
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Classification of symmetries of tilings in surfaces?

Is there a general study of the symmetries of tilings on surfaces? Conway, Goodman-Strauss & Burgiel classified them on $\mathbb S^2, \mathbb R^2$ and $\mathbb H^2$, with their 'Magic Theorem'. ...
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Classifying countable sets of weighted dots on a real line

Each dot is located on the real line and assigned a weight that can be positive or negative. A dot is equivalent to two(or more) dots located at the same place whose weights sum is equal to that of ...
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Is there a “last mile” criterion for a generalization of planar convex hulls to symmetric weighted graphs?

This question is motivated by an almost successful attempt to define planar convex hulls of a finite set of isolated points only via subset sums of the distances between point-pairs; the advantage of ...
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Open (resp., closed) balls homeomorphic to open (resp., closed) discs on the plane

Let $\Sigma$ be a compact (smooth) surface, with a geodesic metric $d$ (compatible with the topology of $\Sigma$). Let $x \in \Sigma$, and suppose you have the following: for every $r<1$, the open ...
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Characterizing left invariant and right-$O_n$ invariant distances on $GL_n$

Consider the group $GL_n(\mathbb{R})$ with its standard topology. It is not hard to show that there exists Riemannian metrics on it which are left-$GL_n$ and right-$O_n$ invariant. (In fact it's ...
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A third degree surface and a touching sphere [closed]

Let consider a surface $z=1/(xy)$ and a sphere defined by $(x-1.5)^2+(y-1.5)^2+(z-1.5)^2=3/4$. The sphere touches the surface at (1,1,1). Is it possible to prove that point (1,1,1) is the only ...
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Understanding sphere packing in higher dimensions

In a recent publication by the Ukrainian mathematician Maryna Viazovska the Kepler problem for dimension $8$ and $24$, namely the densest packing of spheres, was solved. Admittedly it is very ...
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Sphere packings : what next after the recent breakthrough of Viazovska (et al.)?

Given the march 2016 breakthrough concerning sphere packings by Viazovska for the case of dimension 8, and by Cohn, Kumar, Miller, Radchenko and Viazovska for the case of dimension 24, it follows that ...
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Distance comparison in submanifold versus in the underlying manifold

Let $(M,g)$ be the (underlying) manifold, $(S,g|)$ be a submanifold. Let $a,b,c \in S$. It's not in general true that $d_M(a,b)\leq d_M(a,c) \implies d_S(a,b)\leq d_S(a,c)$. QUESTION I: The above ...
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Throwing darts at a barn and putting a bullseye around them in higher dimensions

Let $X \in \mathbb R^d$ be a large domain (a ball of radius $r$ for $r$ large should suffice) Let $B$ be a ball of radius $1$. Consider the ratio $$ \frac{ \left| \left\{ x_1,\dots,x_n \in X \mid ...
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Finding the infimum using a piecewise isometry

Given a finite set of unit circles in the plane such that the area of their union $U$ is $S$, what is the largest possible bound $kS$ for some constant $k$ such that there exists a subset of ...
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Precise estimate for probability an $n$-point set has diameter smaller than $1$

This question was inspired by an earlier question that I answered but would like a more precise bound for. Consider random points $x_1, \dots, x_n$ in the unit ball in $\mathbb R^d$, uniformly and ...
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A chain of six circles associated with six points on a circle (in Mobius plane) [closed]

I found a conjecture: A chain of six circles associated with six points on a circle (in Mobius plane). This is a generalization of the last my previous question in Three chains of six circles. ...
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Shortest path through $n^{1/3}$ points out of $n$

Say I sample $n$ points uniformly at random in the unit cube in $\mathbb{R}^3$, and then I look for the shortest path through $n^{1/3}$ of those points (rounding up, say). What happens to the length ...
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A conjecture on six planes [closed]

When I read Cox's Theorem, and Clifford's Circle Theorem and Miquel six circles theorem, I found the conjecture as folowing. And I checked the conjecture by the Geogebra sofware, the conjecture is ...
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A chain of six circles associated with a conic

I found this problems three years ago. But I never have been a proof. Recently I posted in math.stackexchange.com. I am looking for a solution of the following problems: A chain of six circles ...
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Just how close can two manifolds be in the Gromov-Hausdorff distance?

Suppose that we have two compact Riemannian manifolds $(M,g)$ and $(N,h)$. Define the Gromov-Hausdorff distance between them in your favorite way, I'll use the infimum of all $\epsilon$ such that ...
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Continuity of Busemann-Hausdorff area density

I am trying to find out why the Busemann-Hausdorff area density as defined by Burago and Ivanov is continuous. Here, $GC_m(V)\subset \Lambda^m(V)$ denotes the simple $m$-vectors in an $n$-dimensional ...
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Integral of gradient between level sets of Lipschitz functions

Start with a compact metric measure space $(X,d)$, with a doubling measure $\mu$ and a local regular Dirichlet form $\mathcal E$ that supports a Poincare inequality. $d$ can be taken to be the ...
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Surface area of an $\ell_p$ unit ball?

Are there any known formulas or approximations for the surface area of a unit ball in $d$ dimensions under the $\ell_p$ norm? As obvious examples, it is of course well-known that the surface area of ...
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Rational inscribed realization of the regular dodecahedron

While it is clear that the regular dodecahedron $D$ cannot be realized with all integer coordinates, it is easy to find a polytope, which is combinatorially equivalent (face lattice isomorphic) to $D$ ...