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### Probability that three vectors of a unit sphere lie on one side of a hyperplane if angle between the vectors are given

As the title says, How to find the probability of vectors a, b, c, on some unit sphere, all lies on same side of some hyperplane passing through the origin. Information present are the angles between ...
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### The mean of positive points on a unit $n$-sphere $S^n$

My question is similar to The mean of points on a unit n-sphere $S^n$. I have a unit $n$-sphere $S^n$ and a set $P$ of points lying on its surface. I use geodesic distance metric $d(p,q)=\arccos(pq^T)$...
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### Prove that $(v^Tx)^2−(u^Tx)^2\leq \sqrt{1−(u^Tv)^2}$ for any unit vectors $u, v, x$

I believe I found a complicated proof by bounding the spectral norm $||uu^T-vv^T||^2_2:=\max_{||x||=1}|(u^Tx)^2-(v^Tx)^2|$. Using the fact that $dist(x,y):=\sin|x-y|$ is a distance function over unit ...
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### When are ellipsoids in a convex hull of a sequence with prescribed growth rate?

I am currently reading Dudley's 'Uniform Central Limit Theorems' and found two sections which together would have an interesting geometric interpretation for ellipses in Hilbert spaces. I would like ...
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### How to tile a plane such that moving from one tile to the next in any of the 8 cardinal directions is the same length?

When tiling the euclidean plane with squares (like most board games), moving diagonally to another tile is longer than moving vertically or horizontally. Is there a tiling such that moving in any of ...
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### Explanation of a formula to calculate the zenith distance of sun and moon [closed]

I am studying tidal accelerations and referring to a well known paper by I M Longman : Formulas for computing.." J Geophys Research 64 (12) Dec 1959. At Eq 12 he writes a term "1336.rev"...
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### Minimum number of distinct triangles for tesselating the sphere

Consider sequences of tesselations of the sphere. For instance, one such sequence might start with an icosahedron and proceed by subdividing each triangle face into 4 triangles and projecting the new ...
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### What happens to the metric when we normalize the basis? [closed]

Here is an Example in Euclidean 3-space: When using spherical coordinates $(r, \theta, \phi)$ with $\theta$ and $\phi$ the polar and azimuthal angles, respectively: a natural basis for these ...
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### |Evaluating integral on $\mathbb S^{d-1}$

I am trying to evaluate the following integral: $$\int_{\mathbb S^{d-1}} \exp \bigg(-\frac{(1+x\cdot y)^2}{\|x+y\|^2} \bigg) \ dx$$ for $x,y \in \mathbb R^d$. Does anyone know a solution or an ... 1 vote
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### Integration on sphere $\mathbb{S}^{d-1}$ for $d$ large -- Change of variables

I'm trying to integrate a function over two vectors which lie on the surface of the unit sphere in D dimensions. The function depends only on the difference between the two vectors, and their dot ... 88 views

### Collections of points maximally spaced with respect to one another

The icosahedron and dodecahedron are well known to share symmetry groups. This partially accounts for the fact that one can form a type of compound of the two where each of the vertices in the ...
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