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Number of circuits that surround the square.

Consider a grid $G$ in the $\mathbb{R}^2$ plane formed by the points $(x,y)$ with integer coordinates i.e. $G=\{(x,y)\in\mathbb{R}^2: x\in\mathbb{Z},\;y\in\mathbb{Z} \}$. For $n>0$ let $B_n$ square ...
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Surface integral for a scalar function defined on a discrete surface

Imagine a polyhedral, discrete surface embedded in $\mathbb{R}^3$. Its faces are all triangles. For each vertex, one can compute the discrete mean and Gaussian curvatures and evaluate the sum of ...
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Covered 10x10 rectangle with L-shapes trominos

We have given L-shaped trominos and a square of size 10x10. Give a nice proof, that 18 L-trominos is the minimal number with which the square can be covered such that it is impossible to insert one ...
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Unit Distance structure of Hoffman Singleton graph

This question has been bugging me since last 3 years. Prove or disprove that Hoffman Singleton is an unit distance graph in $\mathbb R^2$. For those who are new to unit distance graphs, A graph is ...
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Sphere Covering Problem

Is it possible that one can cover a sphere with 19 equal spherical caps of 30 degrees(i.e. angular radius is 30 degrees)? A table of Neil Sloane suggests it is impossible, but I want to know if anyone ...
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Tilings of the plane

There are many possible tilings (or tesselations) of the plane: periodic ones by a - necessarily - finite number of prototiles (e.g. regular tilings) aperiodic ones by a finite number of prototiles ...
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Parallel transport in discrete differential geometry - programming a game

I would like to get a better intuitive grip on how parallel transport works. I once saw a video a German guy made with a little car having a gyroscope. That car was dragged on a big beach ball and the ...
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Elementary proof of Jordan curve theorem for polygons

Courant described the outline of an elementary proof of the Jordan curve theorem for polygons using the order of points: The order of a point $p_0$ is defined by the net number of complete ...
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Number of lines needed to pass through every region of a map

The webpage http://what-if.xkcd.com/113 explores the fewest number of lines needed so that every state in the US has at least one line going through it. (actuallly great circles on a sphere) Can you ...
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Does graphing $ 0 \leq x \leq y \leq z \leq 1 $ and $ 0 \leq x \leq y \leq z \leq \Sigma \leq 1 $ result in a tetrahedron and a pentatope, resp.?

Graph $$ 0 \leq x \leq y \leq 1 $$ Simple. Now Graph $$0 \leq x \leq y \leq z \leq 1$$ Would this simply be a tetrahedron with base shown above and the same triangle in the $yz$ and $xz$ ...
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Optimal way to place a given number of points in a region?

Let $A\subset\mathbb{R}²$ and $n\in\mathbb{N}$ be a given natural number. How to find a finite subset of $A$, $P=${$p_1,...,p_n$} such that $\int_A f_P(x)$ is minimum, where $f_P(x) = ...
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Upper bounds on rate of q-ary codes

Among the many upper bounds for families of codes in $\mathbb F _2 ^n$, the best known bound is the one by McEliece, Rodemich, Rumsey and Welch (MRRW) which states that the rate $R(\delta)$ ...
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“Round” regions on surface of convex polytope

A convex $d$-polytope $P$ is the convex hull of finitely many points. Given such a polytope with $n \gg d$ vertices, I would like to prove that its surface has to be "round" in some region. Let me ...
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Polytopes-Discrete Geometry

Can someone help me solve the following question please? Let v be a vertex of a d-polytope P such that $ 0 \in intP $ . Prove that $ P^{*} \cap \{ y \in \mathbb{R}^d \mid\left < y, ...
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Intersection of a polyhedron and a ball

I'm reading this paper http://www.math.hawaii.edu/~erik/papers/cat0-A.pdf and it looks like I don't get one point. It's the remarks under definition 2.2., mostly the sentence: ,,Imagine a vertex $ x ...
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dimension of Weber set and selectope (as a operator)

Let $\Omega$ be a finite set of players. For a selector $\alpha:(2^{\Omega}-\{\emptyset\})\rightarrow\Omega$, we define a marginal value operator as a linear operator $m^{\alpha}$ ...
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Ehrhart polynomial of lattice tetrahedrons in $\Bbb{R}^4$

Let $\lbrace v_1 , v_2, v_3 , v_4 \rbrace \subset \Bbb{Z}^4$ be linearly independent, and denote by $P$ the convex hull of this set. Now, $P$ is a 3-polytope residing in four-dimensional space. What's ...
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Generalization of Minkowski's theorem

I would like to prove a generalized version of the Minkowski's theorem, but I don't quite know how to do it. Here is what I would like to prove: Let $X\subset \mathbb{R}^d$ is convex, symmetric ...
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discrete harmonic extension (an exercise of Grimmett's “probability on graphs”)

I'm struggling with exercise 1.3 in Grimmett's book "probability on graphs". Take $G = (V,E)$ a finite connected graph with given positive conductances $(w_e)_{e \in E}$, and let $(x_v)_{v \in V}$ be ...
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Fractional Helly for more than one piercing

Fractional Helly Theorem says the following: For every $0<\alpha\leq 1$ there exists $\beta = \beta(d, \alpha)$ with the following property. Let $C_1 , C_2 , ..., C_n$ be convex sets in $R^d$, $n ...
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Combinatorial Laplacian Spectrum

The spectrum of the combinatorial laplacian is well understood for a square lattice. What about for other lattices? In particular: let $ f: \mathbb{Z}^2 \rightarrow \mathbb{R} $. The usual ...
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Twisted tori: discrete and continuous

Taking the advice of Mariano Suárez-Alvarez, I moved this question from MO to MSE: Motivation Let me introduce twisted (discrete) tori: Consider the Cartesian graph product $\mathcal{C}_n = C_n ...
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What is the optimal tiling of a regular n-gon in the plane?

I want to tile the plane with equal-sized regular polygons of $n$ sides. Obviously for some $n$, the tiles will be able to tessellate and cover the whole plane (e.g triangles, squares, hexagons) I ...
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Covering unit square

Now, I am reading this topic http://mathoverflow.net/questions/34145/can-we-cover-the-unit-square-by-these-rectangles. And do some research on it. Guys, who had written in topics, have said, that they ...
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Simplicial polytope Dehn-Sommerville Equations

Let's suppose we have a polytope P with $dim(P)=d$ and the h vector $ h(P,x)=\sum\limits_{i = 0}^{n} h_ix^{d-i}$ i have to prove that if $h_{k}=h_{d-k}$(simplicial polytope) then $xh(P,x)=h(P,1/x)$ ...
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Probabilistic proof for sphere covering upper bound

I would like to show an upper bound for the number of $d$-dimensional spheres needed to cover some closed, bounded subset of $\mathbb{R}^d$, like a cube or another sphere. I could do this by placing ...
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What is the expected number of edge flips to get from a random triangulation to this special min-max angle triangulation in 2-d?

This comes from a problem my coworker and I are working on, and I'm not sure whether to post it here or MathOverflow or CrossValidated or what. Please let me know if I should migrate the question. We ...
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Is it known whether or not the 'Hauptvermutung' is true for finite simplicial complexes in $\mathbb{R}^4$?

If I have two finite simplicial 4-complexes embedded linearly in $\mathbb{R}^4$ (as in all the lines and faces are straight and flat and there are only a finite number of 4-simplices) do they have a ...
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Polyhedral surface with infinitely many triangulations with same combinatorics

Is there an example of a polyhedral surface that has infinitely many triangulations with the same combinatorics?
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Finitely many hyperplanes separating $ x,y $ in a CAT(0) cube complex

I'm having a great difficulty understanding a proof of a lemma from this paper: http://www.math.hawaii.edu/~erik/papers/cat0-A.pdf It's lemma 1.12. To make it shorter for anyone who'd like to take a ...
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Center of mass of voronoi cells of 3d lattice

Let $v_1,v_2,v_3$ be linearly independent vectors in $\mathbb{R}^3$, and let $A$ be a matrix whose columns are $v_1,v_2,v_3$. i.e. $A = [v_1,v_2,v_3]$ Then, define a lattice $\Lambda$ as $\Lambda = ...
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How many distinct area histograms I can get by partitioning a M x N rectangle?

Given a M x N rectangle r, a partition p of r is a collection of rectangles with area smaller or equal than r that cover r. The histogram of a partition h(p) is the frequency distribution of rectangle ...
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Discrete bi-Laplacian

I was wondering whether there exists any kind of literature on the the powers of the discrete Laplacian, in particular the the discrete bi-Laplacian, possibly with weights on the edges. In particular ...
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Krull dimension and Hilbert polynomial of graded rings

Let $P \subseteq \mathbb{R}^n$ be a polytope with integral vertices, and $Q := \mathbb{R}_+ (P \times \{1\}) \cap \mathbb{Z}^{n+1}$ be the monoid of all lattice points of the cone generated by $P$ in ...
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Invertibility of NxN nonnegative matrix with diagonally dominant elements

I have a NxN nonnegative matrix where the diagonal element of any row i is greater than the off diagonal elements, 1 > aii > aij ≥ 0 for j not equal to i . This not a diagonally dominant matrix as it ...
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Weights for degree ordering

Let $x_1,x_2,x_3$ be indeterminates. Fix an integer $k\geq 3$. Consider the set $M$ of all monomials of the form $x_1^{i_1}.x_2^{i_2}.x_3^{i_3}$ where each $i_j\in \mathbb{N}$ with $i_j\geq 1$ and ...
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Weighted graphs to minimise the set of distances

$c_{0}$ to $c_{3}$ are given points of the graph and the corresponding weights are $W_{1}$ to $W_{3}$. The objective is to locate $p_{1}$ and $p_{2}$ to minimise the distances $d_{0}+d_{1}$ and ...
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Lipschitz constant of the Laplace-Beltrami operator

I'm reading a paper on discrete differential geometry: Meyer et.al. They define the Laplace-Beltrami operator at a point $P$ by $$\vec{K}(p) = 2k_H(P)\vec{n(P)}$$ where $\vec{n}(p)$ is the normal ...
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Complexity of Counting the number of inducing $n$-gons

Definition: A $n$-gon is simple if it has no self intersection and is in general position if no pair of its edges are parallel. It is clear that by extending the edges of each simple $n$-gon in ...
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What is the 4D axis of rotation for Necker cube inversion?

See the figure on top of page 47 of Rudy Rucker's book. ...
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Shelling of a polytope

During line shelling of a convex polytope in d-dimension, it is easy to see that visible facets are shellable. In the same way non visible facets are also shellable. But while combining these two ...
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Number of point subsets defined by a polygon

If $S$ is set of $n$ points in the plane, then $S$ has $2^n$ different subsets. We say that a subset $T\subseteq S$ is "defined by a polygon" if there is a polygon which has $T$ in its interior and ...
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Reference request: quantifying qualities of a bunch of points using statistics derived from their Delaunay triangulations

I am interested in using Delaunay Triangulations (DTs) to explore the statistics of a cluster of points. Here's an example cluster of points $P$, with its $DT(P)$ (for now, ignore the difference in ...
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Proof of Partition of 6k points into 6 groups of k points using three intersecting lines

Let X ⊂ R^2 be a set of n = 6k points in general position. There exist three concurrent lines separating X into six groups of k points each. So I read Igor Pak's proof of the same-ish thing but with ...
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Does Elzinga & Hearn algorithm depend on initial points

Elzinga & Hearn is an algorithm which find the smallest enclosing circle of $n$ points in plane. I wonder is it a good idea to initialize the algorithm of Elzinga & Hearn with the two ...
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Polar set of convex cones Proof

I have to show the following: Let $K_{1}, K_{2} \subseteq \mathbb{R}^{n}$ be convex cones with $K_{1} \cap K_{2} = \begin{Bmatrix} 0 \end{Bmatrix}$ and $intK_{i} \neq \varnothing , i=1,2$. Show that ...
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Discrete Geometry

I have a homework assignment, but I am currently a blockade and have no clue how to do this: Determine the smallest number $\mu(d)$ such that every set of $\mu(d)$ points X = {x1, x2, ..., xμ(d)} in ...
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Proof that dimension of set is n

I have a Discrete Geometry question and I would really appreciate if someone could help me out with this. I have a set $K\subset \mathbb{R}^n$ s.t. $int(B_{n}) \subseteq K \subseteq B_{n}$ where ...
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Explanation of defintion of packing number

$X$ is a ground set, and $\mathcal F$ is a system of sets on $X$. Packing/matching number of $\mathcal F$ is defined as: $\nu(\mathcal F) = \sup\{|\mathcal M|: \mathcal M \subseteq \mathcal F, M_1 ...
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Relationship between Laplacian and Taylor expansion for 2nd derivative

I am working on converting a solution to a certain PDE from working on a regular 2D grid to work on a 3D triangular mesh. In the 2D scenario the 1st and 2nd derivatives are, of course, approximated ...