TY - JOUR
AB - The goal of this article is to introduce the reader to the theory of intrinsic geometry of convex surfaces. We illustrate the power of the tools by proving a theorem on convex surfaces containing an arbitrarily long closed simple geodesic. Let us remind ourselves that a curve in a surface is called geodesic if every sufficiently short arc of the curve is length minimizing; if, in addition, it has no self-intersections, we call it simple geodesic. A tetrahedron with equal opposite edges is called isosceles. The axiomatic method of Alexandrov geometry allows us to work with the metrics of convex surfaces directly, without approximating it first by a smooth or polyhedral metric. Such approximations destroy the closed geodesics on the surface; therefore it is difficult (if at all possible) to apply approximations in the proof of our theorem. On the other hand, a proof in the smooth or polyhedral case usually admits a translation into Alexandrov’s language; such translation makes the result more general. In fact, our proof resembles a translation of the proof given by Protasov. Note that the main theorem implies in particular that a smooth convex surface does not have arbitrarily long simple closed geodesics. However we do not know a proof of this corollary that is essentially simpler than the one presented below.
AU - Akopyan, Arseniy
AU - Petrunin, Anton
ID - 106
IS - 3
JF - Mathematical Intelligencer
TI - Long geodesics on convex surfaces
VL - 40
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - In 1945, A.W. Goodman and R.E. Goodman proved the following conjecture by P. Erdős: Given a family of (round) disks of radii r1, … , rn in the plane, it is always possible to cover them by a disk of radius R= ∑ ri, provided they cannot be separated into two subfamilies by a straight line disjoint from the disks. In this note we show that essentially the same idea may work for different analogues and generalizations of their result. In particular, we prove the following: Given a family of positive homothetic copies of a fixed convex body K⊂ Rd with homothety coefficients τ1, … , τn> 0 , it is always possible to cover them by a translate of d+12(∑τi)K, provided they cannot be separated into two subfamilies by a hyperplane disjoint from the homothets.
AU - Akopyan, Arseniy
AU - Balitskiy, Alexey
AU - Grigorev, Mikhail
ID - 1064
IS - 4
JF - Discrete & Computational Geometry
SN - 01795376
TI - On the circle covering theorem by A.W. Goodman and R.E. Goodman
VL - 59
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Motivated by biological questions, we study configurations of equal spheres that neither pack nor cover. Placing their centers on a lattice, we define the soft density of the configuration by penalizing multiple overlaps. Considering the 1-parameter family of diagonally distorted 3-dimensional integer lattices, we show that the soft density is maximized at the FCC lattice.
AU - Edelsbrunner, Herbert
AU - Iglesias Ham, Mabel
ID - 312
IS - 1
JF - SIAM J Discrete Math
SN - 08954801
TI - On the optimality of the FCC lattice for soft sphere packing
VL - 32
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Mapping every simplex in the Delaunay mosaic of a discrete point set to the radius of the smallest empty circumsphere gives a generalized discrete Morse function. Choosing the points from a Poisson point process in ℝ n , we study the expected number of simplices in the Delaunay mosaic as well as the expected number of critical simplices and nonsingular intervals in the corresponding generalized discrete gradient. Observing connections with other probabilistic models, we obtain precise expressions for the expected numbers in low dimensions. In particular, we obtain the expected numbers of simplices in the Poisson–Delaunay mosaic in dimensions n ≤ 4.
AU - Edelsbrunner, Herbert
AU - Nikitenko, Anton
AU - Reitzner, Matthias
ID - 718
IS - 3
JF - Advances in Applied Probability
SN - 00018678
TI - Expected sizes of poisson Delaunay mosaics and their discrete Morse functions
VL - 49
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We generalize Brazas’ topology on the fundamental group to the whole universal path space X˜ i.e., to the set of homotopy classes of all based paths. We develop basic properties of the new notion and provide a complete comparison of the obtained topology with the established topologies, in particular with the Lasso topology and the CO topology, i.e., the topology that is induced by the compact-open topology. It turns out that the new topology is the finest topology contained in the CO topology, for which the action of the fundamental group on the universal path space is a continuous group action.
AU - Virk, Ziga
AU - Zastrow, Andreas
ID - 737
JF - Topology and its Applications
SN - 01668641
TI - A new topology on the universal path space
VL - 231
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We introduce planar matchings on directed pseudo-line arrangements, which yield a planar set of pseudo-line segments such that only matching-partners are adjacent. By translating the planar matching problem into a corresponding stable roommates problem we show that such matchings always exist. Using our new framework, we establish, for the first time, a complete, rigorous definition of weighted straight skeletons, which are based on a so-called wavefront propagation process. We present a generalized and unified approach to treat structural changes in the wavefront that focuses on the restoration of weak planarity by finding planar matchings.
AU - Biedl, Therese
AU - Huber, Stefan
AU - Palfrader, Peter
ID - 481
IS - 3-4
JF - International Journal of Computational Geometry and Applications
TI - Planar matchings for weighted straight skeletons
VL - 26
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Let X and Y be proper metric spaces. We show that a coarsely n-to-1 map f:X→Y induces an n-to-1 map of Higson coronas. This viewpoint turns out to be successful in showing that the classical dimension raising theorems hold in large scale; that is, if f:X→Y is a coarsely n-to-1 map between proper metric spaces X and Y then asdim(Y)≤asdim(X)+n−1. Furthermore we introduce coarsely open coarsely n-to-1 maps, which include the natural quotient maps via a finite group action, and prove that they preserve the asymptotic dimension.
AU - Austin, Kyle
AU - Virk, Ziga
ID - 521
JF - Topology and its Applications
SN - 01668641
TI - Higson compactification and dimension raising
VL - 215
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We study robust properties of zero sets of continuous maps f: X → ℝn. Formally, we analyze the family Z< r(f) := (g-1(0): ||g - f|| < r) of all zero sets of all continuous maps g closer to f than r in the max-norm. All of these sets are outside A := (x: |f(x)| ≥ r) and we claim that Z< r(f) is fully determined by A and an element of a certain cohomotopy group which (by a recent result) is computable whenever the dimension of X is at most 2n - 3. By considering all r > 0 simultaneously, the pointed cohomotopy groups form a persistence module-a structure leading to persistence diagrams as in the case of persistent homology or well groups. Eventually, we get a descriptor of persistent robust properties of zero sets that has better descriptive power (Theorem A) and better computability status (Theorem B) than the established well diagrams. Moreover, if we endow every point of each zero set with gradients of the perturbation, the robust description of the zero sets by elements of cohomotopy groups is in some sense the best possible (Theorem C).
AU - Franek, Peter
AU - Krcál, Marek
ID - 568
IS - 2
JF - Homology, Homotopy and Applications
SN - 15320073
TI - Persistence of zero sets
VL - 19
ER -
TY - THES
AB - The main objects considered in the present work are simplicial and CW-complexes with vertices forming a random point cloud. In particular, we consider a Poisson point process in R^n and study Delaunay and Voronoi complexes of the first and higher orders and weighted Delaunay complexes obtained as sections of Delaunay complexes, as well as the Čech complex. Further, we examine theDelaunay complex of a Poisson point process on the sphere S^n, as well as of a uniform point cloud, which is equivalent to the convex hull, providing a connection to the theory of random polytopes. Each of the complexes in question can be endowed with a radius function, which maps its cells to the radii of appropriately chosen circumspheres, called the radius of the cell. Applying and developing discrete Morse theory for these functions, joining it together with probabilistic and sometimes analytic machinery, and developing several integral geometric tools, we aim at getting the distributions of circumradii of typical cells. For all considered complexes, we are able to generalize and obtain up to constants the distribution of radii of typical intervals of all types. In low dimensions the constants can be computed explicitly, thus providing the explicit expressions for the expected numbers of cells. In particular, it allows to find the expected density of simplices of every dimension for a Poisson point process in R^4, whereas the result for R^3 was known already in 1970's.
AU - Nikitenko, Anton
ID - 6287
TI - Discrete Morse theory for random complexes
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - We show that the framework of topological data analysis can be extended from metrics to general Bregman divergences, widening the scope of possible applications. Examples are the Kullback - Leibler divergence, which is commonly used for comparing text and images, and the Itakura - Saito divergence, popular for speech and sound. In particular, we prove that appropriately generalized čech and Delaunay (alpha) complexes capture the correct homotopy type, namely that of the corresponding union of Bregman balls. Consequently, their filtrations give the correct persistence diagram, namely the one generated by the uniformly growing Bregman balls. Moreover, we show that unlike the metric setting, the filtration of Vietoris-Rips complexes may fail to approximate the persistence diagram. We propose algorithms to compute the thus generalized čech, Vietoris-Rips and Delaunay complexes and experimentally test their efficiency. Lastly, we explain their surprisingly good performance by making a connection with discrete Morse theory.
AU - Edelsbrunner, Herbert
AU - Wagner, Hubert
ID - 688
SN - 18688969
TI - Topological data analysis with Bregman divergences
VL - 77
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We answer a question of M. Gromov on the waist of the unit ball.
AU - Akopyan, Arseniy
AU - Karasev, Roman
ID - 707
IS - 4
JF - Bulletin of the London Mathematical Society
SN - 00246093
TI - A tight estimate for the waist of the ball
VL - 49
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - We present an efficient algorithm to compute Euler characteristic curves of gray scale images of arbitrary dimension. In various applications the Euler characteristic curve is used as a descriptor of an image. Our algorithm is the first streaming algorithm for Euler characteristic curves. The usage of streaming removes the necessity to store the entire image in RAM. Experiments show that our implementation handles terabyte scale images on commodity hardware. Due to lock-free parallelism, it scales well with the number of processor cores. Additionally, we put the concept of the Euler characteristic curve in the wider context of computational topology. In particular, we explain the connection with persistence diagrams.
AU - Heiss, Teresa
AU - Wagner, Hubert
ED - Felsberg, Michael
ED - Heyden, Anders
ED - Krüger, Norbert
ID - 833
SN - 03029743
TI - Streaming algorithm for Euler characteristic curves of multidimensional images
VL - 10424
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - Recent research has examined how to study the topological features of a continuous self-map by means of the persistence of the eigenspaces, for given eigenvalues, of the endomorphism induced in homology over a field. This raised the question of how to select dynamically significant eigenvalues. The present paper aims to answer this question, giving an algorithm that computes the persistence of eigenspaces for every eigenvalue simultaneously, also expressing said eigenspaces as direct sums of “finite” and “singular” subspaces.
AU - Ethier, Marc
AU - Jablonski, Grzegorz
AU - Mrozek, Marian
ID - 836
SN - 978-331956930-7
T2 - Special Sessions in Applications of Computer Algebra
TI - Finding eigenvalues of self-maps with the Kronecker canonical form
VL - 198
ER -
TY - CHAP
AB - The advent of high-throughput technologies and the concurrent advances in information sciences have led to a data revolution in biology. This revolution is most significant in molecular biology, with an increase in the number and scale of the “omics” projects over the last decade. Genomics projects, for example, have produced impressive advances in our knowledge of the information concealed into genomes, from the many genes that encode for the proteins that are responsible for most if not all cellular functions, to the noncoding regions that are now known to provide regulatory functions. Proteomics initiatives help to decipher the role of post-translation modifications on the protein structures and provide maps of protein-protein interactions, while functional genomics is the field that attempts to make use of the data produced by these projects to understand protein functions. The biggest challenge today is to assimilate the wealth of information provided by these initiatives into a conceptual framework that will help us decipher life. For example, the current views of the relationship between protein structure and function remain fragmented. We know of their sequences, more and more about their structures, we have information on their biological activities, but we have difficulties connecting this dotted line into an informed whole. We lack the experimental and computational tools for directly studying protein structure, function, and dynamics at the molecular and supra-molecular levels. In this chapter, we review some of the current developments in building the computational tools that are needed, focusing on the role that geometry and topology play in these efforts. One of our goals is to raise the general awareness about the importance of geometric methods in elucidating the mysterious foundations of our very existence. Another goal is the broadening of what we consider a geometric algorithm. There is plenty of valuable no-man’s-land between combinatorial and numerical algorithms, and it seems opportune to explore this land with a computational-geometric frame of mind.
AU - Edelsbrunner, Herbert
AU - Koehl, Patrice
ED - Toth, Csaba
ED - O'Rourke, Joseph
ED - Goodman, Jacob
ID - 84
T2 - Handbook of Discrete and Computational Geometry, Third Edition
TI - Computational topology for structural molecular biology
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We study the lengths of curves passing through a fixed number of points on the boundary of a convex shape in the plane. We show that, for any convex shape K, there exist four points on the boundary of K such that the length of any curve passing through these points is at least half of the perimeter of K. It is also shown that the same statement does not remain valid with the additional constraint that the points are extreme points of K. Moreover, the factor ½ cannot be achieved with any fixed number of extreme points. We conclude the paper with a few other inequalities related to the perimeter of a convex shape.
AU - Akopyan, Arseniy
AU - Vysotsky, Vladislav
ID - 909
IS - 7
JF - The American Mathematical Monthly
SN - 00029890
TI - On the lengths of curves passing through boundary points of a planar convex shape
VL - 124
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - In this article we define an algebraic vertex of a generalized polyhedron and show that the set of algebraic vertices is the smallest set of points needed to define the polyhedron. We prove that the indicator function of a generalized polytope P is a linear combination of indicator functions of simplices whose vertices are algebraic vertices of P. We also show that the indicator function of any generalized polyhedron is a linear combination, with integer coefficients, of indicator functions of cones with apices at algebraic vertices and line-cones. The concept of an algebraic vertex is closely related to the Fourier–Laplace transform. We show that a point v is an algebraic vertex of a generalized polyhedron P if and only if the tangent cone of P, at v, has non-zero Fourier–Laplace transform.
AU - Akopyan, Arseniy
AU - Bárány, Imre
AU - Robins, Sinai
ID - 1180
JF - Advances in Mathematics
SN - 00018708
TI - Algebraic vertices of non-convex polyhedra
VL - 308
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Phat is an open-source C. ++ library for the computation of persistent homology by matrix reduction, targeted towards developers of software for topological data analysis. We aim for a simple generic design that decouples algorithms from data structures without sacrificing efficiency or user-friendliness. We provide numerous different reduction strategies as well as data types to store and manipulate the boundary matrix. We compare the different combinations through extensive experimental evaluation and identify optimization techniques that work well in practical situations. We also compare our software with various other publicly available libraries for persistent homology.
AU - Bauer, Ulrich
AU - Kerber, Michael
AU - Reininghaus, Jan
AU - Wagner, Hubert
ID - 1433
JF - Journal of Symbolic Computation
SN - 07477171
TI - Phat - Persistent homology algorithms toolbox
VL - 78
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We introduce a multiscale topological description of the Megaparsec web-like cosmic matter distribution. Betti numbers and topological persistence offer a powerful means of describing the rich connectivity structure of the cosmic web and of its multiscale arrangement of matter and galaxies. Emanating from algebraic topology and Morse theory, Betti numbers and persistence diagrams represent an extension and deepening of the cosmologically familiar topological genus measure and the related geometric Minkowski functionals. In addition to a description of the mathematical background, this study presents the computational procedure for computing Betti numbers and persistence diagrams for density field filtrations. The field may be computed starting from a discrete spatial distribution of galaxies or simulation particles. The main emphasis of this study concerns an extensive and systematic exploration of the imprint of different web-like morphologies and different levels of multiscale clustering in the corresponding computed Betti numbers and persistence diagrams. To this end, we use Voronoi clustering models as templates for a rich variety of web-like configurations and the fractal-like Soneira-Peebles models exemplify a range of multiscale configurations. We have identified the clear imprint of cluster nodes, filaments, walls, and voids in persistence diagrams, along with that of the nested hierarchy of structures in multiscale point distributions. We conclude by outlining the potential of persistent topology for understanding the connectivity structure of the cosmic web, in large simulations of cosmic structure formation and in the challenging context of the observed galaxy distribution in large galaxy surveys.
AU - Pranav, Pratyush
AU - Edelsbrunner, Herbert
AU - Van De Weygaert, Rien
AU - Vegter, Gert
AU - Kerber, Michael
AU - Jones, Bernard
AU - Wintraecken, Mathijs
ID - 1022
IS - 4
JF - Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
SN - 00358711
TI - The topology of the cosmic web in terms of persistent Betti numbers
VL - 465
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We consider the problem of reachability in pushdown graphs. We study the problem for pushdown graphs with constant treewidth. Even for pushdown graphs with treewidth 1, for the reachability problem we establish the following: (i) the problem is PTIME-complete, and (ii) any subcubic algorithm for the problem would contradict the k-clique conjecture and imply faster combinatorial algorithms for cliques in graphs.
AU - Chatterjee, Krishnendu
AU - Osang, Georg F
ID - 1065
JF - Information Processing Letters
SN - 00200190
TI - Pushdown reachability with constant treewidth
VL - 122
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Given a finite set of points in Rn and a radius parameter, we study the Čech, Delaunay–Čech, Delaunay (or alpha), and Wrap complexes in the light of generalized discrete Morse theory. Establishing the Čech and Delaunay complexes as sublevel sets of generalized discrete Morse functions, we prove that the four complexes are simple-homotopy equivalent by a sequence of simplicial collapses, which are explicitly described by a single discrete gradient field.
AU - Bauer, Ulrich
AU - Edelsbrunner, Herbert
ID - 1072
IS - 5
JF - Transactions of the American Mathematical Society
TI - The Morse theory of Čech and delaunay complexes
VL - 369
ER -