Barycentric cuts through a convex body

Z. Patakova, M. Tancer, U. Wagner, in:, 36th International Symposium on Computational Geometry, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik, 2020.

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Let K be a convex body in ℝⁿ (i.e., a compact convex set with nonempty interior). Given a point p in the interior of K, a hyperplane h passing through p is called barycentric if p is the barycenter of K ∩ h. In 1961, Grünbaum raised the question whether, for every K, there exists an interior point p through which there are at least n+1 distinct barycentric hyperplanes. Two years later, this was seemingly resolved affirmatively by showing that this is the case if p=p₀ is the point of maximal depth in K. However, while working on a related question, we noticed that one of the auxiliary claims in the proof is incorrect. Here, we provide a counterexample; this re-opens Grünbaum’s question. It follows from known results that for n ≥ 2, there are always at least three distinct barycentric cuts through the point p₀ ∈ K of maximal depth. Using tools related to Morse theory we are able to improve this bound: four distinct barycentric cuts through p₀ are guaranteed if n ≥ 3.
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2020-06-01
Proceedings Title
36th International Symposium on Computational Geometry
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164
Article Number
62:1 - 62:16
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SoCG: Symposium on Computational Geometry
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Zürich, Switzerland
Conference Date
2020-06-22 – 2020-06-26
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IST-REx-ID

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Patakova Z, Tancer M, Wagner U. Barycentric cuts through a convex body. In: 36th International Symposium on Computational Geometry. Vol 164. Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik; 2020. doi:10.4230/LIPIcs.SoCG.2020.62
Patakova, Z., Tancer, M., & Wagner, U. (2020). Barycentric cuts through a convex body. In 36th International Symposium on Computational Geometry (Vol. 164). Zürich, Switzerland: Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik. https://doi.org/10.4230/LIPIcs.SoCG.2020.62
Patakova, Zuzana, Martin Tancer, and Uli Wagner. “Barycentric Cuts through a Convex Body.” In 36th International Symposium on Computational Geometry, Vol. 164. Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik, 2020. https://doi.org/10.4230/LIPIcs.SoCG.2020.62.
Z. Patakova, M. Tancer, and U. Wagner, “Barycentric cuts through a convex body,” in 36th International Symposium on Computational Geometry, Zürich, Switzerland, 2020, vol. 164.
Patakova Z, Tancer M, Wagner U. 2020. Barycentric cuts through a convex body. 36th International Symposium on Computational Geometry. SoCG: Symposium on Computational Geometry, LIPIcs, vol. 164.
Patakova, Zuzana, et al. “Barycentric Cuts through a Convex Body.” 36th International Symposium on Computational Geometry, vol. 164, 62:1-62:16, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik, 2020, doi:10.4230/LIPIcs.SoCG.2020.62.
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