Convex Sets and Their Applications by Steven R. Lay

By Steven R. Lay

A finished textbook on convex units. Develops the basic idea of convex units, and discusses fresh advances in mathematical study. Illustrates numerous vital polytopes, together with the 4-dimensional case, and develops the speculation of twin cones from a brand new standpoint. additionally considers linear programming, video game idea, and convex features. includes over 475 workouts of various trouble, many with solutions, tricks, and references.

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If it closed under convex combinations, it is a convex set. We recall from linear algebra that the intersection of any collection of subspaces is itself a subspace. A similar result holds for affine sets and convex sets. 19. n n Theorem. If {5^}, a G is any collection of convex sets, then is convex. If {Tpl 0 E is any collection of affine sets, then affine. PROOF. If X and y are in fi 5^, then x and y are in each 5^. Since each is convex, C for all a and hence C fl5^. The proof of the affine case is similar.

F { A ) < a S i n d f { B ) > a . 2. f{A) > a and f{B) < a. We notice at once that strict separation requires that the two sets be disjoint, while mere separation does not. Indeed, if two circles in the plane are externally tangent, then their common tangent line separates them (but does not separate them strictly). 1. Although it is necessary that two sets be disjoint in order to strictly separate them, this condition is not sufficient, even for closed convex sets. Indeed, in let A = | ( x , ; ^ ) : x > 0 and ^ ^ and B = [{x, y ) \ x > 0 dindy = 0}.

If / / is a hyperplane that separates A and B, then certainly H contains the point x. 10 implies that H cuts one of the sets, a contradiction to their being separated by H, Therefore, no hyperplane can separate A and B, HYPERPLANES 38 To prove the converse we first note that a hyperplane will separate A and B iff it separates relint A and relint B, Thus we may assume that A and B are relatively open sets, so that A n B = 0 , The rest of the proof is by induction on the dimension of the set A, in descending order.

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