In this paper we settle two long-standing questions regarding the combinatorial complexity of Minkowski sums of polytopes: We give a tight upper bound for the number of faces of a Minkowski sum, including a characterization of the case of equality. We similarly give a (tight) upper bound theorem for mixed facets of Minkowski sums. This has a wide range of applications and generalizes the classical Upper Bound Theorems of McMullen and Stanley. Our main observation is that within (relative) Stanley–Reisner theory, it is possible to encode topological as well as combinatorial/geometric restrictions in an algebraic setup. We illustrate the technology by providing several simplicial isoperimetric and reverse isoperimetric inequalities in addition to our treatment of Minkowski sums.
|Number of pages
|Publications Mathematiques de l'Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques
|Published - 1 Nov 2016
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