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ON THE MONOTONICITY OF THE EXPECTED VOLUME OF A RANDOM SIMPLEX

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  20 June 2011

Luis Rademacher
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School of Computer Science and Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, U.S.A. (email: lrademac@cse.ohio-state.edu)
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Abstract

Consider a random simplex in a d-dimensional convex body which is the convex hull of d+1 random points from the body. We study the following question: as a function of the convex body, is the expected volume of such a random simplex monotone non-decreasing under inclusion? We show that this is true when d is 1 or 2, but does not hold for d≥4. We also prove similar results for higher moments of the volume of a random simplex, in particular for the second moment, which corresponds to the determinant of the covariance matrix of the convex body. These questions are motivated by the slicing conjecture.

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