Discrete & Computational Geometry

, Volume 27, Issue 3, pp 409–417 | Cite as

Momentopes, the Complexity of Vector Partitioning, and Davenport—Schinzel Sequences

  • S. Aviran
  • S. Onn


The computational complexity of the partition problem, which concerns the partitioning of a set of n vectors in d-space into p parts so as to maximize an objective function which is convex on the sum of vectors in each part, is determined by the number of vertices of the corresponding p-partition polytope defined to be the convex hull in d × p)-space of all solutions.

In this article, introducing and using the class of Momentopes, we establish the lower bound ν p,d (n)= Ω(n ⌊(d−1)/2⌋M p) on the maximum number of vertices of any p-partition polytope of a set of n points in d-space, which is quite compatible with the recent upper bound ν p,d (n)=O(n d(p−1)−1, implying the same bound on the complexity of the partition problem. We also discuss related problems on the realizability of Davenport—Schinzel sequences and describe some further properties of Momentopes.

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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Aviran
    • 1
  • S. Onn
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093, USA saviran@ucsd.eduUSA
  2. 2.Department of Operations Research, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, 32000 Haifa, Israel

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