A remark on sets having the Steinhaus property


A point set satisfies the Steinhaus property if no matter how it is placed on a plane, it covers exactly one integer lattice point. Whether or not such a set exists, is an open problem. Beck has proved [1] that any bounded set satisfying the Steinhaus property is not Lebesgue measurable. We show that any such set (bounded or not) must have empty interior. As a corollary, we deduce that closed sets do not have the Steinhaus property, fact noted by Sierpinski [3] under the additional assumption of boundedness.

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Ciucu, M. A remark on sets having the Steinhaus property. Combinatorica 16, 321–324 (1996). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01261317

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