Cyclohedron and Kantorovich–Rubinstein Polytopes

  • Filip D. Jevtić
  • Marija Jelić
  • Rade T. Živaljević
Research Contribution


We show that the cyclohedron (Bott–Taubes polytope) \(W_n\) arises as the polar dual of a Kantorovich–Rubinstein polytope \(KR(\rho )\), where \(\rho \) is an explicitly described quasi-metric (asymmetric distance function) satisfying strict triangle inequality. From a broader perspective, this phenomenon illustrates the relationship between a nestohedron \(\Delta _{{\widehat{\mathcal {F}}}}\) (associated to a building set \({\widehat{\mathcal {F}}}\)) and its non-simple deformation \(\Delta _{\mathcal {F}}\), where \(\mathcal {F}\) is an irredundant or tight basis of \({\widehat{\mathcal {F}}}\) (Definition 21). Among the consequences are a new proof of a recent result of Gordon and Petrov (Arnold Math. J. 3(2):205–218, 2017) about f-vectors of generic Kantorovich–Rubinstein polytopes and an extension of a theorem of Gelfand, Graev, and Postnikov, about triangulations of the type A, positive root polytopes.


Kantorovich-Rubinstein polytopes Lipschitz polytope Cyclohedron Nestohedron Unimodular triangulations Metric spaces 



The project was initiated during the program ‘Topology in Motion’,, at the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM, Brown University). With great pleasure we acknowledge the support, hospitality and excellent working conditions at ICERM. The research of Filip Jevtić is a part of his PhD project at the University of Texas at Dallas, performed under the supervision and with the support of Vladimir Dragović. We would also like to thank the referee for very useful comments and suggestions, in particular for the observations incorporated in Sect. 6.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mathematical SciencesUniversity of Texas at DallasRichardsonUSA
  2. 2.Faculty of MathematicsUniversity of BelgradeBelgradeSerbia
  3. 3.Mathematical Institute SASABelgradeSerbia

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