Two-Level Polytopes with a Prescribed Facet

  • Samuel Fiorini
  • Vissarion Fisikopoulos
  • Marco Macchia
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9849)


A (convex) polytope is said to be 2-level if for every facet-defining direction of hyperplanes, its vertices can be covered with two hyperplanes of that direction. These polytopes are motivated by questions, e.g., in combinatorial optimization and communication complexity. We study 2-level polytopes with one prescribed facet. Based on new general findings about the structure of 2-level polytopes, we give a complete characterization of the 2-level polytopes with some facet isomorphic to a sequentially Hanner polytope, and improve the enumeration algorithm of Bohn et al. (ESA 2015). We obtain, for the first time, the complete list of d-dimensional 2-level polytopes up to affine equivalence for dimension \(d = 7\). As it turns out, geometric constructions that we call suspensions play a prominent role in both our theoretical and experimental results. This yields exciting new research questions on 2-level polytopes, which we state in the paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Samuel Fiorini
    • 1
  • Vissarion Fisikopoulos
    • 1
  • Marco Macchia
    • 1
  1. 1.Département de MathématiqueUniversité libre de BruxellesBrusselsBelgium

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