Covering minima and lattice point free convex bodies

  • Ravi Kannan
  • László Lovász
Invited Talk
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 241)


Suppose K is a convex set of nonzero volume in Euclidean n-space Rn and it is symmetric about the origin (i.e., if x belongs to K, so does - x). For any real number t, let tK={tx : xK}. The infimum over all positive real numbers t such that if a copy of tK is placed centered at every integer point, all of Rn is covered, is called the “covering radius” of K (with respect to the lattice Zn). The covering radius and related quantities have been studied extensively in Geometry of Numbers. In this paper, we define and study the “covering minima” of a convex body which is not necessarily symmetric about the origin; the covering radius will be a special case of one of of these minima. This extension to general convex bodies has among other things, applications to algorithms for Integer Programming which was our initial motivation. This motivation is explained in some detail later. We use the results of the paper to derive bounds on the width of lattice point free convex bodies and analyze their structure.


Distance Function Lattice Point Convex Body Polynomial Time Algorithm Covering Minimum 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ravi Kannan
  • László Lovász
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  1. 1.Institute of MathematicsEötvös Loránd UniversityBudapest

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