On the Volume of Boolean Expressions of Large Congruent Balls

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Part of the Springer Proceedings in Mathematics & Statistics book series (PROMS, volume 234)


We consider the volume of a Boolean expression of some congruent balls about a given system of centers in the d-dimensional Euclidean space. When the radius r of the balls is large, this volume can be approximated by a polynomial of r, which will be computed up to an \(O(r^{d-3})\) error term. We study how the top coefficients of this polynomial depend on the set of the centers. It is known that in the case of the union of the balls, the top coefficients are some constant multiples of the intrinsic volumes of the convex hull of the centers. Thus, the coefficients in the general case lead to generalizations of the intrinsic volumes, in particular, to a generalization of the mean width of a set. Some known results on the mean width, along with the theorem on its monotonicity under contractions are extended to the “Boolean analogues” of the mean width.


Volume Intrinsic volume Quermassintegral Unions and intersections of balls 



This research was supported by the Hungarian National Science and Research Foundation OTKA K 112703. Part of the research was done in the academic year 2014/15, while the author enjoyed the hospitality of the MTA Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics as a guest researcher.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of MathematicsEötvös Loránd UniversityBudapestHungary
  2. 2.BudapestHungary

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