We consider the problem of determining whether a given set S in \({\mathbb R}^{n}\) is approximately convex, i.e., if there is a convex set \(K \in {\mathbb R}^{n}\) such that the volume of their symmetric difference is at most ε vol(S) for some given ε. When the set is presented only by a membership oracle and a random oracle, we show that the problem can be solved with high probability using poly(n)(c/ε) n oracle calls and computation time. We complement this result with an exponential lower bound for the natural algorithm that tests convexity along “random” lines. We conjecture that a simple 2-dimensional version of this algorithm has polynomial complexity.


Convex Body Random Point Random Oracle Convex Polytope Adjacent Peak 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luis Rademacher
    • 1
  • Santosh Vempala
    • 1
  1. 1.Mathematics Department and CSAILMIT 

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