Quermassintegrals of a random polytope in a convex body Academic Article uri icon


  • Let K be a convex body in ℝn with volume |K| = 1. We choose N ≧ n + 1 points x1, ..., xN independently and uniformly from K, and write C(x1, ..., xN) for their convex hull. Let f: ℝ+ → ℝ+ be a continuous strictly increasing function and 0 ≦ i ≦ n - 1. Then, the quantity double-struck E sign (K, N, f ○ Wi) = ∫K ... ∫K f[Wi(C(x1, ..., xN))]dxN ... dx1 is minimal if K is a ball (Wi is the i-th quermassintegral of a compact convex set). If f is convex and strictly increasing and 1 ≦ i ≦ n - 1, then the ball is the only extremal body. These two facts generalize a result of H. Groemer on moments of the volume of C(x1, ..., xN).

author list (cited authors)

  • Hartzoulaki, M., & Paouris, G.

citation count

  • 7

publication date

  • June 2003