KOI Combinatorics Lectures

Speaker: Richard Ehrenborg, University of Kentucky

Title: Sharing pizza in n dimensions

Abstract:

We introduce and prove the n-dimensional Pizza Theorem. Let H be a real n-dimensional hyperplane arrangement. If K is a convex set of finite volume, the *pizza quantity* of K is the alternating sum of the volumes of the regions obtained by intersecting K with the arrangement H. We prove that if H is a Coxeter arrangement different from A_{1}^{n} such that the group of isometries W generated by the reflections in the hyperplanes of H contains the negative of the identity map, and if K is a translate of a convex set that is stable under W and contains the origin, then the pizza quantity of K is equal to zero. Our main tool is an induction formula for the pizza quantity involving a subarrangement of the restricted arrangement on hyperplanes of H that we call the *even restricted arrangement*. We get stronger results in the case of balls. We prove that the pizza quantity of a ball containing the origin vanishes for a Coxeter arrangement H with |H|-n an even positive integer.

This is joint work with Sophie Morel and Margaret Readdy. ** **

https://www.ms.uky.edu/~readdy/KOI/