A flag representation of projection functions

24 Feb 2015  ·  Goodey Paul, Hinderer Wolfram, Hug Daniel, Rataj Jan, Weil Wolfgang ·

The $k$th projection function $v_k(K,\cdot)$ of a convex body $K\subset {\mathbb R}^d, d\ge 3,$ is a function on the Grassmannian $G(d,k)$ which measures the $k$-dimensional volume of the projection of $K$ onto members of $G(d,k)$. For $k=1$ and $k=d-1$, simple formulas for the projection functions exist... In particular, $v_{d-1}(K,\cdot)$ can be written as a spherical integral with respect to the surface area measure of $K$. Here, we generalize this result and prove two integral representations for $v_k(K,\cdot), k=1,\dots,d-1$, over flag manifolds. Whereas the first representation generalizes a result of Ambartzumian (1987), but uses a flag measure which is not continuous in $K$, the second representation is related to a recent flag formula for mixed volumes by Hug, Rataj and Weil (2013) and depends continuously on $K$. read more

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