Covering Lattice Points by Subspaces and Counting Point-Hyperplane Incidences

Authors Martin Balko, Josef Cibulka, Pavel Valtr

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Josef Cibulka
Pavel Valtr

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Martin Balko, Josef Cibulka, and Pavel Valtr. Covering Lattice Points by Subspaces and Counting Point-Hyperplane Incidences. In 33rd International Symposium on Computational Geometry (SoCG 2017). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 77, pp. 12:1-12:16, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2017)


Let d and k be integers with 1 <= k <= d-1. Let Lambda be a d-dimensional lattice and let K be a d-dimensional compact convex body symmetric about the origin. We provide estimates for the minimum number of k-dimensional linear subspaces needed to cover all points in the intersection of Lambda with K. In particular, our results imply that the minimum number of k-dimensional linear subspaces needed to cover the d-dimensional n * ... * n grid is at least Omega(n^(d(d-k)/(d-1)-epsilon)) and at most O(n^(d(d-k)/(d-1))), where epsilon > 0 is an arbitrarily small constant. This nearly settles a problem mentioned in the book of Brass, Moser, and Pach. We also find tight bounds for the minimum number of k-dimensional affine subspaces needed to cover the intersection of Lambda with K. We use these new results to improve the best known lower bound for the maximum number of point-hyperplane incidences by Brass and Knauer. For d > =3 and epsilon in (0,1), we show that there is an integer r=r(d,epsilon) such that for all positive integers n, m the following statement is true. There is a set of n points in R^d and an arrangement of m hyperplanes in R^d with no K_(r,r) in their incidence graph and with at least Omega((mn)^(1-(2d+3)/((d+2)(d+3)) - epsilon)) incidences if d is odd and Omega((mn)^(1-(2d^2+d-2)/((d+2)(d^2+2d-2)) - epsilon)) incidences if d is even.
  • lattice point
  • covering
  • linear subspace
  • point-hyperplane incidence


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