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Publication# The lexico-smallest representation of convex polyhedra

Abstract

Every convex polyhedron in the Euclidean space $R^d$ admits both H- and V-representation. For both formats, a representation is canonical if it is minimal and unique up to some elementary operations. In this paper, we extend the usual definition of canonical representation to a family of such representations that can be computed in polynomial time. In particular, this allows to define the lexico-smallest representation which computation is easy in practice. Furthermore, it guarantees certain sparsity property reflecting the real dimension of the studied object. As a consequence, H-representations of non-full dimensional polyhedra and V-representations of polyhedra without extreme points can be compared more efficiently.

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