Obstructions to weak decomposability for simplicial polytopes
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Obstructions to weak decomposability for simplicial polytopes

  • Author(s): Hähnle, Nicolai
  • Klee, Steven
  • Pilaud, Vincent
  • et al.

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Provan and Billera introduced notions of (weak) decomposability of simplicial complexes as a means of attempting to prove polynomial upper bounds on the diameter of the facet-ridge graph of a simplicial polytope. Recently, De Loera and Klee provided the first examples of simplicial polytopes that are not weakly vertex-decomposable. These polytopes are polar to certain simple transportation polytopes. In this paper, we refine their analysis to prove that these $d$-dimensional polytopes are not even weakly $O(\sqrt{d})$-decomposable. As a consequence, (weak) decomposability cannot be used to prove a polynomial version of the Hirsch conjecture.

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