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Forming a polytope from only its combinatorial data

asked 2016-08-04 06:33:56 -0500

updated 2017-01-05 15:20:22 -0500

FrédéricC gravatar image

I would like to visualize a polytope given only its face lattice, i.e. something like

{1}, {2}, {3}, {4}, {1, 2}, {2, 3}, {3, 4}, {4, 1}, {1, 2, 3, 4}

for a square.

Is that possible in sage?

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answered 2016-08-05 13:17:59 -0500

Saul Schleimer gravatar image

updated 2016-08-05 13:19:12 -0500

If by "visualize" you mean "give a geometric realization of" then I think that the answer should be "no" as I rather suspect that there are high-dimensional combinatorial polytopes that have no geometric realization. Even for three-dimensional polytopes the realization problem is delicate - there are even several layout algorithms for planar graphs. (There is at least one such implemented in sage - see:

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). On the other hand, if you want to see the face poset in a graphical way, this is much easier. For example see this post:

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and pay attention to the "plot" method of a Poset.

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