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Complexity and algorithms for computing Voronoi cells of lattices
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by Mathieu Dutour Sikirić, Achill Schürmann and Frank Vallentin PDF
Math. Comp. 78 (2009), 1713-1731 Request permission


In this paper we are concerned with finding the vertices of the Voronoi cell of a Euclidean lattice. Given a basis of a lattice, we prove that computing the number of vertices is a $\#\operatorname {P}$-hard problem. On the other hand, we describe an algorithm for this problem which is especially suited for low-dimensional (say dimensions at most $12$) and for highly-symmetric lattices. We use our implementation, which drastically outperforms those of current computer algebra systems, to find the vertices of Voronoi cells and quantizer constants of some prominent lattices.
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  • Mathieu Dutour Sikirić
  • Affiliation: Rudjer Bosković Institute, Bijenicka 54, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
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  • Achill Schürmann
  • Affiliation: Mathematics Department, University of Magdeburg, 39106 Magdeburg, Germany
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  • Frank Vallentin
  • Affiliation: Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica (CWI), Kruislaan 413, 1098 SJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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  • Received by editor(s): April 7, 2008
  • Received by editor(s) in revised form: August 19, 2008
  • Published electronically: February 6, 2009
  • Additional Notes: The work of the first author was supported by the Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sport under contract 098-0982705-2707
    The second and third authors were supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) under grant SCHU 1503/4-2.
    The third author was also supported by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research under grant NWO 639.032.203. All three authors thank the Hausdorff Research Institute for Mathematics for its hospitality and support.
  • © Copyright 2009 American Mathematical Society
    The copyright for this article reverts to public domain 28 years after publication.
  • Journal: Math. Comp. 78 (2009), 1713-1731
  • MSC (2000): Primary 03D15, 11H56, 11H06, 11E10, 52B55, 52B12
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  • MathSciNet review: 2501071