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Zonotope vs. zonohedron[edit]

In my opinion, the notion of a zonotope is more important in mathematics (convex geometry) than is its special case, the zonohedron (=zonotope in 3D). Therefore, the facts about zonotopes, mentioned in the this article should be moved to a separate one and appropriate links should be set. Nysgerrig (talk) 19:41, 3 October 2010 (UTC)


Given a zonotope defined by k vectors in n dimensional space (k>=n), is there an algorithm for determining if point p is inside the zonotope?

Sure. It's an example of a linear programming feasibility problem with equality constraints: p is in the zonotope iff there exist xi, 0≤xi≤1, s.t. p = Σxivi. So any linear programming algorithm will solve it. —David Eppstein 07:23, 7 September 2006 (UTC)


I don't know what the just added dimension column means. Tom Ruen 21:25, 23 May 2007 (UTC)


"Any zonohedron may equivalently be described as the Minkowski sum of a set of line segments in three-dimensional space, or as the three-dimensional projection of a hypercube."

This is flat-out wrong. While various three dimensional projections of a hypercube are zonohedra, not all zonohedra are. With respec to these things being equivalent, this is only the case when the zonohedron is the sum of four line segments, and there are probably addittional restrictions on how those line segments are oriented if they are to be the projections of the edges of the axes of a hypercube. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:58, 4 December 2010 (UTC)

"Hypercube" does not necessarily mean "four-dimensional hypercube". A zonohedron with k generators is the projection of a k-dimensional hypercube. —David Eppstein (talk) 17:11, 4 December 2010 (UTC)


Apart from, there is no comprehensive list of the generators for the zonohedrons in this article, at least that I know of. Should not this article or the Wikipedia articles on the individual zonohedrons specify the generator set? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Decatur-en (talkcontribs) 18:15, 24 May 2012 (UTC)