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Robust Tverberg and Colourful Carathéodory Results via Random Choice


We use the probabilistic method to obtain versions of the colourful Carathéodory theorem and Tverberg's theorem with tolerance.

In particular, we give bounds for the smallest integer N = N(t,d,r) such that for any N points in ℝd, there is a partition of them into r parts for which the following condition holds: after removing any t points from the set, the convex hulls of what is left in each part intersect.

We prove a bound N = rt + O( $\sqrt{t}$ ) for fixed r,d which is polynomial in each parameters. Our bounds extend to colourful versions of Tverberg's theorem, as well as Reay-type variations of this theorem.

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