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2002 Loki: Software for Computing Cut Loci
Robert Sinclair, Minoru Tanaka
Experiment. Math. 11(1): 1-25 (2002).


The first quantitatively correct pictorial atlas of the cut locus of a nontrivially deformed standard torus in $\mathbb{R}^3$ given a non-symmetrically placed starting point is presented along with a description of the software tool Loki used to generate it. Loki can compute the cut locus from a point on a genus-1 two-dimensional Riemannian manifold defined either by a parametrization or its metric, these to be given in closed form. The algorithm computes a piecewise polynomial approximation to the exponential map and inverts this numerically, thus correctly taking into account the global nature of the problem. As an example of its use in motivating and guiding traditional mathematical research, we provide a preliminary conjecture based upon the output of this software and both a counterexample and a proof motivated by the conjecture.


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Robert Sinclair. Minoru Tanaka. "Loki: Software for Computing Cut Loci." Experiment. Math. 11 (1) 1 - 25, 2002.


Published: 2002
First available in Project Euclid: 10 July 2003

zbMATH: 1052.53001
MathSciNet: MR1960297

Primary: 53-04
Secondary: 53C20

Keywords: computational global differential geometry , Cut locus

Rights: Copyright © 2002 A K Peters, Ltd.


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