In the Convex Body Chasing problem, we are given an initial point v∈ Rd and an online sequence of n convex bodies F1, … , Fn. When we receive Ft, we are required to move inside Ft. Our goal is to minimize the total distance traveled. This fundamental online problem was first studied by Friedman and Linial (DCG 1993). They proved an Ω(d) lower bound on the competitive ratio, and conjectured that a competitive ratio depending only on d is possible. However, despite much interest in the problem, the conjecture remains wide open. We consider the setting in which the convex bodies are nested: F1⊃ ⋯ ⊃ Fn. The nested setting is closely related to extending the online LP framework of Buchbinder and Naor (ESA 2005) to arbitrary linear constraints. Moreover, this setting retains much of the difficulty of the general setting and captures an essential obstacle in resolving Friedman and Linial’s conjecture. In this work, we give a f(d)-competitive algorithm for chasing nested convex bodies in Rd.

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Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica, Amsterdam (CWI), The Netherlands

Bansal, N., Böhm, M., Eliáš, M., Koumoutsos, G., & Umboh, S. W. (2019). Nested convex bodies are chaseable. Algorithmica, 82, 1640–1653. doi:10.1007/s00453-019-00661-x