Flag Vectors of Multiplicial Polytopes

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Flag Vectors of Multiplicial Polytopes
Bisztriczky introduced the multiplex as a generalization of the simplex. A polytope is multiplicial if all its faces are multiplexes. In this paper it is proved that the flag vectors of multiplicial polytopes depend only on their face vectors. A special class of multiplicial polytopes, also discovered by Bisztriczky, is comprised of the ordinary polytopes. These are a natural generalization of the cyclic polytopes. The flag vectors of ordinary polytopes are determined. This is used to give a surprisingly simple formula for the h-vector of the ordinary d-polytope with n + 1 vertices and characteristic k: hi = k-d+i i + (n - k) k-d+i-1 i-1 , for i d/2. In addition, a construction is given for 4-dimensional multiplicial polytopes having two-thirds of their vertices on a single facet, answering a question of Bisztriczky.
Margaret M. Bayer
Added 17 Dec 2010
Updated 17 Dec 2010
Type Journal
Year 2004
Authors Margaret M. Bayer
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