Doctor of Philosophy
Systems Modeling and Analysis
Jose H. Dula
This dissertation has two topics. The rst one is about rotating a supporting
hyperplane on the convex hull of a nite point set to arrive at one of its facets.
We present three procedures for these rotations in multiple dimensions. The rst
two procedures rotate a supporting hyperplane for the polytope starting at a lower
dimensional face until the support set is a facet. These two procedures keep current
points in the support set and accumulate new points after the rotations. The rst
procedure uses only algebraic operations. The second procedure uses LP. In the third
procedure we rotate a hyperplane on a facet of the polytope to a dierent adjacent
facet. Similarly to the rst procedure, this procedure uses only algebraic operations.
Some applications to these procedures include data envelopment analysis (DEA) and
The second topic is in the eld of containment problems for polyhedral sets.
We present three procedures to nd a circumscribing simplex that contains a point
set in any dimension. The rst two procedures are based on the supporting hyperplane
rotation ideas from the rst topic. The third circumscribing simplex procedure
uses polar cones and other geometrical properties to nd facets of a circumscribing
simplex. One application of the second topic discussed in this dissertation is in hyperspectral unmixing.
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