A Fast and Practical Method to Estimate Volumes of Convex Polytopes

Cunjing Ge, Feifei Ma, Jian Zhang

The volume is an important attribute of a convex body. In general, it is quite difficult to calculate the exact volume. But in many cases, it suffices to have an approximate value. Volume estimation methods for convex bodies have been extensively studied in theory, however, there is still a lack of practical implementations of such methods. In this paper, we present an efficient method which is based on the Multiphase Monte-Carlo algorithm to estimate volumes of convex polytopes. It uses the coordinate directions hit-and-run method, and employs a technique of reutilizing sample points. The experiments show that our method can efficiently handle instances with dozens of dimensions with high accuracy.

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