Graphs and Combinatorics

, Volume 35, Issue 1, pp 363–371 | Cite as

Ehrhart Polynomials with Negative Coefficients

  • Takayuki Hibi
  • Akihiro HigashitaniEmail author
  • Akiyoshi Tsuchiya
  • Koutarou Yoshida
Original Paper


It is shown that, for each \(d \ge 4\), there exists an integral convex polytope \({\mathcal {P}}\) of dimension d such that each of the coefficients of \(n, n^{2}, \ldots , n^{d-2}\) of its Ehrhart polynomial \(i({\mathcal {P}},n)\) is negative. Moreover, it is also shown that for each \(d \ge 3\) and \(1 \le k \le d-2\), there exists an integral convex polytope \({\mathcal {P}}\) of dimension d such that the coefficient of \(n^k\) of the Ehrhart polynomial \(i({\mathcal {P}},n)\) of \({\mathcal {P}}\) is negative and all its remaining coefficients are positive. Finally, we consider all the possible sign patterns of the coefficients of the Ehrhart polynomials of low dimensional integral convex polytopes.


Integral convex polytope Ehrhart polynomial Positivity problem for combinatorial polynomials 

Mathematics Subject Classification

Primary 52B20 Secondary 52B11 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Takayuki Hibi
    • 1
  • Akihiro Higashitani
    • 2
    Email author
  • Akiyoshi Tsuchiya
    • 1
  • Koutarou Yoshida
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Pure and Applied Mathematics, Graduate School of Information Science and TechnologyOsaka UniversitySuitaJapan
  2. 2.Department of MathematicsKyoto Sangyo UniversityKyotoJapan

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