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With the notion of stongly singular points we obtain a stratiﬁcation of C(X) in which the big cells are open strata. By construction, if Ω is a big cell, its boundary ∂(Ω) is contained in the set of singular points, and unless the closure Ω equals C(X) (this happens only when X is linearly independent), we have that ∂(Ω) disconnects C(X). Let us denote by C sing(X) the set of singular points. It is the union of ﬁnitely many cones C(c), where c ⊂ X is a basis of a hyperplane. In particular, 20 1 Polytopes C sing(X) is an (s − 1)-dimensional polyhedron.

Write x = i=1 ci ai . From this expression we obtain m ΠX (x) = (t1 , . . , tm ) | ti ≥ 0, and ti = ci − tj cji , i = 1, . . , s . j=s+1 18 1 Polytopes In other words, we represent the polytope in the (m − s)-dimensional space of coordinates ti , i = s + 1, . . , m, as m ΠX (x) = (ts+1 , . . , tm ) | ti ≥ 0, ci − tj cji ≥ 0, i = 1, . . , s . j=s+1 If x lies in the interior of C(X), we can choose a point (ts+1 , . . , tm ) ∈ ΠX (x) at which all the functions ti , i = 1, . . , m, are strictly larger than 0.

Then A is a polyhedron. Proof. As usual, we can assume that V is the aﬃne envelope of A. We can parametrize each i := {ai + tbi , t ≥ 0}, with ai , bi ∈ V . Consider the vector space V˜ = V ∗ ⊕ R of all (inhomogeneous) polynomials of degree ≤ 1. 10, A = {p ∈ V | f (p) ≤ 0, ∀f ∈ A}. ∗ ˜ Each element in V is of the form φ − a, with φ ∈ V , a ∈ R. Then A˜ is deﬁned by the inequalities φ | pi − a ≤ 0 and φ | ai + t φ | bi − a ≤ 0, for all t ≥ 0. These last inequalities are equivalent to saying that φ | ai − a ≤ 0 and φ | bi ≤ 0.