# Rendiconti del Seminario Matematico della Università di Padova

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**Volume 137, 2017, pp. 19–55**

**DOI: 10.4171/RSMUP/137-2**

Published online: 2017-05-12

Example of minimizer of the average-distance problem with non closed set of corners

Xin Yang Lu^{[1]}(1) Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA

The average-distance problem, in the penalized formulation, involves minimizing $$E_\mu^\lambda(\Sigma):=\int_{\mathbb R^d} \mathrm {inf}_{y\in\Sigma} |x-y|\mathrm d\mu(x)+\lambda\mathcal H^1(\Sigma),$$ among compact, connected sets $\Sigma$, where $\mathcal H^1$ denotes the 1-Hausdorff measure, $d\geq 2$, $\mu$ is a given measure and $\lambda$ a given parameter. Regularity of minimizers is a delicate problem. It is known that even if $\mu$ is absolutely continuous with respect to Lebesgue measure, $C^1$ regularity does not hold in general. An interesting question is whether the set of corners, i.e. points where $C^1$ regularity does not hold, is closed. The aim of this paper is to provide an example of minimizer whose set of corners is not closed, with reference measure $\mu$ absolutely continuous with respect to Lebesgue measure.

*Keywords: *Nonlocal variational problem, average-distance problem, regularity

Lu Xin Yang: Example of minimizer of the average-distance problem with non closed set of corners. *Rend. Sem. Mat. Univ. Padova* 137 (2017), 19-55. doi: 10.4171/RSMUP/137-2