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Say for example there are 10 colinear points. my question is does a convex hull have to be a convex polygon? or can it be a line as well according to the formal definition of the convex hull?

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The convex hull of 10 collinear points is the line segment between the two extreme points.

No, a convex hull does not have to be convex polygon. A convex hull can be a point, a line segment, a ray, a line, a convex polygon, a circular sector, a half plane, a cubic, etc. .

A definition in math, such as the definition of convex hull, is the strictest kind of definition. It means exactly what it says. No more, no less.


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