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I'm an undergrad student with a publication in computer science, and will possibly have another one in control theory (involving exterior differential systems) by the end of the year... What I really want to study at the grad level is pure math however. Would my publication(s) help my application at all, or do math admission committees not care for anything but pure math work?

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Are you aware that you can "accept" answers? –  Potato Jun 15 '12 at 21:02
Publications in refereed journals are impressive to any admissions committee, math included. Are you the sole author or are there many coauthors? If there aree several authors it may not be as impressive since your contribution to the paper is unclear. –  Michael Chernick Jun 15 '12 at 21:10
I'm not the sole author, but am the main contributor (3 authors). I am listed last alas due to alphabetical order. –  user18063 Jun 15 '12 at 23:42
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The Admissions Committee will definitely care. The papers guarantee that you have research experience. The papers also indicate that you have breadth, a very desirable quality.

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