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Name and notation convention for “unnormalized probability”

Given a finite set of non-negative numbers $S={s_1,...,s_n}$, we can divide them by a normalization constant $Z$ (i.e. their sum) to get a probability distribution. Then we typically say (and write) ...
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shouldn't we specify the topology when we talk about Borel $\sigma$-algebras?

Maybe this is me being pedantic, but this thought has just occurred to me. The Borel $\sigma$-algebra on X is the smallest $\sigma$-algebra containing all open sets. When we talk about Borel ...
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Question about secant and cosecant.

Ok so if we take a right triangle and consider an angle $\alpha$ we get the following: From here we can define the fundamental trigonometric functions sine and cosine where ...
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Semidirect product notation convention

I was taught that if $G \simeq H \ltimes K$, then (by convention) $H$ is the subgroup that is normal, but I see on Wikipedia and elsewhere that other people use the convention that the above indicates ...
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What are reasons why some symbols in mathematical logic are not standardized?

Why is so hard to find a standardisation regarding symbolism and/or terminology in Mathematical Logic ? We see again and again students asking if e.g. $\rightarrow$ and $\implies$ means the same ...
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Notation in functions spaces

I'm wondering if there is a convention for the following. Let $g:\mathbb{R}^2\to \mathbb{R}$ be given and u in $C^1(\mathbb{R})$. I'm looking for a notation for $g(x,u(x))$ is in the space of ...
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why function argument is on right side $f(x)$ rather than on left side as $xf$

Is there an advantage for writing function arguments on the right side as $f(x)$ rather than on the left side as $xf$? The latter looks more natural if we think about it in diagram as $domain ...
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Wikipedia claims that number theorists tend to prefer $0 \notin \mathbb{N}$. Is this actually true?

According to wikipedia here: $\mathbb{N}$ means either $\{ 0, 1, 2, 3, ...\}$ or $\{ 1, 2, 3, ...\}.$ The choice depends on the area of mathematics being studied; e.g. number theorists ...
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Convention on the order of scalar multiplication (Multiplier vs multiplicand)

Is there a convention on the order of scalar multiplication? I know there were questions before mine, but I would like to know if such distinction is culturally dependent. This came from a news in ...
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Fourier transform convention: $\frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi}} \int_{-\infty}^{\infty} f(x)e^{\pm ikx}dx $?

I've come across the Fourier transform being defined as: $$\tilde{f}(k)=\frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi}} \int_{-\infty}^{\infty} f(x)e^{ikx}dx$$ But this convention is not present in the Wikipedia article. The ...
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Category of topological pairs

Is there a standard abbreviation for the category of topological pairs? I have searched for it in vain.
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Normalization of Orthogonal Polynomials?

The generalized Rodrigues formula (Hassani, Mathematical Physics, p. 174) is of the form $$p_n=K_n\frac{1}{w}\left(\frac{d}{dx}\right)^n(wp^n)$$ The constant $K_n$ is seemingly chosen completely ...
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Why is $m$ used as the variable for slope in slope-intercept form?

I was wondering if you could answer a question I have on slope intercept form of a linear equation. I know its $y=mx+b$, but why is it $mx+b$? Don't get me wrong. I know that $m$ is the slope and $b$ ...
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What is a vector with a single non-zero component called?

What do you call a vector with a single component, e.g. $[a, 0, ..., 0]$ or $[0, b, 0, ..., 0]$, where $a, b$ are any non-zero number? I'd like the language to differentiate from a vector with ...
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Value expressions

What is the value of the expression: $\sum_{k=0}^{d}b^{k}\left[\begin{array}{c} d\\ k \end{array}\right]\prod_{i=0}^{k-1}\left(c-b^{i}\right) $ for $ k = 0 $? In particular, what is then the value ...
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$x^{y^z}$: is it $x^{(y^z)}$ or $(x^y)^z$?

Of the following, why is a usually considered true, and for what reason other than "tradition" and "more convenient"? a: ${x}^{y^z} = x^{(y^z)} \neq {(x^y)}^z$ b: ${x}^{y^z} = {(x^y)}^z \neq ...
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Order of operations: Matrix product and hadamard product

Is there any convention of the order of operations in a term with both ordinary matrix multiplication and hadamard (elementwise) multiplication? Obviously, $$ A ( b \circ c ) \ne (A b) \circ c $$ ...
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The Degree of Zero Polynomial

I wonder why the degree of the zero polynomial is $-\infty$ ? I heard that, it is $-\infty$ to make the formula $\deg(fg)=\deg(f)+\deg(g)$ hold when one of these polynomials is zero. However, if that ...
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A question on notation: $u(x,y)$ vs. $u(x+iy)$.

In Tao's complex analysis notes, he uses the convention that $$f(z)=u(z)+iv(z)= u(x+iy)+iv(x+iy)$$ implying that the functions are $$u,v:\mathbb{C} \to \mathbb{R}.$$ But in other places I see the ...
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No difference between $0/0$ and $0^0$?

I have seen discussions about both $0/0$ and $0^0$ and they differ a bit in the way that most seem ok with calling $0/0$ "undefined", while the $0^0$ discussion still seems like a dispute. If this is ...
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Are there two conventional definitions of “holomorphic”?

In Walter Rudin's Real and Complex Analysis, second edition, on page 213, two definitions are stated. One of them says the derivative of $f$ at $z_0$ is $$f'(z_0)=\lim_{z\to ...
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Is “iff” the same as equality if each member is a predicate?

"Iff" - if and only if ($\Leftrightarrow$ or $\leftrightarrow$, although the first usually carries a "meta" meaning, something that is not evaluated) - is used in $2x=3\Leftrightarrow x=\frac32$, ...
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Polynomials and sign conventions

I can never make up my mind when dealing with polynomials how to "format" them. Are there any general guidelines to follow? Which of the following is the best practice? $-a^2 + b$ $b - a^2$ $-(a^2 − ...
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decimal digit grouping delimiters

I feel a bit silly having to ask this but I just can't seem to find any resources that give an answer to this. When dealing with decimal values that have a large number of digits to the right of the ...
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Is there a convention for precedence of operators in an additive category?

The laws for an additive category are that there must be a zero object, binary products, that every Hom-set is an abelian group, and that the morphism addition distributes over composition. My ...
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What's the name of each pseudo-rectangle in a spherical surface?

Consider the common surface of a spherical segment crossed with a spherical wedge. This produces a pseudo-rectangle in the sphere surface, and a perfect rectangle in a mercator projection. What's the ...
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Commas separating adjectives to describe mathematical objects.

Is there a convention which rules that in mathematics an object with some properties should be referred to as a "property 1 property 2 property 3 ...object" rather than a "property 1, property 2, ...
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Matrix with rank more than $1$

Is there a shorter way of saying that a matrix $A$ has rank more than $1$? I am looking for something like "full-rank", or "rank-deficient."
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Given a set of rotation matrices, is it possible to determine the rotation conventions employed?

Given three rotation matrices, is it possible to determine the conventions used in defining them? These conventions include: passive or active transformation, pre- or post-multiplication, right- or ...
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Where should the 2$\pi$ go in the Fourier Transform?

In some lecture notes on Harmonic Analysis from Terence Tao here, he defines the fourier transform by $$\hat{f}(\tau)=\int_{\mathbb{R}}e^{-2\pi i t\tau}f(t)dt$$ and then says This is really the ...
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Canonical way of denoting the set of all (totally) ordered subsets

Given a finite set $S$, we usually denote the set of all subsets of $S$ by $\mathcal{P}(S)$, i.e. the power set of $S$. I need to denote the set of all totally ordered subsets of $S$, let us call it ...
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Definition by Recursion and a Question about Induction

I have some questions to ask. Suppose I want to define some sequence of propositional formulas $\{\varphi_{j}\}_{j\in\mathbb{N}}$. First, I define it this way. Fix an enumeration ...
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Why do we restrict the range of the inverse trig functions?

I understand why we restrict the domain, but why do we restrict the range? Why do we necessarily care so much for the inverse trig relations to be functions? Thanks!
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What type of input does trigonometric functions take in

I see in my Book that 45 deg is equivalent of π/4 . Ι also do the conversion if I simply convert degrees into radians like this 45* π/180 = π/4 radians and ...
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Why are the order-of-operations conventions good?

Children are sometimes taught silly mnemonics like "PEMDAS" to remember conventions on order of operations. (I never heard of "PEMDAS" until long after graduating from college, as far as I can ...
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What is $2 - 1 + 1$? [duplicate]

$2-1+1$; a fairly straightforward question, but I (well, not me, but Henry Reich) found something strange. Most people would evaluate it as $2+(-1)+1 = 2$; however, this goes against the famed, and ...
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Advocating base 12 number system

I had a calculus professor who suggested we should be using base 12 number system. What are the advantages of using such a system?
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What could be better than base 10?

Most people use base 10; it's obviously the common notation in the modern world. However, if we could change what became the common notation, would there be a better choice? I'm aware that it very ...
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Notation: permutation and its inverse

Consider the sequence $S = (A, B, C, D, E)$ and the permutation $\pi = (4, 1, 3, 5, 2)$: Which of the following is true? $$ \pi(S) = (B, E, C, A, D) \quad and \quad \pi^{-1}(S) = (D, A, C, E, B) ...
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Some questions regarding the convention used

I've some questions regarding the following problem from Herstein. BTW I'm not looking for its solution: Do $\lambda_g$ is actually $\lambda_g(x)=xg$ when I write $x\lambda_g$ as $\lambda_g(x)?$ ...
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Square brackets in indices?

What do these brackets within the indices mean in an equation like $$ \delta ^\mu _{[\alpha} \eta _{\beta ]\nu} ?$$ I can't find a text, which uses this notation, that explains it.
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Notation for $X - \mathbb{E}(X)$?

Let $X$ be a random variable with expectation value $\mathbb{E}(X)=\mu$. Is there a (reasonably standard) notation to denote the "centered" random variable $X - \mu$? And, while I'm at it, if $X_i$ ...
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Extend the domain of a function

I get back to a question I post long time ago, because that is quite important to me... Let $\mathbb{X} = \{a, b, c...\}$ be a finite set, $\mathbb{N}$ refers to the set of all natural numbers. I ...
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Difference of 2 notations with powerset

Let $\mathbb{N}, \mathbb{V}$ two sets, $\mathcal{P}(\ldots)$ means the power set of a set. $\mathcal{P}({\mathbb{N}})\rightarrow \mathbb{V}$ can be the type of a function mapping a part of ...
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Define a domain filter of a function

Let $\mathbb{B}, \mathbb{V}$ two sets. I have defined a function $f: \mathbb{B} \rightarrow \mathbb{V}$. $\mathcal{P}(\mathbb{B})$ means the power set of $\mathbb{B}$, I am looking for a function ...
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Name a stable output of a function taking 2 arguments

$\mathbb{C}$ is a fixed finite set, a fair chaotic sequence $(c_n \in \mathbb{C})$ is defined such that $\forall c \in \mathbb{C}, \exists n_0 \in \mathbb{N}, n > n_0 \wedge c_n = c$. That means ...
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Notation of functions which get a element of a pair

Given a pair $(a, b) \in A \times B$, I would like to know how to write the functions which get the first element and the second element of the pair... In a programming language, one can write ...
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Notation of an iterated function on 2 sets

Let $X$ and $C$ be two sets, I have defined an iterated function on them $f: X \times C \rightarrow X$. What interests me is the iterations of $f$ on an initial value $x \in X$, and a sequence ...
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How do you write / represent the 'all ones matrix'?

Is there a convention to write the all ones matrix in formulas? I'm going to write about the following formular: $$ A = B + XD + DX + N $$ Where D is a diagonal matrix and X the all ones matrix: $$ ...
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Why is $0^0$ undefined? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Zero to zero power I'm wondering why $0^0$ is considered undefined. Why isn't 1 considered a valid solution? Considering $0^0 = 1$ seems reasonable to me for two ...