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The convention for speakers to refer to themselves at the board with a single initial

This question is being asked on behalf of a graduate student in my department. When and where did the tradition start of a seminar or colloquium speaker using just the first initial of the speaker's ...
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Which is the best notation for a sequence?

In a set, the order of its elements is (as far as I know) not important; in a sequence, the order of its elements is important. Which is the notation I should use in order to define a sequence? I ...
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Analogue of right-inverse for non-surjective function

Given a function $f: X \to Y$, not necessarily surjective, is there a common name (and more concise definition than follows) for a function which maps elements in $Y$ where $f$ is defined to elements ...
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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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what are the formal names of operands of unary operations?

In case of binary operations, operands have formal names. Taking addition for example: $$a + b$$ We can formally call $a$ the augend and $b$ the addend. Names for operands are available in individual ...
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A Summation Convention – Substitution Rule

I'm new to this forum. I'm starting a PhD – it's going to be a big long journey through the jungle that is CFD. I would like to arm myself with some tools before entering. The machete is Cartesian ...
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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 of:...
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Can a disconnected surface have a (negative) genus?

This question is rather about a convention. Is it possible (and conventional) to asign to, say the disconnected sum of two connected surfaces $X=\Sigma_h \sqcup \Sigma_g$ a genus? Since one has $\...
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Conjugation of permutations

In the group $S_n$ I usually use the fact that if $(a_1 a_2 \dots a_r) \in S_n$ is an r-cycle and $\sigma \in S_n$ then $\sigma (a_1 a_2 \dots a_r)\sigma^{-1} = (\sigma(a_1)\sigma(a_2) \dots \sigma(...
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Writing a Series of Equalities and Inequalities across Several Lines

What is the convention for writing a series of successive equalities and inequalities across multiple lines? Let me explain. Let $E_k$ denote an expression; for example, $E_0$ could be a sum or an ...
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Defining perpendicular lines in the 3D space

Is there a universal agreement about the definition of "perpendicularity" between two stright lines in the 3 dimensional euclidean space? Do they need to meet or it is enough to have perpendicular ...
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When talking about periods of a function why is it common to introduce a factor of $2$?

In many books I have read, when talking about periodic functions, they tend to write the period as $2\omega$. Why do we need the $2$? I haven't come across any working where the factor of $2$ is ...
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Proper names for different representations of the same formula

I would like to know what to call formulas that are all on one line and what to call the same formulas that are on multiple lines. One line example: P ÷ TVD ÷ 0.052 Multiple line example: $\frac{P}{...
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Does typesetting of mathematical content differ in right-to-left languages?

Languages such as Arabic or Hebrew are written right-to-left. Does the way mathematical content is written differ in those languages? Some simple examples of which I would be interested to know how ...
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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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Dimensionality of a function

When people refer to the "$x$-dimensional" case of a function or relation, how is the dimensionality determined? For example, let's say I have the functions $f(x,t)$ and $g(x, t)$. I could refer to ...
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Product of Cycles: Name to denote “direction” of composition

Is there a notation to denote the difference between these two products of cycles? It seems as though there are two conventions out there that should have a specific name for them. The subscripts for ...
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Distribution functions: differentials in the numerator or denominator

One paper I'm looking at says, $n(M, z) \, dM \, dz$, the number of sources with mass $M$ at a redshift $z$, in the mass interval $dM$ occurring in the redshift interval $dz$. While another ...
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asin, arcsin, $\sin^{-1}$ - is there any convention?

I've seen multiple forms how the arc sine is marked. But is there any convention which form is mostly being used? Does this depend on the country?
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“Second kind” orthogonal polynomials and functions

Recently I've been doing reading in the subject of orthogonal polynomials on the real line (OPRL). Such OPs arise in solving the three-term recurrence relation $$x u_n=a_{n+1}u_{n+1}+b_{n+1}p_n+a_{n}...
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Matrix transponse in tensor notation

In this paper http://www.ita.uni-heidelberg.de/~dullemond/lectures/tensor/tensor.pdf at the end of chapeter 2 the author says that in index notation a matrix is written as $A^\mu_{\;\;\nu}$ and its ...
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Unit rules and style convention for division

I'm trying to figure out the preferred way to write unit expressions and division is causing me some confusion. I'm aware of the negative exponent notation, but here I'm looking for a solution using ...
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How to write upper and lower generic limits of a definite integral

I have an integral whose upper and lower limits depends on the probabilty distribution chosen for the variable, $x$, I am integrating on. For example, if I consider that $x$ is normally distributed ...
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The simply connected form of a semisimple algebraic group

Let $G$ be a semisimple algebraic group over an algebraically closed field $k$, so that $G$ is an almost-direct product of its minimal closed connected normal subgroups of positive dimension, $G_1,\...
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Symbol or name for Basismatrix of Linear Programming

This question is about the Basismatrix in the context of Linear Programming. Basically (haha!) we have the Matrix of the standard (or normal) form, which consists of (A|E) with the coefficient matrix ...
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problems on define set with polynomials

I'm trying to say set A is the set of nonnegative integers that not of this two forms $3x^2 + (6y-4)x - y\ $ and $\ 3x^2 + (6y-2)x + (y - 1)$, for example: $4=3 \cdot1^2+(6 \cdot1-4) \cdot 1-1\ $ is ...
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Graph diameter of a single vertex?

Convention-wise, given the simple graph with a single vertex, what is the graph diameter? I can see three options, zero, since there is a trivial path from the vertex to itself. infinity, since ...
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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 $\sigma$...
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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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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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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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How do I show I've rounded to a certain decimal?

I noticed that we could say $\sqrt{0.9}\approx0.9$ if we round to one decimal, or $\approx0.95$ if we round to two decimals. But what is the correct way to show how many decimals we rounded to? ...
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Limit Terminology

From the $\epsilon-\delta$ definition of a limit, we can see that any limit can be broken up into two "one-sided limits". These "one-sided" limits are simple cases that arise as a consequence of the ...
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How to show proper set inclusion/exclusion? Please don't give me the solution.

I found this problem from an online source. I've just got two question 1) I think there is a typo in the solution, it should be $(x_n) \in \ell_1$ right? 2) I am guessing $c_0 \subsetneq \...
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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 ...