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I came across this term ordinary derivative in my textbook and can't understand it. [duplicate]

The book provides no context surrounding the word besides a simple example. I'm having a hard time understanding the example, so if someone could explain that'd be great. ...
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Definition of adjoint functor similar to the definition of homotopy equivalence?

I am new at category theory and I haven't get the definition of adjoint functor. I have seen the another definition of natural transformation much similar to the definition of homotopy. Other ...
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What's the derivative of a map defined on manifolds?

I'm going through Warner's book on differentiable manifolds. On page 8 he defines what it means for a map $f: U \subset M \to \mathbb R$ to be differentiable: $f$ is differentiable iff $f \circ ...
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Why countable unions, intersections etc.?

I was just wondering why one always insists on countability when it comes to the definition of a $\sigma$-algebra in measure theory. I mean, measure theory works as it does, but is there a deeper ...
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The (matrix) definition of a positive-definite function

In the definition of a positive-definite function, why are the elements of the n$\times$n matrix chosen as $f(x_i-x_j)$ for $i, j = 1,...,n$? Also, it says that "for any real numbers $x_i$". Does ...
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A more formal but intuitive understanding (on a definition) of a group action

We know that a symmetric group $S_n$ acts on the set $\{1, 2,\ldots, n\}$. The definition of an action of a group $G$ on a set $S$ is a function $G\times S\to S$ such that: 1) $e\ast s=s$ 2) ...
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Is embedding a function make sense?

The embedding is defined in the wikipedia link as "In mathematics, an embedding (or imbedding [1]) is one instance of some mathematical structure contained within another instance, such as a group ...
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Why is it necessary for a ring to have multiplicative identity?

I have read earlier that in a ring $(R,+,.)$ the following needs to hold: $(R,+)$ is an abelian group multiplication is associative and closed left and right distribution laws hold. However, I ...
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Is it possible to define submanifold like this

Wikipedia offers the following definition for an (embedded) submanifold: An embedded submanifold (also called a regular submanifold), is an immersed submanifold for which the inclusion map is a ...
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What is a primitive root?

So I'm trying to learn about RSA and have come across various subtopics, including the discrete logarithm problem. This mentions primitive roots, which I do not understand. Essentially all I want ...
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What to $t\wedge s$ mean when $t$ and $s$ are just scalars?

In my experience $\wedge$ has something to do with the outer product, but I am not sure what it means when $t$ and $s$ are not vectors and the book I am reading does not explain it. I thought maybe it ...
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How is $\mathbb N$ actually defined?

I know perfectly well the Peano axioms, but if they were sufficient for defining $\mathbb N$, there would be no controversy whether $0$ is a member of $\mathbb N$ or not because $\mathbb N$ is ...
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Definition/Clarification of Graph Embeddings

Recently I started reading about graph embeddings, but I am unable to grasp its definition from Wikipedia. Can anyone explain this term with an example.
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Definition of differentiability at the point in multivariable calculus.

I'm self-studying the analysis from Zorich and the next definition of differentiability is given: $f:E\to \mathbb{R}^n$ is differentiable at the point $x$, which is a limit point of $E\subset ...
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A question about the formulation of the definition of a limit for sequences

So I know the definition of a limit of a the sequence is: $a$ is a limit of a sequence $\{x_n\}$ if given $\epsilon>0$ there exists a positive integer $N$ such that $|x_n-a|<\epsilon$ for all ...
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Real analysis: Characteristic property for unconditional divergence

A convergent series $\sum_{k=1}^\infty a_k$ is called unconditional convergent, when it's value is invariant under any permutation $\sigma:\mathbb N\to\mathbb N$ of it's summands, i.e. ...
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Definition of an exponential polynomial

From Wikipedia: For formal exponential polynomials over a field $K$ we proceed as follows. Let $W$ be a finitely generated $Z$-submodule of $K$ and consider finite sums of the form ...
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Incompatible results with double factorial different definitions

Maybe this is a stupid question but I'm lost. The double factorial is defined as: $$n!!=\prod_{k=1}^\frac n2 2k=n\times(n-2)\times(n-4)\times\dots\times2$$ For $n$ even. By definition $0!!=1$ as an ...
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In the definition of a functor, why is it necessary that $F(id_{A})=id_{F(A)}$?

A functor $F$ is defined to be a mapping from category $\mathcal{C}$ to $\mathcal{D}$ such that: (1) $F(f\circ_{\mathcal{C}} g)=F(f)\circ_{\mathcal{D}} F(g)$ (say, for a covariant functor). (2) ...
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Give a good reason to define a function from A to B as a triple (F, A, B) rather than a functional set of pairs with domain A and image included in B.

The operative part of this question is "good reason": either an example or an argument, without preconceptions or fallacies. The object is comparing two definitions for "a function f from A to B", ...
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Characterize in terms of fibre

I am not familiar with the notion "characterize" in the following context. Does this mean to redefine or?.... Any help would be appreciated. Thank you. For a function $f:X\to Y$, and y an element of ...
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Are all operations functions?

I have looked at Wikipedia(I know it's not completely reliable) but on it an operation is formally defined as: "A function ω is a function of the form $ω : V → Y$, where $V ⊂ X_1 × … × X_k$." and I ...
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Fibers of an Element

Prepping myself for a graduate abstract course and we are using Dummit and Foote's Text. We are starting on Chapter 1, so I thought it would be a good idea to go over chapter 0. There is a term that ...
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Relation between Gâteaux derivatives and partial derivatives

Definition Let $V_1,...,V_n,W$ be nonzero normed spaces over $\mathbb{K}$ and $E$ be open in $ \prod_{i=1}^n V_i$ and $p\in E$. Define $U_i=\{a\in V_i : ...
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Does it matter if you use big $L$ or little $l$ when talking about $L$-norms?

I was reading a post on Quora regarding the application of "$l_1$", "$l_2$" norms for convex linear programming when I became very confused at which $L$-norm the posters are actually referring to. I ...
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Question about usage of $\leq$ in definition of Nash equilibrium

Quick definition: Given $g$, a strategy N-tuple $u^* = (u_1^*,...,u^*_N)$ is said to be a Nash equilibrium if: $$J_i(u_i^*, u^*_{-i}) \leq J_i(u_i, u^*_{-i}), i \in N$$ where $J$ is ...
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Name for kind of big O notation with leading coefficient

Context: As known the big O notation $O(f(n))$ describes a function $g(n)$ such that there is a constant $C \ge 0$ with $\limsup_{n\to\infty} \left|\frac{g(n)}{f(n)}\right| \le C$ (I assume that ...
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Is every axiom in the definition of a vector space necessary?

Definition: A vector space over a field $K$ consists of a set $V$ and two binary operations $+: V \times V \to V$ and $\cdot: K \times V \to V$ satisfying the following axioms: ...
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Interval arithmetic with different definitions of intervals

Interval arithmetic normally deals with intervals defined as $[a,b]$ with rules like $$[a,b]\cdot[c,d]=[a+c,b+d]$$ I am interested in interval arithmetic with different interval definitions such as ...
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Is there a name for operators of the type $A: M \to M$

In some theorem in functional analysis I have noticed that it is important to assume that an operator $A: M \to M$ where $M$ is some set plus conditions, as opposed to $A: M \to N, M \neq N$ Is ...
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Can someone please help me understand what a “player set” is in extensive form game

my text defines player set as: In N-player game $g$, each non-terminating node is partitioned into $N+1$ sets $g^0, ... g^N$. These are player sets. However it makes no attempt to identify ...
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Name for some kind of logarithmic norm/error

As known $(\mathbb R, +)$ and $(\mathbb R^{+}, \cdot)$ are isomorphic with $\exp:\mathbb R\to\mathbb R^{+}$ as an isomorphism. When I transfer the absolute value $|\cdot|$ on $(\mathbb R, +)$ via ...
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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 ...
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Where does this definition of convex set come from?

My textbook says the following. We call a set $E\subset R^k$ convex if $$\lambda x+(1-\lambda ) y\in E$$ whenever $x\in E, y\in E, 0<\lambda <1.$ I'm totally at a loss as to what this ...
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What is this No thing?

What exactly is this No? Is there any other use of it other than graphs? Thank you so much. I am not trying to cram or anything it's just that I took a course online and a lot of the time it focused ...
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Is there anything called kernel space?

Here I am referring kernel as an integral operation.The wikipedia link is this https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Integral_transform My question is: consider the function insider the integral $f(t)$ is ...
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Why is the solution of an ordinary differential equation required to be defined on an interval?

I am reading A First Course in Differential Equations with Modeling Applications (10th Edition) and here is a definition: Any function $\phi$, defined on an interval $I$ and possessing at least ...
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Orthogonality v. Perpendicularity

In Intro to Linear Algebra (my class) two vectors are defined to be orthogonal if their dot product is zero. And the dot product of two $n$-vectors $\vec a\cdot\vec b=0$ means that the two vectors are ...
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Definition of homeomorphic?

I am looking up the definition of "homeomorphic" and the source I am looking at says there are two different definitions: Possessing similarity of form, Continuous, one-to-one, in surjection, ...
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Motivation for the Definition of Compact Space

A compact topological space is defined as a space, $C$, such that for any set $\mathcal{A}$ of open sets such that $C \subseteq \bigcup_{U\in \mathcal{A}} U$, there is finite set $\mathcal{A'} ...
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A conditioned on B is independent of C

Let $A,B,C$ be measurable sets on a probability space. I'm trying to understand the meaning of the sentence: A conditioned on B is independent of C. The conditional probability was defined as: $$ ...
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Meaning of 3-disjoint

Definition: Two edges $\{x, y\}$ and $\{w, z\}$ of $G$ are said to be 3-disjoint if the induced subgraph of $G$ on $\{x, y, w, z\}$ consists of exactly two disjoint edges. (See page 5 of this file.) ...
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How are asymptotes actually defined in rigorous mathematics?

This question is coming from the analytic geometry viewpoint. Please ignore the viewpoint of algebraic geometry here, unless that viewpoint is somehow able to handle non-algebraic curves like $x ...
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Definition of triangle

If a polygon has 3 sides, but one side has zero length (or one angle is zero degree), is it still a triangle by definition of triangle? and how about if it has 2 sides, if not 3 sides are zero?
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Can anyone please help to clarify the sentences “ into a fat tail part in L2 plus a fat body part in L1.”

In the link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fourier_transform#On_Lp_spaces what does this sentences mean: into a fat tail part in L2 plus a fat body part in L1? Would anyone please help?
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Notation/definition problem for commutative binary operation

I'm trying to describe/define the commutative binary operation on a three-element set which when the operands are the same, gives the same element and when they are different gives the element which ...
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Definition in Operator Theory

I have started learning some Operator Theory. I encountered the following definition. I would like to know why it is that the $f(z)$ in the integrand and the $f(a)$ are both labelled as $f$ where it ...
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Axioms for Group Action

Reading the Wikipedia article on group action, I am wondering, why are the axioms stipulating that a group action obey both "compatibility" and "identity"? If a group action is merely a group ...
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Why is it called a “multiset”?

According to Wolfram MathWorld, "A set is a finite or infinite collection of objects in which order has no significance, and multiplicity is generally also ignored ..." and A multiset is "A ...
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What is $\varphi(0)$? [duplicate]

$\varphi$ is Euler's totient function. My question is: When/if $\varphi$ is defined at $0$, what is it usually defined as? Is there a "most natural" or more commonly accepted definition of ...