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Do we have negative prime numbers?

Do we have negative prime numbers? $..., -7, -5, -3, -2, ...$
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What is “atomistic distribution”?

Could anyone give me some definition or explanation of "atomistic distribution"? I found a definition of "atomless distribution" by googling. It says: "Atomless distribution is any distribution ...
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Set definition with tuple [closed]

I am defining a set of tuples as "" I would like to mention "c" is constant and all tuples' "d" are between "d1" and "dN". Could somebody help me how to write it in set theory definition ?
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X and Y have the same cardinality if and only if bijection from X to Y? [duplicate]

My textbook says "Let X and Y be sets. We say X and Y have the same cardinality if there is a bijection f: X --> Y." I was wondering why the text does not say "if and only if." A bijection implies ...
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Codomain confusion

I'm confused about the codomain of a linear transformation. If we have a linear transformation which maps from $\mathbb{R}^n$ to $\mathbb{R}^m$ and the range of the linear transformation is only the ...
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Mathematics Defined

I was having a discussion with a family member regarding the definition of "Mathematics" and it's categories and what is studied under each category. I read within in a forum post here, that there's ...
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Family of “something very close to be a curve” over a curve $C$

Hartshorne (IMHO restrictive) definition of a curve: Definition of (complex) curve: A curve is an integral separated scheme of finite type over $\mathbb C$ of dimension $1$. (The definition of a ...
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What is the word for the numerical portion of a numeric value with units?

When I see 3 Miles the word "miles" represents the units. What is the word which 3 represents? I want to say "scalar value" but I know that's not correct. Or if it is correct is 4 also the scalar ...
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Deriving the analytical properties of the logarithm from an algebraic definition.

Definition: The base $a$ logarithm ($a\in]0,1[\cup]1,+\infty[$) is the continuous function defined by: $\log_a(xy)=\log_a(x)+\log_a(y)~~\forall x,y>0$ and $\log_a(a)=1$ If I used this definition ...
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Definition of Adic-filtration

I am reading On the Associated Graded Ring of a Group Ring by DANIEL G. QUILLEN and this is the beginning of the article: I have no idea what is $\overline{KG}$-adic filtration, as well as the ...
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What is the definition of “Augmentation Ideal Filtration”?

Let $A$ be an algebra. What is the definition of the Augmentation Ideal Filtration of $A$? Any answer with reference will be greatly appreciated.
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When is it insufficient to treat the Dirac delta as an evaluation map?

The Dirac delta "function" is often introduced as a limit of normal distributions $$\delta_a(x)=\frac{1}{a\sqrt{\pi}}e^{-\frac{x^2}{a^2}}\text{ as }a\to0^+.$$ Obviously, this sequence of functions ...
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Specific terms for partitioning a set

I need specific terms for those definitions. Given a set $S$ with $n$ elements and $k$ partitions what is it called if: Each partition has at least one element and the partitions are not ...
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Borel Measures: Atoms (Summary)

Disclaimer: The question here has been solved, now: Finest Measurable Partition (For jeapardy it is stated below, anyway. Have fun! ;) ) Summary: This is a summary of the discussions: ...
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What is the definiton for “best probability measure”?

I'm looking for this definition is notes that use the phrase and elsewhere, but it just isn't there. Does anyone else recognize the phrase?
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Are there definition of percent?

In a school I was taught that percent is the same as 1/100. But I think that definition is not rigorous enough because that would imply for example that $5+4\%=5+4/100=5.04$ but this seems weird. So ...
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Alternative Definition for Injective Function?

I came up with an alternative definition of an injective function and would like to know if it's correct and how to prove it if it is, or why it's not correct if it isn't. f:A→B is injective if ...
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I don't understand the definition of a base of a metric space

Definition: A collection {$v_n$} of subsets is said to be a base for X if for every x $\in$ $X$ and every open set $G$ $\subset$ $X$, such that x $\in$ $G$ we have x $\in$ {$V_n$} $\subset$ $G$ for ...
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Borel Measures: Atoms vs. Point Masses

Let a measure be $\mu:\Sigma\to\mathbb{R}_+$. Call a measurable $A\in\Sigma$ an atom if: $$\mu(A)>0:\quad\mu(E)<\mu(A)\implies\mu(E)=0\quad(E\subseteq A)$$ and a singleton $\{a\}\in\Sigma$ a ...
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Is this formula satisfiable?

I am confused whether or not my explanation for whether or not this formula is satisfiable is correct. Note that the question state it should be Brief and it should not be necessary to write down a ...
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Wronskian, Linear Independence

Show that the following functions are linearly independent: $$e^t\begin{bmatrix}1\\1\\0\end{bmatrix}$$ $$e^{2t}\begin{bmatrix}0\\2\\1\end{bmatrix}$$ $$e^{-t}\begin{bmatrix}1\\0\\1\end{bmatrix}$$ ...
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Are there mathematical contexts where “finite” implicitly means “nonzero?”

I recently gave my students in a discrete math class the following problem, a restatement of the heap paradox: Let's say that zero rocks is not a lot of rocks (surely, 0 is not a lot of rocks) and ...
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Uniform convergence - definition / notation clarification

My professor gave the following definition in class for uniform convergence: $(f_{n}: A \subset \mathbb{R}^{k} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^{l})_{n=1}^{\infty}$ converges uniformly to $f$ on $A$ if and ...
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Subalgebra Definition

If A is an algebra over a field K, and B is a subalgebra, must B be an algebra over K or can it also be an algebra over some subfield of K? For example, if you take $\mathbb{R}$ as an algebra over ...
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Why limit $\sqrt{\frac{\sin(x)}{x}}$ as $x \rightarrow \infty$ is not a real number?

Let $f(x)=\sqrt{\frac{\sin(x)}{x}}$. Why isn't the $\lim\limits_{x\rightarrow \infty} f(x)$ equals to some $l \in \mathbb{R}$? The definition of a finite limit at inifinity is: $$\forall ...
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What is word reversal $w^R$?

In the following context, what is the formal meaning of "reversal of word $w$"? The free monoid on $A$ is the syntactic monoid of the language $\{ ww^R\ |\ w \in A^*\}$, where $w^R$ denotes the ...
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Definition question in algebraic topology.

Definition: The $p$th (de Rham) cohomology group is the quotient vector space $$H^p(U) = \frac{Ker(d:\Omega^{p}(U)\to \Omega^{p+1}(U)}{Im(d:\Omega^{p-1}(U)\to \Omega^{p}(U))}$$ where $U \in ...
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On closedness of $C^\ast$ subalgebras

By definition of a $C^\ast$ subalgebra it is a closed subalgebra. Why does it need to be closed? This is a restriction that is not required in the case of a Banach subalgebra. (although I can't ...
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Integral of $\frac{1}{x}$

The logarithm is defined as: $$ \ln x = \int_1^x \frac1{t} dt $$ Hence I am often told that for indefinite integrals, since $\frac1{x}$ is defined over $\mathbb{R} \setminus \{0\}$ (various sources ...
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What is the definition of contractible space? (It is not a duplicate)

I'm studying two algebraic topology texts (namely Munkres and Theodore) Here are definitions given in those texts Munkres Let $X$ be a topological space. If the identity map on $X$ is ...
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How is it called when one ellipse is “more elliptical” than another one?

Assume you have two ellipses, $A$ and $B$. Now $A$ looks "flatter" than $B$ because its ratio $\frac{\text{major axis}}{\text{minor axis}}$ is bigger. This means it "looks less" than a circle. How is ...
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Clarification on the definition of truth

So I am learning about the Godel's theorem. My instructor define truth and falsity as something arbitrary. he define $f$ to be true is $f(x)$ is $1$ and if $f(x) = 0$, it is false. I still dont have a ...
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Why an $R-algebra$ requires $R$ to be commutative?

Here is the definition of $R$-algebra. Let $R$ be a commutative ring Let $(A,+\cdot)$ be an $R$-module. Let $\ast$ be a binary operation on $A$. If $x\ast(y+z)=x\ast y + x\ast z$ ...
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Can we consider a hypergeometric function as a closed-form?

Let's say a calculus problem like an integral or a series has a solution that inevitably involving a hypergeometric function. It turns out that hypergeometric function cannot be expressed in term of ...
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Differentiability of chart functions

In the definition of a smooth (or $C^k$) manifold the charts $\varphi: U \to \mathbb R^n$ are assumed to have the property that for any two of them $\varphi \circ \psi^{-1}$ is smooth ($C^k$). Does ...
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Functions $h$ such that $h(x*x') = f(x) * g(x').$

Definition 0. Call a magma $X$ surjective iff the distinguished binary operation of $X$ induces a surjective function $X \times X \rightarrow X$. Now for the main idea: Definition 1. Let: ...
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What is the name of this homotopy?

Here is my definition for homotopy: Let $X,Y$ be topological spaces. Let $f,g:X\rightarrow Y$ be continuous functions. If there is a function $F:X\times[0,1]\rightarrow Y$ such that ...
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Measures: Atom Definitions

Let $\Omega$ be a measure space with measure $\mu$. (Here, a measure is only meant to be countable additive!) Consider a subset $A\in\Sigma$. Then according to the wikipedia article it is an atom ...
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What's the best way to define $\mathbb{H}$?

I had once defined $\mathbb{C}$ as $\mathbb{R}\times\mathbb{R}$ as a set, then I found it extremely uncomfortable when doing complex analysis or measure theory. So I changed its definition so that ...
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Developing closed-form from recursive definition

Here is a recursively-defined function where c, d ∈ N. T(n) =    c, if n = 0 d, if n = 1 2T(n − 1) − T(n − 2) + 1, if n > 1 Carry out the five steps for repeated substitution to prove a ...
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What is the definition of finitely generated?

To be specific, here is an example. Note that $(\mathbb{Z},+)$ is a group. Definition 1. (Lang) Let $G$ be a group and $S\subset G$. If $G$ is the intersection of all subgroups $H$ of ...
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Integrable Systems-Description

I am relatively new to the topic of integrable systems and I came across the following description: "Integrable systems share a fundamental property which is related to the geometry of the initial ...
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Definition of “one element normalizes another element”

I understand that someone has asked the definition of "an element of a group normalizes a subgroup". Let $G$ be a group and $a,b\in G$. Then what does "$a$ normalizes $b$" mean? Does it make sense at ...
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What is an exact differential?

My book says "A differential expression $M(x, y)dx+N(x, y)dy$ is an exact differential in a region $R$ of the $xy$-plane if it corresponds to the differential of some function $f(x, y)$ defined on ...
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How to define a Holder seminorm of a section

I'm reading "Variational Problems in Geometry",Seiki Nishikawa, in the figure below. Let $(M,g)$ be a compact $m$ dimensional Riemannian manifold with no boundary. $T>0, 0<\alpha<1, ...
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What is $R$-algebra?

(To be clear, I mean a ring by a ring with unity.) Here is a definition in Wikipedia: Let $R$ be a commutative ring. Let $(M,+,\cdot)$ be an $R$-module. Let $\ast$ be a binary operation ...
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Complex Measures: Integrability

Approaches A complex measure decomposes into: $$\mu=\Re_+\mu-\Re_-\mu+i\Im_+\mu-i\Im_-\mu=:\sum_{\alpha=0\ldots3}i^\alpha\mu_\alpha$$ This gives rise to integrability as: $$f\in L(\mu)\iff f\in ...
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Are there terminologies distinguishing modules over ring and rng?

Let $R$ be rng. Let $M$ be a left $R$-module. Let's say, after some verification, one realized that $R$ has a unity and it doesn't satisfy $1_R \cdot x$ for all $x\in M$. Hence, one cannot call $M$ ...
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Complex Functions: Integrability

Let $\Omega$ be a measure space with measure $\lambda$. Denote the space of simple functions by: ...
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Linear independence and grammar

Let $A$ be a commutative ring. Normally, the linear independence is a property of a subset or a family elements of an $A$-module. But one often sees statements like "$v$ and $w$ are linearly ...