Examples and counterexamples are great ways to learn about the intricacies of definitions in mathematics. Counterexamples are especially useful in topology and analysis where most things are fairly intuitive, but every now and then one may run into borderline cases where the naive intuition may ...

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non compact closed range operator

Lately I've been reading Abramovich and Aliprantis' book 'An invitation to operator theory', chapter 2 (page 69) on bounded below operators. I would like to find an example of non-compact (and ...
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Is there an example such that $\text{rank}(A^t)\neq \text{rank}(A)$?

Let $R$ be a commutative Noetherian ring and $A\in M_{n\times m}(R)$. If $R$ is a field, then $rank(A^t)=rank(A)$. However, in general Noetherian rings, does $rank(A^t)=rank(A)$ hold? Since the ...
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Does there exist a graph $G$ such that every edge is contained in a unique Hamiltonian circuit, that is not a cycle graph?

Suppose $G$ is an (undirected, simple) finite graph. If $G$ is a cycle graph, then each edge of $G$ belongs to a unique Hamiltonian circuit. Does there exist a non-cycle graph $G$ with this property?
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Is my example of non equivalent maps correct?

We define two smooth maps $f: (\mathbb R, 0) \to (\mathbb R^2, 0)$ and $g: (\mathbb R, 0) \to (\mathbb R^2, 0)$ to be equivalent if there exist diffeomorphisms $\tau : \mathbb R \to \mathbb R$ and ...
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Discontinuous maps taking compacts to compacts

It's commonly known that in general topology, a continuous map $f$ from a topological space $(X, \tau)$ to another topological space $(Y, \tau')$ will send every compact set to another compact set. ...
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Counterexample to a variation on “The politician theorem”.

The following is a theorem in graph theory that has a nice 'real world' interpretation: Suppose $G$ is a finite simple graph in which any two vertices have precisely one common neighbour. Then ...
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Understanding an example of a prime-like non-finite additive basis

In this answer on MO, the user Gene S. Kopp gives an example of a relatively "big" set $A\subset \mathbb{N}$ with relatively "small" gaps that fails to be an asymptotic finite basis. I'm having a ...
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Can we find an example?

I have this theorem, and i want to know if i can find an expression of the operator $A$ which satisfy this theorem:
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An example for infinite dimensional vector space with Hamel dimension smaller than $\operatorname{card} F$

What will be the example for a vector space(infinite dimensional) over a field where Hamel basis has strictly smaller cardinality than that of field? It is not possible in a Hilbert Space (over R or ...
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Reconciling two different definitions of constructible sets

This question is really about sets and topology, but it is motivated from commutative algebra, hence the tag. Setup: Let $X$ be a set and let $\{U_\lambda\}_{\lambda\in\Lambda}\subset 2^X$ be a ...
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Non-example for vector space

$V$ is a vector space over a field $F$ if it satisfies the following conditions. $(V,+)$ is an abelian group. $1 \in F $ such that $1.\alpha=\alpha$ for every $\alpha \in V$ ...
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Counter exchanging limit and integral

Background I came across this answer on Math SE which claimed it made a lot of sense to switch limit and integral. In response I came up with the following counter-examples: $\lim_{w \to 0} ...
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Looking for an example of an increasing function $f:[a,b] \to [a,b]$ which is discontinuous at infinitely many points

I am looking for an example of an increasing function $f:[a,b] \to [a,b]$ which is discontinuous at infinitely many points ; please help , thanks in advance .
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If $\sum a_{2k}$ exists then $\sum a_m$ exists?

Let $\{a_0,a_1,a_2...\}$ be a sequence of real numbers let $s_n=\sum a_{2k}$. If $\lim_{n\rightarrow \infty} s_n $ exists then $\sum a_m$ exists. Is it true? I don§t find a counter example
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If the $(n-1)$th moment exists does the $n$th moment necessarily exist?

Let's suppose the distribution is unknown but that the second moment is known to be finite. Doesn't this imply that the distribution should fall off exponentially fast and therefore higher moments ...
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Example of a continuous non-lipschitz function with domain $[0,1]$ and co-domain $\mathbb R$

I would like an example of a function which is continuous with domain $[0,1]$ but is not Lipschitz continuous. Is this possible? I know a continuous function with domain $[0,1]$ is uniformly ...
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A simple example of a base point of a linear series

I'm reading Fulton's algebraic curves book and he make the following definition of linear series (page 110): Let $D$ be a divisor, and let $V$ be a subspace of $L(D)$ (as a vector space). The ...
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What's an example where this definition of measure has a limit that does not exist?

I'm looking for an example. Consider defining the measure of a set $E \subseteq \Bbb{R}^d$ by a limit: Take $$m(E) := \lim_{N \to \infty} \frac{1}{N^d} \cdot \left| E \cap \frac{1}{N} \Bbb{Z}^d ...
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Convergence in distribution with finite mean

I'm preparing myself for the final exam of my graduate Probability Theory course and was stuck with another one of the exercises our professor gave us. Let $X_n, n=1,2,\ldots,$ and $X$ be nonnegative ...
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Does there exist a sequence $\{a_{n}\}$, but $\lim_{n\to\infty}a_{n}\neq 0$

Does there exist a sequence $\{a_{n}\}$, such that $$\lim_{n\to\infty}(a_{n+1}-a_{n})=0\ \ \ \text{and} \ \ \lim_{n\to\infty}\dfrac{a_{1}+a_{2}+\cdots+a_{n}}{n}=0$$ but $$\lim_{n\to\infty}a_{n}\neq 0 ...
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example of a quadratic form

Would someone be able to tell me an example of a quadratic form defined on a five-dimensional vector space $V$ over a non-archimedean local field $k$ of positive characteristic (not equal to two, say) ...
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Counterexample to Rellich-Kondrachov Compactness Theorem, case $q=p^*$

I was searching some counterexample for I was searching some counterexample for Rellich-Kondrachov Compactness Theorem (You can see: PDE, Evans, chapter 5), for the case $q=p^*$ and I found this ...
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Finding a weight function with a specific property

I am looking for a (smooth, quickly decaying) function $w : [0,\infty) \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ such that $$w(t) \cdot \int_{0}^{t} \frac{1}{w(2x)} dx $$ is absolutely integrable on $[0,\infty)$. ...
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Is there a nowhere differentiable norm on $\Bbb R^n$?

Is there a nowhere differentiable norm on $\Bbb R^n$? The non differentiable norms that I know (e.g. the one norm $\|\cdot\|_1$ and the infinity norm $\|\cdot\|_{\infty}$) are non differentiable ...
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More on the implicit function theorem: is this example correct?

I am trying to understand the implicit function theorem so I thought it would be a good idea to work out an example. Please could someone look at this and tell me if it is correct? Consider the ...
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Set theory basics exam

I have a question about this, we had this on our exam. Let be $f:A \to B$ a function. Prove next statements or give an example against it. (i): if $A$ is countable, then $f(A)$ is also ...
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Interesting examples of non-normal operators?

I am currently learning spectral aspects of linear algebra. At first sight, it seems like normality is very narrow restriction. But, I can not think up any examples of non-normal operators. There is ...
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Counter Example of Continuous Functions

I came across this question: Question: Let $f$ be a real continuous function defined on [0,1] such that $f(0) = 0$ and $f(1) = 1$. Prove or give a counter-example to the following: a) If $f'$ ...
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Non-algebraic subfield intersection

Construct an example in which a field $F$ is of degree 2 over two distinct subfields $A$ and $B$, but so that $F$ is not algebraic over $A\cap B$. I'm having trouble thinking of an explicit example ...
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A semigroup with three or four elements without identity [duplicate]

Does there exist a semigroup with three or four (or finite) elements, without identity? I tried to construct such an example, but every example I tried to construct had an identity element.
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Anomalous finitary objects

I think it was about 15 years ago that Igor Pak told me that the symmetric group on six elements has outer automorphisms, and I was startled. Somehow that had escaped my notice. That one is a freak: ...
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Monomorphisms into direct products

Let $G$ be a group. I am interested in the following property: For any groups $A,B$ and monomorphism $G \hookrightarrow A \times B$, either $G \hookrightarrow A$ or $G \hookrightarrow B$. For ...
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Differentiability at a point does not imply differentiability on a neighbourhood. Do all similar implications fail?

(Write $[]$ for the Iverson bracket.) I recently learned about the function $$\mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$$ $$x \mapsto [x \in \mathbb{Q}]x^2 +[x \notin \mathbb{Q}](-x^2)$$ which is ...
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Vector field along a map

Let $U \subset \mathbb R^n$ be open and $f: U \to \mathbb R^m$ be smooth. Consider the vector fields ${\partial f \over \partial x_i}$. I think these are an example of a vector field along $f$ but ...
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Show that cauchy sequences are not topological terms, find a counterexample?

I need to show that the expression 'is a cauchy sequence' is not a topological expression. I could show this by finding a homeomorphic function $\phi$ such that a Cauchy sequence is mapped onto a ...
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Give an example of a locally compact Hausdorff space which is not compact.

Give an example of a locally compact Hausdorff space which is not compact. Would the following be valid? Could someone give an example using a different topology? $(\mathbb{R}, ...
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Space on which all real-valued continuous functions achieve maximum but not compact?

A friend is writing a book for non-mathematicians; he has asked me some questions... One possible direction I suggested was whether a topological space (metric space can probably be assumed given what ...
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Compare between Short Time Fourier Transform and Wavelets

Fourier transform is localised in only frequency domain but Short time Fourier transform(STFT) is localised both in time and frequency domain same as in wavelets. I want to know How are STFT and ...
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In a metric space $(X, d)$, if closed sets $A$, $B$ contain sequences $a_n,b_n$ such that $d(a_n,b_n)\to 0$, must $A\cap B\neq \emptyset$?

I wrote a test yesterday in which one of the questions asked us to prove that if $A$ and $B$ are disjoint closed subsets of a metric space $(X, d)$, then there exist disjoint open subsets $U$ and $V$ ...
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Topology on $\mathbb{R}$ strictly coarser (resp. finer) than the usual one which is still Hausdorff (resp. connected)

The following are simple observations. Suppose $\mathcal{T}_1,\mathcal{T}_2$ are two topologies on a set $X$ such that $\mathcal{T}_1$ is finer than $\mathcal{T}_2$. If $( X ,\mathcal{T}_2 ...
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Counterexample for $\lim \limits_{x \to c} \left\lvert f(x) \right\rvert = \left\lvert L \right\rvert$ then $\lim \limits_{x \to c} f(x) = L$ [duplicate]

I know that the converse of this is true. I was looking for some counterexamples proving this statement false.
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Give an example of a topological space $X$, and a connected component which is not open in $X$

Give an example of a topological space $X$, and a connected component which is not open in $X$ I know of the following theorems: Each connected component is closed; If a topological space has a ...
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Is there a finite abelian group $G$ such that $\textrm{Aut}(G)$ is abelian but $G$ is not cyclic?

Is there an example in which $G$ is a finite abelian group and $\textrm{Aut}(G)$ is abelian but $G$ not cyclic?
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Linear system without base points

Let $D$ be a divisor and $V$ a vectorial subspace of $L(D)$. The set of the divisors $S=\{(f)+D\mid f\in V\}$ is called a linear system. A point $P\in C$ is a base point if for every divisor $D\in S$, ...
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Space which is neither locally connected at any point nor totally disconnected

Let $X$ be a topological space; then we say that $X$ is locally connected at $x$ if $x$ admits a neighborhood basis of open, connected sets. In this sense, a space is locally connected iff it is ...
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If I know the order of every element in a group, do I know the group?

Suppose $G$ is a finite group and I know for every $k \leq |G|$ that exactly $n_k$ elements in $G$ have order $k$. Do I know what the group is? Is there a counterexample where two groups $G$ and $H$ ...
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Can a field extension still have “non-separability” above its maximal purely inseparable subextension?

Question 1 Let $E/F$ be an algebraic field extension. Let $K$ be the set of all elements of $E$ that are purely inseparable over $F$. Then, $E/K/F$ is a tower of fields, and $K/F$ is purely ...
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On the properties of an interesting set on the real line…

Let $K$ be the set of all real numbers of the decimal form $$ 0.\;e_1\;\underbrace{0}_{1!\text{ times}}\;e_2\;\underbrace{00}_{2!\text{ times}}\;e_3\;\underbrace{000000}_{3!\text{ ...
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Pointwise Convergence: No Diagonal Subsequence Exists?

Can anyone find a sequence of arbitrary functions $f_n : \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ that converge pointwise to an arbitrary function $f : \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$, such that for each $n$, there is a ...
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Conservative field $F$ on not simple connected set

Give an example of a field $F:D\subseteq \mathbb R^2 \to \mathbb R^2$ such that $D$ is a doubly connected set (that is $D$ has on "hole") but $F$ is conservative And if $D$ is a triply connected ...