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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Does there exist a bijection of $\mathbb{R}^n$ with itself such that the forward map is connected but the inverse is not?

Let $(X,\tau), (Y,\sigma)$ be two topological spaces. We say that a map $f: \mathcal{P}(X)\to \mathcal{P}(Y)$ between their power sets is connected if for every $S\subset X$ connected, $f(S)\subset Y$ ...
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Hopf-like monoid in $(\Bbb{Set}, \times)$

I am looking for a nontrivial example of the following: Let a monoid $A$ be given with unit $e$, and two of its distinguished disjoint submonoids $B_1$ and $B_2$ (s.t. $B_1\cap B_2=\{e\}$), ...
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Algebra defined by $a^2=a,b^2=b,c^2=c,(a+b+c)^2=a+b+c$

Let $\cal A$ be the (noncommutative) unitary $\mathbb Z$-algebra defined by three generators $a,b,c$ and four relations $a^2=a,b^2=b,c^2=c,(a+b+c)^2=a+b+c$. Is it true that $ab\neq 0$ in $A$ ? This ...
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Simpler version of dogbone space construction

In "The cartesian product of a certain nonmanifold and a line is $E^4$" (R.H. Bing, Annals of Mathematics series 2 vol 70 1959 pp. 399–412) Bing constructs a nonmanifold, $B$, such that $B\times \Bbb ...
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What are types of coalgebras that are more naturally described by cooperads?

Let $\mathsf{C}$ be a symmetric monoidal category. An object $X \in \mathsf{C}$ has two operads "naturally" (the two constructions aren't functorial) associated to it: the operad of endomorphisms and ...
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Concrete examples and computations in differential geometry

I've been studying differential geometry by myself for some time now. I studied a fair amount of the basic general theory and gone through a lot of the exercises from several textbooks. Lately I ...
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Request for counter examples in group theory

I am looking for books, papers, or even webpages, that have collected many counter examples in group theory (which, I guess, are just examples in group theory). I am particularly interested in ...
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Good pair vs. cofibration

It can be shown that $i:A\hookrightarrow X$ is a closed cofibration if and only if there is a map $\varphi:X\to I=[0,1]$ and a homotopy $H:U\times I\to X$ on some neighborhood $U$ of $A$ such that $...
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A locally connected metric space of first category

I wonder if there exists a locally connected metric space of first category. I proved a theorem which assumes a space to be connected locally connected hereditarily Baire and metrizable. I ...
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Exhibit a subset of $\mathbb A^2$ which is constructible, but not locally closed

A subset of a variety is locally closed if it is the intersection of a closed subset with an open subset; it is constructible if it is a finite union of locally closed subsets. Suppose that the base ...
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Intuition for almost sure convergence = fast enough convergence in probability

I know the meaning of convergence in probability and almost convergence. From zero-one law, we can derive that if a sequence of random variables converges in probability fast enough, then it converges ...
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Schröder-Bernstein for abelian groups with direct summands

What is a simple example of two abelian groups $A,B$ which are isomorphic to direct summands of each other (that is, $A \cong B + C$ and $B \cong A + D$ for some abelian groups $C,D$), but which are ...
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Looking for functions “similar” to the $ \Gamma $ function

According to wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Functional_equation The $\Gamma$ - function is the only solution that suffices the following three equations: $$ f(x)={f(x+1) \over x}\tag{$*$} ...
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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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What is an importance of Gaussian and Eisenstein rings?

Among quadratic integer rings, $\mathbb{Z}[i]$ and $\mathbb{Z}[\frac{1+\sqrt{-3}}{2}]$ have their special names, namely Gaussian integers and Eisenstein integers respectively. I guess this is named so ...
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Converse to Lefschetz fixed point theorem (counterexample)

The celebrated Lefschetz fixed point theorem, in its simplest form, says (following Wikipedia) that if $f\colon X \to X$ is a continuous map of a compact triangulable space $X$ to itself, then $f$ has ...
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An interesting space inspired by Mrowka's space

The example is from Bell M G. First countable pseudocompactifications[J]. Topology and its Applications, 1985, 21(2): 159-166.. Let us recall some necessary definitions firstly: Let $X$ be a ...
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Primes of the form $\frac{n^2-n+4}{2}$ satisfy Hardy-Littlewood analogue?

Let $n,a,b$ be positive integers with $a<b$. Consider primes of the form $f(n)=\dfrac{n^2-n+4}{2}$. Let $C(a,b)$ denote the amount of primes of the form $f(n)$ between (and including) $f(a)$ and $f(...
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Relative Homology and Quotients

Are there any topological spaces $X$ with subspaces $A$ such that $H_n(X,A)$ is not isomorphic to $H_n(X/A)$? I've been trying some familiar spaces, but everything seems to be me an isomorphism via ...
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Fourier dimension of sets of positive Lebesgue measure

Let $K$ be a compact set in $\mathbb{R}$ with positive Lebesgue measure. My question is whether there exists a probability measure $\mu$ supported on $K$ such that $\hat{\mu}(\xi)$, the Fourier-...
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Lebesgue versus Riemann integrable

Can a Lebesgue measurable function be modified on a set of first category so as become continuous except on a set of Lebesgue measure zero? OR Can a Baire-measurable function be modified on a set of ...
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Prove that the Weierstrass-type function is nowhere differentiable

Given $0<\alpha\leq1$. Show that the function $$f(x)=\sum_{j=1}^\infty 2^{-j\alpha}\sin(2^jx)$$ is nowhere differentiable. I have solved the case $x=0$. Taking $t_l=2^{-l-1}\pi$, then $f(t_l)-f(0)=...
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An example of a nilpotent group

Is there an example of a nilpotent group such that $G/G'$ is (non-trivial) torsion-free while $G$ is not? I cannot think of any example of this kind and I think that it is not proved any result like ...
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about the closure of by pointwise convergence of sequences.

In the book "Integration Theory" (LNM315, K.Bichteler, p.65) a family $\mathcal{F}$ of real function is called full if it is close by pointwise convergence of dominated (by some element of $\mathcal{...
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An a.e.-defined derivative which is not Lebesgue integrable on any interval?

If the derivative $f'$ exists everywhere then it is shown here that there exist intervals on which $f'$ is Lebesgue integrable. But perhaps there is a function $f$ such that $f'$ only exists almost ...
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Function in Lipschitz space

I'm looking for a function that is in $W^{1,1}(0,1)$ but only in the Lipschitz space $\mathrm{Lip} (\alpha, L_2(0,1))$ for $0<\alpha < 1$. $\mathrm{Lip}(\alpha, L_2(0,1))$ is defined as the set ...
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Self-duality in a lattice

Is there any finite self-dual lattice $(X,\le)$ such that there is not any self-duality $f:X\to X$ such that $f\circ f = 1_X$? Let $f,g:X\to X$ be a self-dualities. Then $f^{-1}\circ g$ is an order-...
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A sequence of subsets of an infinite group.

Is there an infinite group $G$ such there is not any sequence $(A_n)$ of its subsets such that always $$A_n=A_n^{-1}, \quad A_{n+1}A_{n+1}\subsetneqq A_n$$ ?
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Does there exist an infinite solvable group with no normal abelian subgroups?

This is impossible if $G$ is finite and solvable, because then $G$ has a (nontrivial) minimal normal subgroup $A$, which can be shown (using a trick) to be abelian. I'm trying to mimic the same ...
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Contractible Subspace and Homotopy Equivalence

It is known that if pair $(X,A)$ has the homotopy extension property and $A$ is contractible, then the quotient map $q:X\to X/A$ is a homotopy equivalence. I am wondering what if the homotopy ...
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Is $X$ pseudocompact

The following example with a little modified from the handbook of set theoretic topology, Page 574: Let $\kappa$ be any cardinal for which there exists a family $\{H_\alpha: \alpha < \kappa\}$ ...
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Quotient-lifting properties

I borrowed this terminology from K. Conrad's article on series of subgroups, in which he discusses solvability of groups. This property of certain groups satisfies Let $N\triangleleft G$. Then $G$...
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Application of a result on some bounded functionals on a subspace of $C([0,1])$

The following result was proved in a previous post: Bounded functionals on Banach spaces. Let $(X, \|.\|)$ be a Banach space such that $X \subset C([0,1]) $ For every $r\in \mathbb{Q}\cap[0,1], f\...
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Interesting applications of the cofinite topology?

Background: I'm doing some expository writing on intuitionistic logic and I have been toying with the idea of demonstrating its applicability via models where the denotations are taken from a Heyting ...
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Example of a complex manifold with certain curvature properties?

Are there (nice) examples of a complex manifold such that the sectional curvatures through all the complex planes are non-positive but the sectional curvatures through the real planes are mixed?
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What could be examples at calculus or introductory analysis level for the idea contained in the statement by David Hilbert?

I read the following quote in the book "As opposed to abstraction the art of doing mathematics consists in finding special cases which contain all the germs of generality. --David Hilbert", however ...
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Find two homeomorphic topological spaces and a bijective continuous map between them which is not homeomorphism.

I'm aware that it is duplicate, but I'd like to know whether my example is appropriate or not. Let our function $f$ be on the set $\mathbb{Q}\cap\mathbb{Z}$ induced by standard topology of a line. I'...
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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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How much regularity is needed, anyway?

When doing real analysis, the difference between functions which are continuous and functions which are not is intuitive. The graph of the later may exhibit shearing, or extreme distortion (in higher ...
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An example of wreath product

I was analyzing the following example of wreath product of groups. Let $\mathbb{Z}_2$ be the cyclic group of order two and $\mathbb{Z}$ be the usual additive group of integers. Consider the ...
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mononotone and pseudomonotone operators in current research

I know that the following question is quite broad for this forum. But I am interested in references or any other ideas. Can anyone provide some examples of applications of monotone or pseudomonotone ...
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Embedding vs embedding as a closed subset

A version of Whitney's Theorem state that any $n-$dimensional manifold can be embedded in $\mathbb{R}^{2n+1}$ as a closed subset. Another version states that that any $n-$dimensional manifold can be ...
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Separability of conjugacy classes in conjugacy separable semidirect products.

We say that group $G$ is conjugacy separable if for every $g \in G$ the set $g^G = \{cgc^{-1} \mid c \in G\}$ is closed in the profinite topology on $G$, i.e. for every $f \in G \setminus g^G$ there ...
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mid-point convex but not a.e. equal to a convex function

I recently stumbled upon Wikipedia's page on convexity (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Convex_function#Properties) and there's reference to Sierpinski's theorem from which we can deduce that for ...
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Find an example such that $\tau$ is a stopping time and $\mathcal{F}_\tau$ and $\mathcal{F}_\infty$ differ on $\{\tau = \infty\}$.

I need to find an example such that the following is true: $\tau$ is a stopping time and $\mathcal{F}$ is a filtration defined on $\mathbb{R}_+$. Let $\mathcal{F}_\tau$ denote the stopped $\sigma$-...
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Why this is not a Banach space

When reading about functional analysis I encountered the following example of a Banach space: $ C^1 ([0,1])$ endowed with the norm $\|f\| = \|f\|_\infty + \|f'\|_\infty$. where $\|\cdot\|_\infty$ ...
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Left continuous magmas with no fixed points

Let $X$ be a compact Hausdorff topological space, and $*: X^2\rightarrow X$ an associative map (so that $(X, *)$ is a semigroup) which is left continuous (for all $s\in X$, the map $t\mapsto ts$ is ...
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An open problem on general topology

There is an open problem in this paper: J. van Mill, V.V. Tkachuk, R.G. Wilson, "Classes defined by stars and neighbourhood assignments", Topology and its Applications, Vol. 154, Issue 10, 2007, pp. ...
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Moscow space-Examples

A space $X$ is called $Moscow$, if for each open subset $U$ of $X$, the closure of $U$ in $X$ is the union of a family of $G‎_{δ}$‎‎‎ ‎-subsets of $X$ . For example, Every first countable $T_1$ ...
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Azumaya algebra and its subalgebras

I remind you that an Azumaya algebra $A$ is a central and separable algebra. Now, I know that if $A$ is an algebra over a skew-field or over a local ring then there exists a subalgebra $S$ of $A$ such ...