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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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Taking the automorphism group of a group is not functorial.

Once upon a time I proved that there is no functorial 'association' $$F:\ \mathbf{Grp}\ \longrightarrow\ \mathbf{Grp}:\ G\ \longmapsto\ \operatorname{Aut}(G).$$ A few days ago I casually mentioned ...
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Papers with unorthodox writing style

I'm not sure if this is the right forum for this question, in any case probably CW is appropriate? I've been looking around the mathblogosphere for the past few weeks and ran into mathgen. It's ...
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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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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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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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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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Fibrations with isomorphic fibers, but not Zariski locally trivial

I am looking for examples of fibrations $f:X\to Y$ where the fibers are all isomorphic, but $f$ is not Zariski locally trivial. In particular, I am interested in understanding how much such examples ...
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Example of charts on $\mathbb{R}$ that are $\mathcal{C}^r$ compatible but not $\mathcal{C}^{r+1}$ compatible.

Is there a simple example of two charts where this is the case? I'm struggling to think up one.
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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 $\dfrac{n^2-n+4}{2}$ 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 ...
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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 ...
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A counter example in obstruction theory

Let $K$ denote a simplicial complex and $Y$ some topological space. Let us also denote by $K^n$ the $n$-skeleton of $K$. I would like to have an example for the following situation: There is a map ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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Smash products of pointed spaces is really not associative

The canonical bijective map $\mathbb{N} \wedge (\mathbb{Q} \wedge \mathbb{Q}) \to (\mathbb{N} \wedge \mathbb{Q}) \wedge \mathbb{Q}$ is not an isomorphism of pointed spaces (i.e. homeomorphism), see ...
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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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Lindelöf property and $\omega$-covers

Let $X$ be a Lindelöf topological space. Does this imply that every $\omega$-cover has a countable subcover which is also an $\omega$-cover? if not, is there an example of a topological Lindelöf space ...
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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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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], ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Counterexample to an implication

Denote $\bar{A}$ a complement of $A$ in a set $\Omega$ and $A \Delta B = A/B \cup B/A$ the symmetric difference of $A, B$. It is claimed that for a map $\phi := \Omega \rightarrow \lbrace 0, 1 ...
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Example of a series parallel graph with toughness greater than $\frac{4}{7}$

Can anyone lead me to an example of a "more than $\frac{4}{7}$ tough series parallel graph"? Graph toughness is defined as $T = \min \left\{\frac{|a|}{\omega{(G\backslash A)}}\right\}$ over all ...
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Find counter-example about product measure

This problem is in Real analysis for graduate students, Richard F. Bass. Problem is the following Let $(X,\mathcal A)$, $(Y,\mathcal B)$ be two measurable spaces and let $f \ge 0 $ be measurable ...
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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. Is there an example of $n-$manifold which can be embedded in ...
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Polynomial decomposition

I've just recently learned about the neat algorithm that, given a polynomial $f$ finds (non linear) polynomials $h,g$ such that $$f = g \circ h \quad (1),$$ or decides that there are no such ...
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Natural examples of multiplicatively-graded rings

A ring $A$ is multiplicatively graded if, as an additive group, it decomposes as $$A=\bigoplus_{n\geq 1} A_n$$ and the product satisfies $A_n \times A_m \rightarrow A_{nm}$. A natural example of ...
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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 real-valued separately continuous function discontinuous everywhere

I need an example of a real-valued separately continuous function that is discontinuous at each point. This is either a well-known folklore fact or a burning problem in separate versus joint ...
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an example that property $\delta$ does not imply property $\gamma$

In this article, two properties are mentioned at page 153: property $\gamma$: If $\mathcal U$ is an open $\omega$-cover of $X$, then there is a sequence $G_n \in \mathcal U$, with $\underline {Lim} ...
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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 ...
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Specific examples of “hard-to-factorize” numbers

I am playing with different factorization algorithms such as Pollard-Rho and Pollard-(p-1) or Quadratic Sieve. I would like to test these algorithms in some examples. I know I can multiply two large ...
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Kullback-Leibler $KL(p,q)\neq KL(q,p)$

I'm doing a course of Artificial Intelligence and in my homework I must to provide a counter example to show that the Kullback-Leibler distance is not a symmetric function of its arguments: $$ ...
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A question on the classical Mrowka space

Definition: A space $X$ is $\Delta$-normal if for every $A \subset X^2 \setminus \Delta_X$ closed in $X^2$ there exist disjoint open $U$ and $V$ in $X^2$ such that $A \subset U$ and $\Delta_X \subset ...
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Restricted continuity implies continuity

When teaching calculus, we instruct students to calculate multivariate limits using the following theorem: If $\gamma$ is a smooth curve with $\gamma(0) = a \in \newcommand{\R}{\mathbb{R}}\R^n$ ...
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Is there a “natural” norm in the space of all sequences?

Let $X$ be $\mathbb{R}^\mathbb{N}$, the space of all real-valued sequences. Is there a natural norm in this space?
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supple, non flabby sheaf

Can anyone give an example of a sheaf that is supple, but not flabby? Consider sheafs $\mathcal{F}$ of Abelian groups over $X$. it is flabby if for any $U$ open subset of $X$, the restriction ...
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Are there many spaces which have a regular $G_\delta$-diagonal but is not submetrizable?

Are there many spaces which have a regular $G_\delta$-diagonal but is not submetrizable? Submetrizable = if we can choose a coarser topology on the space $X$ and thus make it a metrizable space. ...
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Example of a nontrivial finite covering map

A covering map $p:C\to X$ is called finite when for each $x\in X$ the fiber of $x$ is finite. I have to prove something about such covering maps, but I have never seen a nontrivial example of one. ...
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Inequality change in $\mathbb{E}[ \max |\cdot|] $ due to $\max$

Let $m$ be a probability measure on $W \subseteq \mathbb{R}^p$, so that $m(W)=1$. Find $m$, a locally-bounded function $f:\mathbb{R}^n \times \mathbb{R}^m \times \mathbb{R}^p \rightarrow ...