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notation for Sumation of Sumation for only for odd iterations

I need to write a summation in summation whether the inner summation should iterate from one through all odd numbers to the teration of the outer summation which goes from 1 to $\infty$... Something ...
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What does R[-a,a] represent?

More precisely: $f \in R[-a,a]$. All I could find was related to the symbol $\mathbb R$, but I have never seen it in this particular constellation, and even if it stood for "$\mathbb R$", I wouldn't ...
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How to notate the final element in a sequence?

I'm having troubles putting this in to words here, but here it goes: If I have a sequence of numbers, called $A$ where $A$ is a sequence of numbers that don't seem to have a pattern, how can I notate ...
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It is okay to have a conditions in a summation limit that depend on the current value of another summation

this is one of those things that I know how to do in a programming environment but not sure how it translates into mathematics. I'm trying to express a sum so that it is easily visible that certain ...
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Seeking after notation for two objects equal up to a constant

Sometimes we want to express that two objects are equal up to a constant but there is no need to keep writing out the constant or constants. For example, often times the constant or constants involved ...
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$\wedge$ in set builder notation

Wikipedia says to use $\wedge$ in set-builder notation like $\{x \,:\, x > 3 \wedge x \neq 10\}$. However, I prefer to merely seperate predicates by a comma. Which notation is more common?
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What does set $\mathbb W$ denote?

What does set $\mathbb W$ denote? I know this may horribly lack context, but I've seen multiple times on M.SE $\mathbb W$ used in some fairly elementary context I think.
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What's the difference between $Df$ and $Tf$?

I'm reading Michael Shub's Global Stability of Dynamical Systems. In chapter 4, he defined hyperbolic set and said the splitting $E^s$ and $E^u$ are $Tf$ invariant. So I assume this $Tf$ is the ...
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Help With Notation In Fermat's Last Theorem

The following is the notation for Fermat's Last Theorem $\neg\exists_{\{a,b,c,n\},(a,b,c,n)\in(\mathbb{Z}^+)\color{blue}{^4}\land n>2\land abc\neq 0}a^n+b^n=c^n$ I understand everything in ...
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Where can I learn more about the “else” operation / “else monoid”?

(The set of natural numbers $\mathbb{N}$ starts at $0$ for me.) Let $X$ denote a set, and define $X_\bot = X \uplus \{\bot\}.$ Let $\mathbf{else}$ denote the binary operation on $X_\bot$ defined as ...
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Need Help Understanding Notation With Functions

Original picture: LaTeX approximation: $$f\color{blue}{\substack{(x)\\x\to\infty}}=\pm\sqrt{\frac{(x^2+x)^3}{\pi}}.$$ What does the notation highlighted in blue mean? I understand that ...
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Representing Several IF statements inside a FOR loop in Math Notation

I wish to correctly represent several IF statements within a for loop in math notation. The FOR loop can be represented as: ...
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How to write the family of sets whose elements are the sets in a sequence of sets

I am wondering, given a sequence of sets $( X_n )$, how do we write the corresponding family of sets whose elements are the sets in the sequence? Of course, the same question applies to nets as well. ...
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Notation for the set of all integer partitions

I'm working on a project that involves that set $P = \{\{n_1, \ldots, n_k\} \mid k \in \mathbb{N}, n_i \in \mathbb{N} \text{ and } n_1 + \cdots +n_k = n\}$ of all integer partitions of a number $n$. ...
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Meaning of $t \mapsto \phi_t(x)$

The context may well be of assistance: Consider a differential equation $x'=f(x)$. Assume that $f:\mathbb R^n\to\mathbb R^n$ is continuously differentiable. Denote by ...
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How's this inertia called?

Let $E/F$ be an algebraic extension. Let $L_1,L_2$ be algebraically closed fields and $\sigma_1:F\rightarrow L_1,\sigma_2:F\rightarrow L_2$ be field monomorphisms. Define ...
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What does ''$\le$'' mean here?

What does ''$\le$'' mean here? Do you know the meaning of $\le$ in the second last line in the text below? The sequence $0\to N \to M \to M/N \to 0$ is exact, so by Problem 5, the sequence $0 ...
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The notation of mathematics stands to mathematical meaning as $x$ stands to $y$. What would you fill for $x$ and $y$? [closed]

What is the relation of the notation of mathematics to the meaning behind it? So for example how would you put it? The notation of mathematics stands to mathematical meaning as $x$ stands to $y$. What ...
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Conway polyhedra notation calculator?

I recently read about Conway polyhedra notation, and I want to experiment with it. Are there any programs that take the notation, and output a representation of the shape?
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Symbol to denote the angle between two points

Let $p = (0,0)$ and $q = (1,1)$ be two points. I would like to denote the angle between these two points ($45^\circ)$. I took a look at the lists of symbols and the symbols $\angle$ and ...
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Which one of the following logical propositions is to be preferred?

I'm trying to update the symbolism of Giuseppe Peano's "Arithmetices Principia", to make the translation freely available. Might I ask you, which of the following might be a correct mathematical ...
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In Ring Theory, does a 'power' of a morphism represent composition?

Say there is a ring homomorphism, denoted by $\theta$. If the notes use the expression $\theta^2$, then are they referring to the composition of the $\theta$ homomorphism with itself?
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Is there a standard notation for $(p_i-k)(p_{i-1}-k)(p_{i-2}-k)\cdots$ where $k$ is a small positive integer

For $k=0$, there is: $p_i\# = (p_i)(p_{i-1})(p_{i-2})\cdots(5)(3)(2)$ For $k=1$, there is: $\varphi(p_i\#) = (p_i-1)(p_{i-1}-1)(p_{i-2}-1)\cdots(5-1)(3-1)(2-1)$ Is there any other notation that ...
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The mysterious $\dot{H}^{-1}$ notation.

I have encountered the $\dot{H}^{-1}$ notation in one of the SIAM Journal on Mathematical Analysis articles. It appears to be standard (or at least not uncommon) to use this one in the field, since ...
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What does the notation $\mathbf{R}^\mathbf{R}$ mean?

I was reading the Princeton Review of GRE math subject test (4th edition), and one question was (page. 251) Example 6.24 Is the ring $\mathbf{R}^\mathbf{R}$ an integral domain? ...
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Notation issue - Asymptotic behaviour: is $\sim$ too restrictive?

As a student I am completely unable to understand unambiguously what is meant by a notation such as $$f \sim g $$ when in Physics the behaviour of two functions at infinity is evaluated. I found a ...
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Differential $dx$

I have some trouble understanding a thing. I will reproduce two texts from two different books. In the first, the author defines the function $T:\mathbb{R}\longrightarrow \mathbb{R}$, ...
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Equation that defines multi-dimensional polynomial

In two-dimensions a complete n-th degree polynomial is given by $P_n(x,y) = \sum_{k=0}^{n}\alpha_kx^iy^j \qquad i+j \leq k \qquad (1)$ . However, now I am dealing with the following two-dimensional ...
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What does a single-line superscript left arrow mean?

I'm pretty sure it's a limit but I haven't been able to find any page explaining this notation (see below). It's from a paper on block maxima. 3 out of 5 occurences: $V=(-1/logF)^\leftarrow$ (p.4) ...
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Set Notation help?

If $A=\{a_1,a_2,\dots,a_7\}$ and we want to know how many $3$ element subsets exist in $A$, would we simply use ${7\choose3}=35$ on a calculator, or does this notation not account for the empty set, ...
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I've been told that writing $x\equiv a,b,c \pmod d$ is abuse of notation, is it really?

I've been told that writing $x\equiv a,b,c \pmod d$ is abuse of notation, and that I should always write: $$ x\equiv a\pmod {d}\text{ or }x\equiv b\pmod {d}\text{ or }x\equiv c\pmod {d} $$ How true ...
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Argmax as the parameter of a function?

Let $P = \{p_1,\dots,p_n\}$ and $Q = \{q_1,\dots,q_n\}$ be two sets of points and $d(p,q)$ a distance function between points. Given an element $p_k$ I would like to know which is the maximum distance ...
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Notation for a statistic, or function of a random variable

A statistic is a function of random variables, so it is also a random variable. Suppose we have a collection $X = (X_1, X_2, \dots, X_n)$, where $X:\Omega \to \mathcal{X}^n$. There are two common ...
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Strict ceiling and floor notation

The normal ceiling and floor functions, denoted $\lceil x \rceil$ and $\lfloor x \rfloor$ respectively, refer to the smallest integer greater than or equal to $x$, and similar for the floor function. ...
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Why using $v^T \cdot u\text{ instead of simply } v \cdot u$?

I know they are equivalent, but why and when should we prefer using $v^T \cdot u$ instead of simply $v \cdot u$, when $v$ and $u$ are vectors of $\mathbb{R}^m$, for example?
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Why do they use absolute value symbols for $|z|=r$ considering any number squared is positive?

Am I right in saying that the absolute value symbols act like a function such that if $x$, for example, is $x<0$ then $x=-x$ In other words $x$ will be positive regardless of what value you give ...
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How should trigonometric expressions be simplified?

I have been learning trigonometric identities and I am having trouble understanding how they should be applied to simplify expressions. For example, the expression $2\sin{x} \cos{x}$ is equal to ...
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How should this equation be read, $|z+1+3i|=|z-5-7i|$

$$|z+1+3i|=|z-5-7i|$$ $z$ represents a complex number right? Then if $$|z+1+3i|=0$$ $${\implies}|z|=|-1-3i|$$ In which sense does this $$|z+1+3i|=|z-5-7i|$$ imply, $$\implies|-4-4i|$$ But $z$ has ...
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What's the difference between $\sum_{r=1}^n(ar+b)$ and $\sum_{r=1}^nar+b$

Does $$\sum_{r=1}^n(ar+b)=\sum_{r=1}^nar+b$$ or does $$\sum_{r=1}^n(ar+b)=\sum_{r=1}^nar+\sum_{r=1}^nb$$ If I'm given $u_r=ar+b$ how would I substitute that into $$\sum_{r=1}^nu_r$$ Does that mean ...
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Homomorphism Notation

I have a question on notation. The question in my text: A function $f:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow\mathbb{R}^{\times}$ is a homomorphism if and only if $f(x+y)=f(x)+f(y)$ for all $x,y\in \mathbb{R}$. My ...
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What does this notation mean: $\tiny\left(\begin{matrix} y2-N \\ d_f -c, d_f-c \end{matrix}\right)$?

Again, the notation is: $p_{split} = \left(\begin{matrix} y_2-N \\ d_f -c, d_f-c \end{matrix}\right)\left(\begin{matrix} 2N-y_2 \\ c,c \end{matrix}\right)\left(\begin{matrix} N \\ d_f, d_f ...
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Notation to define a function mapping from a vector to a two-dimensional matrix

I have a set $\mathcal{D}$, and I'm trying to define a mapping from that set to a two-dimensional matrix where each location contains either a $1$ or $0$. The notation I am using is ...
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How to remember various set operations very easily?

I need an way to remember the set operations very easily. Does anybody have any idea? For example, how do you remember the distinction between Set-Intersection and Set-difference? I regularly mess ...
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Why do we think of group compositions as multiplication?

This has bothered me for some time: The composition in a group is usually denoted $xy$ or $x\cdot y$. Powers (note the word) are denoted by $x^n$, inverses by $x^{-1}$, and the neutral element by $1$. ...
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Notation for a sequence that is sorted in descending order

I have time-seriest data: l(t) I need to use a function that uses the 21 highest values in this time-series. Let's call the sorted index: j - j=1 is the maximum value of l(t); j=2 is the 2nd highest ...
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Notational question

We are in the framework of measurable transformations, i.e. let $(X,\mathcal{B},m)$ be a measure space and let $T:X\to X$ be a measurable transformation. In your opinion, what does the following ...
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What it means SO* (2N)?

I'm puzzled about the $"*"$ in the following notation for Lie groups: $SO^* (2N)$ or $SU^* (2N)$. I don't understand what is the meaning of this notation. It is introduced for example in Gilmore ...
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How to refer a block in an image?

I have an image $I$ with size $X,Y$. I want to refer to a varticle stripe of the image between column $S_1$ and $S_2$. In matlab we write it as, $B = I(:,S_1:S_2)$ But how to write in mathematical ...
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What is the origin of the use of $\Pi$ and $\Sigma$ for dependent function and dependent product types in type theory? [duplicate]

In the type theory I have read (e.g. homotopy type theory) I have seen the following notion used for dependent function types: $$\prod_{x : A} B(x)$$ and the following for dependent product types: ...
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How to report significant digits in coefficient of determination?

Say that I fit some data with some model, for instance a linear function $y = mx+b$. What is the proper way to report the fitted coefficients and the goodness of fit? Specifically, if I do the fit in ...