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Formally correct way to define asymptotic notations

I found an algorithm book which tries to define asymptotic notations as sets and then used notations like $n=O(n^2)$. Is there a mathematically correct way to define asymptotic notations like $O(n), ...
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Notation problem in integration: write $dx$ or ${\mathrm{d}}x$?

I have a question. When I write the integral of a generic function $f(x)$, do I have to write $$\int f(x) \color{red}dx$$ or $$\int f(x) \color{red}{\mathrm{d}}x \quad ?$$ Why? Thank you!
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Two integers with the same prime factors notation

Let $m,n\in \mathbb{Z}$, what is the notation usually used to say that $m,n$ have the same prime factors, i.e. $m=p_1^{m_1}p_2^{m_2}\cdots p_2^{m_r}$, $n=p_1^{n_1}p_2^{n_2}\cdots p_r^{n_r}$ for some ...
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Notation for two-vertex graph with m edges

Is there standard notation for the graph on two vertices with $m$ edges between them?
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What is $X^{\omega}$ where $X$ is a set?

I fail to find a duplicate. If it exists, please link me in the comments and I will delete the question. In my recently bought topology book, they use $X^{\omega}$ where $X$ is a set. However, this ...
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How to denote that an equation is true?

If I have a simple equation such as this: $$x+5-1=x+4$$ how can I denote that this equation is true? More specifically, if I refer to that equation as P(x), then is there a mathematical notation for ...
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Notation for parametric family of joint densities

This is copied from my textbook; Assume that the statistical model for the MVR $\textbf{Y}=(Y_{1},Y_{2},\ldots , Y_{n})^{T}$ is given by the parametric family of joint densities: $$\{ ...
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Notation for vector space of polynomials of bounded degree

Is there standard notation for the vector space of polynomials in $n$ variables with coefficients in a field $F$ and with degree at most $D$? Without bounding the degree, it is $F[x_1, \ldots, x_n]$. ...
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Notation for mimimal sum when choosing elements from two sets

I'd be grateful for any pointers on the following I am wondering if there is any standard notation (or neat suggestions) for the following. I have two sets $\{t_1, t_2, \ldots , t_k\}$ and $\{s_1, ...
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Notation of axis

I have a graph where I rescaled the axis by dividing by 10. In the label on the axis, should I put "(x10)" or "(/10)"? I don't know the correct semantics of these labels in graphs.
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Probabilistic Graphical Model Diagram Notation, what does the box mean?

I'm just learning about probabilistic graphical models, I know the circles represent random variables, shaded being observed and unshaded being latent variables. But what does the box mean?!
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What does $\frac12(D_{2p}\times D_{2p})$ mean in group theory?

Reading a thesis, I have come across the (unexplained) notation $$\frac{1}{2}(D_{2p}\times D_{2p})\cong (p\times p):2,$$ where $D_{2p}$ is a dihedral group. What does this "$\frac12$" notation mean? ...
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Statistical symbols: should greek letters be used for population or for a sample?

When finding mean and the stansard deviation, do you use the Greek symbols for a population, or a sample. When do you use "s" and xbar, for a population, or a sample? (I am taking AP Statistics)
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Why we use $\mathbb{R}^{m \times n}$ notation instead of $\mathbb{R}^{n \times m}$?

I just realised, that I use all the time the notation $\mathbb{R}^{n \times m}$, and all books and papers use $\mathbb{R}^{m \times n}$. $\mathbb{R}^{n \times m}$ is more sympathetic for me, because I ...
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Integral notation

I have encountered the following integral: $\int_{x-d}^{x+d}f(y)dy$ I am trying to figure out what is the role of $d$ in this integral. Is the $d$ at the beginning of the integral the same as the ...
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Equivalent to proportionality sign for additive constants

Short question Is there an equivalent to the proportionality sign $\propto$ for additive constants? The proportionality relation $y\propto x$ implies that $y=kx$ for some constant $k$. Is there a ...
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Meaning of a set in the exponent

Let $ D = 2^\mathbb{N} $, i.e., D is the set of all sets of natural numbers. What's the meaning of this definition? Intuitively, I would suggest that $ D = \{1,2,4,...\} $ but the explanation ...
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notation for minimum and maximum?

I'm trying to figure out the correct notation for this situation for use in Machine Learning. I have various ratings (for texts): ...
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Standard Notation For The Set of All the Morphisms Of A Category

Let $\mathscr C$ be a category. Let $\text{Ob}(\mathscr C)$ be the set of all the objects of $\mathscr C$. Is there a standard notation for $\bigcup_{A,B\in\text{Ob}(\mathscr C)}\text{Mor}(A,B)$? ...
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Functional Notation.

I have some doubts regarding function notation: First If I present a function I write:$f(x)$ If I write it's inverse:$f^{-1}(x)$ So why doesn't$f(f(x))=f^2(x)$ Second If $\frac{df(x)}{dx}=f'(x)$ ...
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Just a translation issue.

I'm italian and my professor of spectral theory wrote the list to the arguments to be studied in italian. The problem is that all the literature is in english and often the translation are a bit ...
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What is this notation for a function? I've never seen it written like this before.

What does this mean? $$ f=\{ (x,y): y= x+2 \}$$ I don't understand what "$(x,y):$" means in regard to the problem. Also why is the $y$ inside of the $f(x)$ function. Isn't it supposed to be outside? ...
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Does “arbitrarily small” mean very close to zero or very negative?

In mathematical writing, does “arbitrarily small” mean very close to zero (like $0.000001$) or very negative (like $-1000000$)? Are there better phrases to distinguish these two cases?
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What notation to use for a sequence of integers that end with digit 5?

I need to solve a low high school home work and I ask a question about the most correct notation. The problem is to build a set of circles with $r$ and $d$ such that $d=5, 15, 25, 35,...d_{+_1}$ and ...
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Lerch transcendent

While messing around with something I got a result on WolframAlpha with a notation like this $$\text{LerchPhi}^{(0,1,0)}\left(\frac{1}{2}, 0, 2\right)$$ I know that ...
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Explanation of notation $f(t)\in L_{\infty}$ in a control theory textbook

In a control theory textbook I saw the following notation : $$f(t)\in L_{\infty}$$ Since I am not familiar with this kind of notation could someone explain What does it mean?
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Is there an interval notation for complex numbers?

Just as $$\{x \in \mathbb{R}: a \leq x \leq b\}$$ can be written in the more-compact form $[a,b],$ is there an analogous notation for $$\{z \in \mathbb{C}:z=x+yi, x \in[a,b], y \in[c,d]\} \quad ?$$ ...
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Understanding the notation of a book when derivating

I'm trying to understand the notation that the book uses. The book says $(1)$ $y=a\cdot \sin x$ and then the derivate of $(1)$ is $(2)$ $\frac{d^2y}{dx^2}=-a \cdot \sin x$ I don't get what to do ...
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Notation for the set of all arguments corresponding to local minima.

The notation $$\mathop{\mathrm{arg\, min}}_{x \in X} f(x)$$ is sometimes used for the set of all $x \in X$ corresponding to global minima of the function $x \in X \mapsto f(x).$ Is there notation for ...
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Writing solutions of inequalities: $3<x$ versus $x>3$

My son wrote a solution to a number line graph as 3 < x instead of what his teacher said was the correct answer of x > 3. When he brought his paper back in to bring it up he was told that the ...
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Meaning of notation $\operatorname{ord}_Q(g)$ in “Algebraic Curves” by Fulton

I didn't understand this notation in the chapter 7 page 93 of Fulton's algebraic curves book: What the author means by $\text{ord}_Q(g)$? Maybe he would like to say $\text{ord}_Q(G) := ...
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Etiquette for proper usage of Greek letters and other notation

I've progressed to the "output" point in my mathematics career and have run into a slightly embarrassing problem while writing a paper. Clearly, certain Greek letters are suitable for some situations ...
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Why are variables in integration by substitution so counter intuitive?

Integration by substitution is defined as something like $\displaystyle\int_a^b f(\phi(t))\phi'(t)dt = \int_{\phi(a)}^{\phi(b)} f(x)dx$ But for my taste, the variables $x$ and $t$ are exactly ...
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What does $X:Y\to x(t)$ mean?

Relatively new into math and working my way into it. I need some help understanding the statement below. X:Y -> x(t). Can someone please help me with what does it mean? So just to clarify I have a ...
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Consider a symmetric matrix $X$ with eigendecomposition $X=UVU^T$, how to call $\sum_{v_{k,k}>0}v_{k,k}u_ku_k^T$?

Consider a symmetric matrix $X$ with eigendecomposition $X=UVU^T$ How do people call $\sum_{v_{k,k}>0}v_{k,k}u_ku_k^T$? Sum of positive components of $X$? The positive semi definite part of $X$? ...
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Sigma notation: number columns with sum > 0 of binary matrix

I'm trying to formulate a Sigma notation formula which would yield the count (sum) of columns which themselves have a non-zero sum. $\begin{bmatrix} 1 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 0\\ 1 & 1 ...
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Hyperbolic sinc function

Cardinal sine function or sinc function is defined by: \begin{equation} \mathrm{sinc}x=\begin{cases}\frac{\sin x}{x}, & x \neq 0,\\ 1, & x = 0,\end{cases} \end{equation} Is there any ...
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Notation for show that a variable is binary?

Are there a "math letter" that represent the set of binary variable $\{0,1\}$? Like, when writing e.g., $a \in \mathbb{R}$, we know $a$ is real. I only know this notation $a \in \{0,1\}$, but is this ...
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On group-theoretic shorthand notation

I have often seen shorthand notation used in group-theoretic contexts and I believe it is called ATLAS notation. However, even with some searching I have not been able to find a satisfactory summary ...
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Notational issues on differential equations

I am studying dynamical systems and I have some trouble in understanding the notation used for differential equations. For example when I read $$\overset{..}{x}=F(x),$$ how should I interpret ...
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How to represent the ceiling function using mathematical notation?

How to represent the ceiling function using mathematical notation? I need an equation to input in a program because it doesn't except the ceiling function so it has to be some sort of mathematical ...
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Is there another meaning of this notation?

In a book I found the following notation: Let $c,d\in \mathbb{Z}$ such that $c\mathbb{Z}+d\mathbb{Z}=\mathbb{Z}$. For me, this means that $\gcd(c,d)=1$. If $\gcd(c,d)=1$, then there is $z,u\in ...
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In regards to metric spaces, does $d^\star$ have an accepted name, or notation? Do any authors use it?

(I write $\omega$ for the set $\{0,1,2,\ldots\}$.) Let $X$ denote a metric space with metric $d$. Define a function $d^{\star} : X^\omega \times X^\omega \rightarrow [0,\infty]^\omega$ by writing ...
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Creating a formula (notation) from series of equations

I need some help with "shrinking" of few equations I have a couple of categories of circles. For each one of these, a certain equation, which represents the circle radii is written: for 1st ...
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A sigma notation but with multiplication instead of addition?

I am not a mathematician, so I apologize if this question will sound stupid. I am wondering is there some sort of notation which will resemble the one of sigma notation, but with multiplication ...
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Weird derivative computation

I found the following formulas in a control theory textbook : $$s(x,t)=\left(\frac{d}{dt}+\lambda\right)^{(n-1)}\varepsilon $$ where $\varepsilon(t)=T\left(\frac{e(t)}{p(t)}\right)$ and ...
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What is this lower number?

I was taught that the lower number in math would be the base, but you can't have base 0 (can you?) I'm looking at some derivatives and it looks something like this. $$x^2_0$$ Sorry for the stupid ...
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Notation for a Line Segment

I have a straight line segment joining two points ($i$ and $j$). I have a third point, $k$, that has a perpendicular distance to the line segment $\kappa_{\bot}$ (call this line segment of length ...
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Combinaision of two functions

Let us denote $X_0 = \{x, y\}$ and $X_1 = \{a, b\}$ two disjoint sets of variables; let us denote $V$ a set of values. I have two functions $f_0 : X_0 \rightarrow V$ and $f_1 : X_1 \rightarrow V$, ...
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Simplex Notation

Let $\left(V,T\right)$ denote an affine space and let $v_0, \dots v_n$ denote some affine independent points of $V$. A $m$-simplex $s$ with vertices $v_0, \dots v_m$ can be represented by ...