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Notation for separating out factors of a number

I have an integer (let's call it $n$), and I want to define it as the product of two values: one that's a pure power of two, and another that is odd. Obviously, these two values are unique for a ...
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If $g$ is a permutation, then what does $g(12)$ mean?

In Martin Lieback's book 'A Concise Introduction to Pure Mathematics', he posts an exercise(page 177,Q5): Prove that exactly half of the $n!$ permutations in $S_n$ are even. (Hint: Show that ...
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Uncountable Kronecker Delta?

If V and W are vector spaces of uncountably infinite dimension, they still have bases (according to axiom of choice). Let basis sets be $\{v_x\}_{x \in X}$ and $\{w_y\}_{y \in Y}$, and define a set ...
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Meaning of “such that”

The use of the term "such that" confuses me I've seen this like $A=\{(x,y) :x,y\in\Bbb R\ \text{and } P(x,y) \}$ and $B=\{(x,y)\in \Bbb R^2:P(x,y)\}$ for some predicate $P$. Is there any difference ...
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Does anyone know when I would use this symbol ($\supseteqq$) and meaning?

Does anyone know what this symbol means? Where would one use it? Someone recently asked me but I do not know what it means. I have seen it with just one line underneath to denote subset. With an ...
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Some doubts about right ideals of a ring

I would like to know whether the following paragraph regarding right ideals and modules is correct. Any comment or help is welcome: A right ideal of $R$ is just a submodule of the right $R$-module ...
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Can someone show me why mathematicians use $d\mu$ instead of $dx$ for Lebesgue Integral over $u(x)$

I am an engineer and I learned my Lebesgue integral from an engineering text which dumbed down a lot of stuff, most prominently all Lebesgue integrals were introduced as $\int_\Omega u(x) dx$ instead ...
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How does the product of sets of complex numbers give a character?

I'm working through this "Introduction to Banach Algebras" and just after proposition 8.2 they say: If $A$ is a commutative Banach algebra, $a\in A$ and $\phi\in M(A)$, then $\phi(a)\in sp(a)$. ...
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Notation for union / intersection (in the same way $\pm$ stands for plus / minus) - is this a good idea?

Note: $F$ is a class of sets. I was solving a problem in Apostol's Calculus Volume 1. It is to show that $$B-\bigcup_{A\in F} A=\bigcap_{A\in F}(B-A)\qquad\text{ and }\qquad B-\bigcap_{A\in F} ...
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Improper use of “for all”?

I am applying a method from Fernandes (2009), Classification trees for species identification of fish-school echotraces (ICES Journal of Marine Science, 66: 1073–1080), and I have a suspicion about a ...
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Formulation: Smooth vs. finitely often differentiable

I treat the cases $f\in C^\infty$ and $f\in C^k$ in different sections of my thesis. While I am happy with the title smooth functions for the first section, I am not so sure if finitely often ...
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How to denote an even number in mathematics? [on hold]

I need a sign for an even number (not $a\cdot 2$) in my formula. I tried to google it, but I saw only $2a$. Please tell me if there is a special sign?
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Inserting parentheses to produce different values

Without grouping symbols, the expression $$\verb/2 ⋅ 3 ^ 3 + 4/$$ has a value of $58$. Insert grouping symbols in the expression $\verb/2 ⋅ 3 ^ 3 + 4/$ to produce the indicated values. ...
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Notation for polynomials and equating coefficients

I am reading a paper that defines $P_k(s|t)$ as a polynomial of degree $k$ in $s$ given $t$. Does this mean that each term is of the form $f_{k}(t)s^{k}$? (What does "given $t$" mean?) The paper ...
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What's the meaning of the $R(f(x),g(x))$ in $\int R(f(x),g(x))?$

Usually when I'm reading about integration, there is a notation for integrals on some forms, for example: $$\int R(\sin(x),\cos(x)) \;dx$$ Obviously I've deduced that this represents functions that ...
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Must all Lebesgue integrable functions really be invertible?

I am studying Lebesgue integration after a course on Riemann integration, and the definition of measurable function is given as follows: $f:{\mathbb R}\rightarrow {\mathbb R}$ is measurable if the ...
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Is there accepted notation for the pushforward measure that doesn't mention $\mathbf{P}$?

Let $(\Omega,\mathcal{F},\mathbf{P})$ denote a probability space, $(S,\mathcal{M})$ denote a measurable space, and $X : (\Omega,\mathcal{F},\mathbf{P}) \rightarrow (S,\mathcal{M})$ denote a measurable ...
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Notation sumation confusion

I am reading paper about additive schwarz preconditioner, where following notation is used in order to obtain matrix C $$C_i = \sum_k (I^k B^k (P^k u_i)R^k)$$ . My question is, what's dimension of ...
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How to calculate a posterior probability with a given Gaussian Mixture Model?

I'm building a GMM-based classifier in speech processing and I'm using GMM as a probabilistic scoring mechanism (therefore I don't intrinsically care about the underlying mixture components). For ...
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Should I use set notation or list notation when writing out a basis of vectors?

I think in Sheldon Axler's Linear Algebra Done Right, he makes a comment about why the technically correct way is to write vectors in lists, such as $(v_1, ... v_n)$, while many books use set ...
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Determine the domain and range of the following relations using set builder notation.

I have been given the following relations to find the domain and range of using builder notation. I am just beginning to learn the whole concept of set builder notation, and I am running into a ...
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What does $D^n$ refer to?

I'm not sure what object $D^n$ is in the following exercise: "Write down an explicit homeomorphism between $D^n/S^{n-1}$ and $S^n$." Thanks!
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Why do mathematicians use $\oplus$ instead of $+$?

What is the historical reason for using $\oplus$ instead of $+$ to denote operations that are generally thought of as addition? Similarly, why is $\otimes$ used instead of $\times$ (or just $\cdot$) ...
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What do sine, tan, cos actually mean?

I know that $\sin\theta=\frac{y}{r}$ and $\cos\theta=\frac{x}{r}$. My question is: is $\sin$ a function of $\theta$, as in $\sin (\theta$)? If yes, why is there no $\theta$ on the right hand side of ...
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What does P|a means?

In the proof for the existence of unlimited prime numbers, i saw the following let n be the number of prime numbers as P1,P2,P3,.......Pn let a = P1P2P3....Pn+1 a > Pn and a is not a prime number a ...
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Set numbering representation

I want to represent proper element of sets. For example, $$ A=\{1,2,3,4\} $$ $$A(2)=2$$ But I wonder that this expression is right. Because I know that the set has not order. How can I do this??
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Notation of an infinite union

Is there any difference between: $$ \bigcup_{n =1}^\infty a_{n} \\ \bigcup_{n \in \mathbb{N}} a_{n} $$ From my understanding they both define an infinite union. Is this correct?
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Operator for comparing an n-tuple

Suppose you have to compare the following two finite ordered list of elements (tuples): $(\psi_{i}, R_{i}, A_{i}, \eta_{i})$ and $(\psi_{i}^{*}, R_{i}, A_{i}, \eta_{i})$ and for instance it turns out ...
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Name for map associated with simplicial complex

Given a simplicial complex $\Delta$, implied by the construction process there are associated maps sending euclidean standard simplices into the simplicial complex $\imath: \Delta^n \to \Delta$. What ...
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Interpretation - exponential loss formula

i stumbled upon the following formula while studying the concept of exponential loss. I try to understand this formula. I read it as follows: The function that minimizes the expected exponential loss ...
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What is usually understood as DOMAIN and CODOMAIN of a Relation

Suppose I have a relation declaration as $R \subseteq A \times B$, such that $A=\{1,2,3,4\}$ and $B=\{10,20,30,40\}$. And suppose that the definition of this relation is $R=\{(1,20),(3,40)\}$ We ...
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Four mathematical notations for fraction $1/999$ and how to show/present they are equal

I need some help for notation. I need to present fractions in four different format and I'd like to get it right. I just take $1/999$ for example, but of course it could be any fraction with positive ...
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Notation of the differential operator

I see the differential operator both with upright and italic d in different books/articles. So I'm curious about $$ \int x^2 \, dx \quad \text{vs.} \quad \int x^2\, \mathrm{d}x,$$ and ...
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Matrix,Linear algebra,polynomial,finite field,notation

In the book by Arora and Barak,Computational Complexity,on page 168,1st paragraph, there is a notation which I do not understand. They write For every $n \times n$ matrix $A$,and $i\in [n]$,we define ...
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What does it mean by a function $ f(x)=\exp(O(|x|^2)) $ for $|x|$ large?

Given $f(x)$ is continuous in $(-\infty,\infty)$ and $ f(x)=\exp(O(|x|^2)) $ for $|x|$ large. Now I have an I expression like ...
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What is the symbol to denote that two triangles are similar?

Does there exist a unique symbol to denote that two triangles are similar to each other without resorting to using the phrase "is similar"?
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How to notate all integers $\gt 1$ except products of $2, 3 , 5$?

What is a notation for all whole numbers greater than $6$ which are not a product of $2, 3 , 5$? $7$ would the first, then $11, 13, \ldots$ also $7\times 7$ or $11\times 11$ would be included. As a ...
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Using subscripted symbols in functions [migrated]

Using subscripts would significantly improve the structure of my code. Until now I used the following two lines to implement this. ...
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Notation - matrix calculatoin

i am self-studying linear algebra, and came across the following statement about singular value decomposition (X = $USV^T$). I am somewhat confused on how to interpret the (|) and (--) symbols. Should ...
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Notation for matrix that is partially unknown.

I have a matrix with some elements known and some unknown. I am using the notation $A(X)$ where $X$ are the unknown elements (not sure if relevant but I will be solving for the unknown part $X$ ...
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Notation for Tautologies

I've been stuck for a while in this question and so far I don't understand the flaw of my reasoning please if you guys could help me out. See, this is my context. From the definition of argument we ...
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Meaning of symbols like $\inf\limits_{\epsilon>0}$

I am very confused at the precise definition of the following symbols. A reference or explanation would be great. $$\Large\inf\limits_{\epsilon>0}\qquad \sup\limits_{\epsilon>0}$$
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Difference between $f(x(t))$ and $f(t,x)$

Why is there a difference between the two differential equations: $\overset{.}{x}(t)=f(x(t))$ and $\overset{.}{x}(t)=f(t,x)$ ?
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Succinct notation for specifying that eigenvalues must have negative real part?

Is there a succinct way to denote that all eigenvalues of a matrix $A$ have negative real parts? If the eigenvalues were real, I could simply write this as $$-1 < A < +1$$ since we have the ...
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Riemannian Geometry notational tricks or alternatives

I am interested in learning tricks that people have developed to speed up / clean up calculations in Riemannian Geometry. I am hopeful about this question because there is often a lot of symmetry in ...
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Is this true: $\frac{f(x)}{1-c-o(1)}= \frac{f(x)}{1-c}(1-o(1))$

Let $f$ be a function, for example $f(x)=log(1+x)$ and let $c$ be some constant $>0$ (for simplicity, we may assume that it is different from 1). Is this true: $$\frac{f(x)}{1-c-o(1)}= ...
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Name for a nonlinear version of bilinear form

A map $b:X \times Y \to \mathbb{R}$ is called a bilinear form if $b$ is linear in both arguments. Is there a name for a form $b$ which is linear in only one argument and may be nonlinear in the ...
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A Series might be a number or a sequence – Is there a better notation?!

Take the expression $\sum_{k=1}^\infty a_k$. Sometimes this expressions refers to the sequence of partial sums $\left(\sum_{k=1}^n a_k\right)_{n\in\mathbb N}$ and sometimes to the limit of this ...
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Succinctly writing some code in vector/mathematical notation - how?

I’m trying to learn how to correctly represent some code I have in vector notation. Apologies if it’s a bit convoluted, keep in mind I’m trying to learn how to better communicate it (!) The code ...
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What groups are that? What does : mean?

What are the groups 2^6 : 3 . S_6 or 2^4 : A_8 ? Are they some subgroups of S_6 or A_8? I believe that 2 . A_n is the double cover of A_n, and "multiplying" with a number gives a covering group. But ...