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Notation in probability theory: conditional on multiple events or joint of event with an conditional one

It might be a quite dumb question and if so, I apologize in advance (I am kind of a newbie in probability theory ). But once in a while it bothers me and I can't find the answer to it. Ok, now the ...
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Notation for a projection of a differential form

Let $\omega = a_1 dx_1 + a_2 dx_2 + b_1 dy_1 + b_2 dy_2$. Is there any established notation to denote a mapping that "filters out" the $dy_i$-Terms? To be more precise, I invent my own one. Assume ...
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What is the opposite of $\colon\colon$? [on hold]

For example: I have ten jelly beans, six red, three blue, and one green. $\text{red} \colon \text{blue} \colon \text{green} \colon\colon 6 \colon 3 \colon 1$ How would you write "$\text{red} ...
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Is there any notation for general $n$-th root $r$ such that $r^n=x$?

As we know that the notation for the $n$-th principal root is $\sqrt[n]{x}$ or $x^{1/n}$. But the principal root is not always the only possible root, e.g. for even $n$ and positive $x$ the principal ...
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Intervals of integers modulo n

Do the following related concepts appear anywhere in literature? Denoting an "interval" in the integers modulo $n$ by $[i,j] = \{i, i+1, \dotsc, j\}$. For example, in modulo 6, $[5,3] = ...
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Standard notation for the set of children of a node in a rooted tree

In graph theory, given a rooted tree $T$ and a node $a \in V(T)$, is there a standard way to refer to the set of all children of $a$? I have seen $CHILDREN_T(a)$ being used, but this seem quite clumsy ...
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Proper formulation of one-to-one and onto proofs for group isomorphism

I have to construct an isomorphism for the two groups. I have the isomorphism itself but I'm not sure if my formulation is correct in regard to proving the mapping being 1-1 and onto and I don't want ...
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How to express double orthogonal complement?

Let $V$ be a Hilbert space and $U \subseteq V$. Then $U^\perp = \{\mathbf{v} \in V|\forall \mathbf{u} \in U, \langle \mathbf{u}, \mathbf{v} \rangle = 0 \}$. My question is, how do you express ...
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What does this matrix notation mean?

What does $|\textbf{M}|$ mean, where $\textbf{M}$ is a matrix? I am under the impression that you can element-wise divide $\textbf{M}$ by $|\textbf{M}|$ to normalize it in some way, kind of like how ...
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What is the proper use of Leibniz notation for one-sided derivatives?

The only notation I've seen has been restricted to either Lagrange's prime notation or Euler's $D$. Here are some of the variants: $$f'(a^+):=\lim_{x\to a^+}\frac{f(x)-f(a)}{x-a}$$ ...
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What does $\Bbb R/2\pi$ for a set mean?

I simply cannot figure out what this means. I read this on an article about the scalar product of $2\pi$ periodic functions. it says that < f,g > goes from $\Bbb R/2\pi \to \Bbb C$ (complex) Do ...
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Can ∂x and ∂y in a derivate be seen as ∂ times x or ∂ times y?

I'm watching some tutorials on machine learning and know just enough calculus to have an intuition on what a derivative is, but that's it. But this question is bugging me so much that now I'm pretty ...
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Set Theory Notation: What does it mean to “\” one set with another? [duplicate]

What does the "\" operator mean in the above context?
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The meaning of the symbol $\infty$ in Spivak's calculus book

Spivak in "Calculus" writes ... symbols of $\infty$ and $- \infty$ are purely suggestive: there is no number $``\infty"$ which satisfies $\infty \geq a$ for all numbers $a$. What is the meaning ...
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In the expression $p^2=4q_1$, what does the small $1$ mean?

In the image below there is $p^2 = 4q$ and then a small $1$. What is the name/meaning of this notation? I have never seen it before and can't find what the meaning of it is. Help is appreciated! See ...
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Notation question $|X^2|$

I am studying a little bit of set theory, and one of the questions in the book (in Efe A. Ok's real analysis book) asked to show that $\dim(X,\succeq)\leq |X^2|$, where $X$ is a finite set and ...
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Is there a short symbol that denotes integration?

I want to illustrate partial integration, see below. With derivatives we can just write $(term)'$. Is there something similar for integration? The best I could come up with is $\int(term)\mathrm{d}x$. ...
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What does a * mean after a letter signaling a result?

I have this equation from a biology publication. It's about an ecosystem model. $$\frac{df}{dt}=w(f)f(1-f)-vf$$ $w(f)$ is a function and $vf$ is a multiplication. Then what does $f^*=0$ or ...
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Meaning of “$\triangledown$u*ñ=0 on the boundary”

I'm doing homework for my PDE class, I'm coming across this notation and I don't what the ñ means: $\triangledown$u* ñ=0. I have tried to google it, but unfortunately questions like this don't really ...
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Symbol representing a vector composing of two vectors

I have a vector including two vector's elements. How do I simply represent a vector with elemental vectors. Formally, I have three vectors $x, a=(a_i), b =(b_i)$ and $x=(a_1, a_2, ...
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Question concerning big-Oh and small-Oh notation

What would the notation $a_n = (1+ o(1))b_n$ stand for? (And similarly for $a_n = (1 + O(1))b_n$).
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Equal sign or approximation sign?

I want to solve the equation $2\enspace \sin^2\enspace \theta+2\enspace \sin\enspace \theta-1=0$, $0\leq\theta<2\pi$. Using the quadratic formula, I found one of the solution to be ...
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How to write $\aleph$ by hand

So far, I've only seen the symbol $\aleph$ in its printed form and am wondering how this symbol could be written by hand on paper or on a board (in mathematical contexts, of course). Whenever I try to ...
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About the exact form of a gaussian kernel

Traditionally we define a gaussian function at a point x (assuming mean to be 0) as follows $$g_{\sigma}(x) = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi \sigma^{2}}} \exp\left(\frac{x^{2}}{2\sigma^{2}}\right)$$ In ...
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Correct notational use of $:=$

Suppose I use the notation $:=$ to define some symbol the first time it is introduced, e.g. $A:=\Im(f+f^2)$. If later on I make use/remind the reader of the symbol definition, e.g. ...
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Arnold Trivium Problem 39

We find in Arnold's Trivium the following problem, numbered 39. (The double integral should have a circle through it, but the command /oiint does not work here.) Calculate the Gauss integral ...
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Fourier analysis notation - Sh and Ch

I reading something dealing with Fourier analysis and don't know what "Sh" and "Ch" indicate. Thanks!
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Symbol in Linear Algebra

I'm newbie in linear algebra and I do not understand the symbol that is selected with blue color. What does this symbol means? What is the purpose to use this symbol? What context is this symbol ...
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Given bifunctor $F$, what is the name of the functor with switched arguments?

Sorry for the unspecific title. Here the actual question: Given categories $\mathcal{A},\mathcal{B}$, let $S$ be the canonical functor $\mathcal{B} \times \mathcal{A} \to \mathcal{A} \times ...
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What does the notation $\mathcal{O}_{\mathbb{P}^n}(1)$ mean?

I have tried looking at my sheaves notes but couldn't find anything.
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Where can I find the official rule for multi-line expressions?

Consider this simple exercise: $$1+1+11+1+1 = 15\tag{A}$$ But what if it were a very long expression? Let's assume that it is, then $$\begin{equation*} \begin{split} 1+1+\; & \\ ...
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“Projective tangent space” to a projective variety

Is there an established notation for the linear subvariety tangent to a projective variety $V$ at a point $x$? I've seen this called the "projective tangent space" in some places. The closest thing ...
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What is the remainder of an n-th root called?

I feel like there should be a better word than remainder, but I don't know it. What do you call the thing that's left over when performing an $n$-th root? For example, $\sqrt[3]{29}$ is $3$ with 2 ...
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$F^{(n)} (p)$ do you first differentiate and afterward apply the Laplace?

If you have a Laplace transform: $F^{(n)} (p)$, do you first differentiate and afterwards apply the Laplace? $F(p)$ meaning $L[f(t)](p)$
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Notation for a function with multiple return values

I want to define a function $f$ whose domain is given by the set $V$ whose return value is a subset of $C$. Please correct me if I am wrong, I assume that $f : V \rightarrow C$ would mean that the ...
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Notation for binary permutation

Given a number $x \in \mathbb{N}$ , I want to write down following algorithm in a notation which can be written without the need for providing an example. Step (1): Find all unique prime factors ...
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What is meaning of big U in sets? [duplicate]

What does big U below signify? And what is number written above and below it?
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Clarification on notation in Siegfried Bosch's Commutative Algebra book about primary decomposition of ideals.

I'm reading through Siegfried Bosch's Commutative Algebra book, and I'm confused on his notation in one his proofs. He uses this notation a lot, so I think I should I understand it. The notation first ...
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Notation: how can I say variable drawn from a distribution D lies in space X

Suppose I have a random distribution $D$ for which, if $x\sim D$, then $x\in X$. Is there a standard notation involving only $D$ and $X$? For example, let $N$ be the multinormal distribution with ...
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Name for measure of non-injectivity of a covering map

Suppose that $p:C\to X$ is a covering map. For $x\in X$, is there a name for the number $Card(p^{-1}(x))$? So that for $p(z)=z^5:\mathbb{C}\setminus\{0\}\to\mathbb{C}\setminus\{0\}$, one might say ...
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Why ∫ dn is = N?

Maybe a simple question here but I was wondering how $\int \, dn=N$? I understand if you intergrate say 1 in terms of $X$ you get $X$ but if you intergrate $0$ how does that equal $X$ or $N$ in this ...
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Meaning of “p-adic fields” in Jacques Tits' article on classification of semisimple groups

In Jacques Tits' article "Classification of Algebraic Semisimple Groups", which appears in "Algebraic Groups and Discontinuous Subgroups: Proceedings of Symposia in Pure Mathematics, Volume IX", when ...
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A question on summation notation and pi notation for multiplication.

As I am in high school, I know the basics to summation and pi notation. However when people put things other than numbers on the top and bottom of the summation, I do not understand what they mean. ...
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Selfdecomposability and Lévy processes

I am trying to understand Levy processes and I have some issues with this. A random variable x is selfdecomposable then x has a representation of the form \begin{equation} x=\int ...
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A misleading commutative diagram

Let $U$ be a set, let $\phi$ be an involutive bijection of $U$ with itself. Let $A$, $B$ be subsets of $U$. Consider the commutative diagram $A \overset{\phi}{\leftrightarrow} B$ describing a ...
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Notation for the limit to the boundary of the support of a function

So let $f(z)$ by a density function for $z\in\operatorname{supp}f$. In some cases (for example when $f$ is the pdf of the normal distribution), $\operatorname{supp}f$ will be $\mathbb{R}$ and one ...
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What does the vertical bar mean in $ \left.\frac{\partial f}{\partial x}\right\rvert $

I want to know what the symbol '|' besides a function means. For example: $$ \left.\frac{\partial f}{\partial x}\right\rvert $$
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Why do mathematicians use $\Delta$ instead of $\nabla^2$?

I often hear that, when writing PDEs, $\nabla^2$ is the convention among physicists and engineers, while mathematicians write $\Delta$ instead. To me, the physicists' notation seems like it is ...
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What does this notation mean $\{a_k\}_{k=i}^n$?

What does this notation mean $\{a_k\}_{k=i}^n$? I saw it in sites talking about sequences but there was no explanation of what it meant. E: I reviewed the other post, this is not a duplicate, and ...
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Notation: $u_x(s,t)$ or $u_s(s,t)$

Let $\Omega \subset \mathbb{R}$ and $u \in C^{1,1}(\Omega \times [0,\infty))$. I generally use the notation $u(x,t)$ for $x \in \Omega$ and $t \ge 0$. When I want to refer to ...