# Tagged Questions

Question on the meaning, history, and usage of mathematical symbols and notation. Please remember to mention where (book, paper, webpage, etc.) you encountered any mathematical notation you are asking about.

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### Standard name or notation for the “even part” of an integer?

\begin{align} 0 & \mapsto 0 \\ 1 & \mapsto 0 \\[6pt] 2 & \mapsto 2 \\ 3 & \mapsto 2 \\[6pt] 4 & \mapsto 4 \\ 5 & \mapsto 4 \\[6pt] 6 & \mapsto 6 \\ 7 & \mapsto 6 \\ ...
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### Looking for an approach to mathematical notation wherein the universe is divided into disjoint worlds.

Is there a rigorous approach to mathematical notation wherein the "universe" is divided into disjoint "worlds," and the meaning of notation is world-dependent? This would solve a few pesky problems. ...
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### What does “versus” mean in the context of a graph?

Say you have a graph of say $y=mx+b$, with $x$ on the horizontal axis and $y$ on the vertical axis. You need to give the graph a title, would you say: This is a graph of "$y$ versus $x$?" or This ...
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### Is it possible to write the Hadamard product of two matrices in tensor notation?

Say I have two $4 \times 4$ matrices $(A^{\alpha \beta})$ and $(B^{\mu\nu})$ and want to compute the Hadamard (entry-wise) product. Is there an elegant way of writing this down in the common ...
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### Einstein's summation convention and double indices

So I'm actually rather familiar with Einstein' summation notation and I understand objects like $a^{\mu \nu} a_{\mu \nu}$ just fine. But now I'm suddenly wondering why I've never come across objects ...
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### Is there no difference in symbols between the floor and the ceiling of x?

Source: Discrete Mathematics with Applications, Susanna S. Epp The symbol of floor of x is [x] and so is the symbol [x] of ceiling of x. Is it correct that there's no difference in symbols between ...
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Perhaps, this question has been answered ago but I don't aware of its existing answer. Is there any international icon or symbol for showing Contradiction or reacing a contradiction in Mathematical ...
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### Completing the square (and variants thereof)

When dealing with quadratics, completing the square is ubiquitous, and I can summarise my interpretation of it as the formula: $$x^2-2ax=(x-a)^2-a^2$$ Likewise, when working with circles (and, more ...
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### What is the best notation for this problem?

Assume you have defined variables $A$, $B$ and $C$ in the text. There is also a defined function $f$ that applies on those variables. In addition you may have some variables such as $\kappa_A$, ...
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### Why are the symbols of operations written on the left or right of the objects to which they apply? [on hold]

I was wondering why operations, actions and other stuff in mathematics are always defined "on the right" or "on the left". Is that a reflex of our (western) way of writing? For example, japanese is ...
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### Convert hexadecimal to binary scientific notation using IEEE 754 single-precision floating point

I am trying to convert these numbers to binary scientific notation, but I cannot figure out the process. Could someone please the process of going about solving this? For IEEE 754 single precision ...
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### Standard notation for class of lipschitz continuous functions?

What is the widely used notation to denote the class of Lipschitz continuous functions? i.e. suppose $f$ is continuously differentiable, then $f \in C^1$
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### What is the meaning of the notation [A|B] in Linear Algebra.

I am going through Linear Algebra right now, we are using the book Elementary Linear Algebra by Andrilli. In one of the theorems he uses this notation without really introducing it. Here is the ...
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### Is $(x^2+y^2+x)dx+xydy$ the same as ${dy\over dx}(x^2+y^2+x)+{dx\over dy}(xy)$ ? Is this just a different notation?

Is $(x^2+y^2+x)dx+xydy$ the same as ${dy\over dx}(x^2+y^2+x)+{dx\over dy}(xy)$? Is this just a different notation?
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### Why was $\aleph$ (aleph) chosen for infinities?

Why did Cantor choose a letter from the Hebrew alphabet to represent infinities, rather than using some Greek letter?
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### mathematical symbol for a new member replacing a member in a set

Assume $b$ is going to replace member $a$ in set $S$. That is, the set S is initially like this $S=\{a\}$, but now the new member $b$ is going to replace $b$ to have $S=\{b\}$ at the end. How do you ...
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### Meaning of $\partial f /\partial x$

I have an exercise in complex analysis that begins, If $U\subset \mathbb C$ is an open set and $f:U\to \mathbb C$ is real differentiable.... Later on, it allows me to assume $f$ is holomorphic. ...
### Mathematical usage of “$\dots$” during enumeration, is it ok to be imprecise?
I am guilty of writing things like the following in proofs: so by lemma 1.2 we have that for $k<n$ all of the integers $k,k+1,k+2,k+3,\dots ,n$ are pompous. I really like how this looks, the ...