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Is there a mathematical operator to truncate negative values to zero?

Is there a mathematical symbol that truncates a value x to 0 if it is negative, and leaves it untouched otherwise? Something which is logically equivalent to $\max(x, 0)$?
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Notation in Munkres' Elements of Algebraic Topology

What is $ R^{N} $ in section 1 of chapter 1 of the book Elements of Algebraic Topology by J.R. Munkres? Is $ N $ some natural number?
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which of the following is standard notation [on hold]

Which of the following is standard notation for $0.0051964045\times 10^5$? (a) $5.1964045\times 10^5$ (b) $5.2\times 10^5$ (c) $5.2\times 10^8$ (d) $5.2\times 10^2$ (e) $51964$ I don't ...
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Vector notation of all entries 1

Is there any notation describing a vector with all components being 1? Or whether the bold-face one $\mathrm 1$ is publicly acknowledged as it?
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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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What is the function “mod”

Surfing this site, I have often seen many functions and expressions involving $\bmod$ and I have no clue about its meaning. What does that $\bmod$ mean?
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Is there a symbol for “dependent”?

For random variables $A$ and $B$, $A \perp B$ is sometimes used to denote "A in independent of B". Is there a symbol that is commonly used to mean "A is not independent of B"?
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What is the difference between $x \bmod y$ and $x \pmod y$?

I'm currently taking calculus I. So I'm new with is all notation, and looking through the Internet I always thought $x \bmod 3$ means the remainder when you divide $x$ by $3$. Am I wrong, and is ...
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Query description into mathematical notation

I need to formalize two query descriptions into mathematical notation. The source of this description, if anyone is interested in broader context. Query 1: Frequent routes The goal of the query ...
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Symbol to denote length of geometric vector

I have seen both $\left|\vec{u}\right|$ and $\left\|\vec{u}\right\|$ when referring to the Euclidean length of a geometric vector $\vec{u}$. Which notation is preferred. Is it true that the latter ...
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Trouble Understanding Notation in Reinforcement Learning Paper

I'm looking at this (warning: this is a download of a pdf) paper and am having trouble parsing the notation on top of page 11, steps 4.1 and 4.2. $\forall i \leq t \in T$, $\forall$ $x_i$, $a_i$ ...
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How to evaluate this combination of sums and integrals?

I am reading a book on PDEs, and I am near the beginning where the author is talking about the heat equation and, specifically, solving the non-homogenous equation $u_t={\alpha}^2u_{xx}+f(x,t).$ The ...
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What is the correct way to write this matrix equation?

Given an $n \times m$ matrix $X$ and $m \times m$ matrix $A$, I would like to define the vector $y$ as $$y_i = X_{i,*} A (X_{i,*})^T$$ where $X_{i,*}$ is the $i$th row of $X$. Is there a simpler ...
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Given a matrix M, is there a name for the matrix MM^T?

One can make a symmetric square matrix out of any m-by-n matrix $M$ by computing the matrix $MM^T$ (or $M^T M$). Is there a name for this operation? I want to call it "symmetrizing" the matrix, but I ...
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Vector in vector notation

I'm a bit confused as far as notationally differentiating between row and column vectors goes. Suppose I define a column vector $$\boldsymbol{a} = (a_{1}, a_{2})^{T}$$ and another column vector ...
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What are the meanings of the various turnstiles

It is easy to find the meanings of $\vdash$ and $\models$ (see this question and Wikipedia) but what of the (triple?) turnstile $\Vvdash$ and the (vertical double?) turnstile $\Vdash$? Do they have a ...
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Element-wise (or pointwise) operations notation?

Is there a notation for element-wise (or pointwise) operations? For example, take the element-wise product of two vectors x and y (in Matlab, x .* y, in numpy x*y), producing a new vector of same ...
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What does $A^{B}$ mean? [duplicate]

Assume, that A and B are finite sets. What notion $$A^{B}$$ does mean? Have been looking for awhile now.
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What do these group theory notations mean: $\overline{3}\otimes\overline{2}$, $\overline{2}\oplus\overline{3}$

Can you explain or give a good reference to explain notations like $$\Large\overline{3}\otimes\overline{2}\qquad\qquad \overline{2}\oplus\overline{3}$$ and combinations of these. Thank you.
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Space of Alternating $k$-Tensors Notation

I will be taking a Differential Geometry class in the Fall, so I decided to get somewhat of a head start by going through Spivak's "Calculus on Manifolds." Before reading, though, I saw the Addenda at ...
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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 $\colon\colon$? [closed]

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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Symbol for finite

I understand there is a symbol for infinite. Is there one for finite? I searched and found there is none. How is finite represented symbolically?
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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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Square root and principal square root confusion

A few months ago I asked a question about the $\pm$ symbol because I was confused about it... I still carry the same confusion (which really bugs me) but I think the real confusion has to do with the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How do I notate this statement about a state of affairs (similar to a possible world)?

I'd like to notate this statement formally: If any given agent desires that a certain state of affairs obtains, then there is no state of affairs in which she enjoys greater security than that one. ...
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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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Is there an accepted symbol for irrational numbers?

$\mathbb Q$ is used to represent rational numbers. $\mathbb R$ is used to represent reals. Is there a symbol or convention that represents irrationals. Possibly $\mathbb R - \mathbb Q$?
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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. ...