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Understanding this characterization of Schwartz's space

While reading up on tempered distributions I came across this definition of Schwartz's space: $S(\mathbb{R}^n) = \{ f \in \mathbb{C}^\infty : \underset{x \in \mathbb{R}^n}{sup} \: \underset{\lvert ...
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formal notations

I have a problem of expressions with proper notations. If you can help me to give a formal and exact expression, it will be helpful. The specific description is Given a set of non-negative ...
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Notation of list expansion to a tuple

I have a set $S$ that I want to expand to a $|S|$-tuple. How is the notation for that? Currently I have something like that: $$ T = (f(x) : x \in S) $$ An example: $$ S = (A,B,C)\\ T = (f(A), f(B), ...
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Is $C(C(\mathbb R))$ notation for the set of continuous functions mapping $C(\mathbb R)$ to itself?

Given that in general functional analysis we have $C(\mathbb{R})$ being the set of all continuous functions, $f: \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$. However, could I use $C(C(\mathbb{R}))$ notationally to be ...
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What is $1 / \mathbf{Set}$ if $1$ is a one-element set and $\mathbf{Set}$ a category?

What does $1 / \mathbf{Set}$ denote? A pointed set is a set $X$ equipped with an element (a basepoint) $x \in X$. Let $\mathbf{Set_*}$ be the category of pointed sets and basepoint-preserving ...
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Understanding the notation of a response to a question about extending partial orderings.

I found a question and two answers that both are very complete but I cannot understand the meaning behind some of the symbols that are used. They are different from what I am familiar with. The ...
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Symbols to represent each distinct symmetry of polyhedra

Is there a pictorial or symbolic way to represent each distinct symmetry of a polyhedron?
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What does $F = 2^W$ mean?

I'm reading the book Reasoning about uncertainty and having some problems with the notation. $F = 2^W$ where $W$ is a set and $F$ an algebra. What this mean?
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Why $1\frac{1}{2}\ne \frac{1}{2}$?

Why mathematicians have chosen notation such that in algebra $1\frac{1}{2}=\frac{3}{2}$ but $x\frac{y}{z}=\frac{xy}{z}$, instead of $x\frac{y}{z}=\frac{xz+y}{z}$?
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What does this symbol $\sum\bigoplus M_i$ mean?

Let $R$ be a ring and $\{M_i\}$ a family of $R$-modules, then what does this symbol $\sum\bigoplus M_i$ mean? This symbol appeared in the following paper, Eben Matlis, Injective modules over ...
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How to write the union of sets

This is just a question about notation(and I can not write it pretty well in Latex either). Is $X=(0,+\infty)\subset\Bbb{R}$ and $Y=\Bbb{R}$. Then $X\times Y= (0,+\infty)\times \Bbb{R} =$ ? ...
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Why do we need the absolute value signs when integrating the square of a function?

Why do we need the absolute value signs in the definition of square-integrable function? As seen below: $$ \int_{-\infty}^{\infty} \lvert f(x) \rvert^2 dx < \infty $$
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Rearding notation of (Relatively)Projective/ (Relatively)Injective in Group cohomology

I am reading Group cohomology from Serre's Local Fields. I got confused with the notation he used... We know that : $A$ is Projective module if $Hom_R(A, \_)$ is exact $A$ is Injective module if ...
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Asymptotics of logarithm: $\frac{1}{n}\ln(a+o(1)) = \frac{1}{n}\ln(a)+o(\frac{1}{n})$

I am having problems with the use of the little oh notation my professor is adopting in the solutions to some exercises. As an example I do not understand why $$ \frac{1}{n}\ln(a+o(1)) = ...
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Index notation for inverse matrices

I have a question: There is an standard way to write the inverse of a matrix in index notation?. The reason is that I don't want to write $(A^{-1})_{ij}$ or $(A^{-1})_i^j$ or $(A^{-1})^{ij}$ using ...
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Specifying types of variables in pure mathematics and applied mathematics

In pure mathematics, we can write such as "an integer $a$ ..." to specify that $a$ is a given integer or $a$ runs through the ring of integers. But in contexts where mathematics is applied ...
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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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Is $\sup\{t>0:F(t)>0 \in [0,t]\}$ an incorrect math expression?

I saw the following in a journal paper and the notation looks wrong - am I right? $$t_1 = \sup\{t>0:F(t)>0 \in [0,t]\}$$ I would like to translate this into an English sentence, but I don't ...
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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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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 ...