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Notation: the set of two-element subsets of $\Bbb N$

Let $\{a,b\}\subseteq \Bbb N$. Is there a special name or notation for sets of this type, for example $\Bbb N^{2\ge}$? Any subset size may be used, but the specific size and denoting that order does ...
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How do you write an integral and why

A. Year 1 Calculus Student Approach $$ F(x) = \int f(x') dx\, $$ B. Random math paper you find online approach $$ F(x) = \int dx f(x') \, $$ C. Spivak $$ F(x) = \int f(x) \, $$ D. ??? (Edit) ...
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Alternatives to the notation $\|x\|$ for the norm of $x$?

For aesthetic reasons, I don't like the notation $\|x\|$ for the norm of $x$. Have any alternatives been proposed?
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tuple of tuples notation

Is the following notation right for indicating a $\mathit{m}-$tuple of $\mathit{n_{j}}-$tuples (I mean that each tuple of the $\mathit{m}-$tuple has a different number of elements)? ...
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Why don't we indicate the variable to summed as we do for integrals?

When integrating over a certain variable $x$, we make sure to end the integral with $dx$, like so: $$\int_{1}^{\infty}\frac{1}{x^2}dx$$ The reason for this of course becomes more clear as one goes ...
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Is there a name for a property defined in terms of open sets?

We know that if a property is defined in terms of open sets then the property is preserved under a homeomorphism. Is there a name for such a property?
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Ever thought of differentiate brackets for function and for order of operations?

Now parentheses "()" is used for both function, e.g. $f(x)$, and for order of operations, e.g. $(3+5)*2$. Ever in math history be suggested to differentiate? for example square bracket "[]" can be ...
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Why abstract index notation should not be confused with the Ricci calculus?

Considering this answer, it is mentioned that the range of indices $a, b, c,\dots$ are seen as abstract and coordinate-free and linear operations can be represented with them; and the range of indices ...
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Notation for vectors that exclude zero

Is there a conventional notation for the set of all vectors of length $n$ such that not one element of the vector is equal to zero? Right now I have to write out something like "vector $B$ blah blah ...
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How can $A \supset B$ be a synonymous of $A \Rightarrow B$? [duplicate]

From time to time, although not so commonly, I see $A \supset B$ written with seemingly the same meaning as $A \Rightarrow B$. Ex. in Constructive Type Theory and Interactive Theorem Proving, on page ...
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What does the notation $\textbf{x} \langle\textbf{Y} \rangle $ mean if $\textbf{Y} \subseteq \textbf{X}$ for random variables?

I was reading daphne's Probabilistic Graphical Models book and she introduces some notation about sets of random variables that I am confused about (on page 21 section 2.1.3.2). Before I ask my ...
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How to make clear a letter is a function?

How should I make clear that a symbol is a function? Usually a function is denoted by the letter $f$ or $g$, or is directly applied to arguments (e.g. $c(x,y)$) or is implied to be a function by an ...
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Clever Substitution Notation for Logic Formulae

Assume I have a first order- ($\mathsf{FO}$-) formula $ \varphi(x)$ with free variable $x$ and bounded variables $x',x''$. Then, $\varphi(x) \in \mathsf{FO}^3$ since it has $3$ distinct variables. ...
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Why not defining a measure as a function on functions?

A measure $\mu$ is a function to $\left[0,\infty\right]$ on the sets belonging to a $\sigma$-algebra. Then for integrable functions $f$ the integral $\int fd\mu$ comes in, having nice properties ...
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Notation for rounding function

The Wikipedia article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nearest_integer_function mentions the following notation for the rounding or "nearest integer" function. (That is, the function that corresponds to ...
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Usage of capital and small letters

Are there rules for when small, capital and greek symbols are used? Simple example: The volume left in a cube with a sphere in it is V=C-S with capital standard latin letters, meaning "if you don't ...
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Writing down solutions notation

How do you write solutions to a simple equation in set notation? For example: - the solution to $x-4=0$ - the solutions to $x^2-x=0$? Thanks in advance.
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What is $P[a, b]$?

I started a fresh course in functional analysis. In the course syllabus, some examples of Banach spaces are required to be studied rigorously: $\mathbb{R}^n, \, \mathbb{C}^n, \, l^p, L^p, C^k[a, b], ...
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Notation for the subcategory of commutative $R$-algebras

Let $R$ be a commutative ring (with identity) and let $R\mathbf{Alg}$ denote the category of $R$-algebras. My question: Is there a suitable notation for the full subcategory of commutative ...
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Very simple notation question

What notation is it called when a number is represented as a series of additions, for example: 124 = 100 + 20 + 4 This is a very simple question obviously but I don't remember what it's called! ...
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Which letters to use as index in sequences?

Usually the latin letters $i,j,k,l,m,n$ are used as indexes in sequences or sets with $k$ elements ($A = \{ a_1,...,a_k \} $). But when we already used all these letters is there any recommendation? ...
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Using $\pm$ to express “in the range of” statement.

Does it make sense to write: $x = \left\{A\pm B\right\}$ To mean that $x$ falls in the range of $\left\{A-B,A+B\right\}$? If not, what would be the correct way of expressing this? Many thanks!
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Probability notation P versus Pr

I have come across both $P(…)$ and $Pr(…)$ being used to represent probabilities. Is there any difference in the meaning of these notations, or are they just different shorthands? I seem to come by ...
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Notation for concatenation of indexed vectors/matrices

Is there any standard notation for concatenation of matrices/vectors where their indices are taken from a set. I have matrices $A_{ij}$ where $(i,j)\in S$. I want to denote a matrix $A$ which is the ...
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Max/Min Notation Question

In a paper I'm currently reading it gives alpha to be the following value. $\alpha = \max_t \min_{t_j \in T_N} ||t-t_j||_2$ I am wondering what exactly this means? I have the following code: ...
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Notation for Surface Integral in $\mathbb{R}^3$

Recently, a paper of mine got accepted, but the reviewers are struggling with the (in my view) standard notation for surface integrals in $\mathbb{R}^3$: Let $\Gamma \subset \mathbb{R}^3$ be a ...
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Who invented or used very first the double lined symbols $\mathbb{R},\mathbb{Q},\mathbb{N}$ etc

Who invented or used very first the double lined symbols $\mathbb{R},\mathbb{Q},\mathbb{N}$ etc. to represent the real number system, rational number system, natural number system respectively?
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What is the $\lor$ symbol?

In researching the consensus algorithm, I came upon the consensus theorem: How does the $\lor$ symbol function?
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$\Bbb Z^\ast$ What is this notation?

What does $\Bbb Z^\ast$ mean? I would think some subset of the integers but I cannot find a definition. Thank you.
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Express function counting number of elements in subsets

I wish to express a function $freq(x)$ as an equation but I have no clue how to properly do this. Basically I have the following: Let $a_i \subset A$ be one of many subsets of A. Each subset $a_i$ ...
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Correct Way to Describe the Following Set

I have a set $X \subset \mathbb{R}^6$ in which three of the entries belong to $\mathbb{R}$ and the other three belong to $[0,360)$ (they are angles). How do I write this set in formal notation (I'm ...
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How to denote a set of nested tuples?

I want to define a set that elements that are nested tuples, like this one: $$a =((1, 2), (1, 2, 3), (1, 2))$$ I want this so I can index elements and write $a_{2,3} = 3$. My first idea was simply ...
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What's the correct notation for a minimum of a row of a matrix?

Let I=1,...,m denote the indexes of the rows of a matrix A Let J=1,...,n denote the indexes of the columns of a matrix A Let xi,j denote the value of the element A[i,j] I need do use a notation to ...
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Mathematical notation of choosing randomly one element from a vector

What is the mathematical notation for choosing randomly one element from a vector length $n$? For example our vector is $[3, 4, 5]$.
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Correct way of expressing the values a parameter can have

I have something similar to this sum (just a quick example): $$f = \sum^{N_x} g(z)$$ where $x$ stands for either $A$ or $B$ since I have two values $N_A$ and $N_B$ that could be used in the above ...
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What is the notation for a sub-expression?

For set theory, we have notation to denote subsets, e.g.: $$S \subset X$$ When working with expressions (arithmetic, Boolean, etc.), is there a notation to denote expression $S$ is a valid ...
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What does the colon use in the decimal place mean?

When I type into wolfram the query, exp(1) in base 100, the answer comes back "2.71:82:81...." What does the colon (:) mean?
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Confused by the task given (involves identical inequality of functions)

The task says: Show that if some function $\;f(z)={1\over g(z)}$, where $g\not\equiv0$ is an entirely analytic function, then the isolated singularities of $\;f$ are exactly zeros of $g$ ...
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Manifolds and Varieties

In my language, spanish, the word for (topological) manifold and (algebraic) variety is the same: "Variedad". This happens also in some other languages, like french (variété) or portuguese ...
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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 for the smallest number in a set?

Let's assume I have a set like $S = \{2,1,3,4,8,10\}$. What's the math notation for the smallest number in the set?
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Set-builder defining set size and valid elements? Notation help.

I'm working on some documentation for a system that uses an arbitrary waveform generator that accepts data with a number of requirements. I would like to include some formal definitions of the ...
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Any way to represent number that comes after repeating decimal?

Essentially, I am wondering if you can represent a repeating decimal and have a number. For example, perhaps 0.9 repeating with an 8 at the end, the largest decimal less than one (because 0.9 ...
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Product of operators - what is the standard notation

Given $P_i$, $i=1,\ldots,n$ operators on a Hilbert space $H$. For $x \in H$, Does $\left( \prod_{i=1}^n P_i\right) (x)$ mean $$ \left(\prod_{i=1}^n P_i\right) (x) = P_1 \cdots P_n (x)$$ or $$ ...
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Is my use of $\pm/\mp$ in answers allowed notation?

If we solve the equations: $$x^3+2x^2-9x+2 = 0\\\therefore x = 3, -3, -2\\\therefore x = \pm3, -2$$ $$x^3-4 x^2+9 x-10\\\therefore x = 1+2i, 1-2i, 2\\\therefore x = 1\pm 2i, 2$$ It seems to me that $x ...
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Frequency distribution, notation problem with the classes

I would like to create a frequency distribution. The range of my data is the interval $[a,b]$. I divide this interval into $n$ equal length part intervals (or classes). So each part interval has the ...
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$\forall$ At the beginning or at the end?

I have a set of real numbers $x_1, x_2, \ldots, x_n$ and two functions $f:\mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ and $g:\mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$. What are the differences between the following ...
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Italic notation in logic

I have seen some books on formal logic where variables are written in italic, while statements are upright. Hence a statement could like like $\mathrm A(x_1, \ldots, x_n)$. How much of a standard is ...
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How would you change math notation? [closed]

Mathematical notation has been evolving for hundreds of years (really thousands, I guess, but most of the noteworthy examples seem to be only a few hundred years old). Sometimes we are stuck with old ...
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Modern notational alternatives for the indefinite integral?

I like the Leibniz notation, and I think the reason it's survived for over 300 years and continued to be almost the only game in town is that in many respects it's a miracle of design. Nevertheless ...