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Notation for polynomials and equating coefficients

I am reading a paper that defines $P_k(s_1,s_2|t)$ as a polynomial of degree $k$ in $s_1$ and $s_2$ given $t$. What does it mean "given $t$"? (I think it means that each term is of the form ...
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What's the meaning of the $R(f(x),g(x))$ in $\int R(f(x),g(x))?$

Usually when I'm reading about integration, there is a notation for integrals on some forms, for example: $$\int R(\sin(x),\cos(x)) \;dx$$ Obviously I've deduced that this represents functions that ...
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Must all Lebesgue integrable functions really be invertible?

I am studying Lebesgue integration after a course on Riemann integration, and the definition of measurable function is given as follows: $f:{\mathbb R}\rightarrow {\mathbb R}$ is measurable if the ...
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Is $1 : 7 = 1 / 8$ or is it $1/7$?

In a certain (non-mathematical) Stack Exchange, when I wrote $n : m = n / m$ where $n$ and $m$ are positive integers, one of the moderators said "No! $n : m$ is usually the notation for "$n$ parts in ...
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Is there accepted notation for the pushforward measure that doesn't mention $\mathbf{P}$?

Let $(\Omega,\mathcal{F},\mathbf{P})$ denote a probability space, $(S,\mathcal{M})$ denote a measurable space, and $X : (\Omega,\mathcal{F},\mathbf{P}) \rightarrow (S,\mathcal{M})$ denote a measurable ...
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What do sine, tan, cos actually mean?

I know that $\sin\theta=\frac{y}{r}$ and $\cos\theta=\frac{x}{r}$. My question is: is $\sin$ a function of $\theta$, as in $\sin (\theta$)? If yes, why is there no $\theta$ on the right hand side of ...
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Notation sumation confusion

I am reading paper about additive schwarz preconditioner, where following notation is used in order to obtain matrix C $$C_i = \sum_k (I^k B^k (P^k u_i)R^k)$$ . My question is, what's dimension of ...
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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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How to calculate a posterior probability with a given Gaussian Mixture Model?

I'm building a GMM-based classifier in speech processing and I'm using GMM as a probabilistic scoring mechanism (therefore I don't intrinsically care about the underlying mixture components). For ...
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Should I use set notation or list notation when writing out a basis of vectors?

I think in Sheldon Axler's Linear Algebra Done Right, he makes a comment about why the technically correct way is to write vectors in lists, such as $(v_1, ... v_n)$, while many books use set ...
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Determine the domain and range of the following relations using set builder notation.

I have been given the following relations to find the domain and range of using builder notation. I am just beginning to learn the whole concept of set builder notation, and I am running into a ...
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What is usually understood as DOMAIN and CODOMAIN of a Relation

Suppose I have a relation declaration as $R \subseteq A \times B$, such that $A=\{1,2,3,4\}$ and $B=\{10,20,30,40\}$. And suppose that the definition of this relation is $R=\{(1,20),(3,40)\}$ We ...
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What does P|a means?

In the proof for the existence of unlimited prime numbers, i saw the following let n be the number of prime numbers as P1,P2,P3,.......Pn let a = P1P2P3....Pn+1 a > Pn and a is not a prime number a ...
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What does $D^n$ refer to?

I'm not sure what object $D^n$ is in the following exercise: "Write down an explicit homeomorphism between $D^n/S^{n-1}$ and $S^n$." Thanks!
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Why do mathematicians use $\oplus$ instead of $+$?

What is the historical reason for using $\oplus$ instead of $+$ to denote operations that are generally thought of as addition? Similarly, why is $\otimes$ used instead of $\times$ (or just $\cdot$) ...
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Four mathematical notations for fraction $1/999$ and how to show/present they are equal

I need some help for notation. I need to present fractions in four different format and I'd like to get it right. I just take $1/999$ for example, but of course it could be any fraction with positive ...
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What is the mathematical truth behind the Leibniz notation in differentiating twice or more?

So $f: \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ is $n>1$ (or more) times differentiable. The notation of the first derivative makes perfect "sense" with regard to what's going on: $$\lim_{h \to 0} ...
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Set numbering representation

I want to represent proper element of sets. For example, $$ A=\{1,2,3,4\} $$ $$A(2)=2$$ But I wonder that this expression is right. Because I know that the set has not order. How can I do this??
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Notation of an infinite union

Is there any difference between: $$ \bigcup_{n =1}^\infty a_{n} \\ \bigcup_{n \in \mathbb{N}} a_{n} $$ From my understanding they both define an infinite union. Is this correct?
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Operator for comparing an n-tuple

Suppose you have to compare the following two finite ordered list of elements (tuples): $(\psi_{i}, R_{i}, A_{i}, \eta_{i})$ and $(\psi_{i}^{*}, R_{i}, A_{i}, \eta_{i})$ and for instance it turns out ...
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Name for map associated with simplicial complex

Given a simplicial complex $\Delta$, implied by the construction process there are associated maps sending euclidean standard simplices into the simplicial complex $\imath: \Delta^n \to \Delta$. What ...
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Interpretation - exponential loss formula

i stumbled upon the following formula while studying the concept of exponential loss. I try to understand this formula. I read it as follows: The function that minimizes the expected exponential loss ...
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When to use $\Delta$ or $\delta$ in formulas? [closed]

I use this symbol to denote the interval of created packets (variable, not constant) in the field of computer science. In formulas, which symbols should I use, $\Delta$ or $\delta$? Or other symbols? ...
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Notation of the differential operator

I see the differential operator both with upright and italic d in different books/articles. So I'm curious about $$ \int x^2 \, dx \quad \text{vs.} \quad \int x^2\, \mathrm{d}x,$$ and ...
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What does it mean by a function $ f(x)=\exp(O(|x|^2)) $ for $|x|$ large?

Given $f(x)$ is continuous in $(-\infty,\infty)$ and $ f(x)=\exp(O(|x|^2)) $ for $|x|$ large. Now I have an I expression like ...
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Matrix,Linear algebra,polynomial,finite field,notation

In the book by Arora and Barak,Computational Complexity,on page 168,1st paragraph, there is a notation which I do not understand. They write For every $n \times n$ matrix $A$,and $i\in [n]$,we define ...
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Meaning of symbols like $\inf\limits_{\epsilon>0}$

I am very confused at the precise definition of the following symbols. A reference or explanation would be great. $$\Large\inf\limits_{\epsilon>0}\qquad \sup\limits_{\epsilon>0}$$
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What is the symbol to denote that two triangles are similar?

Does there exist a unique symbol to denote that two triangles are similar to each other without resorting to using the phrase "is similar"?
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How to notate all integers $\gt 1$ except products of $2, 3 , 5$?

What is a notation for all whole numbers greater than $6$ which are not a product of $2, 3 , 5$? $7$ would the first, then $11, 13, \ldots$ also $7\times 7$ or $11\times 11$ would be included. As a ...
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What does “Ad” mean in a proof? [closed]

My prof tend to use the word Ad. when writing proofs. Can someone please explain what "Ad." mean in a proof?
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Notation for Tautologies

I've been stuck for a while in this question and so far I don't understand the flaw of my reasoning please if you guys could help me out. See, this is my context. From the definition of argument we ...
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Notation - matrix calculatoin

i am self-studying linear algebra, and came across the following statement about singular value decomposition (X = $USV^T$). I am somewhat confused on how to interpret the (|) and (--) symbols. Should ...
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Using subscripted symbols in functions [migrated]

Using subscripts would significantly improve the structure of my code. Until now I used the following two lines to implement this. ...
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Notation for matrix that is partially unknown.

I have a matrix with some elements known and some unknown. I am using the notation $A(X)$ where $X$ are the unknown elements (not sure if relevant but I will be solving for the unknown part $X$ ...
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Why is multiplication ubiquitous in equations? [closed]

Multiplication is so ubiquitous in equations that we adopted the shortest notation possible to signify it: nothing. Why isn't, for example, addition nearly as common in equations as multiplication? ...
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Difference between $f(x(t))$ and $f(t,x)$

Why is there a difference between the two differential equations: $\overset{.}{x}(t)=f(x(t))$ and $\overset{.}{x}(t)=f(t,x)$ ?
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Succinct notation for specifying that eigenvalues must have negative real part?

Is there a succinct way to denote that all eigenvalues of a matrix $A$ have negative real parts? If the eigenvalues were real, I could simply write this as $$-1 < A < +1$$ since we have the ...
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Riemannian Geometry notational tricks or alternatives

I am interested in learning tricks that people have developed to speed up / clean up calculations in Riemannian Geometry. I am hopeful about this question because there is often a lot of symmetry in ...
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What's Being Returned Here?

I'm working my way through this paper, and I'm having a bit of trouble understanding what it's telling me to do. Here's the specific excerpt that's tripping me up: A (finite) one-shot game is a tuple ...
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Index notation for tensors: is the spacing important?

While reading physics textbooks I always come across notation like: $$J_{\alpha}^{\quad\beta},\ \Gamma_{\alpha \beta}^{\quad \gamma}, K^\alpha_{\quad \beta}.$$ Notice the spacing in indices. I can't ...
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Is this true: $\frac{f(x)}{1-c-o(1)}= \frac{f(x)}{1-c}(1-o(1))$

Let $f$ be a function, for example $f(x)=log(1+x)$ and let $c$ be some constant $>0$ (for simplicity, we may assume that it is different from 1). Is this true: $$\frac{f(x)}{1-c-o(1)}= ...
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Name for a nonlinear version of bilinear form

A map $b:X \times Y \to \mathbb{R}$ is called a bilinear form if $b$ is linear in both arguments. Is there a name for a form $b$ which is linear in only one argument and may be nonlinear in the ...
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Succinctly writing some code in vector/mathematical notation - how?

I’m trying to learn how to correctly represent some code I have in vector notation. Apologies if it’s a bit convoluted, keep in mind I’m trying to learn how to better communicate it (!) The code ...
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A Series might be a number or a sequence – Is there a better notation?!

Take the expression $\sum_{k=1}^\infty a_k$. Sometimes this expressions refers to the sequence of partial sums $\left(\sum_{k=1}^n a_k\right)_{n\in\mathbb N}$ and sometimes to the limit of this ...
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What groups are that? What does : mean?

What are the groups 2^6 : 3 . S_6 or 2^4 : A_8 ? Are they some subgroups of S_6 or A_8? I believe that 2 . A_n is the double cover of A_n, and "multiplying" with a number gives a covering group. But ...
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Representing a combinatorial sum with an equation

I am trying to represent a situation with an equation that is fairly conceptually simple, but I am not sure what is the proper way to represent it as a formal mathematical equation. I have a set of n ...
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E Scientific Exponential Notation

Gday, I have a question regarding scientific notation. Today I learnt that $a\operatorname{\mathbf{E}}b$ is the same as $a\cdot10^b$ and since myself and examiners (I'm in year 12) like neat working ...
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Integral notation for degree homomorphism on algebraic cycles

In Fulton's Intersection Theory, he develops the notation $\int_X$ for the degree homomorphism from $A^*(X)$ to $\mathbb{Z}$, and I was wondering if there was a reason for the notation. Is this in any ...
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Proper names for different representations of the same formula

I would like to know what to call formulas that are all on one line and what to call the same formulas that are on multiple lines. One line example: P ÷ TVD ÷ 0.052 Multiple line example: ...
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In a chain of equalities/inequalities, is each line referring to the previous one?

In a chain of equalities/inequalities, or equalities/containments: $$\begin{align*} A & = B\\ & \subsetneq C\\ & = D \end{align*}$$ to which element is the last part refering to? In ...