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Defining all possible combinations using a formal language

I have 2 sets of words $A$ and $B$ with 10 different elements in $A$ and 20 different elements in $B$. The elements consist of 1 keyword each: category number type etc. Their meaning is not ...
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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 opposite of $\colon\colon$? [on hold]

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. ...
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About the exact form of a gaussian kernel

Traditionally we define a gaussian function at a point x (assuming mean to be 0) as follows $$g_{\sigma}(x) = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi \sigma^{2}}} \exp\left(\frac{x^{2}}{2\sigma^{2}}\right)$$ In ...
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Fourier analysis notation - Sh and Ch

I reading something dealing with Fourier analysis and don't know what "Sh" and "Ch" indicate. Thanks!
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Difference between formula and algorithm

What is the difference between the terms formula and algorithm in mathematics? I haven't seen the definition of formula anywhere. I know that algorithm means that Turing machine halts for every input. ...
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Symbol in Linear Algebra

I'm newbie in linear algebra and I do not understand the symbol that is selected with blue color. What does this symbol means? What is the purpose to use this symbol? What context is this symbol ...
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what does it mean for a matrix to be greater than another?

I am reading these notes on viscosity solutions, here is a theorem: Let us assume $u\in C^2$ is a classical solution of $F(x,u,Du,D^2u)=0$, $x\in \Omega$ then $u$ is a viscosity solution whenever ...
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Given bifunctor $F$, what is the name of the functor with switched arguments?

Sorry for the unspecific title. Here the actual question: Given categories $\mathcal{A},\mathcal{B}$, let $S$ be the canonical functor $\mathcal{B} \times \mathcal{A} \to \mathcal{A} \times ...
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Where can I find the official rule for multi-line expressions?

Consider this simple exercise: $$1+1+11+1+1 = 15\tag{A}$$ But what if it were a very long expression? Let's assume that it is, then $$\begin{equation*} \begin{split} 1+1+\; & \\ ...
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“Projective tangent space” to a projective variety

Is there an established notation for the linear subvariety tangent to a projective variety $V$ at a point $x$? I've seen this called the "projective tangent space" in some places. The closest thing ...
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What is the remainder of an n-th root called?

I feel like there should be a better word than remainder, but I don't know it. What do you call the thing that's left over when performing an $n$-th root? For example, $\sqrt[3]{29}$ is $3$ with 2 ...
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$F^{(n)} (p)$ do you first differentiate and afterward apply the Laplace?

If you have a Laplace transform: $F^{(n)} (p)$, do you first differentiate and afterwards apply the Laplace? $F(p)$ meaning $L[f(t)](p)$
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Notation for a function with multiple return values

I want to define a function $f$ whose domain is given by the set $V$ whose return value is a subset of $C$. Please correct me if I am wrong, I assume that $f : V \rightarrow C$ would mean that the ...
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Notation for binary permutation

Given a number $x \in \mathbb{N}$ , I want to write down following algorithm in a notation which can be written without the need for providing an example. Step (1): Find all unique prime factors ...
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Is the decimal notation the “right” notation for arithmetic?

I am considering here the pre-decimal notations such as Roman numerals, Egyptian numerals etc. It seems reasonable that these must all be equivalent. And it seems that decimal notation (i.e. ...
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Tensor transpose notation

I have a rank 3 tensor $\mathbf{Q}$. What notation should I use to denote the transposition of two of the dimensions? For instance, if I want to transpose the first and second dimensions, one way I ...
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What does this notation mean $\{a_k\}_{k=i}^n$?

What does this notation mean $\{a_k\}_{k=i}^n$? I saw it in sites talking about sequences but there was no explanation of what it meant. E: I reviewed the other post, this is not a duplicate, and ...
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What is meaning of big U in sets? [duplicate]

What does big U below signify? And what is number written above and below it?
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Clarification on notation in Siegfried Bosch's Commutative Algebra book about primary decomposition of ideals.

I'm reading through Siegfried Bosch's Commutative Algebra book, and I'm confused on his notation in one his proofs. He uses this notation a lot, so I think I should I understand it. The notation first ...
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Notation: how can I say variable drawn from a distribution D lies in space X

Suppose I have a random distribution $D$ for which, if $x\sim D$, then $x\in X$. Is there a standard notation involving only $D$ and $X$? For example, let $N$ be the multinormal distribution with ...
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What does a hat or star means in math?

What are the general uses of the hat and star symbol in math? Or could you please point me to a page that discusses this? Thanks.
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Name for measure of non-injectivity of a covering map

Suppose that $p:C\to X$ is a covering map. For $x\in X$, is there a name for the number $Card(p^{-1}(x))$? So that for $p(z)=z^5:\mathbb{C}\setminus\{0\}\to\mathbb{C}\setminus\{0\}$, one might say ...