Questions about the process of studying mathematics without formal instruction.

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Show that a positive definite (not necessarily symmetric) matrix induces a hyperellipse

Consider $A\in M_n(\mathbb{R})$ a positive definite matrix and a matrix $B\in M_{n \times p}(\mathbb{R})$, with $n\geq p$ and $rank(B)=p$. i) Show that $C=B^TAB$ is positive definite. ii) Show that ...
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Variance of Inhomogenous Poisson process in a given window

Consider some variable $X\sim \operatorname{Poi}(\lambda(t))$ to be Poisson-distributed with some parameter $\lambda$ dependent on time, where we know how the random variable $\lambda$ is distributed. ...
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An orthogonal projection matrix in $ \Bbb{R}^{3} $.

Consider the vector space $\mathbb{R^3}$ with usual inner product. Find the orthogonal projection matrix on the xy plane. I've found sometimes the orthogonal projection of a vector in a given ...
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Are “Transition Books” (Spivak/Apostol/Courant) really necessary?

Why do so many people recommend Spivak, Apostol, and Courant calculus textbooks, especially as a preparation toward the advanced courses like analysis and abstract algebra? Are they really necessary? ...
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Linear algebra, inner product and matrix

Let $A\in M_{m \times n}(\mathbb{R})$, $x\in \mathbb{R}^n$ and $b,y\in \mathbb{R}^m$. Show that if $Ax=b$ and $A^ty=0_{\mathbb{R}^m}$, then $\langle b,y\rangle=0$. Also make a geometric ...
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Can the given transformation possible for given determinant?

In forth step $(x-1)(x-2)$ is obtained by applying transformation R$1 \frac{1}{(x+1)}$ and R$2 \frac{1}{(x+2)}$. But we get value of $x = -1$ or $ x = -2$ so $\frac{1}{(x+1)}$ and ...
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Textbook with full solutions: To self-learn logic for the first time [on hold]

I never studied logic before; so I'm seeking an intelligible textbook (written in simple English) with practice problems that MUST be accompanied with full detailed solutions. I read ...
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Which version of MIT Single Variable Calculus should one take?

MIT offers nine versions of the single variable calculus course. five with course number 18.01..., and four versions under the course number heading "Supplemental." For those who have researched ...
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Reference request for conditional and unconditional covariance of n-times integrated Brownian motion

I'm working through an old Diaconis paper on Bayesian numerical analysis, and am currently calculating the details behind his brief comments on using $n$-times integrated Brownian motion as a function ...
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Understanding two sided t-test

Assume we have two search engines, A and B. I get a list of scores for 10 different queries. Now, I model this with a t-test in order to test significance. These are my hypothesis: $H_0: B-A=0$ ...
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Are basic trigonometry functions ( sine, cosine, tangent ) intuitive or memorized?

First, I'm really sorry for this somewhat vague and possibly just silly question. I also apologize if the following context runs a bit long. But please trust me that I'm asking with total sincerity ...
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The maximum and minimum of five independent uniform random variables

Let $U_1,\dots,U_5$ be independent, each with uniform distribution on $(0, 1).$ Let $R$ be the distance between the minimum and maximum of the $U_i^{'}$s. Find the joint density of the max and the ...
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What should I study, if I want to learn about higher dimensional spaces and objects? Also, what resources should I obtain?

I am becoming interesting in learning about higher dimensions. What are subjects I could study, and what are some good resources for those subjects?
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How to partially differentiate an integral with a density function?

I am given this result: $$\frac{\partial}{\partial x(t)} \left[\lambda \int u(x(t)) f(t) \mathrm{d}t\right] = \lambda u^\prime(x(t)) f(t)$$ Where $\lambda$ is a constant, and we have the probability ...
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Companion Books for Rudin's PMA

S.E friends, I am a college sophomore with double majors in mathematics and microbiology. I wrote this email to seek your recommendation on selecting the introductory analysis textbook, particularly ...
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Doubt on asymptotics of continous functions (little-o notation and taylor expansion).

Suppose I have $e^{(\frac{1}{n}b + o(\frac{1}{n}))}$ then $\lim_{n \rightarrow \infty} = e^0 = 1$ so $$e^{(\frac{1}{n}b + o(\frac{1}{n}))} = o(1) +1$$ But if I take the Taylor expansion of ...
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Characteristic Function and Density Function

Consider a random variable $X$ with density function $f(x)$, moment generating function $M(t):= \int e^{tx}f(x) dx$ (existing in an interval containing $0$), cumulant generating function $K(t):=\log ...
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Find the distribution function of bivariate distribution

Find the distribution function of $$f_{X,Y}(x,y)=\begin{cases} e^{-y}, & \text{if $0< x<y < \infty$} \\ 0, & \text{ otherwise} \end{cases}$$ Trial : According to my calculation ...
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How to solve this integral in moment generating function

The moment generating function of generalised Pareto distribution eventually comes down to the following integral (here). $$ M_X(\theta) = \mathbb Ee^{X\theta} = \int_\mu^\infty e^{\theta ...
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Matrix multiplication memorisation

So I'm writing an exam about matrices in a few weeks time, and I'd like to know if anybody has any tips about multiplying matrices.
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Requirements for learning and understanding trigonometry?

Im reaching a point in programing where I need to create basic shapes which I simply cant since my math skills are very bad. After finding out that the skills required are trigonometry I read a few ...
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Study a math course on my own, suggestions? [closed]

I would like to study some math on my own. I am currently studying my second semester at a university and I have too much freetime so I would like to study something on my own, but I can't decide what ...
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Concave and convex functions [closed]

Does the function $ \frac{1}{x} $ in (0 ,10] , represent a convex function ? And the function $ log(x^{2}) $ , in the same interval, is concave function ? Thanks
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What textbook(s) do I need to self-study grade 9 - 11 math? I failed Gr 11 Math twice.

I need a book that will help me to master all the concepts in math up until at least toronto's grade 11 math level by June. It's not a long way away, and I'm a slow learner. So what can I do to speed ...
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Prove that minimum of the matrix norm is achieved at certain parametres

Given matrix $A\in R^{n\times m}$ prove that minimum of the $||A-xy^T||$, $||B||=tr(B^TB)$, is achieved when $x$ is an eigenvector of $AA^T$, corresponding to its greatest eigenvalue, and $y$ is an ...
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Inverse Laplace Transformation of a heaviside function.

I'm working through an example of an inverse laplace transformation: $$\mathscr{L}^{-1}[\frac{e^{-3s}}{s+1}] = u_3(t)e^{-(t-3)}$$ I am having trouble seeing how this works. I know that: ...
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Matrixproduct of A'A expressed as a sum

I have difficulties in proving (understanding, seeing) the following identity: $ \mathbf{A'A} = \mathbf{(a_1, a_2, ...,a_n)} \begin{pmatrix}\mathbf{a_1'\\a_2'\\ \vdots \\ a_n'}\end{pmatrix} = \sum ...
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Does Thompson's Calculus hit all the essentials needed?

I found out in my preliminary research for my undergraduate degree that I need a bit of undergraduate-level mathematics for my topic at the very minimum to start with, up to ODEs. So I found a ...
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Seeking Recommendation on Theoretical Multivariable Calculus textbooks

I am a college sophomore with double majors in mathematics and microbiology. I wrote this email to seek your advice on selecting a theoretical, proof-based textbook on the multivariable calculus. I ...
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Importance of Exercises in Mathematics for Self-Studying

I am a high school student wanting to major in Mathematics in the future. I started to like Mathematics recently, starting a year ago and I watched some interesting math videos on YouTube for fun (ex: ...
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Dual Vectors and Dual Metric

In the book of Nadir Jeevanjee „An Introduction to Tensors and Group Theory for Physicists“ it is stated as an exercise that: 2.17 Given a basis $\{e_i\}_{i=1,...,n}$ , under what circumstances do ...
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How to find conditional expectation $\mathbb E(X|X<M)$

Consider a random variable $X$ following the so-called folded normal distribution. That is, $X$ has density function $$ f_X(x) = \sqrt{\frac{2}{\pi\tau}}e^{-\frac{x^2}{2\tau}}, x>0. $$ ...
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The definition of the $false$ truth value

In "Topoi: The Categorial Analysis of Logic" by R. Goldblatt the $false: 1 \to \Omega$ truth value is defined as the characteristic arrow of the arrow $0_1: 0 \to 1$. This definition requires that ...
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What's in a name? (Sum of Squares)

I have always believed that in order to fully understand and appreciate the mathematical subtleties and ideas behind a certain concept is to understand the name given to it. For now, can someone ...
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Back Substitution

My professor explained the math behind a simple random walk process but I was unable to follow one of the steps. The first equation was: Xt=(Xt-1)+et He then said "we need to back substitute in for ...
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Complete example of haar measure on compact groups like $GL(n,R)$

I am currently reading the proof of existence of haar measure, but I learn better mostly by examples so I would like examples of explicit computation of haar measure mainly on any $Gl(n,R)$ or any lie ...
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Calculus books recommendation (intermediate level)

:) I would like to ask for some intermediate level textbook for calculus (single variable), or, at least, some supplement to Spivak's Calculus for better understanding on how to approach and solve ...
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Is this the right way to do it?

There are 40 questions. For each question, there are 5 options of which only one option is correct. 3 points are awarded for each correct answer, and 1 mark is deducted for each wrong answer. For ...
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On the good set principle and sigma fields.

Following Probability and measure Theory by Ash (2000). let $\Omega$ be a set, let $C$ be a class of subsets of $\Omega$ and $A \subset \Omega$, we denote by $C \cap A$ the class $\{ B \cap A : B \in ...
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Can anyone suggest a reference to learn about relative log-likelihood and likelihood intervals?

I want to understand how to calculate the 10% likelihood interval for a Poisson model of count data. It is an old assignment where they give you 20 counts, tell you it is a Poisson model and ask you ...
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How to minimize $x^2+4xy+5y^2-4x-6y+7$ without using calculus

I would like to find the smallest possible value of the function $$f(x,y)=x^2+4xy+5y^2-4x-6y+7$$ without taking any derivatives. My thoughts were to complete the square on both $x$ and $y$ and ...
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What is the number of words of length $h$ in a sequence of subsets of words?

Let $L=\{0,1\}^*$ (the set of binary words on $0$ and $1$), Given an integer $k$, and $S$ a finite subset of $L$ define recursively the following sequence of subsets of $L$: $$\begin{align} A_1 ...
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How to stay productive while you are studying math? [closed]

Not sure that this question is a good fit for this site, but I will try. When I am working through a chapter of a mathematical book first two hours are normally very productive (easily remember ...
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Prerequisits for Gauss-Green theorem

Consider the following theorem from the appendix C from Evans PDE book: I know about integration in $\mathbb{R}^n$ but not about how to make sense of the integrals on the right-hand side. As my ...
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Scheduling problem

Consider the following setting: $N$ jobs, each has a starting time, which is assumed to be a natural number and all N numbers are distinct, e.g., the 1st job has starting time at 5, the 2nd is 6, the ...
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Reference material on Alternating Minimization Algorithm

I am looking for some good reference material (book/paper) for learning Alternating Minimization Algorithm. Any recommendation from optimization experts will be much appreciated. Thank you.
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Question about an exercise from Feller

The following is an exercise from the classical textbook of Feller on probability theory. Four girls take turns at washing dishes. Out of the total of four breakages, three were caused by the ...
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Is $f\colon\mathbb{Z}\to\mathbb{Z}, f(x)=x^2$ injective? Surjective?

I would say no: $\text{Suppose } f(a)=f(b) \text{ then } a^2=b^2 \implies \pm a = \pm b \implies -a=b$. Or simply by counterexample: $f(-1)=f(1)$ Further, I would say it does not map $\mathbb{Z}$ ...
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Infinite horizon cost function

The following quote is from Bertsekas's Dynamic Programming and Optimal Control. I'm only looking for a nudge in the right direction as to how to interpret the following equations, particularly ...
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Equivalence Relation between Derivative Being Odd and Function Being Even

In the exercise, I am required to prove that $f'$ is odd $\iff$ $f$ is even Moving from right to left was pretty trivial, however, I couldn't move from left to right. Note that we can only use very ...