Questions about the process of studying mathematics without formal instruction.

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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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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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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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Self-Contained Books / Series / Lectures for Comprehensive Introduction to College-Level Math for Someone with VERY Poor Math Foundation?

I've long been interested in various math related subjects (technology, philosophy, sciences, computer science, languages, etc.) without really invested time to actually any learn any of them. I ...
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Seeking Recommendation on Number Theory textbooks [on hold]

S.E advisers, I am a college sophomore with double majors in mathematics and Russian language. I wrote this email to seek a recommendation on good introductory textbooks for number theory. I will ...
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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? [on hold]

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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Transformation Property of Bivectors

$\newcommand{\ba}[0]{\mathcal{B}}$ I want to derive the transformation property of a bivector ie. $$[\alpha]_{\ba'}=A[\alpha]_{\ba } A^T \tag{1}$$ where $[\alpha]_\ba$ denotes the matrix ...
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Concave and convex functions [on hold]

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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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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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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Best Sets of Lecture Notes and Articles

Let me start by apologizing if there is another thread on math.se that subsumes this. I was updating my answer to the question here during which I made the claim that "I spend a lot of time sifting ...
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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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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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Zero divisors in ring of real valued functions.

I'm working though Pinter's A book of Abstract Algebra and would like a quick verification on a simple problem. Exercise 17.B2 asks Describe the divisors of zero in $\mathcal{F}(\mathbb{R})$. ...
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Mathematical introduction to machine learning

At first glance, this is once again a reference request for "How to start machine learning". However, my mathematical background is relatively strong and I am looking for an introduction to machine ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Transitioning to Higher Level Mathematics

I am just finishing grade 12 pre-calculus at my school and have strong interest in math. The problem is, it seems some important elements of higher level math are not in my schools curriculum that are ...
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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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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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On Nonlinear Autonomous system of two equations if the eigenvalues of the Jacobian matrix are 0.

Suppose we have a non-linear autonomous system of two equations: $$\begin{cases} x'(t) = F(x,y) \\ y'(t) = G(x,y) \end{cases} $$ and we obtain a fixed point for this equation, but the eigenvalues of ...
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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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Math is too hard for me. How can I make it easier? [closed]

I am trying to study, and I keep finding that math is hard (any kind), and it doesn't get easier(only harder). I am trying to learn these things all in progression (asynchronously): 1.Math for all ...
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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?

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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How can I retain the mathematics that I've supposedly learnt?

So my question simply is "What is the best method to make sure you retain what you have learnt?" Okay so I've tried learning mathematics up to where I should be at in the past. Every time though I ...
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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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Good introductory book for self-studying quasigroups?

I'm looking for an undergraduate or beginning graduate level text from which to self-learn quasigroup theory. An emphasis on using quasigroups to understand the structure of groups would be ...
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Proof that this specific function is measurable

Bounty Edit: Considering the nature of the problem at hand (i.e. proving that a specific function is measurable), I think this can be an easy but relevant problem. In particular, it is relevant to ...
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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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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 ...
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Set Inclusion Properties

Consider a sequence of random variables $(X_n)$ converge almost surely to $X$. Define set $N:=\{\omega: X_n \to X \}^C$. Then it is claimed that we would have the following set inclusion properties. ...
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If $A_n \downarrow A.$ then $A_1 - An \uparrow A_1 - A$? Set theory.

Let $A_1, A_2 , \dots$ be subsets of a set $\Omega$. If $ A_1 \subset A_2 \subset \dots$ and $\bigcup_{n = 1}^{\infty} A_n = A $ then we write $A_n \uparrow A.$ $ A_1 \supset A_2 \supset \dots$ and ...
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liminf and limsup in probability

Consider a sequence of random variable $(X_n)$. Prove the following inequality: $$ \mathbb P\left(\liminf\{X_n \leq x\}\right) \leq \liminf\mathbb P\left(\{X_n \leq x\}\right)\leq \limsup\mathbb ...
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$4$ random digits, $2$ different ones.

I have been trying to solve the following problem What is the probability that among $4$ random digits, there appear exactly $2$ different ones? Two different digits means that there should be ...