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Why $\{Z \le z\} = \bigcap_{m = 1}^\infty \bigcup_{n=1}^\infty \bigcap_{k=n}^\infty \{ Z_k \le z + 1/m \}$ if $Z=\lim_nZ_n$?

I am following A first look at rigorous probability theory by Rosenthal, and I am having troubles with limits of random variables. Specifically proposition 3.1.5. (iii) states that if $Z_1,Z_2...$ ...
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What is the most “powerfull” method to prove a sequence is increasing or decreasing?

Given a sequence $a_n$ defined in a recursive manner, the methods I know to prove if the sequence is increasing are: 1) observe if $a_{n+1} - a_n > 0 \ \forall n.$ 2) take $\frac{a_{n+1}}{a_n}$ ...
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Testing statistic $\frac{MSS(X)}{MSS(Y)}$

Suppose a test statistic $\frac{MSS(X)}{MSS(Y)}$, where $MSS$ denotes Mean Sum of Squares, is to be used for testing the significance of the factor $X$. Do we need the assumption $$\mathbb ...
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general topology (self learning)

Hi everyone I'd like to know if the following is correct. I'd appreciate any suggestion. Thanks in advance. From Dudley´s book: Let $A_n$ be the set of all the integers greater than $n$. Let ...
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Determining if the relation is an equivalence one.

Determine if the relation : $$x \sim y \iff |y-x| \text{ is an integer multiple of } 3$$ is an equivalence one. Now, I think this is an equivalence relation but I am having troubles formally ...
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on the exercise 8.10 Apostol. (limit of sequence)

The exercise states: prove that the limit of the sequence $$a_{n+2}=(a_na_{n+1})^{1/2} \ where \ a_1 \ge 0, a_2 \ge 0 $$ is $L = (a_1a_2^2)^{1/3}$ The solutin says: $$Let \ b_n = ...
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Expected Residual lifetime

I have a 2 part question. I was able to figure out part 1. I need some help with part 2. I will write out part 1 (and my solution) for completion. Let $T$ be a continuous survival time with survival ...
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Exam exercise on sequence $a_n = \sin(n)$ [duplicate]

Prove that the sequence $a_n = \sin(n)$ cannot converge when $n \rightarrow \infty $ I tried to find two subsequences that converge to different values but I am having trouble with the fact that $n ...
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Proving $(1-x)^n \geq 1 - nx $

$(1-x)^n \geq 1 - nx\,\, $ If i expand the left side of the inequality with the binomianl coefficient formula I obtain: $1-nx + {n \choose 2}x^2 - {n \choose 3}x^3 ... $ now I see where the $1-nx$ ...
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Uniform integrability of a sequence of functions.

I am considering the following sequence of functions. I think it converges pointwise to $0$ because the intervals in the domain in which the nth function is greater than zero eventually shrink and ...
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On a recursive sequence (exercise 8.9 Apostol)

The exercise states: show convergence of the sequence ${a_n}$ knowing that: $$|a_n| \le 2, \ \ \ |a_{n+2}-a_{n+1}| \le \frac{1}{8}|a_{n+1}^2 - a_{n}^2|.$$ The solution states: $$|a_{n+2}-a_{n+1}| ...
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exam exercise on Series problem.

The exercise states: Does the series $$\sum\limits_{n=1}^\infty \int_{0}^1 \frac{x^n dx}{x+1}$$ converge? The solution states as the first step: $$I_n =\int_{0}^1 \frac{x^n dx}{x+1} $$ then $ ...
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Testing convergence of the series of $n^p((n-1)^{-1/2}-n^{-1/2})$

Exercise 8.15 (l) of Analysis by Apostol states: Test for convergence: $$\sum\limits_{n = 2}^\infty n^p\left(\frac{1}{\sqrt{n-1}}-\frac{1}{\sqrt{n}} \right)$$ The solution I have states as the first ...
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Books/subjects for proof practice

So I want to practice writing proofs. I've studied general proof-writing but now I want to learn how to apply that to mathematics. From what I understand, the best and most accessible subjects for ...
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$[0,1]^{[0,1]}$ is separable

This is from Dudley´s book: Let $I:=[0,1]$ with the usual topology. Let $I^I$the set of all the functions from $I$ to $I$ with the product topology. a) $I^I$ is separable. Hint: Consider function ...
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Showing a set is closed, question from real analysis

Let $\mathbb{X}=\{1,2,3\}$ and let $\mathbb{P}$ be the set of all probabilities on $\mathbb{X}$. $\,\,$ Let, $V:\mathbb{P}\to \mathbb{R}$ be defined as $V(p)=(1+p_1)^2+(2+p_2)^2+(3+p_3)^2$. Show that ...
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How many ways there are to divide $5$-element set to at mot three sets?

How many ways there are to divide $5$-element set to at most three subsets? If I am right, then I have following subsets: 1 subset: containing five elements (that is 1 possibility) 2 subsets: 1 ...
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Find inverse of $I+\mathbf{ab}^\intercal$

Could you guys give me some hints on this homework? Find inverse of $\mathbf{I} + \mathbf{ab}^\intercal$. Hint: try to form $c\mathbf{I} + d\mathbf{ab}^\intercal$ and solve for $c,d$. What happens ...
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Simple Conditional Variance Proof Question

So I have the following best linear predictor: $y_{t+1} = a + b y_t + v_t $ , where $b$ is a measure of persistence and $v_t$ is noise (independent of $y_t$). Variance is persistent across ...
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Is there a closed form expression for $\int_{- \infty}^\infty \int_{-\infty}^y \frac{1}{2 \pi} e^{-(1/2) ( x^2+y^2 )} \mathrm{d}x\,\mathrm{d}y$?

I have been trying to evaluate the integral: $$\int_{- \infty}^\infty \int_{-\infty}^y \frac{1}{2 \pi} e^{-(1/2) ( x^2+y^2 )}\mathrm {d}x\,\mathrm{d}y$$ I know of course that the integral equals ...
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Introductory texts in abstract algebra, and game theory taking non-standard approaches

I like to see subjects from different angles. For example in linear algebra I'm reading through Axler's text (which takes a proof based approach for math students), but I'm also checking out a text on ...
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What is the (rigorous) reason that the derivative of $|x|$ does not exist at $x=0$?

Let $g=|x|$. Then, the derivative at $c=0$ is given by: $$ g'(0) = \lim_{x \to 0} \frac{|x|}{x} $$ which is either $+1$ if $x$ comes from the positive $x$-axis or $-1$ if $x$ comes from the negative ...
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A Compact Real Analysis book for a graduate student, who is short of time.

I am a Phd student in Computer Science and I want to focus on Machine Learning, especially on statistical methods. My problem is, I always keep hitting the wall when it comes to studying underlying ...
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Proof check from basic set theory

I wonder if my proof is detailed enough. $f:X\to Y.$ To be proved: $f^{-1}(\bigcap_{\alpha}E{\alpha})=\bigcap_{\alpha}(f^{-1}E_{\alpha}) $ $$\,$$ So, here goes ...
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On complex numbers and absolute values

Exercise 1.31 of Analysis by Apostol states: Given three complex numbers $z_1,z_2,z_3$ such that $|z_1| = |z_2| = |z_3| = 1$ and $z_1 + z_2 +z_3 = 0$. Show that these numbers are vertices of an ...
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Suggested book for self study.

I have a degree in Financial Risk Management, and did 4 semesters of calculus and analysis(but that was about 10 years back), with most of my other efforts going toward Mathematical Statistics and ...
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One Question on Law of Total Probability

Let $(X_n)$ with $n \in \mathbb N_0$ be a discrete martingale. Then I read the following identity which is said to be derived from the law of total probability. $$ \mathbb EX_m = \left( \sum_{n=0}^m ...
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Intuition underlying stopped martingales

Let $X$ be a martingale and $T$ a stopping time. Define the stopped martingale $X_{\min\{T,n\}}$. What is the intuition underlying this process? It is quite confusing here. $X$ is random and $T$ is ...
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net of indicator functions

Hi everyone I was reading Dudley's book and I'm having problems with the following. If $X$ is uncountable, show that there is a net of indicator functions of finite set converging pointwise to the ...
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What is negation of the following sentence?

What is negation of All birds can fly. The question seems bit funny but i don't know which of the following two sentences is correct: Some birds can not fly There is at least one bird which can not ...
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Question about limit points in relation with continuity and functional limits

I'm self-studying from the book Understanding Analysis by Stephen Abbott, and I have the feeling that the author is being careless about limit points in his theorems or I am not understanding ...
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Proof of Divergence Criterion for Functional Limits

I'm self-studying from the book Understanding Analysis by Stephen Abbott, and I don't understand corollary 4.2.5 on page 107. To be more specific, let me first write down the theorem that precedes ...
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Find $n(A \cap B)$

Question: In group of people, 60% like coffee and 70% like tea. How many people like both of them.? My Effort: We have to find how many people like both the items that means we have to find $n(A ...
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on limits of cumulative density functions

Theorem 1.5.3 of Statistical Inference by Casella and Berger States that the function $F(x)$ is a cdf if and only if the following three conditions hold: 1) $\lim_{x \to - \infty} F(x) = 0 \text{ and ...
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Self-learning mathematics - help needed!

First, I apologise for the nebulous nature of my title but I can't adequately explain myself concisely. I am about to start an MSc in pure maths after a fairly shaky undergraduate degree. I am very ...
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How to approach real analaysis

I'm just starting first year in university in Europe and here there there is no Calculus, instead you jump right into Analysis. The trouble is, for some time I self-studied through US style books and ...
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Find catesian coordinate of T-point $P(-\frac{65\pi}{2}) $

Find the Cartesian coordinates of T-point $P(-\frac{65\pi}{2}) $. It is easy when there is no negative sign. I don' t know how to do with negative sign.
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Paradox in connection with definition of limit points and order limit theorem?

I'm self-studying from the book Understanding Analysis by Stephen Abbott, and I come across something that appears (to me) as a paradox. Let me first write down one definition and two theorems that ...
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Is there any closed form for the finite sum $1+\dfrac{1}{2}+\dfrac{1}{3}+\dfrac{1}{4}+…+\dfrac{1}{n}?$ [duplicate]

I know that the infinite summation $$1+\dfrac{1}{2}+\dfrac{1}{3}+\dfrac{1}{4}+...+\dfrac{1}{n}+...$$ is divergent and also the sequence $$1+\dfrac{1}{2}+\dfrac{1}{3}+\dfrac{1}{4}+...+\dfrac{1}{n}-\ln ...
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Finding Principale period of $\cos$ function

Find principle period of $3\cos (2x-3)$. Today I have learned about principle period of various trigonometric function. I know that principle period of cos is $2 \pi$. Please someone can help me ...
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prove that $g$ is a function of $(x_1-x_2,x_2-x_3,\dots,x_{n-1}-x_n)$

$g$ is a function of $(x_1-x_2,x_2-x_3,\dots,x_{n-1}-x_n)$ iff $$g(x_1+a,x_2+a,\dots,x_n+a)=g(x_1,x_2,\dots,x_n)\forall a \in \mathbb R$$ Trial: Only if part : Consider $g$ is a function of ...
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How to get this inequality

Let $c>0$, $n \in \mathbb N$ and $q>1$. How to get the following approximating inequality when $n$ is large, please? To be more specific, I cannot see how to get rid of the square root. $$ ...
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Exercise 3.3.8 from Understanding Analysis by Stephen Abbott

Motivation: trying to prove that if $K \subseteq \mathbb{R}$ is compact (and thus, by the Heine-Borel theorem, closed and bounded), then this implies that any open cover for $K$ has a finite subcover. ...
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exercise on pointwise convergence of an (easy) function.

Exercise 6.2.5. Taken from understanding analysis of Stephen Abbott For each n $\in N$, define $f_n on \ R$ by $$f_n(x) = \begin{cases} 1, & \mbox{if} \ |x| \ge 1/n \\ n|x|, & \mbox{if} \ ...
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If $G$ is a simple $f$ an homomorphism, and $A\lhd H$ is such that $[H:A]=2$, show $f(G) \subset A$

I'm stuck with the following problem. Can someone help me by providing a hint? Suppose $G$ is simple and let $f$ be an homomorphism between $G \to H$. If $\#G\ne2$, $A\lhd H$, and $[H:A]=2$. Then ...
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hint with an exercise algebra

I'm stuck with the following I hope someone could help me. Let $N$ a normal subgroup of $G$. Show that if $[G:N]=4$, exists a normal subgroup $M$ of $G$ s.t. $[G:M]=2$. My idea: Since $G/N$ has ...
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Prove that line segments are parallel.

Prove using slope of lines that line segment joining the midpoint of $\overline { AB}$ and $\overline{AC}$ in $\Delta ABC$ is parallel to $\overline {BC.}$ Need to prove using slope of lines means I ...
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How should I self-study calculus? [duplicate]

So I already took Pre-Calc, and ended up with a B both semesters. I am an incoming senior in high school. My special-ed case manager won't let me take it because she doesn't want to see me panic ...
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What would be the way to learn algorithms?

I want to know the mathematical theory associated algorithms. Story with a base of calculation, analytical geometry and linear algebra. What would be the previous topics to begin the study of ...
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General formula for $\frac{a^{2n+1}-a^{2n-1}}{a^n-a^{n-1}}$. Is such proof correct?

I have a very simple case: Find general formula for $\frac{a^{2n+1}-a^{2n-1}}{a^n-a^{n-1}}$. Of course dividing one by another was quite simple with outcome: $a^n(a+1)$. However I would like to prove ...