The process of studying mathematics without formal instruction. _Don't_ use this tag just because you were self-studying when you came across the mathematical question you're asking; it is only for when the fact that you're self-studying is what your question is _about_.

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sufficiency of linear combination of bernoulli random variables. [closed]

Let $ X_1$, $X_2$, $X_3$ be a set of three independent Bernoulli random variables with unknown parameter $p$ = $P(X_i=1)$. Where it is given that $p$ = $X_1 + X_2 + X_3 $ is sufficient for $p$. Show ...
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Joint probability distribution of functions of random variables

Let $X_1$ and $X_2$ be jointly continuous random variables with joint probability density function $f(x_1,x_2)$.It is sometimes necessary to obtain the joint distribution of the random variables $Y_1$ ...
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Are there powerful ways to use the topological definition of continuity in real analysis?

In the lectures for introductory real analysis, my professor repeatedly told the class that the topological definition of continuity (preimage of open is open) is the most powerful version of ...
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Understanding foundational terms: notions, objects and meta-objects

I am trying to take my problem solving skill to next level. It looks like It takes a lot of mathematical discipline. Here, This post buys me to get better at proof writing. So, I think is useful to ...
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Self Learning — Number Theory

I was wondering if there were any good online courses/lecture videos (preferably courses/videos but books would work too) for self learning algebraic number theory. I have seen sites like MIT ...
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Good introductory book on mathematical morphology

What is a good introductory book on mathematical morphology? It should outline the basic theory and a focus on applications would be nice. If possible, it should be approachable for a determined ...
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Marginilizing in multivariate Statistical Distributions

Suppose we draw $X = [x_1,...,x_i,...x_r,...,x_t...,x_j,...x_N]$ from $N(0,\Sigma)$. is there any way to compute $E[x_ix_j]$ and how about $E[x_ix_jx_rx_t]$ ? How can I compute the marginal ...
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Self study plan [closed]

I don't want to go to college and I came up with plan in the following order: ...
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What's the best way for an engineer to learn “real” math?

I'm an electrical/computer engineering student and have taken fair number of engineering math courses. In addition to Calc 1/2/3 (differential, integral and multivariable respectfully), I've also ...
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What's the point in being a “skeptical” learner [closed]

I have a big problem: When I read any mathematical text I'm very skeptical. I feel the need to check every detail of proofs and I ask myself very dumb questions like the following: "is the map well ...
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Why is the map $f(x)=e^{i2\pi x}$ from $[0, 1)$ to the unit circle continuous?

This seems to be a really silly question, I just couldn't think it straight. The definition of a continuous map: $f: X \to Y$ is continuous if for any open set $U$ in $Y$ , $f^{-1}(U)$ is open in $X$...
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How do I memorize mathematical proofs?

I first started wanting to know about the derivation of theorems because certain ones help you memorize the theorems better. But as I take harder math classes, it turns out better for me to use ...
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Learning mathematics for physicists from scratch

i am a freshman physics student and naturally my curriculum includes math-classes. The thing is, that -at least for the time being- teachers cover only the surface of topics so as to have only a ...
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How to Catch Up?

I am finishing up my bachelor's degree in mathematics at the University of North Florida, and I plan on going to graduate school, but I feel very behind. One of my professor's gave us this problem: $...
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recommend math books [closed]

So i completed an year ago my schooling and i am pretty good at maths well at my level and i am very interested in maths and want to learn as much maths as possible and i like stuff like number theory....
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Weak law of large numbers without figuring out the distribution.

let $X_{1},X_{2},\dots$ be i.i.d. random variables with common probability density function. $$f(x)=\begin{cases} \frac{1}{2}e^{-\left(\frac{x-1}{2}\right)},& \text{if } x>1\\0,& \text{...
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How to learn math by self-teaching [Without books, or outside help]

I'm thinking along the lines of attempting to explore mathematics by making my own discoveries as if it's the new frontier. As if I was a mathematician from 2000 B.C. I know this sounds really ...
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Testing of hypothesis

Following is a question from my textbook. My approach is different from one explained in the book. I cannot understand what is wrong with my solution. I have explained both solutions below. Kindly ...
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What does “modulo equivalence relationship” mean?

I am reading something on completion of metric spaces and it says: Let $\hat S$ be $\mathcal{C}$ modulo equivalence relationship of co-Cauchy sequences. Where $\mathcal{C}$ is the set is all ...
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Re-learning Maths for physics (particle and space) [closed]

I know there's a lot of "how do I learn maths" questions out there but I wanted to lay down my history and interest to possibly get a better approach. When I was in secondary school ( high school ) ...
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Is reading a textbook and doing problems the best way to self-study game theory?

In preparation for a research position, I'm supposed to self-study the first six chapters of Osborne Introduction to Game Theory over the next two weeks, and complete corresponding problem sets. Is ...
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Recommend book Taylor expansions

I've taken up self-study of math and i start using the book called : Mathematical Analysis I Authors: Canuto, Claudio, Tabacco, Anita I would like to start from zero to understand taylor ...
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Textbook Accompanying Naive Set Theory

I'm in the process of self-studying from the very popular Halmos book "Naive Set Theory" and I must say I can say only the best about the book. However, although the book has some excercises I would ...
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Functions of Mixing random variables

If $X_t$ and $Y_t$ are independent random processes that are $\alpha$-mixing, is a linear combination, $aX_t + bY_t$ also $\alpha$-mixing? What about other functions $f(X_t,Y_t)$? How does one ...
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Looking Away from the Temptations of the Solution Key [closed]

This is quite a soft question and I believe that it is a very important one and one that many self-learners can relate to. So I recently was going through a problem set in topology and I came across ...
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Should I continue trying to solve Spivak or pick up a lighter book?

Some background: I have no mathematical maturity. Last year I completed my schooling and the only time I picked up a math/science book was when exams were due, needless to say I haven't actually given ...
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Website for sharing solutions/proof verification?

Is there a website for sharing solutions to exercises in math books? I'm self-studying math and I find solution manuals like this very helpful. When I do an exercise, I usually scribble down a few ...
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$f(\alpha _I) \ne 0$

I need help in this question... Let $F$ be a field of characteristic zero and let $V$ be a finite dimensional vector space over field $F$. If $\alpha _1,\dots , \alpha_m$ are finitely many vectors in ...
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Exterior Robin Boundry Condition

Exterior Robin boundary is expressed as the following in the book $\partial{u}/ \partial{v}-\lambda u=f$ on the boundary and $v$ is normal. Also u satisfies Laplace Equation in exterior domain in $R^...
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infinite subset of discrete metric space is not compact

The question is Im not really sure how to go about this So far i am trying to show that for an open cover of the infinite subset X, there isn't a finite sub cover and therefore X is not compact I ...
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Properties of Weak Convergence of Probability Measures on Product Spaces

EDIT: For the Bounty, I made a substantial edit revision concerning the structure of the question, to make it more readable (hopefully). Moreover I added a question on problem 2.7 of Billingsley’s ...
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What are some good resources to review basic university calculus, years later?

So, I have reason to be returning to school, many years (5+) after my last attendance; and although I took (and passed, barely, after much strife) Calculus 1 and 2 at my previous university, I am very ...
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Permutations and combinations textbook recommendations

I have had real difficulty with permutation/combination questions in probability and statistics texts. What I have real difficulty with is transforming word problems into mathematical form to solve. ...
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Scratch paper alternatives? [closed]

How do you practice complicated calculation when the problem is displayed on your computer screen? Do you always have pieces of paper on the side, or do you have a Wacom tablet connected to your ...
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$W$ intersection of $(n-1)$ dimensional subspaces

I have got a good (I think so) intuition of this problem but I am not being able to write down the crucial steps correctly. Let $V$ be a $n$ dimensional vector space over field $F$ . Let $W$ be a ...
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Next Step for Self-Learning

I am an undergraduate mathematics major and recently completed a course in real analysis. While I enjoyed this course it left out many topics that I would have liked to learn because of time ...
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Existence of maximum and minimum

Let $f:\mathbb{R}_+\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ be continuous and such that $f(0)=1$ and $lim_{x\rightarrow+\infty}f(x) = 0$. Prove that $f$ must have a maximum in $\mathbb{R}_+$. What about the ...
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Express $2\cos (n\theta)$ in terms of $z$ [closed]

How can I show that $$2\cos(n\theta)=z^n + \frac{1}{z^n}$$ if $z=\cos\theta+i\sin \theta$ Can some one help me? thx!
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Study materials to help understand the generalized Stokes' theorem both intuitively and rigorously?

Dear MSE: My goal is to understand the generalized Stokes' theorem both intuitively and rigorously. Could someone give advice or recommend study materials to help understand the generalized Stokes' ...
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where to find good review resources? [closed]

I am taking my certification test for secondary mathematics next month and I am extremely overwhelmed by the amount of stuff i need to brush up on. http://www.mttc.nesinc.com/PDFs/MI_field022_SG.pdf ...
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Proven Studying Habits for a Limited Memory? [closed]

I learned Calculus many years ago and at the time I thought that I knew it well. (i.e. got good grades, was employed as a tutor, etc) I am now going back and studying Calculus again with the hopes of ...
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How to determine if I'm talented enough to study math? [closed]

After getting Bachelor's degree from Computer Science I changed my field to Applied Mathematics. The previous degree was mostly programming-oriented, so I know quite a lot about software engineering, ...
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What is tangent to a curve or function?

When I read my textbooks or even type "what is a tangent?" on google, I have always got an answer similar to these lines: "A straight line or plane that touches a curve or curved surface at a point, ...
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Measure theory for self study. [duplicate]

I have good knowledge of Elementary Real analysis. Now I'd like to study measure theory by myself (self-study). So please give me direction for where to start? Which book is good for starting? I have ...
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Self-studying Information Geometry

I was recently exposed to the topic of Information Geometry by a friend of mine, and was looking for a good book to begin self-studying this topic. Any suggestions? Also, what subject matter would ...
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How to interpret the notation of a formula?

I was reading a paper where the property of light known as Illuminance, for a specific setup (as in the figure) is given with the following formula: The description below the formula says: ...
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Help Self-Studying Calculus

I wanted to learn calculus but I have been told that you can't learn it without first learning elementary algebra. Can someone help me devise a plan for self-study because I don't know were to begin.
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Algebra review for Spivak Calculus

I got a bit bored with High School maths so I picked up a copy of Calculus by Spivak. I am really enjoying the book and have found that the proofs and theorems aren't as hard as others have made them ...
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Cesaro summation and convergence

I am trying to makes sense of the proof to following problem: Given: $A_n = \displaystyle \frac{\sum_{k=1}^n a_k}{n}$. Can $\{A_n\}$ converge if $\{a_n\}$ diverges; $\forall n,a_n>0; \limsup{a_n}...
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Checking if estimators are sufficient

For an i.i.d. sample of random variables Xi distributed according to a normal distribution, known variance. I found a sufficient statistic—the sample mean. How do I check if other statistic like (...