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On question 7.3 from Apostol regarding two definitions of Riemann integral.

The question states: Let $f(x) = \alpha(x) = 0$ for $a \le x < c$, $f(x) = \alpha(x) = 1$ for $c < x \le b, f(c) = 0, \alpha(c) = 1$. Show that $\int^a_bf $ exists according to definition 1 but ...
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Showing Two Random Variables are Indendent Based on their PDF

Let $X_1,...X_n$ be a random sample from population with pdf $F(x|\theta)=\alpha \theta^{-\alpha}x^{\alpha -1}$ where $ 0 < x < \theta$ Show that $\frac{X_k}{X_{k+1}}$ and ...
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If $\varphi: V \to W$ is a $F$-linear mapping, then for every $U \subset V$ it is true that $\dim_F(\varphi(U)) \leq \dim_F(U)$

Problem: Let $V,W$ be finite dimensional $F$-Vectorspaces where $F$ denotes a Field. Let $\varphi: V \to W$ be a $F$-linear mapping. Show that for every $U \subset V$ $$\dim_F(\varphi(U)) \leq ...
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Box-Muller Independence Proof by Change of Variables (Help finding the Inverses)

Let $X_1=\cos(2 \pi U_1)\sqrt{-2 \log(U_2)}$ and $X_2=\sin(2 \pi U_1)\sqrt{-2 \log(U_2)}$ wher $U_1$ and $U_2$ are iid uniform (0,1). Prove that $X_1$ and $X_2$ are independent N(0,1) random ...
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Help in derivative with summation

I have forgotten how to handle the derivative $\frac{\partial}{\partial x}[(n-1) \sum_{y_i} \log x({y_i})]$ where $x$ is a function of a vector $\mathbf{y_i}$. How do I evaluate this? Thank you
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Open neighbourhoods, Polish spaces, and basis for the Baire space

This is a follow-up of a question I asked yesterday answered by GEdgar. I think I see now GEdgar’s answer, but I am not sure about an issue related to it. Thus, I will write my general understanding ...
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Prove $\lim\limits_{n \to \infty} \sup \left ( \frac{(2n - 1)^{2n - 1}}{2^{2n} (2n)!)} \right ) ^ {\frac 1 n} = \frac {e^2} 4$

This is a problem in Heuer (2009) "Lerbuch der Analysis Teil 1" on page 366. I assume that the proof should use $e = \sum\limits_{k = 0}^{\infty} \frac 1 {k!}$, but I cannot come further.
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Open neighbourhoods & polish spaces - typo in Marker's notes?

A very (very!) easy question that merges together the very basic concepts of two fields that I find always problematic for my understanding, namely topology and descriptive set theory. Everything ...
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Suggestion or help to choose a book for theory of ODE

I have recently have a course in theory of ordinary differential equations , I have learned main ideas and now I want to study theory of ode from a book for filling gaps. I have choosed three book byt ...
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How to solve this implicit equation involving integral

Consider the following equation with respect to $\alpha$ defined through a probability density function $f(x) = \exp[x-\exp(x)]$. $$ \int_{-\infty}^\infty (x-2) e^{\alpha(x-2)}e^{x-e^x}dx = 0. $$ ...
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On the intuition behind a conditional probability problem.

This is a very similar question to this one. But notice the subtle difference that the event that I define $B$ is that I am dealt at least an ace. Suppose I get dealt 2 random cards from a standard ...
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Saddle Point by the Cauchy-Riemann Equations

Consider the following complex integral $$ \int_{\mathcal P} e^{v\cdot w(z)} \xi(z) dz, $$ where $v$ is large and positive and the integration path $\mathcal P$ satisfies the following two ...
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Lie theory for physicists

As an undergraduate on physics seeking a solid education on mathematics, I have recently stumbled upon some theories that make use of the formalism of Lie groups and Lie algebras. In light of this, I ...
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Initial segments of trees

I am fairly sure this question will look quite trivial, but I have some trouble getting the reason behind the use of the symbole $\subset$ when we deal with sequences and initial segments of ...
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Continuous, bijective - yet not a homeomorphism

I'm going through the earlier chapters in books and making sure I can do everything (and addressed many short-comings, like compactness) but I've come across something I can't do. In "Introduction to ...
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Which rational functions $\mathbb{P}^1\rightarrow k$ are regular at the point at infinity?

I am trying to solve a problem in § 1.7 of Shafarevich's "Basic Algebraic Geometry 1": "Let $k$ be an algebraically closed field. Which rational functions $\mathbb{P}^1\rightarrow k$ are regular at ...
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What happens if we consider an algebra instead of $\sigma$-algebra in probability theory?

I understand the difference between algebra (of sets) and $\sigma$-algebra. But which are the implications if we use algebra instead of $\sigma$-algebra in probability theory? If it exists, could you ...
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What mathematics should I study to understand Neural Nets / Machine Learning?

I am strongly fascinated by neural nets, and perhaps other forms of machine learning. There are so many (potential) applications: teaching a robot with shaft encoders to drive along different ...
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How to re-learn math: books or websites?

To re-learn math, both websites and books provide visual content (text and some of them shows illustrations). So are websites an alternative to books (content quality-wise)? My goal is to re-learn ...
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Projection matrix?

If $\mathbf{X}_{n \times K}= \begin{bmatrix} \mathbf{x}'_1 \\ \cdots \\ \mathbf{x}'_n \end{bmatrix}$, then can we say that ...
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A little help for a 14 year old.

I am 14 years old and i am really into maths. I can say that i am really good at it(at what we do at school) and i really want to make a step ahead and start exploring a more complicated sector in ...
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Arc length of curve (regular condition)

I have a question regarding the defintion of arc length of a curve in $\mathbb{R}^n$. If $\gamma$ is a regular curve, the define arc length as $S(t)=\int_{t_0}^t|\gamma'(t)|dt$. Since $\gamma$ is ...
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Trying to prove a sequence of functions is increasing.

Put $\delta_n = 2^{-n}$.To each positive integer $n$ and each real number $t$ corresponds a unique integer $k = k_n(t)$ that satisfies $k\delta_n \le t < (k+1)\delta_n$. Define $$\psi_n(t)= ...
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If $f$ is differentiable and $f'\geq m\geq0$, $|\int_a^b\cos{f(x)}dx|\leq2/m$

Suppose $f:[a,b]\to\mathbb R$ is a differentiable function such that its derivative is monotonically decreasing and $f'(x)\geq m>0$ for all $x\in[a,b]$. Prove that $$|\int_a^b\cos ...
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Corollary of theorem 1.14 Rudin real and complex, supremum of a sequence of measurable functions.

Theorem 1.14 states: If $f_n:X\rightarrow [-\infty, \infty]$ is measurable, for $n = 1,2,3, ...,$ and $$g = \sup_{n \ge 1} f_n, \ h = \lim_{n \rightarrow \infty} \sup f_n$$ then g and h are ...
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How to Solve this Implicit Equation

Let $Y$ to be a uniformly distributed random variable. Consider function $z(\gamma)$ defined by the following equation. $$ \int_{\left\{y\in(0,1), -\frac{\log ...
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Transformation of Extreme Value Distribution

Let $X$ be a random variable following distribution function (i.e., generalized Pareto distribution) $$ F_{\gamma, \sigma}(x) = 1-\left( 1+\frac{\gamma x}{\sigma} \right)^{-\frac{1}{\gamma}}, $$ ...
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Does $\int_0^1 \frac{x \ln x}{1+ x^2}dx$ converge?

$\int_0^1 \frac{x \ln x}{1+ x^2}dx$ converges? Kinda stuck doing this problem. I just need a hint on what to start with. I know that it is an improper integral and I have to use limits but I need to ...
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Borel Sigma-Algebra on $\mathbb{R}$

Show that the Borel sigma-algebra on $\mathbb{R}$, denoted $B_R$ is generated the open intervals in $\mathbb{R}$. My attempt: Let $I$ be the collection of all open intervals, let $\sigma I$ be the ...
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Every Riemann Integrable Function can be approximated by a Continuous Function

Prove that given any Riemann Integrable function $f$ on $[a,b]$, and given any $\varepsilon>0$ one can find a continuous function $g$ on $[a,b]$ such that $$\int_a^b|f(x)-g(x)|dx<\varepsilon ...
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Most efficient way to learn mathematics

So there's a lot of advice on how to learn mathematics most efficiently, and it mostly revolves around doing problems, asking questions, and considering all possible generalizations. However, I was ...
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Geometric meaning of $\nabla_{[i}(x^i \nabla_{j]}x^j)$ and $(\nabla_{[i}x^i )\nabla_{j]}x^j$

While teaching myself tensor calculus I have come up with [this] http://mathematica.stackexchange.com/a/71613/12306 {The proof of the 2-D hairy ball theorem). When trying to generalize this proof ...
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Awodey's first UMP example

I am reading Awodey's "Category Theory" by myself and got stuck in a simple passage. He writes: If $g:A^\ast\rightarrow N$ satisfies $g(a)=f(a)$ for all $a\in A$ then, for all ...
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Understanding a measure theory statement from Wikipedia

I was reading the Measure (mathematics) page on wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Measure_%28mathematics%29 I was confused with one of their sections at the end, "Additivity". They were ...
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Help with diagram chasing

Given the diagram $\require{AMScd}$ \begin{CD} 0 @>>> A @>f>> B @>g>> C @>>> 0 \\ @. @V\alpha VV \#@V\beta V V\# @VV\gamma V @. \\ 0 @>>> {A'} ...
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Find $\sup$ and $\inf$ of $A$ and justify

$$A=\left \{x\in \Bbb R :x<\dfrac{2}{x} \right \}.$$ a) $\sup A = -1$ since $\max A=-1;$ b) $\inf A$ does not exist since $A$ is not bounded below. Is this the only justifications? Can anyone ...
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Homework : Anti log expression

I have this expression $x(r) = y(a)r^a$ where $r$ is a random variable and I want to express the expression in terms of $r$. The objective is to substitute the variable $r$ into the pdf of $r$, ...
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Integration of unknown derivative

I am unable to solve this integral, have forgotten basics and so need help. Shall be very thankful If a way out is provided: $\int_0^R \ln[p'(t)]dN(t) - \int_0^R p'(t) dt$ If $p(t)$ was known then I ...
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Points defining plane - starting step? [closed]

If the points $P, Q, R$, not all lying on the same straight line, have position vectors $a, b, c$ respectively, show that $(a \times b) + (b \times c) + (c \times a)$ is a vector perpendicular to the ...
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An Example of Taylor Series

Consider a positive function $f(x)$ and suppose that we would like to approximate its value around some point $x_0$. One way to do so is to use two-term Taylor series expansion as follows. $$ f(x) ...
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What are the steps to this functional derivative problem?

I'm trying to derive equations from Matthew Beal's Thesis, Variational Algorithms for Approximate Bayesian Inference pg.55, but I'm stuck on one of the equations (well I'm stuck on a lot of equations ...
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Find the extremals of a functional of the form $\int^{x_1}_{x_0}F(y',z')dx$

I was working on Problem 3 in Ch. 2 of Gelfand & Fomin's Calculus of Variations, which reads: Find the extremals of a functional of the form $$\int^{x_1}_{x_0}F(y',z')dx$$ given that ...
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Proving Frobenius Theorem for Eigen Values

In my mulitivariable calculus class to justify second derivative test my professor used a theorem he called the frobenius theorem. But when I searched on wiki all I could find was Perron Frobenius ...
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Calculating Power of a Paired T Test

$ 239$ subjects had their cholesterol measured, and then were put on high-fiber diets. After a month on the high-fiber diet, the cholesterol was measured again. The mean LDL cholesterol level before ...
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Strange behaviors of finitely additive probabilities

Watching a lecture on youtube I heard the lecturer stating that in general finitely additive probabilities behaves strangely. For example, it is possible that every open interval around a point $x$ ...
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How to determine a function whose minima falls on a specified curve?

I have a family of curves given by $g(x,y)=C_0 yx^{-n}$. How can I determine the function $f(x,y)$ for the family of curves that satisfies the condition that the local minima $\frac{\partial ...
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Learning from Alternative Sources

I have a very general question about people's experiences with learning math. I can think of a couple of times where I had the following situation. I was seeking to learning about topic A. However, ...
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Showing there is a cartesian coordinate system on EG.

I'm pretty sure I should just show there is a bijection between the points in EG and elements of R^2. How do I do this? note: EG=Euclidean Geometry
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Independence of two multivariate normals.

Suppose we have two multivariate normals $X_1 \sim N(u_1, \Sigma_{11}\Sigma_{22}$) and $X_2 \sim N(u_2, \Sigma_{21} \Sigma_{22})$ . Why are $X_2 $ and $X_1-\Sigma_{12} \Sigma_{22}^{-1}X_2$ ...
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What are some interesting, atypical mathematical topics that a student who has taken an introductory calculus sequence can learn about?

I understand that usually the next step after $3$ semesters of calculus and $1$ semester of ordinary differential equations (plus one semester of linear algebra, for some) is something like an ...