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Norm $\Vert \cdot \Vert$ on the symmetric group $S_n$

If we define a real valued function $\Vert \cdot \Vert$ on the $n^{th}$ order symmetric group $S_n$ satisfying following conditions $$\begin{align} & \|x\|=0\iff x=\omega\,\,\,(\text{identity ...
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Prerequisites for studying Homological Algebra

I have read the answers here and here and need to ask something more. I wish to study the book on Homological Algebra by Weibel but am not sure of the prerequisites. In particular how much ...
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Mathematics of Magic Squares

I have seen many popular accounts of simple magic squares but I would like to find a proper mathematical background to understanding magic squares. What background knowledge do I need. I am a retired ...
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A good, self-study statistical computing book

I'm looking for a book an introductory statistical computing that has proofs for the methods as well as examples. I'd like proofs that are about the same level as (or lower than) proofs in Statistical ...
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Expected time to failure

A machine needs two types of components in order to function. We have a stockpile of $n$ type-$1$ components and $m$ type-$2$ components. Type-$1$ components last for an exponential time with ...
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Learning Math for Computer Science

Apologies if this has been already asked. I have gone through a lot of different questions but they don't adapt to my personal situation. I have a 2 years diploma in software development and I am ...
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How are surface area and volume related? [on hold]

Is there even going to be a time when the surface area and the volume of a cube are the same numerical value? The cube is a $3cm \times 3cm\times 3cm$. With an area of $54\ cm^2$. And a volume of ...
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Equivalent systems of Linear equation

I've just begun to re-learn linear algebra because is so important, the book that I chose is naturally the Hoffman's for a lot of reason. Well, In the first chapter I'm stuck with the following, ...
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Finding out number of observation

There are $n$ scores $X_1,X_2,X_3,....,X_n$ and their sum is $80$ and sum of their squares is $400$ then which among them is the probable value of $n$ A)$10$ B)$9$ C)$15$ ...
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Help in partial derivative during maximization for estimation problem

The joint pdf is: $$P((\mathbf{X,y}) |y_n, \theta) = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2 \pi \sigma^2_c}} \exp \big(\frac{-(c_0)^2}{2 \sigma^2_c} \big) \prod_{n=1}^{N-1} \frac{1}{\sqrt{2 \pi \sigma^2_w}} \exp ...
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Under the Borel measure associated to the Cantor function each of the intervals remaining in the construction of the Cantor set has measure $2 ^{-n}$

Let $f$ be a function such that agrees with the cantor function on $[0,1]$, vanishes on $(-\infty,0)$, and is identically $1$ on $(1,+\infty)$ and let $\mu_f$ the Borel measure associated to $f$. Show ...
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Preference relations and the existence of extensions of functions representing them

In a book I found the following question: Let $\succsim$ be a complete preference relation on a nonempty set $X$, and let $\varnothing \neq B \subseteq A \subseteq X$. If $u \in [0,1]^A$ ...
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Student working with a researcher [closed]

I was wondering if it is possible for a student to "work with" a researcher on a regular basis. That is, the researcher would give him articles to read, as well as small problems he feels might be ...
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Explanation - singling out terms

i am trying to understand the derivation of the mean field equations - and my text books shows the following formulas (as part of a larger derivation). $$L(q_j)=\sum_{x}\prod_{i}q_i(x_i)[\log ...
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Is “Categories and Sheaves” a good followup to Aluffi's “Algebra: Chapter 0”?

I'm about to finish Aluffi's "algebra: chapter 0" and am a bit confused as to what should be my next move. I've been planning to read Tom Dieck's Algebraic Topology for some time now. I glimpsed at it ...
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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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Comments about “Topics in Algebra” by I.N. Herstein and “Abstract Algebra” by Dummit/Foote? [closed]

Today, I got two gifts from my research mentor: "Topics in Algebra" by I.N. Herstein and "Abstract Algebra" by Dummit/Foote. I am very happy and grateful for his gifts, but I already have been ...
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How to understand mathematics on a deep level? [closed]

I've been focusing on self studying mathematics for the past couple months, and I'm currently working on discrete mathematics. Here's my attempt at a metaphor to describe my issue. Imagine you have a ...
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Probability returning to initial state

Let $P=\begin{bmatrix}0&\frac{1}{2}&\frac{1}{2}\\\frac{1}{2}&0&\frac{1}{2}\\\frac{1}{2}&\frac{1}{2}&0\end{bmatrix}$ and $P^{(n+1)}=P^{(n)}P.$ I know that if you start in any ...
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Trace $\sigma$-algebra and measurable envelope

I'm stuck on a problem from Cohn's book. Let $(X,\mathscr{A})$ a measurable space, and let $C$ be a subset of $X$. Let $\mathscr{A}_C$ be the trace of $\mathscr{A}$ on $C$, that is all the ...
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Why do we care if a function is uniformly continuous? [duplicate]

There are a lot of question regarding whether a function is or is not uniformly continuous or just continuous and there are a lot of $\epsilon_s$ and $\delta_s$ trying to show whether a function is ...
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Outline for high school combinatorics class?

I am a high school student and I have taken all the math classes that my school provides (through calculus AB). I have been looking at a possible independent study for next year and I have landed on ...
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What does $\overline{r}m:=rm$ mean?

On this Wikipedia article, it says that you can define an $R$-module $M$ as an $R/Ann_R(M)$-module using the action $\overline{r}m:=rm.$ What does that action actually mean? What is $\overline{r}$?
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Decompose finitely generated modules and use Krull-Schmidt theorem [duplicate]

I'm trying to show that if $R$ is an Artinian ring, then for finitely generated modules $M,N,N'$, we have that $M\oplus N\cong M\oplus N'$ implies that $N\cong N'$. I'm supposed to do this by ...
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How to overcome the temptation to read many books covering the same topics [closed]

S.E advisers, I am a college sophomore in US with a major in mathematics and an aspiring mathematician in the computational complexity theory. I have been reading some math books on different topics, ...
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Question about the mathematics in actuarial studies

I tried Google but there isn't much information on this and I would really like some insights into actuarial studies, the mathematics involved and how it compars to the mathematics in a bachelor of ...
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Find $p_{ij}^{(n)}$ for the transition matrix

Let $$P=\begin{bmatrix}\frac{1}{3}&0&\frac{2}{3}\\\frac{1}{3}&\frac{2}{3}&0\\\frac{1}{3}&\frac{1}{3}&\frac{1}{3}\end{bmatrix}$$ find ...
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Exponential distribution and poisson process

Consider a post office with two clerks. Three people, A, B, and C, enter simultaneously. A and B go directly to the clerks, and C waits until either A or B leaves before he begins service. What ...
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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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Interpretation - exponential loss formula

i stumbled upon the following formula while studying the concept of exponential loss. I try to understand this formula. I read it as follows: The function that minimizes the expected exponential loss ...
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Conditional probability and disjoint events

If $\cup_{n=1}^\infty B_n=\Omega$ and $P(\Omega)=1$ then $\sum_{n=1}^\infty P(B_n)=1$, now $$P(A)=\sum_{n=1}^\infty P(A|B_n)P(B_n)=p\sum_{i=1}^\infty P(B_n)=p$$ If $X$ and $Y$ are independents ...
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minimization of adaptive basis functions

i am self-studying the topic of boosting, and trying to understand the following argument.i am failing to see the connection between 16.39 and 16.40 - why is this function of $\phi_m$ the optimal ...
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Book on discrete mathematics for self study

I am searching for book on discrete mathematics which is suitable for self study. This mean I want it to have exercises with answers (It would be ideal if it had solutions). I have already read ...
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Finding a maximal complete subspace of Riemann Integrable functions on $[0,1]$

I know that the space of Riemann Integrable functions on $[0,1]$ is not complete under the norm $|f|= \int f$. So I was wondering as to what would be a maximal complete subspace of Riemann Integrable ...
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How To Develop A Higher Mathematical Aptitude? [closed]

First off I must say I'm pretty blown away by the vast majority of the people in this forum. I do aspire to reach the knowledge of mathematics as shown on the site, but honestly it's a little daunting ...
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How to derive this inequality

I learnt that for a standard normal random variable $Z$ and positive $x$, we have $$\mathbb P (Z > x) \geq \frac{x}{x^2+1} \frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi}} e^{-\frac{x^2}{2}} = \frac{1}{x+\frac{1}{x}} ...
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number of vertices in a solid

Determine the number of vertices in a solid made up of $x$ triangles, $y$ squares and $z$ pentagons. Without using the Euler's formula $v-e+f=2$ and without counting up all vertices by hand I am not ...
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Dynamic programming recursion

In a book by Wayne Winston for operations research I found this question. Here's how I did it: Let $t$ be the no.of subjects to pass and let h be the no.of hours she has in hand for studying. ...
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$\lim_{n \to \infty} (\sqrt{9n^2 + 2n + 1} - 3n) = \frac{1}{3}$ [duplicate]

Prove $$\lim_{n \to \infty} (\sqrt{9n^2 + 2n + 1} - 3n) = \frac{1}{3}$$ I got this problem in Harro Heuser's "Lehrbuch der Analysis Teil 1". It is surely smaller than 1 because $\sqrt{9n^2 + 2n + 1} ...
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Expectation and waiting time

There are three jobs that need to be processed, with the processing time of job $i$ being exponential with rate $\mu_i$. There are two processors available, so processing on two of the jobs can ...
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Conditional Expected Value of Product of Normal and Log Normal Distribution

Could someone please provide the answer and steps to solve this expression? \begin{eqnarray*} E\left[\left.\left(e^{X}Y+k\right)\right|\left.\left(e^{X}Y+k\right)>0\right]\right. \end{eqnarray*} ...
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Expectation and Poisson process

Let {$N(t),t\geq0$} be a Poisson process with rate $\lambda$. Calculate $E[N(t).N(t+s)]$ I know that $N(t)\sim Poisson(\lambda t)$ and $N(t+s)\sim Poisson(\lambda(t+s))$ I can assume that ...
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Increasing Matrix

Consider real matrix-vector multiplication. I am just curious whether there exists a $p\times p$ matrix $A$ such that if $x$ is a $p\times 1$ real vector whose entry is in ascending order, i.e., $x_1 ...
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Independent Poisson process

Suppose that $\{N_1(t),t\geq0\}$ and $\{N_2(t),t\geq0\}$ are independent Poisson Process with rates $\lambda_1$ and $\lambda_2$. Show that $\{N_1(t)+N_2(t),t\geq0\}$ is a Poisson process with ...
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Steps to Simplify

I am struggling to see how the following problem is simplified. Can someone include any steps that may have been skipped? Original Equation= $\frac{T(p-b)}{(p-b+q-a)}$ Simplified Equation= ...
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Poisson Process proof that

For a Poisson process show, for $s<t$ that $$P(N(s)=k\mid N(t)=n)={n\choose k}\left(\frac{s}{t}\right)^k\left(1-\frac{s}{t}\right)^{n-k},\space > k=0,1,\dots,n$$ I tried a few things but ...
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Brief book on calculus to read before studying the analysis [closed]

S.E advisers, I am going to start studying the analysis texts (Rudin-PMA, Apostol-MA, Pugh-RMA) on the first week of August. I have a good proof skills through working on Artin's Algebra and ...
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Reading mathematics at the graduate level - does every single proof matter?

I would be interested in hearing from PhD students (and upwards) specializing in pure maths (in particular, the more algebraic aspects). My question is this: When reading to learn mathematics at ...
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Notation - matrix calculatoin

i am self-studying linear algebra, and came across the following statement about singular value decomposition (X = $USV^T$). I am somewhat confused on how to interpret the (|) and (--) symbols. Should ...