Questions about symmetry, in group theory, geometry or elsewhere in mathematics. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symmetry

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Proving that 1- and 2-d simple symmetric random walks return to the origin with probability 1

How does one prove that a simple (steps of length $1$ in directions parallel to the axes) symmetric (each possible direction is equally likely) random walk in $1$ or $2$ dimensions returns to the ...
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Why does Group Theory not come in here?

Here is a list of questions that I find quite similar, for the one and only reason that they all show much "symmetry". Which is at the same time my problem, because I don't have a very precise notion ...
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Prove symmetry of probabilities given random variables are iid and have continuous cdf

Let $Y_1, Y_2, ...$ be independent and identically distributed random variables in $(\Omega, \mathscr{F}, \mathbb{P})$ s.t. their distributions are continuous and $$F_{Y}(y) := F_{Y_1}(y) = F_{Y_2}(y) ...
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Coloring a cube with 4 colors

There are some topics on this forum related to my question. Most of them use Burnsides Lemma. I don't know this lemma and I don't know whether it is applicable to my problem. Can someone explain the ...
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Symmetry of function defined by integral

Define a function $f(\alpha, \beta)$, $\alpha \in (-1,1)$, $\beta \in (-1,1)$ as $$ f(\alpha, \beta) = \int_0^{\infty} dx \: \frac{x^{\alpha}}{1+2 x \cos{(\pi \beta)} + x^2}$$ One can use, for ...
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What's so special about the group axioms?

I've only just begun studying group theory (up to Lagrange) following on from vector spaces and I am still finding them almost frustratingly arbitrary. I'm not sure what exactly it is about the ...
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Translations in two dimensions - Group theory

I have just started learning Lie Groups and Algebra. Considering a flat 2-d plane if we want to translate a point from $(x,y)$ to $(x+a,y+b)$ then can we write it as : $$ \left( \begin{array}{ccc} ...
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equilateral triangle; $3(a^4 + b^4 + c^4 + d^4) = (a^2 + b^2 + c^2 + d^2)^2.$

In equilateral triangle ABC of side length d, if P is an internal point with PA = a, PB = b, and PC = c, the following pleasingly symmetrical relationship holds: $3(a^4 + b^4 + c^4 + d^4) = (a^2 + b^2 ...
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Why $e^x$ is always greater than $x^e$?

I find it very strange that $$ e^x \geq x^e \, \quad \forall x \in \mathbb{R}^+.$$ I have scratched my head for a long time, but could not find any logical reason. Can anybody explain what is the ...
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How many $n$-colorings up to rotation using exactly 2 of each color are there on a $2n$-polyhedron?

I'm a high-school student and I stumbled across a YouTube video explaining how Rubik's cubes work. A Rubik's cube has 6 colors, one for each side, but I started thinking about ways to $n$-color the ...
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Do Symmetric problems have Symmetric solutions?

There is a general notion of Symmetry in mathematics, that of an object being constant under some transformation. If we think of our object as being a "mathematical problem" we can see certain ...
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Construct the Green s function for the equation

Construct the Green s function for the equation y^''+ 2y^'+2y=0 Which boundary conditions y(0)=0 , y(π/2)=0 Is this Green s function symmetric? What is the Green s function, if the ...
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Definition of group action

I'm currently taking a class in abstract algebra, and the textbook we are using is Ted Shifrin's Abstract Algebra: A Geometric Approach. In the chapter on group actions and symmetry, he defines a ...
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Reflection with respect to a parabola

I know how to find a reflection with respect to one of the axis or with respect to the origin, but let's say I want to find the reflection with respect to a parabola, how do I do it? Let's say we have ...
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Extend isometry on some cube vertices to the entire cube

Let $K\subset V=\{-1,1\}^n$ be a set of vertices of the $n$-dimensional hypercube $D=[-1,+1]^n$ and let $f:K\to V$ be an isometry with respect to the Euclidean metric inherited from $\mathbb R^n.$ We ...
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Symmetric Icon Fractals

I have always been fascinated by fractals. But most of all I like the Symmetric Icon fractals. There is a nice book about these fractals, written by Michael Field, called Symmetry in Chaos. I'm ...
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Is symmetry a valid option in inequalities?

Consider two questions: Q1. $$a+b+c+d+e=8$$ $$a^2+b^2+c^2+d^2+e^2=16$$ $$a,b,c,d,e\in\mathbb{I^+_0}$$ Find maximum value of 'e'? My answer: Since when e is maximum when all other variables are equal ...
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The path to understanding Frieze Groups

What is the "Path" for understanding what Frieze Groups really are? Generally in mathematics, there is a is a path or "building blocks" approach to learning something. For example if I know how to ...
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Do Symmetric Games with Nash Equilibria always have a symmetric Equilbrium?

Define a game with S players to be Symmetric if all players have the same set of options and the payoff of a player depends only on the player's choice and the set of choices of all players. ...
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Why isn't an odd improper integral equal to zero

My calculus book says that the integral of $\frac1x$ cannot cross zero. Now it seems obvious that because of symmetry, there will always be an interval whose integrals are equal in magnitude and ...
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Minima of symmetric functions given a constraint

If $f(x,y,z,\ldots)$ is symmetric in all variables, (i.e $f$ remains the same after interchanging any two variables), and we want to find the extrema of $f$ given a symmetric constraint $g(x,y,z,\...
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What is the difference between using $PAP^{-1}$ and $PAP^{T}$ to diagonalize a matrix?

What is the difference between using $PAP^{-1}$ and $PAP^{T}$ to diagonalize a matrix? Can both methods be used to diagonalize a diagonalizable matrix $A$? Also does $A$ been symmetric or not ...
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Interesting $\sum_{i=0}^{m-1}(-1)^{i}(m-i)^{2} = \sum_{i=1}^{m}i$

I found that for m $\in N $ $$\sum_{i=0}^{m-1}(-1)^{i}(m-i)^{2} = \sum_{i=1}^{m}i.$$ I found it after doing an exercise. For example: $$5^{2}-4^{2}+3^{2}-2^{2}+1^{2} = 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 = 15.$$ For ...
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Number of reflection symmetries of a basketball

Excerpt from John Horton Conway, The Symmetries of Things, pg. 12. Basketballs have two planes of reflective symmetry, as do tennis balls. I read this sentence and it immediately struck me as ...
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Combining symbols with symmetry

So this question has probably been answered already, but I can't find a good answer through searching google or this site. Basically, if I have n symbols, how many n-length combinations of the ...
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What is the dimension of a certain vector subspace of invariant matrices?

$\newcommand{\Sig}{\Sigma}$ Let $\Sig$ be a diagonal matrix with strictly positive entries on the diagonal. Define $V=\{B \in M_n\mid B\Sig +\Sig B^T=\Sig B +B^T \Sig \}$ (where $M_n$ is the vector ...
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Seeking Better (Symmetry Exploiting) Solution and Generalization of An Inequality

Given positive variable $(x,y,a,b)$ where $x+y=1$, how does one "slickly" prove the following inequality? $$f(x,y) := \frac{xa+yb}{\sqrt{xa^2+yb^2}}\ge \frac{2\sqrt{ab}}{a+b}.$$ or simply $$f(x,y) := ...
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What does it mean for $AA^T$ to be symmetric?

What does it mean for $AA^T$ to be symmetric? A question in my book says to show that $AA^T$ is symmetric so I took a very simple matrix to try and understand this: $A=\begin{bmatrix} 2 \\ 8 \\ \...
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Invariants of a PDE by Lie Symmetries

I have a little Problem in understanding how to derive invariants form Lie Symmetries (or theire infinitesimals). As one can show the heat equation $u_t=u_{xx}$ has the following symmetries (...
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Lie Algebra: Optimal system of one-dimensional sub-algebras of the heat equation

This is a follow up question to Invariants of a PDE by Lie Symmetries, as I tried to follow the reasoning from the book Applications of Lie Groups to Differential Equations (Peter J. Olver, Example 3....
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Reading the sphere diagrams in point groups on wikipedia

How do you read/make sense of the sphere diagrams shown here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_spherical_symmetry_groups What do the yellow shaded areas represent? What are the red triangle/...
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How is $r(\theta) = \sin \frac\theta2$ symmetric about the x-axis?

I understand how it is symmetric about the $y$-axis. because $r(-\theta) = \sin \left(-\frac\theta2\right)=-\sin \left(\frac\theta2\right)=-r(\theta)$ But how is it symmetric about $x$-axis?
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Decomposing a set of complex matrices into orbits of the operation of conjugation

I need some assistance with the proof for part (b) of the following problem statement: Problem Statement: Decompose the set $\mathbb{C}^{2\times2}$ of $2\times2$ complex matrices into orbits for ...