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Laplace, Legendre, Fourier, Hankel, Mellin, Hilbert, Borel, Z…: unified treatment of transforms?

I understand "transform methods" as recipes, but beyond this they are a big mystery to me. There are two aspects of them I find bewildering. One is the sheer multiplicity of such transforms. Is ...
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Show that $\phi: \mathbb{R}_3[x]\rightarrow\mathbb{R}^3, \phi(p):=[p(-1), p(0), p(1)] $ is a linear transformation

Let $\mathbb{R}_3[x]$ be a vector space of polynomials p with degree $\leq3$ and show that $\phi: \mathbb{R}_3[x]\rightarrow\mathbb{R}^3, \phi(p):=[p(-1), p(0), p(1)] $ is a linear transformation. ...
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How does multiplying by trigonometric functions in a matrix transform the matrix?

I found this comic: But I can't understand the humor because I can't understand how trig functions affect matrix multiplication. Can someone please explain?
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Is a Fourier transform a change of basis, or is it a linear transformation?

I've frequently heard that a Fourier transform is "just a change of basis". However, I'm not sure whether that's correct, in terms of the terminology of "change of basis" versus "transformation" in ...
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An Unexpected Circle…

I played around with $$z=\frac{-1+e^{it}}{\phantom{-}2+e^{it}}$$ and found that, when I draw the real against the imaginary of $z$, it pretty much looks like a circle. But neither ${\frak{R}} z ...
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Get Transformation Matrix from Points

I have built a little C# application that allows visualization of perpective transformations with a matrix, in 2D XYW space. Now I would like to be able to calculate the matrix from the four corners ...
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Integral becomes improper after a substitution

I'm suprised about the following phenomenon which I would like to discuss with you. Consider the proper integral $$\int_{\pi/4}^{\pi/2}\frac{1}{\sin(x)}dx.$$ Since $\sin(x)$ is a diffeomorphism on ...
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extracting rotation, scale values from 2d transformation matrix

How can I extract rotation and scale values from a 2D transformation matrix? ...
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How to transform a set of 3D vectors into a 2D plane, from a view point of another 3D vector?

I googled around a bit, but usually I found overly-technical explanations, or other, more specific Stackoverflow questions on how 3D computer graphics work. I'm sure I can find enough resources for ...
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Mirror anamorphosis for Escher's Circle Limit engravings?

You are probably familiar with "mirror anamorphosis," the rendering in a painting of a distorted figure that can be undistorted by viewing in an appropriately tilted or curved mirror. The skull in the ...
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Rotations by degrees other than $90, 180,$ and $270$.

Say I have a triangle with vertices $(0,0), (2,4), (4,0)$ that I want to rotate along the origin. Rotation by multiples of $90^{\circ}$ is simple. However, I want to rotate by something a bit more ...
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Finding a Rotation Transformation from two Coordinate Frames in 3-Space

The question I'm trying to figure out states that I have 3 points P1, P2 and P3 in space. In one frame (Frame A I called it) those points are: Pa1, Pa2 and Pa3, same story for Frame B (namely: Pb1, ...
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How to explain the topic of Fourier transform interactively? [closed]

This is a soft question . In the walk-in for the lectureship, I have decided to give demo lecture on the topic of Fourier transform. The principal of the institution ask me to take lecture ...
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Find eigenvalues of a projection and explain what they mean

Suppose B represents the matrix of orthogonal (perpendicular) projection of $\mathbb{R}^{3}$ onto the plane $x_{2} = x_{1}$. Compute the eigenvalues and eigenvectors of B and explain their geometric ...
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Is it true that any matrix can be decomposed into product of rotation,reflection,shear,scaling and projection matrices?

It seems to me that any linear transformation in $R^{n\times m}$ is just a series of applications of rotation(actually i think any rotation can be achieved by applying two reflections, but not sure), ...
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What are the limitations /shortcomings of Fourier Transform and Fourier Series?

I am fond of Fourier series & Fourier transform. But every approach has some outcomes and some shortcomings. It's limitations lead to innovation of new approach. So, can anybody explain about ...
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Transform polygons into one another?

I am aware that there must be no standard way to achieve this, but I don't know what has been done so far. I feel like I'm missing keywords to investigate further. I have any two 2D polygons $a$ and ...
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Can non-linear transformations be represented as Transformation Matrices?

I just came back from an intense linear algebra lecture which showed that linear transformations could be represented by transformation matrices; with more generalization, it was later shown that ...
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Converting between two frames of reference given two points

I have two points ($P_1$ & $P_2$) with their coordinates given in two different frames of reference ($A$ & $B$). Given these, what I'd like to do is derive the transformation to be able to ...
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Way to Tietze's Transformation Theorem

during our knot-theory lecture we have talking about the following theorem: Given two finite presentations of the same group, one can be obtained from the other by a finite sequence of Tietze ...
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How to figure of the Laplace transform for $\log x$?

I was looking at a table of common Laplace transforms of functions when I came across the transform for $\log x$. Apparently, the transform is as follows: $$\mathcal{L} \left\{ \log ...
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Are Legendre transforms of non-convex functions useful?

Do Legendre transforms have any applications that do not appeal to convexity? What is the intuitive interpretation of the Legendre transform of a non-convex function?
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Why is the momentum a covector?

Can someone tell me why the momentum is an element of the cotangent space? More detailed: if we have some smooth manifold M and the cotangent space $T_{x}M^{*}$ I know that the momentum p is an ...
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A limit and a coordinate trigonometric transformation of the interior points of a square into the interior points of a triangle

The coordinate transformation (due to Beukers, Calabi and Kolk) $$x=\frac{\sin u}{\cos v}$$ $$y=\frac{\sin v}{\cos u}$$ transforms the square domain $0\lt x\lt 1$ and $0\lt y\lt 1$ into the ...
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Definition of the Hamiltonian via Legendre transform.

In my book of classical mechanics (Mathematical methods of classical mechanics by V.I. Arnold), the Hamiltonian is introduced in this way (my translation): Let us consider the system of equations ...
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Fraction of two binomial coefficients

In an exercise I was asked to simplify a term containing the following fraction: $${\binom{m}{k}\over\binom{n}{k}}$$ The solution does assume the following is true in the first step, without ...
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non linear transformation that satisfies $T(cx) = cT(x)$

I am just curious if there is a transformation that does not satisfy $\;T(x+y) = T(x) + T(y),\;$ but satisfies $\;T(cx)=cT(x).\;$ I cannot think of any. Thanks for any help people.
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Prove that the following matrices cannot represent the linear transformation $T$ in ANY basis

$T: \mathbb{R}^3 \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^3$ defined as $T(x,y,z) = (2x,z,y)$ is a linear transformation. I need to prove that the following matrices cannot represent $T$ in ANY basis: ...
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“Well defined” function - What does it mean?

What does it mean for a function to be well-defined? I encountered with this term in an excersice asking to check if a linear transformation is well-defined.
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Is every symmetric matrix diagonalizable?

I know that Hermitian matrices are always diagonalizable and real symmetric matrices are real Hermitian matrices and therefore diagonalizable. But, it is always not the case that a symmetric matrix ...
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Find the necessary and sufficient conditions on $A$ such that $\|T(\vec{x})\|=|\det A|\cdot\|\vec{x}\|$ for all $\vec{x}$.

Consider the mapping $T:\mathbb{R}^n\mapsto\mathbb{R}^n$ defined by $T(\vec{x})=A\vec{x}$ where $A$ is a $n\times n$ matrix. Find the necessary and sufficient conditions on $A$ such that ...
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How to compute (and check) this transform matrix?

Background: This is a homework exercise which asks to compute a transform matrix. The answer has been published by our teacher. However, my approach goes a different way and gets a different solution. ...
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Why is the absolute value needed with the scaling property of fourier tranforms?

I understand how to prove the scaling property of Fourier Transforms, except the use of the absolute value: If I transform $f(at)$ then I get $F\{f(at)\}(w) = \int f(at) e^{-jwt} dt$ where I can ...
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Transformations that leave a binomial distribution invariant

The binomial distribution is written as $$p(r|n,\theta )=\binom{n}{r}\theta ^r(1-\theta )^{n-r}$$ where $n$ is a positive integer, $0\leq\theta\leq1$, and $r$ is an integer taking values from $0$ to ...
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Using quaternions instead of 4x4 matrices for transformations

I'm interested in implementing a clean solution providing an alternative to 4x4 matrices for 3D transformation. Quaternions provide the equivalent of rotation, but no translation. Therefore, in ...
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Find linear transformation given kernel

Find linear transformation $F$ in canonical bases given $ F: \Bbb R^4 \to \Bbb R^3 $ $ \ker F=\operatorname{span}\left\{\begin{bmatrix}1\\2\\3\\4\end{bmatrix}, \begin{bmatrix}0\\1\\1\\1\end{bmatrix} ...
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What does the Yoneda lemma say for the identity functor and finite sets?

So I try to plug in the simplest arguments into the Yoneda lemma and see how to interpret it. I'll try it for the identity functor and the category of finite sets, in particular, I use an three ...
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How to solve an overdetermined system of point mappings via rotation and translation

I have a set of points in one coordinate system $P_1, \ldots, P_n$ and their corresponding points in another coordinate system $Q_1, \ldots , Q_n$. All points are in $\mathbb{R}^3$. I'm looking for a ...
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Is there a geometric argument that the Legendre transform of a convex function is convex?

I am trying to build intuition on Legendre transforms. Arnold's Mathematical Methods of Classical Mechanics has some nice geometric interpretations, but he does not provide a proof that the Legendre ...
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Can a transformation matrix be expressed in terms of the vector to be transformed?

I'm currently learning linear algebra with my friend via an online course, and we have a disagreement that we would like settled. Upon learning that vectors can be projected onto lines by a simple ...
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How to transfrom my equation to $Y=KX^2$

In general , $$\vec{C}(u)=\vec{a_0}+\vec{a_1} u+\vec{a_2} u^2$$ is a parabolic arc between the points $\vec{a_0}$ and $\vec{a_0} + \vec{a_1} + \vec{a_2}$. So I'd like to prove it by myself: My trial ...
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I'm looking for the name of a transform that does the following (example images included)

I'm in the usual situation that if I would know what the name of the thing was, then I could find the answer. Since I dont know the name, here is what I'm looking for: Suppose I have the following ...
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Jacobian of Fourier Transformation

I am trying to calculate the Jacobian determinate of the Fourier transform which I stumbled upon when studying the Path Integral in Quantum Field Theory. I know the answer should be $1$ but I don't ...
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Finding the Dual Basis

Define the four vectors in $\mathbb{R}^4$ by $$v_1=\left( \begin{array}{ccc} 1 \\ 0 \\ 0 \\ 0 \end{array} \right), v_2=\left( \begin{array}{ccc} 1 \\ 1 \\ 0 \\ 0 \end{array} \right), v_3=\left( ...
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Why composite transformations are multiplied to the right side?

I have seen that many composite transformations have the later transformation multiplied to the right side of the matrix. Say I have matrix an existing transformation matrix $\mathbf{M}$ and then ...
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Is Fourier series used always for periodic signals and Fourier transform for aperiodic signals only?

I want to ask basic question. In our mathematics classes ,while teaching the Fourier series and transform topic,the professor says that when the signal is periodic ,we should use Fourier series and ...
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Prove spatial velocity identity - screw theory

This question involves a proof regarding coordinate transformations of velocities of screw motions. This comes from "A Mathematical Introduction to Robotic Manipulation" (the text is available for ...
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What is a transformation?

I am not a native English speaker and I have been pointed out that the word "transformation" as a synonym of "function" is grammatically incorrect. However, I even found a wikipedia and a mathworld ...
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Applying PCA on covariance matrix in order to generate a new random variable.

Let $\mathbf{x}$ be a random $n\times1$ real vector, $\mathbf{x}\in\Bbb{R}^n$, which is distributed normally with mean $\bar{\mathbf{x}}$ and covariance matrix $\Sigma_x\in\Bbb{R}^{n\times n}$, i.e. ...
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How to use polynomial or conformal transformation

In my research, I came to a transformation problem. The simple version is an initial circle (or sphere) region is advected by some deformational flow. After some time the circle will be deformed into ...