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@Patrick: Thank you for the clarification. I understand your use of intuition better now.
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ncmathsadist. Your comment about acquired intuition is interesting. Could you elaborate? Do you mean to interpret intuition as an ability that uses quickness as a measurement for answering problems. My initial interpretation of intuition had to do with some sort of a priori knowledge that allowed answers to questions without experience. I like the idea that I can sharpen my intuition through practice.
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comment Probability's Connection to Calculus
lol... I guess we'll have to wait for a response from Silva. I would question both of your uses of 'intuition'. Maybe Silva is assuming that intuition is not something that can be acquired... intuition and calculus being separate tools that have uses that are mutually exclusive. Thank you all very much for your help. I did not expect the amount, quality or quickness of the responses... good stuff.
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Thank you very much for the help. I really needed the confidence to commit to learning calculus and I have definitely obtained that.
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comment Probability's Connection to Calculus
I've just graduated high school and am going into college. The college I'm going to be attending will of course have higher-level courses. Your suggestion would be for me to take calculus then?
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comment Probability's Connection to Calculus
Even the use of subscripts and superscripts began to confuse me. I've searched for an introduction to set theory, but it seems to cause more problems because there's no basic explanation for the use of any of the notation... this might have to do with my lack of experience with higher level math, but it's hard to find a bridge. I've tried to google and wikipedia the notation for the topics, but each explanation for these notation or terminology seems to require more assumed knowledge.
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comment Probability's Connection to Calculus
I have looked most of them up on Wikipedia. The biggest problems that I have been facing were associated with set theory. Almost every time set theory came up infinite sets followed and the summations started to pop up (as if it was supposed to be assumed that I understood their meaning) this is what caused me to stop reading literature on probability or game theory and focus just on calculus. Which brings me to the question of whether this was the right choice. I'm unfamiliar with how to represent symbols on this sight so it's hard to give examples now.
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Haha. Gotcha. Will do. I need more reputation... will definitely remember that though.
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comment Probability's Connection to Calculus
"We don't use calculus as a fundamental : it's a tool. The fundamentals lie behind the ideas of those theories." This makes sense now.
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comment Probability's Connection to Calculus
That was awesome. That did help a lot. I'm more excited and motivated to learn calculus now that my mind has settled on it's necessity.
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comment Basic Game Theory
That makes sense. Thank you for the clarification.
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comment Basic Game Theory
Ok. Thank you very much for your help.
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comment Basic Game Theory
"All the superscript 0 is supposed to do is indicate that x^0 is not the same variable as plain x. The author could just as well have called it y or x′ or whatever." This helped a lot. So it is the case that the author is setting up the elements of F as x^0,x^1,x^2... x^n being any act along the set F?
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comment Basic Game Theory
Thank you both. That gave me a lot more clarification. Does my knowledge of the notation for functions and infinite sets come with me study of calculus or is that something that is studied separately, apart from calculus or game theory?
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