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 Apr 24 comment Is an empty parenthesis a valid mathematical expression? ^- of course there are no values of type Nothing, but expressions can have that type. There's also scala.Null, which is the type of the null expression. Apr 24 comment Is an empty parenthesis a valid mathematical expression? Jacob: You're misunderstanding Scalas Nothing type; Nothing is a subtype of every other type, not the other way round. So a value of type Nothing can be assigned to a variable of any other type, i.e. val x: Int = ??? (??? is a predefined method of type Nothing in scala.Predef. Apr 24 comment Is an empty parenthesis a valid mathematical expression? Not sure how it works with mathematical logic, but in Haskell and Scala () is simply a built-in type that is inhabited by [only, discounting bottom] the value (). Nonterminating (or otherwise erroneous, such as division by 0) expressions are denoted by the bottom value, which inhabits all types. Jul 2 awarded Curious Jun 24 comment What is the maximum of a set of random variables? @Dominik Just to make sure - a random variable is uniformly distributed in $[a,b]$ if it is linear in $[a,b]$ and constant $0$ otherwise, and $Y_i$ is still uniformly distributed in $[0,2\vartheta]$ because you just changed the slope, not the fact that it's linear in $[0,2\vartheta]$? Jun 23 comment What is the maximum of a set of random variables? I thought I had gotten it for a sec, but... why is the EV the same for $\max X_i$ and $\max Y_i$ again? Jun 23 comment What is the maximum of a set of random variables? I get it, but I can't quite imagine how you'd get the idea for this - did you start form the assumption that it's $2\theta$ and worked backwards from there? Jun 23 accepted What is the maximum of a set of random variables? Jun 23 comment What is the maximum of a set of random variables? wikipedia said expected value and mean mean the same thing, changed it though. Jun 23 revised What is the maximum of a set of random variables? added 10 characters in body Jun 23 comment What is the maximum of a set of random variables? Oh. That makes sense. Not sure how to work with that, but at least I know where to start now. Jun 23 asked What is the maximum of a set of random variables? Nov 29 accepted Proving that idempotence follows from other lattice axioms Nov 29 comment Proving that idempotence follows from other lattice axioms You gotta love how these things always seem so stupidly obvious once someone tells you. Nov 28 asked Proving that idempotence follows from other lattice axioms Jul 2 accepted Solving $y'' - \frac{1}{x} y' + (1+\frac{\cot x}{x}) y = 0$ by rank reduction Jul 1 comment Solving $y'' - \frac{1}{x} y' + (1+\frac{\cot x}{x}) y = 0$ by rank reduction Thanks. As it turns out, that was my solution, I just made an error copying it over. Jul 1 comment Solving $y'' - \frac{1}{x} y' + (1+\frac{\cot x}{x}) y = 0$ by rank reduction I get $y''(x) = -\sin(x) \int_0^x u(t) dt + \cos(x) u(x) + \cos(x) u(x) + \sin(x) u'(x)$ - I have no idea where you got the '-' in front of the second cos from. $cx^2\sin x$ can't be the solution because $\sin x$ is a solution. Jul 1 asked Solving $y'' - \frac{1}{x} y' + (1+\frac{\cot x}{x}) y = 0$ by rank reduction Jun 19 revised Does a closed form sum for this fourier series exist? added 202 characters in body