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Jun
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comment Efficiently finding an integer satisfying a certain congruence
That's what I meant--I'll change the confusing wording.
Jun
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revised Efficiently finding an integer satisfying a certain congruence
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Jun
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comment What is the geometric interpretation of the transpose?
I think what I really meant is, "I didn't understand this very well, can you please elaborate in a more elementary way?" but I'll make another attempt to understand what you said before asking you again.
Jun
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answered Efficiently finding an integer satisfying a certain congruence
Jun
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comment What is the geometric interpretation of the transpose?
In what sense does "adjoint" intuitively correspond to "time reversal"? Would it be possible to make sense of this intuition without referring to category theory?
May
31
comment Obtaining irrational probabilities from fair coins?
GEdgar, to get 1/3, why can't you flip two, try again if HH happens, and return TRUE if TT happens? (Michael, is this what you mean by "naive rejection sampling"?)
May
30
comment Obtaining irrational probabilities from fair coins?
I'm not looking forward to working out the exact probability, but I definitely believe that it's irrational!
May
30
accepted Obtaining irrational probabilities from fair coins?
May
30
comment Obtaining irrational probabilities from fair coins?
Thanks guys! It looks like the general idea is to set up an infinite sample space (this can't be done if we declare the maximum number of flips ahead of time, but it can be done so that the procedure terminates with probability 1).
May
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revised Obtaining irrational probabilities from fair coins?
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May
30
accepted Flip a coin until a head comes up. Why is “infinitely many tails” an event we need to consider?
May
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accepted Qualms about the axioms of probability
May
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asked Obtaining irrational probabilities from fair coins?
May
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accepted Representations of a cyclic group of order p over a field of characteristic p?
May
25
comment Qualms about the axioms of probability
When I saw, for example, the "group axioms", I didn't really think of them as "axioms", but more as the definition of a group. I guess in this case, it makes sense to think of the "probability axioms" more as the definition of a probability.
May
24
comment Qualms about the axioms of probability
Pete, that's a great question. Maybe "discrete-ly"? I'm taking an intro probability course intended for computer science undergrads, and I got the axioms from Ross's text, "A First Course in Probability".
May
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asked Qualms about the axioms of probability
May
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asked Flip a coin until a head comes up. Why is “infinitely many tails” an event we need to consider?
Apr
20
comment Representations of a cyclic group of order p over a field of characteristic p?
This is really cool! I think I see how to make this work when $K = \mathbb{F}_p$, but what if $K$ is not a finite field (so that $V$ contains infinitely many vectors)?
Apr
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asked Representations of a cyclic group of order p over a field of characteristic p?