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Learning Theoretical CS

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awarded  Curious
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awarded  Good Question
Mar
21
comment two probability questions (related to lower bounding error probability)
@AndreNicolas Hi Andre, I am not sure I follow. Can you please elaborate a little more?
Mar
19
asked two probability questions (related to lower bounding error probability)
Apr
24
comment Basic Question about linearity of expectation
you can work out the values and see that $pr(I_j = 1) = 7/22$ in all the cases. does that help?
Apr
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awarded  Critic
Mar
30
comment History of Conic Sections
Thanks for the book by Coolidge.
Mar
30
comment History of Conic Sections
Thanks for your response. Like you said, I am not sure if that is historically correct as it seems somewhat unnatural to my untrained mathematical senses. Assuming it is, I am wondering how earthshaking would it have been to realize that these curves can be obtained by cutting a cone. Really, WOW!
Mar
29
comment History of Conic Sections
[cont'd] Things like circles and lines were also probably once abstract. But I find ellipses, parabolas and hyperbolas fancier (and more so when I stand in 200 BC). Is there something else, that I am missing which historians of math can help with? In case I am being too demanding in which case I apologize.
Mar
29
comment History of Conic Sections
@BrentJ Thanks for your suggestion. Following your lead, I have something I need to study over the weekend I was wondering if you could suggest something else I could go through. As for the motivation part, I find the curiosity a surprising reason (one, i respectfully find myself disagreeing with). Given my limited experience with math, I have difficulties accepting that a mathematician will cut a cone (why just cone, go cut up some more fancy objects) and then study the figures obtained. I agree that they do create abstract objects.
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asked History of Conic Sections
Jun
13
awarded  Popular Question
Jan
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awarded  Teacher
Jan
12
revised How many ways can $b$ balls be distributed in $c$ containers with no more than $n$ balls in any given container?
made some corrections
Jan
12
answered How many ways can $b$ balls be distributed in $c$ containers with no more than $n$ balls in any given container?
Jan
11
revised Embedding tree metric isometrically into $\ell_\infty$
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asked Embedding tree metric isometrically into $\ell_\infty$
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Nov
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revised Parity of Perfect Matchings
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accepted Parity of Perfect Matchings