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 Mar 9 awarded Supporter Jan 27 awarded Informed Jan 27 awarded Scholar Jan 27 accepted Uncertainty in mathematics Jan 26 comment Uncertainty in mathematics @gnometorule Thank you, I found "The principles of mathematics" online, here's the link if anyone else is interested: fair-use.org/bertrand-russell/the-principles-of-mathematics/… Jan 26 comment Uncertainty in mathematics @gnometorule Yes, the definition of a set is perhaps a better example. In your comment you shaped uncertainty in more precise terms for me: something that is understood in the context of convention. Jan 26 comment Uncertainty in mathematics By uncertainty I mean that a definition, theorem, etc. is not (or maybe cannot be?) stated explicitly in mathematical terms, and can only be understood if one is familiar with conventions in the field. For example, addition and other simple operations seem intuitive to understand without needing explanation by mathematicians. The meaning of the law of large numbers, on the other hand, needed communication with others - it didn't feel like it had inherent physical meaning. So is this part of the nature of advanced math? Or is it due to my limits in understanding things on my own? Jan 26 comment Uncertainty in mathematics The example that immediately comes to mind is the law of large numbers and the definition of a set. Jan 26 asked Uncertainty in mathematics Jan 21 revised Probability of obtaining x balls when drawing y bags from a set edited body Jan 21 comment Probability of obtaining x balls when drawing y bags from a set @Henry (1) Thanks for pointing out the mistake. $y$ is actually $n$. I'll correct the question. (2) Most bags contain 0 balls. A small number of bags contain 1-3 balls. I can get a histogram of the number of balls per bag (since I'm working with an actual dataset), but I don't know how to evaluate what distribution $m$ follows. Jan 21 awarded Student Jan 21 awarded Editor Jan 21 revised Probability of obtaining x balls when drawing y bags from a set added 1 characters in body Jan 21 awarded Custodian Jan 21 reviewed Approve Probability of obtaining x balls when drawing y bags from a set Jan 21 asked Probability of obtaining x balls when drawing y bags from a set