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Third year mathematics major at the University of Chicago, currently on leave. My research interest is billiards on polygons. You can contact me about mathematics at acbecker@uchicago.edu. For moderation issues, you will generally get a faster response by raising a flag on this site.


May
9
comment Question with Isolated Points
The idea is to find an interval around the isolated point which does not contain any other element of the set.
May
9
comment Limits Problem worked 2 ways gives 2 different answers
The complex conjugate, or just the conjugate?
May
9
comment What is the optimal strategy for this 2 player game?
@reddy Which contest? Can you provide us a link to confirm this?
May
8
comment Irreducible polynomial with given discriminant
Do you mean $\sqrt{D}\in K$?
May
8
comment Using math to help people
Our most upvoted question of all time might be helpful.
May
7
comment Precise meaning of “Solution in radicals”
@GregBuchholz The first definition I give is quite standard; it should be in any algebra textbook which introduces Galois Theory. In Dummit & Foote 3rd Ed. it is on page 627. The second is just a rephrasing of the first in non-field theoretic terms, which I don't have a reference for.
May
7
comment Precise meaning of “Solution in radicals”
@GregBuchholz I am making the assumption for this answer that $f$ is over $\mathbb Q$; it simplifies notation and is more relevant to the historical usage of the phrase and the context of your question IMHO.
May
7
comment Analysis Limit Question Confusion
Hint: multiply both sides by $1-r$.
May
7
comment Precise meaning of “Solution in radicals”
@GregBuchholz Only one of the 6 needs to hold. For $x^2-2$, we could have $x_1=2$ and $x_2=\sqrt{2}$, since $x_1$ satisfies 1 and $x_2$ satisfies 6.
May
7
answered Precise meaning of “Solution in radicals”
May
7
comment Precise meaning of “Solution in radicals”
Do you know what a field extension is?
May
6
comment Is this an ideal of $\Bbb Z \times \Bbb Z$
You can write $a2n=2na$ and $b3m=3mb$ if that's what you're asking.
May
6
comment Is this an ideal of $\Bbb Z \times \Bbb Z$
$\mathbb Z\times \mathbb Z$ is most definitely commutative.
May
6
revised poisson distribution to get pdf
rolled back to a previous revision
May
6
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Strange graph problem
May
5
comment How do you minimize “hinge-loss”?
If you mean $\max(0,1-yf(x))$, then yes.
May
5
comment How do you minimize “hinge-loss”?
For example, the yellow line represents the hinge loss function you see in every image in a Google search for "hinge loss". None of those lines are yellow...
May
5
comment Map preserving intervals but discontinuous
@GillesBonnet Either is fine (although your current title should read "then", not "than")
May
5
revised Map preserving intervals but discontinuous
added 3 characters in body
May
5
comment Map preserving intervals but discontinuous
@themaker You're right, I made a typo. Should be right now.