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### Math notation with no possible syntax errors [closed]

It surely is possible for e.g. simple integer arithmetic
to invent a notation where every statement is syntactical
correct, just enumerate them - "#" means "0=0", "##" "0=1",
maybe "#...#" (239 of ...

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### “D” notation of a number [closed]

I'm looking to understand what the meaning of the following notation is:
8.211D - 10
It's specifically from a program called Scilab but I've been unable to find what it represents in any of the ...

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### Who introduced the notation $\lesssim$? [closed]

This is cross-posted in MSE.
Who in history introduced the notation $X\lesssim Y$ (where $X$ and $Y$ are two quantities) for meaning $X\leq CY$ for some constant $C$? I've seen this notation in ...

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### What underlined C means? [closed]

I'm reading a book about discrete signal processing and I've found this formula:
$$
x[n] = a^nu[n], \ a \in \underline{C}, |a|<1
$$
From the context I think it means some subset of the complex ...

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### Notation for iterated summation

Is there a more compact way to write
$$
\sum_{i_1=0}^{N}
\sum_{i_2=0}^{N-i_1}
\sum_{i_3=0}^{N-i_1-i_2}
\cdots
\sum_{i_{K}=0}^{N-i_1-i_2-i_3-\ldots-i_{K-1}}
a_{i_1i_2i_3\ldots i_K}
$$
as something like
...

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### Use of ternary operator in formal writing

I would like to write
$$
f(x) = \begin{cases}1&\mbox{if }x = 1\\ 0&\mbox{otherwise.}\end{cases}
$$
However, this eats up a lot of vertical space for a very simple statement. Is there agreed ...

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### Comparing vectors with numbers? [closed]

My question pertains to the paper "A Simplified Proof of the Divergence Theorem" by Djairo Guedes de Figueiredo.
It's not a big question, actually, but it's confusing me a lot: In the statement of ...

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### Notation to denote substitution of vector elements [duplicate]

I'm looking for notation to denote vector substitution and elimination of elements. This is possible using set notation, but I am looking for shorthand notation that is perhaps already in use.
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### Notation clash between a representation and spectral radius

I am currently writing a paper where I need talk both about a representation of a semisimple Lie group (usually denoted by $\rho$), and about spectral radii of linear maps (also usually denoted by ...

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### What does the square root sign tells us in the wave equation? [closed]

I have been reading the paper on wave equations, and I have some confusion in notations.
Consider the initial value problem(IVP)(Wave equation):
$\frac{\partial ^2 u } {\partial t^2}(x,t) = ...

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### Correction symbols used for mathematical texts [closed]

When proof reading and correcting a mathematical text, I sometimes see people use special notation symbols in the margin to indicate correction, deletion, replacement and so on. Is there any standard ...

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### What does the notation $[b_1,b_2]$ in M. Hochster's “Prime Ideal Structure in Commutative Rings” mean?

I'm reading the article
M. Hochster, Prime ideal structure in commutative rings, Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 142 (1969), 43--60. Freely available here on the journal's website.
But, I can not find the ...

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### What is the function space $H^1_{m, \sigma}$?

I am reading Hildebrandt's and Widman's 1975 paper on "Some regularity results of quasilinear elliptic systems of second order".
Theorem 3.1 is the first time in their paper that the function space ...

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### Pronunciation of ¡ (inverted exclamation mark, historically used for subfactorial)

For anyone who uses ¡ (inverted exclamation mark) in a mathematical context, how do you pronounce it?
Background: I have privately been using ¡ in a couple of notations for a while, and am ...

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### Notation for a Homomorphism [closed]

Is there a (common) notation which denotes a function, $f$, to be a homomorphism?
I have found myself writing, "let $f: X \rightarrow Y$ be a homomorphism" several times. This is fine, but I would ...

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### notation for $(a-b)(a-qb)\dots (a-q^{n-1}b)$

I wonder whether there is a notation for such thing, which I denote $[a;b]_q^n$ for a moment:
$$
[a;b]_q^n:=(a-b)(a-qb)\dots (a-q^{n-1}b)=a^n(b/a;q)_n,
$$
this last equation uses $q$-Pochhammer symbol ...

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### Mixed tensor index position significance

What is the significance of tensor index position?
For example the fourth order Riemann curvature tensor
\begin{align}
R^m_{ijk}
\end{align}
or
\begin{align}
R^{\phantom{i}m}_{i\phantom{m}jk}.
...

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### notation for vector product in the space

The notation for vector (a.k.a. cross) product in $\mathbb{R}^3$ I usually see is $\times$.
However, some places use $\wedge$ instead, which IMHO creates a lot of confusion, as $\wedge$ usually is ...

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### What is the term for combining functions $f_1,f_2,\dots,f_n$ into a tuple $(f_1,\dots,f_n)$?

This is an embarrassingly simple question, but I was not able to find a definitive answer from literature search.
Suppose one has some collection of functions $f_1: X \to Y_1, \dots, f_n: X \to Y_n$ ...

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### Notation: $Sigma$ and $Pi$ of intersections

In Jech - Set Theory, the proof of Theorem 31.7, I came along some notations I wish to understand correctly.
For a countable elementary substructure $M \prec H_\lambda$ and $A \in M$ and a generic ...

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### Looking for the name of a mathematical symbol that looks remotely like 1 (answer: indicator function) [closed]

Original question:
The symbol looks like a numeral 1 written like an R in $\mathbb{R}$. It has a double vertical line and a serif at the bottom. It represents a function of a parameter: ...

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### Meaning of $[A,B]$ when $A$, $B$ are self-adjoint

This is just a question about notation, but it got no useful answers on math.stackexchange.
Let $L$ be the Lie algebra of $n\times n$ Hermitian matrices, with Lie bracket $(A,B)\mapsto i(AB-BA)$.
...

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### What is $\infty^6$?

The title of this question may make you want to close it immediately, but bear with me a moment. In several older mathematics papers (early 20th century) I have seen statements such as
The ...

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### Notation for $\log \log \cdots \log n$? [closed]

Is there some accepted, more concise notation for expressions like $\log \log \log n$?
I just noticed an arXiv posting that quotes the bound
$$
\frac{\log X \log \log X \log \log \log \log X}
{ \log ...

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### Products between metrics in a product of manifolds

In the "Einstein Manifold" book written by Arthur Besse, chapter 16, there is a notation of a manifold composed by the Cartesian product between two others:
$(M_1\times M_2, f^p(g_1 \times g_2))$
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### Terminology for metrics?

For some reason, I'm currently interested in the following relation - let $d,\delta$ be two metrics on some space $X$. We call the metrics _______ if there are some constants $C,E>0$ such that for ...

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### Notation: Categories of measur(abl)e spaces

Is there a common notation in the literature for
the category of measurable spaces and measurable maps?
the category of measure spaces and measure-preserving maps?
The nlab suggests ...

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### Was $\Sigma x$ used as quantifier?

Kurt Gödel in 1931 used $x\Pi a$ where we in contemporary notation would use $(\forall x) A$ or $(x)A$, and $Ex a$ where we would use $(\exists x) A$. I believe that I remember that $\Sigma xA$ has ...

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### Help with notation for the state of a dynamical system defined by a PDE

Before my question let me briefly describe a simplified version of the dynamical system I'm working with. Suppose that I have a density function $m(\boldsymbol{x},t)$, that describes the abundance of ...

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### When was the “arrow notation” for functions first introduced?

When was the "arrow notation" $f: X \to Y$ for functions first introduced? Who introduced it and with which motivation?
I ask this question in order to understand whether it was, in part, this ...

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### Contexts and notations for composing asymmetric simplices

Imagine the elements of a group-like structure as puzzle pieces with essential two sides, an IN-side and an OUT-side.
You can compose two such pieces in two obvious ways:
Now consider triangular ...

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### Lefschetz fixed notation

If $f\colon X\to X$ is a self-map of a nice space with isolated fixed points, then the Lefschetz fixed point theorem relates a global number to local numbers. Some write: $L(f)=\sum_{x\in ...

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### Disruptive innovations in mathematical notations [closed]

I am wondering whether there are examples of mathematical notations that, once introduced, have drastically changed or simplified the way to address a problem or a mathematical area, or that have ...

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### Meaning of $g_d^r$ in algebraic geometry

As an editor I often encounter the symbol $g_d^r$ as a noun. I tried googling but I only get papers where the symbol is used without a definition. Can someone supply a reference to a definition? ...

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### Is the notation ${}^t g$ for the transpose of a linear transformation intended to be suggestive?

The notation ${}^t g$ for the transpose of a linear transformation is, in my view, quite unusual: otherwise (at least in many areas of math), one almost never sees subscripts or superscripts appearing ...

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### A question about some notation involving the exclamation mark [closed]

What does the symbol ‘!’ signify? Is it $ \text{argmin} $? For example, $ \| A x - y \| = \min! $.

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### How to Express Undirected Integration

Is there an agreed way of expressing undirected integration in formulas?
my idea of doing so would be to use the absolute value of the differential
$$\int_a^b f(x)|dx| = \int_b^a f(x)|dx|$$
but I ...

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### Default Orientation of Vectors [closed]

When I started studying math in 1982 in Germany, there seemed to have been a change in the choice of the default orientation of vectors; while it was row-vectors till then, it changed to ...

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### Conventional notation for the probabilistic functor

The probabilistic functor $P$ sends a measurable space $X$ to the space of probability measures on $X$ endowed with $\sigma$-algebra generated by evaluation maps, and measurable maps $f:X\to Y$ to ...

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### Who invented diagrammatic algebra?

There is a strong and growing trend to do mathematics via diagrammatic algebra, which involves constructing and manipulating equations whose elements are diagrams drawn in the plane. The manipulations ...

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### Formula for the Ordinal Number of k-Sets of Positive Integers

Background of my question is, that I would like to store flags indicating the relation between a pairs of non-adjacent edges of a graph (that relation could for example be, whether the edges cross, ...

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### Choosing Notation for Variable Substitution into Derivative Expressed with Differentials [closed]

Consider function $f(x)$. I've counted 4 possible notations to write a derivative of $f(x)$ at point $x = a$:
$f'(a)$;
$\frac{\operatorname{d}{f(a)}}{\operatorname{d}x}$;
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### Random weighted selection without replacement

I am using the following procedure to select $m$ different numbers $\{i_1,\ldots,i_m\}$ from the set $\Omega = \{1,\ldots,N\}$, with $m,N\in\mathbb{N}$ such that $m< N$.
Selection procedure
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### Is there a theory of abuse of notation? [closed]

Is there any theory about the different ways notation can be abused and which abuses are ineliminable without complicating the notation in some essential way? We can define "abuse of notation" as any ...

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### Historical quotation search: Equations/formulae in (Latin?) prose, before modern symbolic notation

I have been trying, without success, to find a vaguely-remembered quotation: the quadratic equation (or perhaps the quadratic formula), given in (Latin?) prose, along lines like “Consider that ...

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### Origin of symbols used for half-sum of positive roots in Lie theory?

The Weyl character formula is a central result in the finite dimensional representation theory of semisimple Lie groups, algebraic groups, Lie algebras. Related questions on MO include these here ...

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### Nesting big-O with big-Omega $O(g(\Omega(h(n))))$: is it $O$ for all $\Omega$ or for one $\Omega$?

I want to express the following statement about a function $f(n)$: there exists $f_\Omega\in\Omega(h(n))$ such that $f\in O(g(f_\Omega(n))$. What's the correct notation for this? Is it $f\in ...

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### Understanding Sweedler's notation for the structure map of a comodule

I was hoping someone might be able to shed some light on the choice of indices for expressing the coaction using Sweedler notation.
For example, in the paper of Andruskiewitsch About ...

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### Meaning of notation $\mathbb{Q}^\wedge k$, $-\infty^\wedge \mathbb{Q}$ for linear orders

I am reading Friedman & Stanley A Borel reducibility theory for classes of countable structures (J. Symbolic Logic 54 (1989), 894–914; MR1011177) and a caret (${}^\wedge$) appears as notation in ...

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### Equal signs with fancy marks

Some people use $\stackrel{\mathrm{def}}{=}$, $:=$ or $\stackrel{\Delta}{=}$ for definitions.
In more informal contexts, I have also seen $\stackrel{?}{=}$, for "I wish to prove this equality, which ...