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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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### Sobolev space notation for interpolation and Gagliardo norm best practice

I work on a compact manifold $M$. I'm using three different Sobolev spaces:
$A^s(M)$ defined set of functions $u$ with the Gagliardo norm.
$B^s(M)$ defined as interpolation space between different ...

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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 ...

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### Where does the notation $\pi_1(X,x)$ for the fundamental group first appear?

I've spent the last half hour browsing Stillwell's translation of Poincaré's Analysis Situs and Dieudonné's History of Algebraic and Differential Topology, and I haven't found the source of this ...

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### Maximum/Minimum operator precedence

Is there any standard preceding order for the operators $a \wedge b = \min{(a,b)}$ and $a \vee b = \max{(a,b)}$ with respect to the arithmetic operators.
For example
$$ a \wedge b + c = (a \wedge ...

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### Name and notation for a binary operation

Is there a standard name or standard symbol for the binary operation that combines $x$ and $y$ to give $xy/(x+y)$, or equivalently $1/(1/x+1/y)$? (At least the expressions are equivalent if we ignore ...

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### Meaning of historical fluxion notation

I've noticed that in 18th century English books on calculus writers would say that 'the fluxion of $ax$ is $a\dot{x}$' and 'the fluxion of $x^n$ is $n x^{n-1} \dot{x}$'. What does this extra ...

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### What does this notation mean: matrix norm with a two-number subscript

I recently came across this notation, without explanation, in a paper:
$||\mathbf{W}||_{2,1}$
From the context, I know that $\mathbf{W}$ is a matrix, which could be any size, and that ...

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### Notation of a pregallery

I'm transcribing parts of Harm van der Lek's thesis 'The homotopy type of complex hyperplane complements' and due to it being written in 1983 the typesetting isn't very detailed. In latex, how should ...

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### Notation for substructure, especially for permutations?

Is there a standard notation that expresses substructure?
The specific case that I care about is the following:
Suppose $\sigma,\tau$ are permutations such that $$\sigma(x)\not=x\implies ...

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### What's the name of “twisted semidirect products”?

Let $V$ be an $n$-dimensional real vector space, $\Lambda\subseteq V$ a lattice, and $K$ a subgroup of $Aut_{\mathbb{Z}}(\Lambda)\cong GL(n,\mathbb{Z})$. Let also $\sigma \in Z^1(K,V/\Lambda)$, ...

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### Notation for upperbound power sets.

There is a standard notation $\mathrm{ZF}[n]$ for Zermelo Fraenkel set theory with the power set axiom restricted to saying the set of natural numbers has $n$ successive power sets ...

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### Notation for the subobject classifier

Does anyone know why in books on category theory the notation for the subobject classifier is almost everywhere the capital greek letter $\Omega$?
Gérard Lang

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### How many flavors should a notational system offer for rank-1 tensors?

The notation for tensors is like the plumbing in a very old Vermont farmhouse. It may once have been intentionally designed, but after that it just evolved. As an example, it seems that depending on ...

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### Notation arb(x)

Suppose we have extended $ZF$ by adding to $ZF$ an unary function symbol $arb$ (an arbitrary element of a set) and a corresponding axiom "For every non-empty set $S$, $arb(S)$ is in $S$".
Will be the ...

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### Is there a (standard) name for $\bar{A}\setminus A$?

This is a notation question:
If $A$ is a set in a topological space and $\bar{A}$ is its closure, is there a (standard) name for $\bar{A}\setminus A$?

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### If d/dx is an operator, on what does it operate?

If $\frac{d}{dx}$ is a differential operator, what are its inputs? If the answer is "(differentiable) functions" (i.e., variable-agnostic sets of ordered pairs), we have difficulty distinguishing ...

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### Set Exponentiation: Is Y always disjoint from Y^X? [closed]

If $y \in Y$ and $g \in Y^X$, we often write $y+g$ as shorthand for the map $x \mapsto y+ g(x)$. Similarly if $f \in Y^X$ then $f+g = x \mapsto f(x)+g(x)$. However this presupposes that we can ...

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### Standard notation/symbol for an embedding function

Hello everyone,
Suppose that I am defining a function which embeds a surface (manifold) in $\mathbb{R}^3$.
Is there a standard symbol or letter that is used for this function?
Additionally, is ...

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### notation for formal Laurent series

I've found a few articles that write the ring of formal Laurent series in $t$ as $R((1/t))$, but what's the underlying meaning of $\cdot ((\cdot))$?
A mathematician of my acquaintance swears that ...