# All Questions

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### Escape the zombie apocalypse

Consider zombies placed uniformly at random over $\mathbb{R}^2$ with asymptotic density $\mu$. You are placed at a random point and can move with speed $1$. Zombies move with speed $v\leq 1$ straight ...

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### Hecke-module structure implicit in definition of automorphic forms in Borel-Jacquet's Corvallis article

Let $G$ be a connected reductive group over a number field $F$, $G_\infty=\prod_{v\mid\infty} G(F_v)$, $\mathbf{A}$ the adèles of $F$, $\mathbf{A}_f$ the finite adèles of $F$. Fix a maximal compact ...

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### laminations and branched surfaces

I am looking for a reference for this question: given a branched surface in a 3-manifold, how we can construct a lamination fully carried by that branched surface.
any comments would be appreciated.

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### Why do Lie algebras pop up, from a categorical point of view?

Groups pop up as automorphism groups in any category.
Rings pop up as endomorphism rings in any additive category.
Is there a similar way to attach a Lie algebra to an object in a category of a ...

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### Sharp upper bounds on hypergeometric function ${}_2F_1[a,b,c;z]$ when $|z|\geq1$

Generally, hypergeometric function ${}_2F_1[a,b,c;z]$ is defined using Gauss series ${}_2F_1[a,b,c;z]=\sum_{n=0}^\infty\frac{(a)_n(b)_n}{(c)_nn!}z^n$ with $|r|<1$, and there seems to be a lot of ...

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### Double Markovity

Suppose we have a double Markov relation for three random variables $X$, $Y$ and $W$ as follows
$$X\to W\to Y,$$ and $$X\to Y\to W.$$
How to prove that there exist functions $f$ and $g$ such that
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### Why is the Tate local duality pairing compatible with the Cartier duality pairing?

This question is a follow up to Why is the norm map dual to restriction under Tate local duality?
Let $A$ and $B$ be dual abelian schemes over a base scheme $S$. For an integer $n \ge 1$, consider ...

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### convergence interval of an infinite series without the general term [on hold]

I am trying to find the convergence of an infinite series of which I do not have the nth term. Instead of applying the ratio test for the nth term, I divided the first two terms, then the next two and ...

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### “Aztec Diamond” analogue for Square-Octagon graph.

I have been reading David Speyer's Perfect Matchings and the Octahedron Recurrence, trying to carry out his "cross-wrenches" generalization of the Aztec diamond. In what follows, I'm asking for a ...

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### Reference for “Newtonian capacity estimates probability that A is hit by a Brownian motion”

I am looking for the following statement
"In fact, the Newtonian (logarithmic) capacity gives an estimate, up to a constant factor, the probability that A is hit by a Brownian motion started, say, ...

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### Are inclusions from spaces of $C^\infty$ sections into spaces of $C^k$ sections homotopy equivalences?

[EDIT: The answer to my original question was obviously no, as user56365 pointed out. Here is what I should have asked.]
For finite-dimensional smooth manifolds $E,M$, let $E\to M$ be a smooth fibre ...

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### Multiplicative Identity for all elements in SU(n)

Let $\{P_i\}$ be a subset of $SU(n)$ such that for any $U$ in another subset (or perhaps subgroup) $H$ of $SU(n)$: $$P_1UP_2U\cdots P_mU=I$$ where $I$ is the identity element. Is there a sequence ...

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### Why polarization of abelian varieties?

Maybe this question is not suitable for here, but I don't think I would receive a satisfactory answer in Math StackExchange.
I could never understand the intuition behind polarization of abelian ...

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### Prove that …, f(x-2), f(x-1), f(x), f(x+1), f(x+2),… is algebraically linearly independent without the Fourier transform

Suppose that $f$ is in $L^2(\mathbb{R})$ and consider the set of integer translates of this function, $V=\{f(x-k):k\in\mathbb{Z}\}$. This set is linearly independent: taking the Fourier transform of ...

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### Positive definite quadratic forms on Banach spaces

This is a question about characterizing Hilbert spaces in terms of quadratic forms. Let $X$ be a real Banach space and $E$ a bounded quadratic form on it, it is called positive definite if ...

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### Are there any very hard unknots?

Some years ago I took a long piece of string, tied it into a loop, and tried to twist it up into a tangle that I would find hard to untangle. No matter what I did, I could never cause the later me any ...

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### Hypercovers of sheaves in classical and quasi-categories

I am interested in relating the definition of hypercovers in the $\infty$-topos of sheaves on an $\infty$-Grothendieck site to the classical definition of hypercovers of presheaves on a Grothendieck ...

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### Do direct limits (filtered colimits) commute with pullbacks, in C*-algebras?

I asked this question already on math.stackexchange, but maybe it is also useful to ask this here, since it was not answered there.
Suppose we have three directed sequences of $C^*$-algebras, say ...

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### Conjugate surfaces: informations about the orbits

Consider a complex algebraic variety $X$ (namely a $\mathbb C$-scheme, of finite type, geometrically integral and separated); if $\sigma\in\textrm{aut}(\mathbb C)$, then is well defined the complex ...

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### Which valuations of a field yield codimension $1$ subschemes of their 'models'

For a field $F$ (for example, a one generated by a finite number of its elements) there is a directed set of its 'models' (in this case those are 'arithmetic' schemes whose fraction field is $F$). It ...

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### Default Orientation of Vectors [on hold]

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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### Horn's inequalities for n matrices

Where I can find necessary and sufficient conditions on eigenvalues of Hermitian matrices with the relation $$A_1 + A_2 + ... + A_n = A_0 ,$$
i.e. Horn's inequalities for n matrices?
Can such ...

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### Connections between Standard, Hodge and Tate conjectures on algebraic cycles?

What implications would a solution of the Standard Conjectures have on the Hodge and Tate Conjectures and reverse?
What implications would a solution of the Tate Conjecture have on the Hodge ...

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### Limits of functions with converging zeros

What can one say about the derivatives of a smooth function of several variables that is a limit of smooth functions with converging zeros?
More precisely, suppose that $f_i: R^n \to R^m$ is a ...

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### Heat kernel asymptotics for the sublaplacian on a contact Riemannian manifold

Let $\Delta$ denote a Laplace-type differential operator on a compact Riemannian manifold $(M,g)$. The asymptotics of the heat kernel and the heat operator trace of $\Delta$ are well-known (cf. ...

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### Asymptotics for algebraic numbers of height less than one

Is an asymptotic equivalent known or conjectured for the number $N(d)$ of $\alpha \in \bar{\mathbb{Q}}$ with $h(\alpha) < 1$ and $[\mathbb{Q}(\alpha):\mathbb{Q}] \leq d$?
The rather crude proof ...

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### Motivic L-function vs motivic zeta function

Let $M$ be a pure motive over a field $k$. Roughly speaking, the L-function of $M$ is the product over all primes $p$ of
$$L_p(M,s)=\det(I-Fr_p|_{M_\ell^I} N(p)^{-s})^{-1}$$
where $Fr_p$ is a ...

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### Compact, densely ordered spaces

During my work with order preserving homeomorphisms, I got interested in the double arrow space and, subsequently, in the lexicographic square.
I would really like to find examples of spaces like ...

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### Reference request for instantons

I've been researching instantons lately and I'd like to learn more about them but would like some help finding what to read. I have read about the ADHM equations and their noncommutative analogues. ...

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### Is the ordinary locus affine?

Let $p$ be a prime number and let $Y$ over $\mathbb F_p$ be a Siegel modular variety, with minimal compactification $X$. It is well known that $X^{\operatorname{ord}}$, the ordinary locus of $X$ is ...

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### Multiplicativity of the Ideal Norm

I asked this question on StackExchange twice, and was never able to get an answer. This is not quite a research-level question, but it is sufficiently difficult and interesting from a pedagogical ...

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### Computing the chromatic polynomial of graph modulo $x-3$

The chromatic polynomial of graph $P(G,x)$ is univariate
polynomial which counts the number of colorings of $G$
with $x$ colors for natural $x$.
Graph is not $k$ colorable iff $P(G,k)=0$.
The ...

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### Adams Operations on $K$-theory and $R(G)$

One of the slickest things to happen to topology was the proof of the Hopf invariant one using Adams operations in $K$-theory. The general idea is that the ring $K(X)$ admits operations $\psi^k$ that ...

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### $L^\infty_\mathrm{loc}$ assumption in global existence for Boltzmann equation

In short:
In P. Gérard's paper on the existence of global solutions to the Boltzmann equation from 1988 (or equivalently Cercignani's book), why are the stated assumptions (especially $A_n \in ...

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### Why does this antisymmetric product factor out a determinant?

Consider a generic $n \times n$ matrix $M$.
Define the $(n-1) \times n$ matrix $M_q$ to be $M$ with the $q$th row omitted, and assume that $M_q$ possesses a right inverse, $R_q$:
$$R_q = M_q^T (M_q ...

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### Expectation of a simple function of multivariate gaussians iid rvs

I would like to compute analytically the following expected value:
$E\left( \frac{X_i^2}{\sum_j \lambda_j^2 X_j^2}\right)$
where the $X_i \approx N(0,1)$ are iid.
It seems an elementary integral, ...

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### Why the intersection of a scott open (or \w the relatively compactness property) filter on a topology of a sober (and 2nd countable) space is compact?

Definitions and notations.
Let $\mathcal{P}(X)$ the power set of $X$.
Let $\tau_X\subseteq\mathcal{P}(X)$ a topology on X.
We call $A$ irreducible if every time $A=B\cup C$ with $B,C$ closed set ...

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### optimization problem, any solution?

The objective is as follows:
$\min_{\mathbf{F}} a Tr(\mathbf{F} \mathbf{F}^H) - Re\{\mathbf{b}\mathbf{F}^H \mathbf{C} \mathbf{F} \mathbf{d}\}$
$s.t.\ \ \ Tr(\mathbf{F} \mathbf{F}^H)<p$
where $a$ ...

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### Examples of cubic Julia sets

I'm looking for information on explicit cubic filled Julia sets with interesting properties such as:
Having two different finite attractors (such as $f(z)=z^3-1.5z$)
Being disconnected with ...

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### Cut and Fold Polyhedron!

I have two convex polyhedra such that their sums of side areas are equal. It is true that I can cut one of them and flatten it on the plane, then fold the flattened polygon to reach the other ...

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### Counterexample in cohomology for symmetric spectra?

Symmetric spectra are a particular model for spectra, introduced by Hovey, Shipley and Smith. They have the nice property that they have a well-behaved smash product. Our interest in spectra comes ...

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### Is every paracompact, Hausdorff, locally contractible space homotopy equivalent to a CW complex?

Milnor proved that any paracompact Hausdorff space which is equi-locally convex (and hence in particular locally contractible) is homotopy equivalent to a CW complex. However, unlike being paracompact ...

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### Ergodic theory and dynamical systems books references

I am arranging a weekly meeting of 2 hours with postgraduate students in ergodic theory (for a period of 3 weeks).
I am asking here for an advice of a book (or maybe a set of papers) to look at ...

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### Parametrized cancelations in stable Morse theory

Let $B$ be a closed manifold. Let $\pi : M\to B$ be a submersion such that each fiber is a manifold without boundary. Let $f : M \to \mathbb{R}$ be a function such that the restrictions $f_x$ to each ...

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### A solution of a q-difference equation

Is it possible to find a solution of the $q$-difference equation
$$f(q^{-1}x)-f(qx)=x(a-x)f(x),$$
with $f(0)=1$, (perhaps) in terms of basic hypergeometric series? Or in another rather explicit form? ...

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### Can first and second fundamental form be considered as differential 1-forms? [on hold]

Let $(M,g)$ be an abstract surface embedded into $\mathbb{R}^3$ via $f:M \to \mathbb{R}^3$. Denote the first and second fundamental form by $I$ and $II$, respectively and the smooth vector fields on ...

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### Fibrations and Cofibrations of spectra are “the same”

My question refers to a folklore statement that I have now seen a couple of times, but never really precise. One avatar is:
"For spectra every cofibration is equivalent to a fibration" (e.g. in the ...

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### Extending vector bundles from subvarieties

Let $X$ be a smooth projective variety and let $Y\subset X$ be a smooth subvariety. Given a vector bundle $E$ on $Y$, when can $E$ be extended to a vector bundle $\tilde E$ on $X$? I.e., are there ...

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### Basketball shots and stopping rule

Moved over from StackExchange.
You are taken to play a basketball game where you can shoot basketballs at n slots using a machine that is equally likely to shoot the balls into those n slots. You can ...

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### Au revoir, law of excluded middle?

In what way and with what utility is the law of excluded middle usually disposed of in intuitionistic type theory and its descendants? I am thinking here of topos theory and its ilk, namely synthetic ...