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comment Which polynomial's roots are its coefficients?
Lubin's suggestion gives a continuous map, which is nice. The process outlined here can't be made continuous (e.g. to define it for $z^2 + e^{i\theta}$ you essentially have to choose branches of the square root function for the coefficients). On its own, that seems unnatural, but it makes sense as picking a branch of the inverse of Lubin's map. Igor's idea of looking at all permutations then corresponds to taking the full inverse.
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comment Is $\mathbb{R}^3 \setminus \mathbb{Q}^3$ simply connected?
Is it obvious that transversality arguments work for weird non-differentiable curves? In a manifold you know any curve is homotopic to a differentiable one, but showing that fact in $\mathbb{R}^3 \setminus \mathbb{Q}^3$ doesn't seem any easier than the original question.
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comment Is $\mathbb{R}^3 \setminus \mathbb{Q}^3$ simply connected?
@Victor The argument takes for granted that the ambient space stays simply connected (even connected) when you remove just a finite set of points--fine in $\mathbb{R}^3$ but not $\mathbb{R}$ or $\mathbb{R}^2$.
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awarded  Nice Answer
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answered Is $\mathbb{R}^3 \setminus \mathbb{Q}^3$ simply connected?
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comment John Nash's Mathematical Legacy
It's amazingly prescient, from a computer science perspective. Here's a link to the paper: rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/research_memoranda/2008/…
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answered Deep Learning / Deep neural nets for mathematician
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comment understanding the average height of a unit hyper-semisphere
On a high-dimensional sphere most of the mass is concentrated around the equator, where the height is lowest. That's a heuristic explanation for why the average height goes to zero.
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reviewed Approve Is the Ford disk packing optimal?
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comment What's the variance in the Six Degrees model?
This is one classic paper on the search problem: cs.cornell.edu/home/kleinber/swn.pdf ... and in general it's a good entry point into the literature.
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revised Foliation with leaves which are and are not dense
better wording
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revised Foliation with leaves which are and are not dense
fixed typo
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answered Foliation with leaves which are and are not dense
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revised How large can you draw an island on a map?
added note about computability