As a comment of Dennis Serre, the correct spelling of Cauchy-Schwarz is Cauchy-Schwarz (not Cauchy-Schwartz):

The spelling is Cauchy-Schwarz, from Hermann Schwarz. If you are interested in Fourier transform and distributions instead, then you probably mean Laurent Schwartz.

A simple search gives us 72 results for Cauchy-Schwartz in MO, see here. Is there a way to correct this misspelled word without bumping? Or should an ordinary user correct this misspelled word?

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    $\begingroup$ Personally, I would fix it on newly written or edited posts and otherwise leave it. It is unfortunate but there is no cause for confusion, and I prefer not to clutter the main page with edits. $\endgroup$
    – mme
    Commented Oct 29, 2018 at 15:38
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    $\begingroup$ This seems like the kind of stuff we can request the developers to run an automated search/replace and not bump posts. I'd guess that it would be better if we can find a few other commonly misspelled phrases or some other variants of "C-S" (e.g. with en-dash or em-dash or no dash). $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Commented Oct 29, 2018 at 16:26
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    $\begingroup$ Could you please clarify what you mean by saying: "Community user (machine) in MO corrected some similar spelling"? I am unaware of some edits which were done automatically (and without bumping) with two exceptions: One of them was change from http to https (around March/April 2017?) and the other one was the move from Meta Stack Overflow to Meta Stack Exchange (March/April 2014?). In fact, due to some mistakes the latter caused some bumping due to some bugs. $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 29, 2018 at 17:07
  • $\begingroup$ Some edits may appear as if they were done by community user, but there was actually a human actor behind them. (IIRC those are edits suggested by anonymous user and also if reviewer chooses "Approve and Edit" when reviewing a suggested edit.) For more details, see: Modified by Community. $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 29, 2018 at 17:08
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    $\begingroup$ @MartinSleziak: Thanks for your explanations. I edited the question, accordingly $\endgroup$
    – Mahdi
    Commented Oct 29, 2018 at 17:35
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    $\begingroup$ I do not know the whether it is likely that SE will be willing to do something like this using some automation. However, I will at least add links related to manual edits. The FAQ entry Editing etiquette touches also misspellings. Probably this is also relevant: Do we have an unofficial quota on how many old questions one should bump for minor edits in a single day? (And of course, implementing this feature request would make things easier: Minor edits, subject to review.) $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 29, 2018 at 17:50
  • $\begingroup$ @AsafKaragila When you suggest to collect some common misspellings, you mean collecting frequently misspelled words in general (such as continuous $\to$ continuous) or just names of mathematicians (such as Haussdorff $\to$ Hausdorff)? Would you include also stuff such as Erdos $\to$ Erdős? In case it is useful, some names which are often misspelled are mentioned in this post on Mathematics Meta: Searching for accented characters is too strict. $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 30, 2018 at 7:50
  • $\begingroup$ Does it make sense to correct Cauchy-Schwarz without correcting the other incorrect Schwartz/Schwarz confusions? I say, make such minor corrections only when the post is bumped to the front page for some other reason. $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 1, 2018 at 13:06
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    $\begingroup$ @MartinSleziak: Your example "(such as continuous → continuous)" seems to have a mis-misspelling. $\endgroup$
    – jeq
    Commented Nov 1, 2018 at 15:06
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    $\begingroup$ @jeq Sorry, I meant continous. $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 1, 2018 at 15:21
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    $\begingroup$ @jeq, looks like it was a missed mis-misspelling. :-) $\endgroup$
    – LSpice
    Commented Nov 2, 2018 at 17:23
  • $\begingroup$ Referenced in an Über meta post in 2022. $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 2, 2022 at 16:01


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