# Questions tagged [specific-question]

For discussions related to some particular question posted (or to be posted) on the main site. Do not use if your intention is to discuss/ask about a general issue, and you merely linked some question(s) as an example.

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### How could I have better clarified my question?

I seem to keep getting my posts put on hold in various stack exchanges because it's "unclear what I am asking." How can I do better to prevent this? Specifically right now I'm asking about this ...

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### What to do when the answer makes details of the question moot?

In this question I asked about a theorem in an old paper. I gave many details explaining the difficulty I was having in following the proof. The author of the paper kindly replied, pointing me to a ...

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### Ignore this question no more

There is an odd question on the main site:
Ignore this question*
The question is no longer required to fulfill its purpose as stated in the body.†
Perhaps it ought to be deleted outright.
As it is ...

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### Migrating question from Math SE

I posted this question on Math SE a month ago but it has had no responses even though I also placed a bounty on it.
Whilst it is at graduate level, I'm unsure whether to ask it here since the ...

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### Down vote without comment

I received a down vote on this question without any comment.
Can one help me to understand how this question could be improved?
I think that a moral and implicit policy of MO is that a comment ...

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### Is this physical motivation appropriate for the question? (or any such question in general)?

In this question, I have two ways of reconstructing signal from finite Fourier coefficients (0 to 4kHz only), one being the Fourier partial sum $S_f$ and other (math motivation of question) lets call $...

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### Questions on Mathematical Writing

Where should I ask about how to approach Mathematical paper writing? For example, the question [How to write an abstract for a math paper? ] was put on hold? Which stack exchange site should I have ...

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### Is this measure theory question suitable for MO?

A moderator at Mathematics StackExchange asks if this question would be suitable for migration to MO: https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1331258/using-a-sequence-of-measures-to-create-simple-...

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### On discussion of published papers at MO

There is an interesting discussion taking place at MO over the suitability of this question: Complex structure on $S^6$ gets published in Journ. Math. Phys. The question is about the correctness of a ...

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### Is this thread really discussing mathematics or some technology?

The activity going on in this thread, I do not think it can be constituted as mathematics. It think it is image processing, but still not the mathematical aspect of the image processing but purely on ...

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### How to get better response on a problem (specific case study) and suggestions from mathematicians?

Why not enough response for this question. I guess there is too little interest in classical Fourier analysis. I have given enough motivation, which is about proving a possibly new result in Fourier ...

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### Will this question be suitable for MO?

Recently I have asked two questions in MSE regarding the simultaneous solutions of the following inequalities:
$$x+y>p_{\pi(x)}+p_{\pi(y)+1}\tag{1}$$$$x+y>p_{\pi(y)}+p_{\pi(x)+1}\tag{2}.$$
My ...

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### Subquestion of Original Post

On this question, I asked broadly about computing the Gauss Legendre quadrature for large N. However, I've mentioned there in the "edit" section an algorithm I've found on the web, which theoretically ...

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### I want to post a question on MathOverflow, but is it suitable?

I posted a question "A question on the remainders of integer division" on Mathematics one week ago. There is not any answer until now.
I do not think it is a question of professional level, but it ...

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### Can we bring back the question about Gauss-Legendre nodes and weights?

The question
Computing Gauss Legendre Quadrature for Large N
was voluntarily removed by its author, after I implied (with a link to Wikipedia) that the answer was trivial and well-known. I have ...

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### Probability question migrated to stats.stackexchange

What has happened to the following question?: https://mathoverflow.net/posts/202242/revisions
Firstly, it looks like a reasonable question to me (although the notation could be improved). Why was it ...

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### Proposed question: In the math history books of the future, what will be written about the years 1960-2010?

I was reading Stillwell's book, Mathematics and its History, and it got me thinking about how research developments in the last two decades (i.e. history for us too, except recent) would be "narrated"....

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### Why is this still 'unclear'? [closed]

I recently asked a question that was subsequently put 'on hold' for being 'unclear'. I then edited it pretty drastically, and as far as I can tell there is nothing really unclear about the new version,...

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### It is ok to ask the following question in MO?

Intuitively it doesn't look to me that much of a research level problem but, if it's not too trivial, I think it needs a bit of careful thought to answer my question. I don't know whether the ...

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### Using bounty to prevent a question from being closed

There is a recent question Which universities teach true infinitesimal calculus? , suitability of which has been questioned by several users [I personally do not see in this question anything related ...

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### This MSE question was rejected for a migration on MO. Are you agree with this decision?

One month ago, I've asked the following question on MSE:
Is the left regular representation of an algebra, always faithful?
Up to now, this question has received 5 upvotes but no answer.
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### Should we reopen "The resolution of which conjecture/problem would-advance mathematics the most?"

The question is whether we should reopen it (link here).
My point of view is that we should because
a) It is asked by an intelligent and highly respected user.
b) It hasn't generated a single ...

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### Risqué and uninformative title.

I found the previous title of
Realizing proper pure octonions as conjugates
slightly risqué and also uninformative. So in the spirit of being bold I just changed it to something mathematical. I'...

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### On a question previously posted on Math .SE

Some days ago I have asked this question but I got no response. Will it be ok if I post this question in this site (I am asking this because crossposting isn't generally welcomed in this site)? Also ...

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### Requesting solutions to graduate textbooks is off-topic?

Today this question was put on Hold as off-topic
https://mathoverflow.net/questions/186117/solutions-for-categories-for-the-working-mathematician
I wander if this is a disservice in fact. I suspect ...

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### Why this is off-topic?

I posted a question on MSE for two months and received no helpful answer. So I tried the same question on MO. I got 4 off-topic votes and so the question got migrated back to MSE. I'd like to mention ...

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### What has been the problem with the question?

I have some questions relating to this post. Actually I can't seem to figure out what has gone wrong with the question.
In my view, it was not off-topic. Perhaps my representation may be vague. In ...

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### Is this an appropriate MathOverflow question: can I ask for some intuition and "excitement" behind the Dynamical Mordell-Lang conjecture?

I am a math undergraduate at my local university, and I have decided to make it a habit to attend the weekly seminars that are given by the faculty.
Today, the talk was on the Dynamic Mordell-Lang ...

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### Is this question appropriate? (What features should a mathematician look for in a tablet computer)

I'm getting ready to buy my first tablet computer and I have some fairly specific things I need it to be able to do so that it can be an effective tool for my research. I need it to be able to compile ...

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### Why was the question about "expected difference of random variables" put on hold?

As I explained in the answer to the question The metric of the expected difference of random variables, I don't see any reason for closing it other than simple misunderstanding (to put it mildly) on ...

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### Why is this question considered undergraduate?

The question https://mathoverflow.net/questions/173132/number-of-combinations-of-ordered-sequences-of-n-integers is closed because it is considered "undergraduate"... could someone explain me how in ...

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### Why has the question "Optical methods for number theory?" been closed?

Edit: The MO question has now been reopened, and the two answers here that addressed it have been copied across.
The question Optical methods for number theory? was put on hold. While answers are ...

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### On a question that was deleted recently.

I noticed that yesterday a question that received many upvotes (>40) and no downvotes, and which mathematically seems quite interesting was deleted by a Stack Exchange Moderator. I definitely don't ...

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### Grassmann's "general theory of forms": an appropriate question for MathOverflow?

The prospective question:
I quote from Petsche's Hermann Graßmann: Biography (emphasis mine):
The mathematical part of the book begins with the conception of the “General Theory of Forms”. ...

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### Vote to reopen question regarding connected and total domination on the queen's graph

[Note: Now reopened!]
The question concerns the limit as $n\to\infty$ of $\gamma_t(Q_n)/n$. It is known to be between $\frac{4}{7}$ and $\frac{2}{3}$.
As connected and total domination the queen'...

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### How can I convince mathematicians that my question on Fourier transforms and singularities is very important to be solved and it is worth their time

How can I convince mathematicians that this question is very important to be solved and it is worth their time. This question has practical applications, but I don't know the right procedure/forum to ...

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### Questions on Coq

Now I'm awake again, I can raise this here in meta, as per quid's request.
I commented on the question How do I verify the Coq proof of Feit-Thompson?
I like this question, and would defend it ...

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### Why was "Is it meaningful to work on convergencies, integration, etc. on the Zariski topology?" closed?

This post is about the question Is it meaningful to work on convergencies, integration, etc. on the Zariski topology? It is an interesting, relevant question which attracted two excellent answers. The ...

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### Why was this question asking non-trivial examples of closed subschemes closed?

Why was this question asking non-trivial examples of closed subschemes closed?

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### On: Graph Theory is the s(c/l)um of Topology (?)

Recently a question got asked that effectively asked for the origin of the quote "Graph theory is the scum of topolgy" indicating it might not be the exact quote but something along these lines.
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### Failed migration?

What happened to this question? When I saw it in the review queue, it had 3 votes to migrate to MSE, and 1 vote to close (Yemon's custom reason). But after I cast the last vote to close, it is now put ...

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### How do people determine if other people's questions are research level or not?

I post a question here:
https://mathoverflow.net/questions/159016/on-convexity-of-function-in-c10-infty
(now deleted).
Obviously, those who closed it think it is too elementary.
But how do they know ...

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### Would this M.SE question that has received no answers be appropriate for MO? (or could it be tweaked into being appropriate?)

https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/667830/modern-research-into-grassmans-theory-of-forms
When I first posted it on MO, it received a downvote, so I figured there might be something wrong with ...

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### Could I have some help improving a history-overview post?

First off, a link to the post in question.
It has been marked as "too broad".
What could I do to improve my question? Should I break each sub-question down into its own question? Should I repost it ...

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### Suitability on MO of question on teaching engineers mathematical thinking skills

Recently, I asked a question on MSE about teaching engineers mathematical thinking skills. Would this question be suitable for MO, where it might reach more professionals involved in teaching ...

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### Can a 10K+ help copy an answer to Math.SE?

A question was posted on Math.SE late last year, which I noted is very similar to a question posted here on MO. The author seemed to have been somewhat satisfied with the answer given on MO. But the ...

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### Why was this question about axiom of choice and the Wiles's proof of FLT deleted?

Why was this question about axiom of choice and the Wiles's proof of FLT deleted?
Namely the question was as follows:
Does the Wiles's proof of Fermat's last theorem rely on axiom of choice?
[I ...

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### Why this question is not welcomed but others are welcomed in MO?

May I wonder why this question is not welcomed:
accidental-unplanned-breakthroughs-in-mathematics
see the votes-down. And unfriendly responses.
but many others are even more broad or more opinion-...

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### Answer to what was an open question

I vaguely remember reading a question on main about a possibly "open question", which got an answer which started by affirming that the question is indeed open, and then proceeded to provide a ...

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### Can I ask whether or not a paper that proves P=NP is correct?

I found a paper on arXiv.com that claims that P=NP is proved. The paper is written by a professor in Russia and it looks well-writen. http://arxiv.org/pdf/1208.0954v31.pdf
Can I ask whether or not ...