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Question about Proof Details of a Preprint Paper

I am an undergraduate majoring in mathematics and I am currently working on a paper with a professor oversea. I found that there might be a proof I cannot understand on the statistic paper on arxiv he ...
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How will not doing a bachelor thesis affect my chances of masters and PhD?

My university (math major) offers the option to write and present a bachelor thesis instead of taking 3 courses. Due to my changing tracks (from applied maths to pure maths) I have lost my ability to ...
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I want to do mathematics similar to style of Grothendieck. How is that possible? [closed]

I admire Grothendieck's style of mathemtatics and want to do mathematics like his style. For example, Generalization of things by discarding unnecessary hypotheses which leads to simplification. ...
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Why do some journals want to send the manuscript to arXiv before submission?

Some journals advise authors to send their manuscript to arXiv before submission. What is(are) the reason(s) behind this suggestion?
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Abstracting and indexing of a journal

If a mathematics journal abstracting and indexing is $1.$ Mathematical Reviews $2.$ Zentralblatt MATH $3.$ Scopus then how good is that journal ? Actually I communicate my paper in a well know ...
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Sources supporting sabbatical in the US for foreign mathematicians [closed]

I would be interested to spend my sabbatical year at one of the US math departments. I am a tenured mathematician affiliated with a non US university. I do not have a US citizenship. What are the ...
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Are general elective grades important when applying to a U.S. pure math PhD program?

I know this question may have no definitive anwser at all, please bear with me. I just finished my 3rd year of university, and I have one year and a semester left until (hopefully) getting into a math ...
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Do desk rejects happen after one and half months?

I submitted a paper to a math journal and after one and half months (the status showed "under review") it was rejected without any report. Does this mean it was a desk rejection?
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How well should one understand a PhD's topic when applying for a PhD?

I'm looking into applying for a PhD in math in Europe (I've seen positions in Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Sweden and Norway). A concern that I've encountered is regarding PhD advertisements that ...
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What are the steps to becoming a great mathematician? [closed]

My goal is to become a great mathematician. Here's my question: What are the steps to becoming a great mathematician? In order to become a great mathematician, what qualities should I possess? Should ...
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How to find collaborator for maths research paper? [closed]

My problem is regarding How to find collaborator who is interested in my ideas and complete the research paper. How to find someone like this. In paper , have completed statement of every theorem and ...
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Recommendations regarding publishing 'folklore' results in math

I've recently obtained some results which I have not found in the literature explicitly. Namely they are hinted in certain published literature, but very shortly and not in a very constructive sense. ...
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Expected value in probability [closed]

Independent trials, each of which is a success with probability P are performed until there are k consecutive successes. What is the mean number of necessary trials?
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How can you win a Fields Medal? [closed]

Consider someone who is pursuing a PhD in mathematics. Is it possible for him/her to win the Fields medal? To win a Fields medal, do you have to be an Assistant Professor? What are some different ways ...
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Are computer science courses supposed to be basically math, or not? [closed]

I have heard in many places, from highly qualified people, whom I can't remember the name to cite at the moment, that computer science is mostly related to math. However, looking at the actual ...
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What exactly is meant by research statement for postdoc application? [duplicate]

I am a PhD student in mathematics and have started applying for postdoctoral positions. There are, mostly, three types of requirements: a research statement and a research proposal, only a research ...
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Recommendation letter; reminder email

I had an interview for a faculty position about 6 days ago. I was asked to arrange two letters of recommendations. One of my references sent it, but another one has not submitted yet. Shall I remind ...
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How to find research internships in Europe?

I am a mathematics graduate student, and I am searching for a (preferably paid) research internship that could last to 6 months in the field of probability theory. I have searched for opportunities in ...
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How can there be a a department with no full professors? Should I be wary of it when applying for tenure-track?

A certain mathematics department of a Canadian university has assistant professors, associate professors, but no (full) professors. I find this odd. The university was founded in 1980 as a "...
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How can I find contact information of potential reviewers when submitting a manuscript?

I am planning to submit a manuscript. The journal is asking me to provide a list of names and contact information of potential reviewers during the submission process. I have found many potential ...
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Paper in mathematics that proves a sub-optimal result

I am currently pursuing a PhD in an area of mathematical analysis. Recently I uploaded a result on arXiv where I somewhat improved a result from 40 years back in a question in smooth dynamics, a field ...
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Unable to decide if I wait for my coauthor for indefinite time? Not sure even if my coauthor deserves authorship

I am PhD student in mathematics, from Aisa region. I started a project in 2020 and a (assistant) professor from Europe formally promised to work together. This is my old question here, here, and here....
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Advice on transitioning from Electrical Engineering to Mathematics?

I'm at the tail end of a BSc in Electrical Engineering, and want to shift my academic focus more towards mathematics. I've enjoyed the engineering courses with a large mathematical foundation, and I ...
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How do I bring my work in a new field to the attention of experts?

I am an expert in mathematics in field A. In recent years I got also interested in another field B, being initially motivated by my field A. I have some ideas in field B and I published 3 papers. The ...
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Are PhD programmes reluctant to admit multiple students from the same university in the same application cycle?

The senior undergraduates at my (mathematics) department have this impression that postgraduate programmes don't want to admit multiple applicants from the same university in the same application ...
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Mathematical journals which accept micro-articles [closed]

A micro-article is a paper of at most six pages. The following mathematical journals accept micro-articles: Elemente der Mathematik, Examples and Counterexamples and Journal of Computational ...
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Statement of Purpose for math graduate schools

I am a recent mathematics graduate from the UK who will apply to math PhD programs in the United States. I completed a master's in pure mathematics at a top program in the UK focusing on geometry. I ...
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Advisor-student collaboration (or lack thereof) and paper authorship in mathematics: how does it work?

In (pure?) mathematics, author order on papers is alphabetical, based on the assumption that all authors contribute equally (e.g. as discussed here and explained in this statement from the AMS). ...
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How should the multiplication symbol be written in the mathematical formula of a research paper? *? or x? [closed]

How should the multiplication symbol be written in the mathematical formula of a research paper? *? or x? The field is computer science and I am multiplying integers.
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Cover letter and research interest

In postdoctoral application cover letter, is it okay to write, "My research interests are perfectly aligned with Professor X," even though the same professor did not reply when I mailed, ...
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Mathematical papers and the IMRaD-structure: how comparable are they with each other?

I have a background in the social sciences, but I teach academic writing to students from various disciplines (incl. STEM). Since the IMRaD-structure seems universal, I teach them this format. While I ...
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Found critical errors in my master‘s thesis after officially submitting

I submitted my master‘s thesis a few days ago. The official deadline is next Friday. Today I spotted some serious issues in my thesis. In particular, in my main theorem and the main proposition that ...
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Why do so many institutions choose their own systems for application process rather than universal systems like mathjobs.org or interfolio?

Why do so many institutions choose their own systems for application rather than universal systems like mathjobs.org or interfolio where letter writers don't have to upload their letters multiple ...
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How to explain typical number of publications during a PhD in a grant application?

A grant application requires me to elaborate on typical output indicators in my field (pure mathematics). In particular, I want to explain that 3-4 articles during a PhD is a good amount for my field. ...
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Where to search for 60's USSR literature [duplicate]

I am looking for some 60's Russian literature. I have found citations of the sources, but I cannot find places to access them. The university library said they cannot help me. I would appreciate any ...
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Should I submit my math subject GRE score? (Engineering undergraduate applying for Applied Math MS)

I scored 740 (63 percentile) in the math subject GRE. I am applying for a masters in Applied Math in the US. Given most unis have the GRE requirement optional, would submitting the score affect my ...
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Would it be ok to mention in the post-doctoral application that my co-author is also applying for one of the two positions?

I have been applying for some post-doctoral position in mathematics. Recently, I have came across two post-doctoral positions in the same department and in same research projects. On similar areas, I ...
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Dilemma when my supervisor isn't necessarily a mathematician

I am a mathematics master's student. I intentionally decided to chose a thesis supervised by a PhD student with a non-mathematical, but pretty quantitative background, as the project is very ...
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Repeating definitions in the Abstract in the Introduction?

In a mathematics paper that has an Abstract immediately followed by an Introduction section, should notation that is defined in the Abstract be repeated in the Introduction? Or is it fair to assume ...
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Appropriate Timing for Follow-Up After Positive Initial Response from Prospective Postdoc Advisor (Math) [duplicate]

I am a final year Ph.D. student in a US math department and I am in the process of applying for Postdoc positions. After applying for a Postdoc position at a top 40 school, I emailed a professor I am ...
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What is "educ times"? A journal?

I am looking for the original article about the Cullen numbers. But all I can find is the reference to "Question 15897" in "Educ. times 534, 1905". But I cannot find the "educ ...
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Do I still have a chance of funding with low english proficiency test scores?

I am from Georgia (the country) and I aim to apply for a mathematics Phd in the US. My application in general is good. I have Gpa of 3.96, strong letters of recommendations, two preprints etc. But my ...
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Importance of Internships and Research Experience for Admission to Master's or Ph.D. Programs in Pure Mathematics

I am a first-year undergraduate student majoring in mathematics and plan to pursue a master's degree in pure mathematics, with aspirations toward a career in academia. However, I am curious about the ...
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Considerations for applying to postdoc positions and contacting faculty

I am applying for postdoc positions using the Mathjob website. I've noticed that some universities inquire if I've been in contact with faculty members in their departments. I applied for several of ...
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Is it mandatory to give four references in post-doctoral positions?

I have just started applying for a few postdoctoral positions in mathematics. Sometimes through a particular university portal and sometimes through the job portal mathjobs. But the problem is that ...
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Mathematics courses in computer science [closed]

What are some typical mathematics courses in an undergraduate mathematics (pure and applied) curriculum that are highly translational to computer science?
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How to know whom I should trust to discuss my research as a bachelor's student and how to protect my findings if I'm concerned about "plagiarism"?

I made a post in this forum a few days ago because I may have developed a new math formula. I was asking about what I should do (I'm pursuing a bachelor's in CS, so I was somewhat lost), and I ...
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How to find papers which fall under the intersection of two different areas

I am asking this question specifically for the subject of Mathematics. What are some efficient ways of searching papers on two different broad topics, say number theory and graph theory. Also, if I ...
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I've created a new formula in the field of math, as a bachelor student, what should I do now? [duplicate]

I'm a computer science student and recently developed a new formula in the field of math. It's something important and I'm confident that the formula does what is intended to do because of my tests. ...
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How realistic is it really to transition from an applied maths PhD to a career in finance?

I am currently in my final year of PhD in mathematics (functional analysis of PDEs) at one of the top 3 universities in Japan. I earnt my master's (mathematics) here too, and a bachelor's (theoretical ...
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