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As an evaluator in mathematics, how should I grade responses that answer the question asked, but in less detail than desired?

I don't think this is an issue with "literalism", in the sense of students taking some farcical literal interpretation of the question. For example, a prompt to "Write a definition of ...
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As an evaluator in mathematics, how should I grade responses that answer the question asked, but in less detail than desired?

As an evaluator, suppose I decided to give three points to answer #1, four points to answer #2, and full points (5) to the last answer. Is it not recommended to do it that way? Absolutely not. You ...
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As an evaluator in mathematics, how should I grade responses that answer the question asked, but in less detail than desired?

In the unlikely event that "finite number of elements" was previously defined and can therefore be used in a definition of "finite set", all three answers deserve full credit. In ...
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Can A Lazy Person Complete a Statistics PhD? (and other questions)

While I would certainly counsel against some aspects of how you are undertaking your educational journey (especially the daily weed smoking), I don't see any inherent reason that you cannot continue ...
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How do I prepare a slide talk presentation for conference in mathematics?

Having given loads of presentations, scientific and non-scientific, here a a few nuggets for you to consider figure out who you want the talk to be for: to the famous mathematician in the room you ...
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Would it violate copyright to retype a classic mathematics book from the 1960s using modern notation and uploading it online?

For your own use, you can type anything you like, modify it in any way that you like. There are no restrictions on that sort of thing, as long as it is strictly for personal use. Among other reasons, ...
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Would it violate copyright to retype a classic mathematics book from the 1960s using modern notation and uploading it online?

united-states In US law, this would be considered a derivative work. If the book is still under copyright (which is pretty much certain for any book published in 1964 or later), then you would need ...
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We are a UK programming company with a maths discovery, but we cannot get into contact with any mathematicians. Help?

Let me try to answer your question. It's highly likely that almost nobody wants what you have made. Above, say 20000 digits, there is little demand for integer arithmetic that I know of. The GIMP is ...
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As an evaluator in mathematics, how should I grade responses that answer the question asked, but in less detail than desired?

If answer #1 is a correct answer to your question, then I would argue that answer #3 deserves fewer points than answer #1, not more. This is something that I see too often on students' exams: they don'...
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How do I prepare a slide talk presentation for conference in mathematics?

It's important to remember that a talk is not a paper. Is it normal for people to avoid proofs of their main results? Yes, though it depends on subfield, and it is especially common in a 20 minute ...
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Would it violate copyright to retype a classic mathematics book from the 1960s using modern notation and uploading it online?

This would definitely be copyright infringement, as discussed in the other answers. BUT: if the book is a good work that’s still relevant today, you could be doing the world a huge favor by retyping ...
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How do I prepare a slide talk presentation for conference in mathematics?

My favorite advice comes from Cosma Shalizi (his background is in statistics and physics, but the advice applies equally well to mathematics talks): ...do not overload your audience, and do not even ...
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We are a UK programming company with a maths discovery, but we cannot get into contact with any mathematicians. Help?

Academics might work "for free" on things that advance knowledge for the public in their field of research. You shouldn't expect them to work for free on developing your idea that you hope ...
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Can A Lazy Person Complete a Statistics PhD? (and other questions)

There is a danger for you, but it isn't necessarily a blocking one. The first question you want to ask yourself is how excited and driven you are to study and work in your field. The second question ...
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As an evaluator in mathematics, how should I grade responses that answer the question asked, but in less detail than desired?

I agree with the other answers that this is not an issue of literalism at all, but a lack of clarity in questioning. Let's consider another field, and three possible exam questions you might ask: ...
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How do I prepare a slide talk presentation for conference in mathematics?

Regarding the specific questions: A 20 minute talk needs to be incredibly focused; there is not much time. Normally, explaining your results and they context they fit into will take all your time, and ...
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How do I prepare a slide talk presentation for conference in mathematics?

Is it normal to avoid numberings of theo, lem, prop etc ? Many already answered that it's normal, but I'd like to add something on why. Numbering theorems and equations is useful only when you want ...
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How do I prepare a slide talk presentation for conference in mathematics?

Your first example is a talk about Belyi maps, and it uses the function f(x)=3x^2-2x^3 as a running example. If I were giving a 20 minute talk on that work, I would structure it as a talk about the ...
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How to handle a plagiarism report commented by arxiv?

The elephant in the room is whether you indeed committed plagiarism or whether arXiv admins withdrew the article erroneously. I think arXiv is generally quite lenient in detecting plagiarism and will ...
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Do "filter courses" really filter out "weak" students from subsequent courses?

I assume you mean "filter" courses in the way that some in the US also use the phrase "weed-out" courses, i.e., an artificially difficult introductory course which is designed to ...
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As an evaluator in mathematics, how should I grade responses that answer the question asked, but in less detail than desired?

Consider that you need to know what a full-credit answer looks like ahead of time, since that's how you decide how many total points each Q is worth. That Q was 5 points. Let's say that's not much, ...
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How do I prepare a slide talk presentation for conference in mathematics?

A 20 minute talk is best thought of as an ad for your paper. The goal is simply to state the main result and for the audience to understand what the statement means and why it matters. This requires ...
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As an evaluator in mathematics, how should I grade responses that answer the question asked, but in less detail than desired?

Answer #1 to the question is correct. Full marks. Both answers #2 and #3 are not as good as answer #1, if you plan to grade differently, they should get less points. Students must learn to understand ...
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What is the best way to approach professors in China about the possibility of an internship (as an unfunded, international student)?

I'm from China and a mathematician, so I think I know the game quite well. It should be possible to do informal unpaid internships; just send them an email. I know a few people who have done these. ...
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Failing my PhD courseworks and Possibility of Transferring to other Fields/Industry

Most employers won't ask to see your college transcripts; if you apply to a job that requires a BS in math or econ or similar, you won't need to let them know you've failed your math PhD. You don't ...
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Do "filter courses" really filter out "weak" students from subsequent courses?

I have witnessed 4 variations of filter courses in Germany and would like to go into each variation of it from a student's perspective. The first variation I witnessed was artificial difficulty ...
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What is the prestige/status/merit-value of a Graduate degree in Pure Math/Philosophy(of math, or logic) in industry (particularly programming jobs)?

Mathematics provides a way of thinking about things that is valuable in a lot of things. However, the "prestige" of a doctorate is mostly valuable with your mom. Likewise, philosophy, gives ...
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Can A Lazy Person Complete a Statistics PhD? (and other questions)

I'm not attempting to give an exhaustive answer and for sure there are some valuable points made in other answers. I'd like to add the following things. The question "Can a lazy person complete a ...
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How to ask my co-author to put our paper on arXiv?

Why not going back to the very specific case, put that one in arXiv and then work with the needed time/effort toward the more general case? This way you put some pressure on him to finish the most ...
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Can A Lazy Person Complete a Statistics PhD? (and other questions)

This answer is more anecdotical than the other ones, but might still be useful. I'm a very lazy person and I completed my PhD in theoretical physics/computation without any issues. My supervisor was a ...
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