In a paper in preparation, I want to refer to a formula that was given in MSE as an answer to a question. Because no reference was given to the source of that formula, and I couldn't obtain such a reference, I would like to ask:

  1. Am I allowed to refer to the answer in my paper?
  2. What should be mentioned in my citation?

Thanks for your answer!


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    $\begingroup$ Remember that answers here are not peer-reviewed, so don't take a formula in an answer for granted if no source or explanation is given. For scientific papers you should not mention a formula without reference to a source that contains a proof. $\endgroup$ – TMM Sep 28 '13 at 13:00
  • $\begingroup$ @TMM Thanks. I intent only to explain why the formula given is not allways applicable and that it is limited to assymptotical $\endgroup$ – Picard Porath Sep 28 '13 at 13:58

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