I'm a biologist-turned-programmer (yes, one of those) trying to write up equations describing my code. I'm in the process of writing a question about it (it includes a description of the algorithm and the LaTeX of what I've tried). To be clear, it's not a typesetting question. I just can't figure out how to clearly express the math.

I have two questions:

  1. Is this an appropriate question for this site? If not, is there a better StackExchange site for it?

  2. I got to the add tags part and I don't see any that quite fit. It's not exactly homework. I guess it's technically algebra? But my question isn't about how to do the math, it's about how to elegantly represent the math.

Here is the posted question.

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    $\begingroup$ If you are doing some numerical applied math work Computational Science might be a better fit (or one of the other science sites depending on what you do, biology, physics, earthscience, chemisty, quantitative finance etc). Other than that this site seems fine. You might find the tag notation useful. $\endgroup$
    – quid
    Commented Mar 20, 2015 at 19:52
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    $\begingroup$ Another tag which I would consider related is article-writing. $\endgroup$
    – Lord_Farin
    Commented Mar 20, 2015 at 20:08
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    $\begingroup$ @quid Not to be mistaken for Computer Science (It did stump me) $\endgroup$
    – AlexR
    Commented Mar 29, 2015 at 13:13

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My suggestion of tag is "mathematical-modeling". You may find that your problem shares a mathematical formulation with problems from quite different disciplines, so I suspect Math.SE is a good place for this kind of query.

  • $\begingroup$ +1. I also used article-writing and notation as suggested in question comments. $\endgroup$
    – Lenna
    Commented Mar 20, 2015 at 20:44

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