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IF a set A has K elements,formulate a conjecture about the number of elements in p(A). I can't even understand the term conjecture.

The Problems with question:

  1. The title is not informative.

  2. The OP stated that I can't even understand the term conjecture. First, I think OP should at least understand what his/her question is asking.Second,when OP is saying he I can't even understand ...,What he/she is understanding from question? Does he/she knows what "Set","elements" or "p(A)" means?

  3. The question itself is about formulating a conjecture not proving it. And it can be formulated easily by writing down subsets of two or three arbitrary sets.

So why a question like this has gotten 3 answers by high-rep (>2000) users?


I know that this is a normal behavior of some users to answer questions that are lacking effort from OP, being unclear poorly formatted and etc. But I think this question is different case because this is not about understanding a simple concept or applying a simple theorem or using a definition. Here some users Wrote down some examples, guessed(conjecture) and even provided proof with explanation. I don't expect a question with this quality to be answered even in a math tutoring website.

My main concern is that if this trend continues. I think this encourages off-topic questions more than the time that homework tag existed. What can be done in order to stop it (beside down voting answers or leaving comment)?


marked as duplicate by Bill Dubuque, JonMark Perry, Mark McClure, user99914, user2838619 Dec 11 '15 at 6:52

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    $\begingroup$ This question and maybe also the posts linked there seem to be related to your question. (At least to some extent.) $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Dec 10 '15 at 17:49
  • $\begingroup$ Is "I don't except..." a typo? (Perhaps you meant to say expect or accept?) I am not a native English speaker but I have learned from here that except can be used as a verb. And it seems it would mean "I do not object to." (Sorry for turning this comment into ELL stuff. But I am just trying to help to clarify your question. One of the three close votes which have been cast so far is "unclear what you're asking".) $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Dec 11 '15 at 5:52
  • $\begingroup$ @MartinSleziak thanks for pointing out that. I meant expect. Last night I read this question with all comments on it and I think i should close this as duplicate. $\endgroup$ – user2838619 Dec 11 '15 at 6:51

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