# Requests for Reopen & Undeletion Votes (volume 07/2018 - 12/2020) [duplicate]

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Earlier versions of this thread that served as a model:

• I edited the post inspired by a concern expressed in a comment. – quid Jul 19 '20 at 23:49

Why is the the number of regular payments with a balloon payment n-1?

Again, people who are unfamiliar with actuarial mathematics are taking legitimate questions in this area and closing them as not being about mathematics.

Let me be clear: either remove the actuarial mathematics tag entirely and specifically prohibit this entire topic as being suitable, or stop closing questions that are well-understood by those of us who actually know the material.

• Ross Millikan has commented in that post, explaining how they think it is not about Math. Do you care to explain why Ross is wrong? – Arctic Char Aug 18 '20 at 4:20
• This seems like the wrong place to talk about how well understood, or not, the actuarial-science tag is -- you should write a question for meta where it'll be seen by more people :) – postmortes Aug 18 '20 at 5:24
• Regardless of one's perspective on actuarial mathematics, it's important to note that the OP doesn't provide the key definition of what they're not understanding here. Providing definitions is a basic step in providing context for questions on MSE and the fact it's missing here is why I voted to close this question. Until that's fixed, I don't think it should be reopened. – KReiser Aug 18 '20 at 5:32
• The question has been deleted. – Gerry Myerson Sep 1 '20 at 22:49

Closed. Edited. Left closed. Deleted.

I think this post (it was closed!)

Alice Through the Looking-Glass: is there a mathematical description of this infinite regression paradox?

I added images and a formal example.

The question is about some properties/abnormal behaviours of functions (/transformations). I want to know if there are known examples, if they are studied, if they are formulated and etc.

I am aware that it's not the best and most usual and most non-controversial question... but I think it has its own good sides!

Maybe someone can help to reformulate it so it won't be connected to Carroll's book? (Although the basic and most general premise is heavily connected)

I want to ask about functions/transformations that can lead to similar abnormal/paradoxical behaviours or results and if there're famous examples or how mathematicians deal with them and etc.

Closed, Deleted

Please consider undeleting and reopening the post (question & answer both): Why integral of $$dx$$ is not $$∫dxdx$$.

This is a basic question came to OP's mind on the subject. There are a lot of people who have the same doubt about the fact. It will be very much helpful for those. Also my answer was accepted by OP and also being appreciated by the other members on this site. I think those question and answer are suitable for the site. I strongly recommend to undelete the post.

Undeleted

vertices on a path received one answer, but the question asker deleted his own question. This is an abuse of the system. Please undelete this question.

Undeleted, closed

Please undelete Find nontrivial real coefficients of sum as the question asker self-deleted his/her own question after receiving an answer.

Please consider reopening How to intuitively understand the $n$-dimensional cube as the dimension grows large (or suggest a more suitable duplicate target—I was unable to find one). I would like to add an answer that would be inappropriate at either of the suggested duplicates, which are both mostly concerned with visualizing 4-dimensional cubes and not on developing intuition for large dimensional cubes.

• Um.... weird situation. While I agree with the OP that the duplicate do not compare the $n$-balls and $n$-cubes, they actually accept an answer that IMO completely ignore this aspect. – Arctic Char Dec 23 '20 at 17:01
• @ArcticChar I don't know why the OP decided to accept the one answer that was given before the question got closed, but they might still be open to reading additional answers. Even if not, future readers with the same question might be interested in other answers. – Will Orrick Dec 23 '20 at 20:19

Undeleted, reopened

I humbly request undeletion and reopening of this question, if you see fit to do so, because

a) reasons for closing should be derived from the question itself and not from speculation about the skills of the asker.

b) the given reasons for closing are incorrect - while the question sails close to an open problem, it asks a different but related question - it asks if the open problem (which relates to a series of polynomials) can be extended to its limit point.

c) the time from entering the reopen queue to deletion was less than two hours, denying any who might have been interested in its reopening the opportunity to declare the same.

d) moreover, I think others will find the question and any prospective answers of interest and value.

• The time from entering the reopen queue to deletion may have been short, but the question had been on hold for five days already. As for the close reasons, I'll note that 2 of the close voters did not use "not math". I think that personnally I would have probably voted to close as unclear what you're asking, because on a first reading I honestly had no idea what you were talking about. – Arnaud D. Dec 1 '18 at 12:43
• @ArnaudD. Yes, but the reopen request followed an edit which increased focus on the actual question and removed the motivation for it, when I believe the question's motivation was almost certainly the cause for the down votes and closure in the first place, rather than the question itself which stands alone. – samerivertwice Dec 1 '18 at 12:47
• By the way, I think the most recent edit on your question (post-deletion) already makes the question more interesting. It only consists of adding a Wikipedia link, but that link already explains some of the context better than your question (for example, I hadn't realized that you were talking about polynomial bijections $\mathbb{N}^k \to\mathbb{N}$, but maybe that's just me). – Arnaud D. Dec 1 '18 at 12:57
• For what it's worth, the reopen review was completed before the deletion, as one can see here. – Arnaud D. Dec 1 '18 at 13:15
• @ArnaudD. good point, although predominantly the same users. Is there a better review link that shows timings etc.? I thought I saw one before but can never re-find it. – samerivertwice Dec 1 '18 at 13:39
• There's the timeline, but I don't know if it is as detailed as you'd want. (By the way, there's another question about how to find it). – Arnaud D. Dec 1 '18 at 13:44
• Setting aside all other issues, there are some obvious (and, I think, easily correctible) errors in your question's key equation, stating the F-P conjecture: the right hand side has no $y$ in it, and the index of summation $n$ appears nowhere in the expression being summed. I'm pretty sure you want the summation to go from $k=1$ to $n$, not $n=1$ to $k$, with $f_n(x_1,\ldots,x_n)$ on the left hand side, not $f_k(y)$. – Barry Cipra Dec 1 '18 at 15:28
• @BarryCipra thank-you. I think I intended $y$ to be the set $\{x_1,x_2,\ldots x_k\}$ and yes, I agree I appear to have exchanged an $n$ with a $k$ but alas no edits are allowed on a deleted post so I can't correct it :( – samerivertwice Dec 1 '18 at 18:17
• @RobertFrost That's surprising. In any case, I've just done the correction. – Arnaud D. Dec 1 '18 at 18:57
• @ArnaudD. Thanks and you even got the $f_n$ I thought might get missed. – samerivertwice Dec 1 '18 at 19:00
• What do you mean by "timings"? The time of the review is there exactly. As usual, hover over the time stamp to get a resolution to the second. – quid Dec 1 '18 at 23:44
• @quid thank-you. That probably covers it although I can only see a deleted post on desktop so I'll have to check later – samerivertwice Dec 2 '18 at 4:07
• @ArnaudD. Thank-you for the edit. A reopen vote would be greatly appreciated (only if you think it appropriate). Else the deleters will reverse the undeleters! – samerivertwice Dec 3 '18 at 10:39

Undeleted, closed, deleted, undeleted, redeleted

I nominate Solve the recurrence $$\sqrt {x_n} − 5 \sqrt {x _{n−1} }+ 6\sqrt {x_{n−2}} = 0$$ for undeletion because OP has self-deleted his post shortly after receiving an answer. That's rude to the answerer.

• I agree that the question should not have been deleted by the original asker, and would have voted to undelete had I seen this before the question was undeleted. That being said, it is a pretty low quality question, and would like to now nominate it for closure and (if it is not improved) eventual deletion. – Xander Henderson Nov 12 '18 at 23:26
• @XanderHenderson Agreed and updated the status of my answer. – GNUSupporter 8964民主女神 地下教會 Nov 13 '18 at 1:27
• It is inconceivable this question is undeleted. Even the answer is pretty low-quality. – YuiTo Cheng Jun 26 '19 at 4:53
• I find that revision history really surprising : one (now removed) user voted to undelete and then close the question, OP initially self-deleted the question but 5 days later voted to undelete after the second deletion, and now you've voted to undelete and then redelete the day after. Pardon my French, but WTF? – Arnaud D. Jun 27 '19 at 9:31

Please consider undeleting this post: Integral $$\int_{0}^{2\pi} \ln (2\sin(\frac{x}{2}))dx$$

Whether the asker should articulate more details in "I've tried some substitutions" could be debatable for reopening the post; I do not think it should be deleted. There have been two answers, one of which has 11 upvotes.

• The question was on hold for a week without modification before it was deleted. The answers are fine, but standard, and don't rise to the level of exceptional. I see no reason to undelete this question. The asker clearly got what they wanted, and I don't see that question providing any lasting value to the site. – Xander Henderson Jul 2 '19 at 0:46
• The lasting value to the site, like many other posts, is that there are two good answers to a tricky calculus question, which is not only useful for the asker but also future readers. – Jack Jul 2 '19 at 1:48
• The first part of your reply to me does not contradict what I said: you say that there are two good answers, I said that there are no exceptional answers. As to use to future readers: I disagree. This is a specific integral which can be analyzed using relatively standard techniques. The question itself is not terribly searchable (it is only going to come up if someone wants to deal with that specific integral (e.g. they are assigned the same problem as a homework exercise, and are trying to cheat), and the answers are not of any general interest (they are standard, but not general). – Xander Henderson Jul 2 '19 at 1:53
• Disagree. "This is a specific integral which can be analyzed using relatively standard techniques. ... the answers are not of any general interest " does not justify the deletion. MSE is not MO: most, if not all, of questions here "can be analyzed using relatively standard techniques". For instance, this recent question that has two good answers, the accepted one written in detail nicely by you, is a rather "standard" one. I would certainly not vote to delete such posts. (In case of any possible confusion: this is NOT sarcasm.) – Jack Jul 2 '19 at 2:48
• It is funny that you pick that example. I downvoted that question, and voted to close it. It was not closed, and the other answers were, in my opinion poor answers (as they failed to address the key point, which is that an induction proof is needed somewhere). If the question is not going to be closed and deleted, it should at least have a correct answer. I would still be happy to see that question closed, and would not object to its deletion---my answer is nothing special, and doesn't (IMO) rise to the level of exceptional. – Xander Henderson Jul 2 '19 at 2:56
• Moreover, applying standard results to a specific problem is very different from demonstrating the correctness of standard results then leaving it to the reader to apply that result to their specific problem. – Xander Henderson Jul 2 '19 at 3:01
• Well, (1) I have done my proposal for undeletion. Readers can make their own decisions. (2) I will object strongly the post I just mentioned being deleted, considering the quality of your exposition and egreg's good answer. (How do you find the review history by the way?) (3) ... have to leave now. – Jack Jul 2 '19 at 3:13
• Probably a duplicate of one or more of math.stackexchange.com/questions/815762/… and math.stackexchange.com/questions/889902/… and math.stackexchange.com/questions/679233/… and math.stackexchange.com/questions/2656431/… and also comes up in any question containing the name "Clausen". – Gerry Myerson Jul 2 '19 at 3:20
• @Jack To find the review history I go to the timeline of the post and then click on the link to the review event there. I don't know if there's a quicker way. – user279515 Jul 2 '19 at 6:41
• @GerryMyerson: having read your links one by one, I would probably not called the post a duplicate of those, although they are related to the Clausen function. (Never known this before, thanks for mentioning it.) – Jack Jul 2 '19 at 11:47
• @Brahadeesh: Thanks for that. One can indeed use math.stackexchange.com/posts/3143084/timeline – Jack Jul 2 '19 at 11:56
• It's funny how those who voted to close/ delete are here on this site for a while, and even claim to know that the question is easily searchable. Yet, instead of trying to mark it as duplicate, they simply delete it. Also it's quite bold for a single group of people (CRUDE users) to decide that it has no value for this site. – Zacky Jul 22 '19 at 8:50
• @XanderHenderson I wrote above in the third person since you're not the only one who believes that, but since you commented it here, can you please tell me why haven't you tried to mark it as duplicate (if it's easily searchable) and simply decided to remove the content? (maybe there's a reason that I'm missing). – Zacky Jul 22 '19 at 8:58
• -> Before voting to delete, please check whether there are any good answers; if so, then the question should be flagged for moderator attention as a potential merge candidate. We don't like to lose great answers!. And the answers provided there are definetly good. Thus those who deleted it violated the "rule" that I copy-pasted. // A little off-topic, but I hope that you are aware that who asked the question couldn't care less if the question is deleted since he/she already took the informatio needed. Thus by deleting the question, it even helps that user instead of penalizing them. – Zacky Jul 22 '19 at 14:00
• -> Of course, the posts around here aren't only for those who asked, but for the whole community. I fail to see why there ins't a way to penalize the users (for example a "question ban" if the questions previously posted are bad), but instead the decision that CRUDE users took is to penalize the whole community by erasing good content. Anyway, it's pointless if I type here in the comments, soon I will try to make a meta post about something related to this. Thanks for your time and have a nice day! – Zacky Jul 22 '19 at 14:12

Undeleted, reopened

Please consider undeleting and reopening this post:

where OP gave his/her thoughts:

Honestly I have no idea about how to approach this problem. I tried the expansion of $$\sin x$$ on the left hand side and then expand $$\cos x$$ on the right but end up with a mess. Then again $$\cos x=(\sin x)'$$, but by converting each term on the right hand side into derivative of sine does not give any sensible identity to draw out something. Really out of ideas on this one. Is there any way to do this? Please give me some hints. Thanks for your time.

Undeleted, deleted, undeleted, reopened, closed as duplicate (mod)

Please consider undeleting this post: 2011 IMC Section A Problem 3

This is not an ongoing contest problem. The answer is known online. @Aqua's answer (with 14 net upvotes) is a useful one.

• Poorly explained answer. Had downvoted it back then. – quid Jul 6 '19 at 19:53
• That was a really bad excuse for deletion. – Jack Jul 6 '19 at 21:09
• Since I did not delete it, I don't need any excuse (and I doubt the delete-voters where aware of my voting back then). Please do not write comments that might suggest otherwise as not everybody can check it easily. – quid Jul 6 '19 at 22:20

Undeleted, deleted, undeleted, deleted, undeleted, reopened

Please consider casting the final undelete vote and reopening this post:
Evaluate $$1+2-3-4+5+6-7-8+\cdots+50.$$

This question is well written and with effort. It has very well written answers, one of which gives a generalization of the problem.

Please undelete this post: $$n^4 + 4^n$$ is a not a prime

OP clearly states context for his/her question:

This question appeared in the undergrad entrance exam of the Indian Statistical institute.

When $$n$$ is even the proof is simple. For $$𝑛=2𝑚+1$$ I am utterly stuck.

True that this is a duplicate of some previous posts, but duplicate can be useful. Moreover, it is not necessarily easy at all to identify this question as a duplicate:

• The useful searching engine Approach0 is NOT well known, neither it is mentioned on the page of help center of MSE.
• A quick search of the expression $$n^4+4^n$$ on the MSE searching box returns something irrelevant:
• If one posts this as a new question: the "similar questions" box does not show any one of the duplicate:

"Questions that are extremely off topic, or of very low quality, may be removed at the discretion of the community and moderators." This 5 upvoted one with three answers is not.

• At some point, every math student really ought to be shown the factorization of $x^4+4$. – Gerry Myerson Sep 26 '19 at 7:47
• This is an umpteenth reincarnation. Even in 2013 when André Nicolas answered it we had already covered it many times. Also, while duplicates were seen as somewhat useful back in 2013 (when Jeff Atwood's strangedupe comment was often cited), the site has moved on since. The most recent word from above (don't remember for sure whether it is from JA or the current CEO Joel Spolsky) reads: Over time duplicates become vast landmine fields. – Jyrki Lahtonen Sep 26 '19 at 16:24
• The sentence ("... landmine fields") Jyrki mentioned is from this article by Jeff Atwood. That one is specifically talk about StackOverflow, which is sort of the counterpart of MathOverflow. (cont.) – Jack Sep 26 '19 at 17:18
• Jeff explicitly writes in that article the following : But I will point out that there is plenty of precedent on the Stack Exchange network for splitting sites into "expert" and "beginner" areas with slightly different rulesets. We've seen this for Math vs. MathOverflow, English vs. English Learners, Unix vs. Ubuntu... perhaps it's time for a more beginner focused Stack Overflow where duplicates are less frowned upon, and conversational rules are a bit more lenient? – Jack Sep 26 '19 at 17:18
• I am not following SO much at all, but what little I have seen of it it is nowhere near the level of sophistication of MathOverflow (admittedly my observations are likely biased). But I would support walling off lower level math (like freshman and below) to a Math Learner site. – Jyrki Lahtonen Sep 26 '19 at 21:49
• I don't get what's the contradiction even. Certainly duplicates will happen, some will be caught other won't be caught. Of those that do get caught we'll keep some that seems relevant as "sign posts" and we remove the rest without much ado (either way). Why would we want to keep them? – quid Sep 26 '19 at 22:26
• On search, searching n^4 + 4^n for works like a charm Why would one use strange spacing, or in any case just check one version, and include the completely irrelevant dollars? – quid Sep 26 '19 at 22:34
• @quid: your linked search of n^4 + 4^n , which does return a duplicate result, uses "strange spacing". If one searches n^4+4^n without the spacing before and after the plus sign, one would not see the charm. – Jack Sep 27 '19 at 0:04
• The answers are all dupes of answers given many times in the past. This FAQ occurs many times every year. There is no need to keep adding duplicate answers every time it reoccurs. Doing so makes it difficult if not impossible for users to locate the most enlightening answers. – Bill Dubuque Sep 27 '19 at 0:45
• @Jack I forgot to add that Theoretical Computer Science is the StackOverflow analogue of MathOverflow. Don't get mislead by the inclusion of the word Overflow. If SO walls off a learners' site, we should do the same. – Jyrki Lahtonen Sep 27 '19 at 3:42
• And also, the voting already gives low level math an unhealthy advantage in the gamification aspects of the site. Simply because users are obviously not going to (and should not) vote on material over their head. You wanting to be more lenient about low level duplicates would exacerbate an already serious problem. – Jyrki Lahtonen Sep 27 '19 at 3:45
• Well, let's forget about which spacing is strange or not. One might learn the lesson that one should search for both variations. I'd still maintain that the spacing there is the more natural way to type it. But I am glad that you seem to agree now that the dollars are useless. // And even if it was completely unnatural it is the very spacing that was used in that post that you want undel too. Thus at least that user likely would have used the same spacing if they had searched and keeping this as a dupe would not even help future searches (except maybe via answer, but then merge could do). – quid Sep 27 '19 at 8:44

Reopened

I propose reopening Has Gödel’s second incompleteness theorem been formalized?

The question simply asks whether there is a computer-verified version of the proof of the theorem. This strikes me as a perfectly reasonable mathematical question, and I can't see why anyone would vote to close it, much less delete it (there are currently two votes to delete).

Full disclosure: I posted an answer (the only answer) to the question, which OP has accepted. The answer attracted a downvote – I'm guessing that was done to make it easier to close and delete the question, since I can't see what objection anyone could have to the answer.

Deleted.

2 or 3 days ago, the question What's the connection between the Heegner numbers and 37? was asked.

(1). The first version of that question, was not eligible as a question to be asked in MSE, and I was the fifth user, who voted to close the question.

• User @David wrote that: 37 is the largest prime for which -163 is a quadratic non-residue.
• Then I pointed out that his comment is not right by this comment: Consider this Legendre symbol: (−163/137)=−1.
• Then he answered that: The statement is more like 37 is largest prime p s.t. All primes, q: 2<q<=p have (−163/q)=−1. I would like to state this correctly and succinctly.

(3). Why I was convinced that his question is a good question?

• His comment was interesting to me, because I've realized that the phenomenon, which he pointed out, is not accidental and is closely related to the properties of Heegner numbers. [Not important: As you can see in the comments; at first, I wrongly thought that it is related to Rabinowitz theorem. For proof of the Rabinowitz theorem see this answer by Will Jagy.]
• Definition: A Heegner number is a square-free positive integer $$d$$ such that the imaginary quadratic field $$\mathbb{Q}(\sqrt{-d})$$ has class number $$1$$. I wrote my answer, in the comments [see these six consecutive comments]. If we set this definition as the definition of Heegner Numbers, then the First case is just the immediate consequence of the definition. I mean whether we know the total set of Heegner numbers is finite or not, we can do the first case without any use of powerful theorems like Baker–Stark–Heegner theorem, just by the knowledge of $$19^{\text{th}}$$ century. [Very Important: Unfortunately, in the Second case, I strongly used the Baker–Stark–Heegner theorem. Not important: If we break the second case in some new cases, then the case "$$(\dfrac{-H}{q})=0$$ and $$q^2 \nmid (H)$$" can be done in a quite elementary manner, but yet I don't have any idea to do the case "$$(\dfrac{-H}{q})=0$$ and $$q^2 \mid (H)$$".]

(4). If a curious person sees that question, then probably he/ she would click on the show N more comments to see the comments. So Why do I insist to reopen that question? An unsatisfactory answer would be something like this: (A) Suppose that a random student who does not have enough curiosity about this special question, will see this question. (+) Since this question is closed for the lack of details, (++) and since there is not an answer for it; the most probable scenario would be that he/ she will be taught there is nothing special behind this question. (B) Another unsatisfactory answer would be something like this: From a pedagogical point of view: Someone else can write a better answer, maybe someone can be able to answer it without using any powerful theorems. Finally, reading a solution as a single answer is better to follow the separated comments. At last, I should confess whether this question reopens or not, it would not cause important changes.

(5): TOTALLY IRRELEVANT: As a math student, I should be careful about my counting: In my last comment, I wrote My 7th comment, but it was my eighth comment.

Let's set this definition as the definition of a Heegner number. As I stated in the comments, the question can be considered as

• Q($$1$$): Let $$H$$ be a Heegner number, then for any prime $$2 \neq q \leq \dfrac{1+H}{4}-2$$ we have $$(\dfrac{-H}{q})=-1$$,

Or equivalently:

• Q($$2$$): Let $$H$$ be a positve square-free integer, and let $$q$$ be a prime number $$2 \neq q \leq \dfrac{1+H}{4}-2$$, such that $$(\dfrac{-H}{q})=+1$$. Then $$H$$ is not a Heegner number.

Both of these equivalent questions are very surprising to me. Now consider this question:

• Q($$3$$): Let $$200 \leq H$$ be a positve square-free integer, then there exists a prime number $$q$$ such that: $$2 \neq q \leq \dfrac{1+H}{4}-2$$ and $$(\dfrac{-H}{q})=+1$$.

If I was able to prove the above question, then the Baker–Heegner–Stark theorem, would follow immediately. So Q($$3$$) is not an easy question.

• Reamrk($$4$$): Let $$\dfrac{49}{3} \leq H \stackrel{8}{\equiv} 3$$, then the Gauss's upper bound [Gauss's bound, is a better bound, than Minkowski's bound, for the norm of ideals to be checked in order to determine the class number of the imaginary quadratic field $$\mathbb{Q}(\sqrt{-H})$$], tells us: By considering Baker–Heegner–Stark theorem, if $$H \notin \{ 11, 19, 43, 67, 163 \}$$, then there is a prime $$q$$ such that: $$2 \neq q \leq \sqrt{\dfrac{H}{3}}$$ and $$(\dfrac{-H}{q})=+1$$. Note that for $$\dfrac{49}{3} \leq H$$ this new bound is surprisingly smaller than $$\dfrac{1+H}{4}-2$$. These were some parts of my unsuccessful attempts to prove Q($$3$$), without use of Baker–Heegner–Stark theorem.
• You ask, "Why do I insist to reopen that question?" and then you give two reasons, both of which you yourself label as "unsatisfactory". So, I'm confused. Do you have a satisfactory reason for insisting on reopening the question? (And, if so, can you give it without boldface and blockquote and all-caps and other annoying typographical flourishes?) – Gerry Myerson Jun 16 '20 at 23:58
• Dear @GerryMyerson , I used the word "unsatisfactory" for the first answer (A), because I wasn't sure about the opinion of the generic person, who would see that answer; and also I didn't have enough courage to say that answer is satisfactory to me. Also, I didn't add new comments to that question, since writhing long mathematical comments is very hard to me, because of the lack of the editor to be aware of my LaTeX mistakes, and also there is a restriction on the total number of characters. – Davood KHAJEHPOUR Jun 17 '20 at 6:28
• Dear @GerryMyerson , I accustomed to use bold and colorful formats, for the convenience of the reader; because to me, it plays the role of change of tone in the web environment. I didn't even think that it may be annoying; thank you for notifying this subject. – Davood KHAJEHPOUR Jun 17 '20 at 6:29
• @DavoodKHAJEHPOUR Can you please edit your post here down to the essential details? There is so much extraneous commentary in it that I cannot pick out the reason(s) why you think this question should be reopened. I'll note that the question has now been deleted. – Xander Henderson Jun 17 '20 at 13:58
• Dear @XanderHenderson Since this edit would be something related to a question, which is already deleted; I am afraid that if I continue editing my post here, then I will be punished because of some rules that I do not know. Since there is no guarantee that I will not be punished, I will not continue no longer; However, I believe that the answer to that question contained important things. – Davood KHAJEHPOUR Jun 17 '20 at 14:17
• @DavoodKHAJEHPOUR You will not be punished for editing your answer to make it more clear. If you believe that the question is worth saving, then you should clearly and concisely make your case. Three screenfuls of oddly formatted, rambling text is unlikely to convince anyone. – Xander Henderson Jun 17 '20 at 15:07
• @XanderHenderson If writing that question and its comments would be helpful, I will do this. Do you mean this? – Davood KHAJEHPOUR Jun 17 '20 at 15:54

Undeleted, Reopened

I want this question to be to undeleted because I wrote a long answer for it and it was a correct and well-explained question. The question now has more context.

Edit: Can someone suggest for edits that should be made to reopen this post also? This problem is quite similar to Siegel's lemma and I don't think MSE has a post regarding such problems. I think it should be reopened also. Please consider this to be reopened.

• Thank you for being upfront about your reasons for wanting this question undeleted / reopened. Unfortunately, I do not feel that I can vote to undelete the question–the question is a "problem statement question", and does not meet the quality standards of Math SE. The asker has not provided any context, such as a source for the problem or any thoughts about how to approach the problem. I am sorry that you invested your time into answering this question. Perhaps, in the future, you will be a little choosier about which questions you choose to answer. – Xander Henderson Jul 13 '20 at 23:49
• @Xander, we do sometimes keep low quality questions that provoke high quality answers. I can't see question or answer so I can't say whether that applies here. – Gerry Myerson Jul 14 '20 at 2:36
• @GerryMyerson What do you mean "we"? I was expressing my opinion (note the large number of first person singular pronouns in the text), and hoping to convince others to follow my lead. You appear to have a contrary opinion. Wuderbar. But please don't phrase your opinion in such a way that you give the appearance of speaking for the rest of the community. Again, what do you mean "we"? – Xander Henderson Jul 14 '20 at 3:42
• BTW you linked to your answer rather than to the question. The wording suggests that you probably wanted to link to the question. – Martin Sleziak Jul 14 '20 at 4:43
• @MartinSleziak I just requested to undelete this because I have invested time to think about the solution and I solved this using pigeon hole principle. It's an undeniable fact that this a very good and seemingly unexpected application of pigeon hole principle. I think it should be undeleted. I have nothing more to say. – Shubhrajit Bhattacharya Jul 14 '20 at 5:02
• I thought I made it clear, Xander, that I was not expressing any opinion on the merits or otherwise of the deleted question or of Shubhrajit's answer. On the other matter you raise, I think it is a fact, and not an opinion, that occasionally we – the m.se community – find an answer of such high quality that we choose to keep it on site despite the failings of the question that prompted it. – Gerry Myerson Jul 14 '20 at 6:00
• @GerryMyerson My understanding is that the community usually have huge argument about what to do with low quality question with great answers. In some heated case the mods even had to lock the question to stop the delete/un-delete war. – Arctic Char Jul 14 '20 at 17:06
• @Arc OK, but I see nothing in what you've written that contradicts what I wrote. – Gerry Myerson Jul 14 '20 at 23:07

Reopened

Please consider reopening Indian Mathematicians. The question was closed as off-topic, apparently because of the existence of the History of Science and Mathematics site.

As I pointed out in a comment, first, questions about history of mathematics are on-topic here. The tag has almost two thousand questions and a decent amount of recent activity.

Second, the quality of many interactions at the HSM site is sadly rather poor (I was very enthusiastic about it when it started, so this poor quality quite bothers me), and it may end up being a disservice to send this question there.

(I would actually love to see the quality at that site to raise uniformly, and hope it happens relatively soon. But that is another matter.)

• I think at least the formulation of the question should be clarified a bit before it is reopened. The first answerer already misunderstood it. – quid Aug 30 '18 at 21:11
• Fair enough. I'll do a slight edit. – Andrés E. Caicedo Aug 30 '18 at 21:16
• I had decided to do an edit myself. Sorry for the confusion. I'll check back in one or two hours. If it's still closed then I'll give the final vote(s). This allows also for further editing. – quid Aug 30 '18 at 21:19
• No problem. I gave the edit a second pass. (And thank you.) – Andrés E. Caicedo Aug 30 '18 at 21:22

Undeleted, deleted, undeleted, deleted, undeleted, reopened, closed, locked, unlocked, deleted, undeleted, locked (for historical significance).

I think this question should be reopened. Thank you!

The original poster looked for the possibility to use the substitution $$t=\tan\frac{x}{2}$$ and he got a number of solutions.

By the way, the first comment of Lord Shark the Unknown is nothing. At the least, it gives a very complicated solution which the topic starter tried to apply but without success.

• Quote from the question: "I tried tangent half-angle substitution but it became too complicated." First comment on main: "Try half-angle substitution, but with a little more determination. – Lord Shark the Unknown Aug 9 at 9:54" Answer by the OP: [DNE]. – Did Sep 8 '18 at 22:17
• "By the way, the first comment of Lord Shark the Unknown it's nothing" Pfff... – Did Sep 8 '18 at 22:44
• And now there's a rollback war. – Gerry Myerson Oct 1 '18 at 12:35
• This question feels like a joke that everyone gets but me. (1) Why is this question particularly bad? The OP said they tried the obvious thing but to no avail. Presumably they made a mistake, but so what? That doesn't invalidate the question. (2) Why is there such a fierce edit/close/delete war? The question is 2 months old - let it rest!!! – user1729 Oct 12 '18 at 17:11
• Rollback to Revision 9 by Alex Francisco, rollback to revision 10 by Michael Rozenberg, rollback to 9 by Alex, back to 12 by Michael, to 9 by Alex, to 14 by Michael, to 9 by Alex, to 16 by Michael. Crazy! – Gerry Myerson Oct 15 '18 at 22:44
• This is just sorta embarrassing to watch at this point. And it's already back to 2 undelete votes, so I expect another full cycle in the next day. – user296602 Nov 27 '18 at 18:28

I nominate https://math.meta.stackexchange.com/q/29570/290189 to be undeleted because this meta question contains moderator's feedback to deal with serial downvotes.

• What information is in that post that is not in the FAQ? Also as it was auto-delered it'd be redeleted. – quid Feb 9 '19 at 12:46
• @quid That post provides real examples of questions being serial downvoted. – GNUSupporter 8964民主女神 地下教會 Feb 9 '19 at 12:48
• How is that useful? – quid Feb 9 '19 at 13:14

Deleted, undeleted, redeleted and merged with another question

I request the undeletion of this question (on denesting $$\sqrt{a-b\sqrt{c}}\,)$$

Reason: I asked this question, and it turned out to be a duplicate. However, this doesn't deserve deletion as this question contains a crucial formula that is a very useful one. It is very useful to me, and it is sad for me to see that the community is not able to access it anymore. Please undelete this question.

• The answers there are dupes of the answers in the linked dupe thread (and many others - this is a FAQ). I see no reason to further such rampant duplication. – Bill Dubuque Mar 1 '19 at 1:03
• @BillDubuque there is a useful formula. Perhaps if you can transfer the answer to the other question?? I find it really useful. – Max0815 Mar 1 '19 at 1:04
• That well-known formula is already in Frank's answer in the dupe (and many, many other answers here). Moreover, he derives if instead of pulling it out of a hat as in the answer in your thread. – Bill Dubuque Mar 1 '19 at 1:06
• @BillDubuque how is it derived? even if so, the other answer on my question has a basic method that is not included in the other question. – Max0815 Mar 1 '19 at 1:08
• @BillDubuque oh, right. – Max0815 Mar 1 '19 at 1:11
• I don't understand why this question was deleted. It seems to me that the only reason is that it is a duplicate. I do not believe that this is a reason to delete duplicated (and this was discussed recently here). – user1729 Mar 7 '19 at 13:10

I would like to see this question undeleted and mark as duplicate but keep it alive on the network.

Also, I object to the deletion since although the questions are looking for the same thing, I must mention that they are not word by word duplicates and the context also seems a bit different. Also, the answers are not duplicates (except one which coincidentally was answered by the respective OPs of both questions).

• This question was deleted by a moderator, which means that only a moderator can undelete it. As such, there is pretty much nothing that anyone here can do for you. – Xander Henderson Apr 5 '19 at 17:50
• @XanderHenderson I posted this on meta. Someone asked me to post here (just to be shot with 3 odd downvotes here ) – tatan Apr 5 '19 at 18:54
• Votes on meta do not mean the same thing that they mean on the main site. A downvote means "I do not agree with this statement." I would interpret the downvotes here as an indication that the community does not want to reopen / undelete your question. – Xander Henderson Apr 5 '19 at 20:50
• @Aloizio Macedo can you please give some reasons on why you single-handedly deleted the question? (as it stands it looks like an abuse of power, but maybe there'a reason that I'm missing) – Zacky Jul 22 '19 at 9:16

Undeleted, deleted, undeleted, reopened

Please undelete On a colon ideal in the polynomial ring $\mathbb R[x,y]$ because this question has got a score of 2 after OP included his/her own thoughts on the problem. This algebraic geometry question might add value to the main site.

• Selfdeleted without answer. No need to undelete. – quid Feb 25 '19 at 9:16

Undeleted, redeleted, re-undeleted, redeleted, undeleted

Please consider undeleting the question: The asymptotic behavior of $$n\ln n -n$$

• Well, I'd consider something in the spirit of the comment as the best answer there. Anyway given the complete lack of context it's hard to know which type of answer would be useful, whence the voluminous list. Also all standard likely on the site in similar form tens if not hundreds of times. At least one answerer made the effort to link it to related posts. – quid Jun 6 '19 at 22:37
• Redeleted (6/17/19) by a same group of users. One initiated three times the delete votes and one voted three times to delete this post. – Jack Jun 17 '19 at 22:01
• Probably I should have refrained of posting an answer there - however at the time when I posted there were some answers already and they seemed (to me) more complicated than needed. I have also included links to some other questions - you can see that similar questions are on the site (and they have similar answers). I will also say that when posting the answer I was fully aware that the question is likely to be closed/deleted. – Martin Sleziak Jun 18 '19 at 17:35
• @MartinSleziak: I believe "closing" is enough for this particular post. I strongly disagree with the deletion considering the high qualities of answers. Such good contents will be useful for future readers (this is closed post is not some stupid trivial textbook exercise) and should be preserved on the site. – Jack Jun 28 '19 at 12:22
• @Jack Well, several discussions here on meta suggest that when deciding about closing (and probably also deleting), most users take into account mainly quality of the question (and do not look at answers). Since you have mentioned that you care about preserving context, I should specifically point out that my answer contains some links to other posts which use Stol-Cesaro. Will Jagy reposted his answer in another thread. (For obvious reasons, I might be a bit biased in this particular case.) – Martin Sleziak Jul 6 '19 at 17:55

Undeleted

Please undeleting this post: How to prove that $$\frac{e-1}{2e} \le \int_0^1 \frac{e^{-x}}{1+x}dx \le \ln 2$$

OP did have his/her own attempt. This is not a zero-effort trivial question, which should not be deleted.

REOPENED, Closed

I request to reopen Why does $f(z) = z^n$ have no antiderivative only for $n=-1$? It was closed as a duplicate of Antiderivative 1/z on C.

I disagree that it is a duplicate. The first question was a soft question and the second was a hard question. OP wasn't literally asking for a proof that $$1/z$$ doesn't have an antiderivative. He was asking what makes $$n=-1$$ "special". This is a different question. One question is soft and the other is hard.

Undeleted, Deleted, Undeleted, Reopened

This question on Laplace Transform has been deleted for no real reason. OP has showed some of his work. So there is no reason to delete this topic. Vote to undelete. Thanks.

We still need a single vote to undelete. Thanks in advance.

Laplace Transform $$\left(\frac{\cos \sqrt t}{\sqrt t}\right)$$

• (1) The user presented two problem statements, not a single question. (2) The user did not (contrary to your assertion) demonstrate any work---they claimed to have done some work, but did not actually demonstrate any of that work. (3) The user provided no other context, such as a source for the problem, basic definitions... anything, really. (4) Finally, it is poor form to ask for undeletion of a question which you have answered without disclosing your interest in the problem. You are not an impartial third party, as you stand to benefit from the undeletion. – Xander Henderson Apr 5 '20 at 3:33
• Op said he used power series to solve one of the question but couldn't solve the second one . Both questions are related as I have shown in my answer. @XanderHenderson – Satyendra Apr 5 '20 at 3:36
• (1) "Serie" is not a word. (2) The user claims to have done a thing. That doesn't mean that they have demonstrated that thing. Claiming to have done a thing does not provide any context for the problem. (3) So what if the problems are related? The user did none of the work necessary to demonstrate that relation. The "question" is presented as two isolated problems. It is the job of the asker to explain how the problems are related; it is not the job of the answerers to provide that context for the asker. – Xander Henderson Apr 5 '20 at 3:39
• I meant OP used power series. I hope it's more clear. – Satyendra Apr 5 '20 at 3:40
• No. The user claimed to have used power series. A 2-year-old also can claim to use power series just because their big brother said so. Notice that you refused to address any of the 3 points @XanderHenderson brought up. – user21820 Apr 27 '20 at 3:55

I'm studying Poisson Processes. If i have two overlapping time intervals of the same Poisson Process, what are the effects on PMF of the numbers of arrivals in these two intervals ?

This question, quoted above, was closed for lack of details or clarity. Is there anything besides what is in every textbook that is needed in order to understand it? Is there some ambiguity in the question that I cannot see?

• I imagine that the "details" requested are not details of the mathematics but details about the person who posted the question, as to what the user does or doesn't understand about the topic. The less one knows about the user (and given a question stated as in this case, we know virtually nothing about the user), the harder it is to write an answer the user will find useful. Michael, that's how it's been going here for years now, surely you've noticed? – Gerry Myerson Sep 26 '20 at 0:59

Deleted, undeleted, deleted

May I request to Undelete and Reopen (or at least undelete) this question Prove $$\frac{ab}{a^5 + b^5 + ab} + \frac{bc}{b^5 + c^5+ bc} + \frac{ca}{c^5 + a^5 + ca} \leq 1$$ when $$abc=1$$, $$a,b,c>0$$ answered by me? The question is well written and it's a very tricky inequality.

• Let me invite you again to read the instruction at the top of this thread. (1) A request should be posted as an answer below (one request per answer) – Arctic Char Jul 23 '20 at 16:56
• (2) Do not only post a request, like "request reopening of link" – Arctic Char Jul 23 '20 at 16:57
• I have edited it. Sorry. – Shubhrajit Bhattacharya Jul 23 '20 at 17:02
• I requested (by flagging the moderators) that both of your inequality threads be merged with their duplicates). I hope that they oblige, although my merging requests have been turned down a few times, so I am not too optimistic. – Batominovski Jul 23 '20 at 17:04
• I see @Batominovski – Shubhrajit Bhattacharya Jul 23 '20 at 17:07
• I didn't really understand why it was deleted? – Shubhrajit Bhattacharya Jul 23 '20 at 17:09
• It is likely that they will refuse to merge at least one thread. The questions are not exactly the same in this deleted thread as in its duplicate. In the deleted thread, $abc\geq 1$ is the constraint. In the duplicate, $abc=1$ is the constraint. (However, this difference doesn't affect the proof at all.) – Batominovski Jul 23 '20 at 17:10
• @Batominovski yeah. – Shubhrajit Bhattacharya Jul 23 '20 at 17:12
• You are expected to make a case for undeleting and/or reopening a question, Shubhrajit, not just a request. – Gerry Myerson Jul 23 '20 at 22:06
• @GerryMyerson what do you mean? – Shubhrajit Bhattacharya Jul 24 '20 at 3:11
• I mean, Shubhrajit, that you are supposed to make some attempt to try to convince us that it would be a good idea to undelete/reopen the question. – Gerry Myerson Jul 24 '20 at 3:18
• If the question does get reopened, shouldn't it be closed as a duplicate of the question Martin noted in a comment? – Gerry Myerson Oct 11 '20 at 21:27
• I voted to delete this question as it is simply the statement of the problem, with no effort shown by the asker. – user1729 Oct 12 '20 at 8:57

Prove $\int g(x) f(g(x)) g'(x) \,dx = \int uf(u)\, du$

This question has been clarified since it was first posted. This is about indefinite, rather than definite integrals. If it could only admit a formal answer rather than a logical answer, maybe it wouldn't be worth much, but that is not the case, as can be seen in the answer that I posted.

• And therefore, you are proposing ... what? – Gerry Myerson Nov 8 '20 at 5:35
• What is a "logical answer"? – Andrés E. Caicedo Nov 8 '20 at 19:41
• @AndrésE.Caicedo : I think you will see what I mean if you contrast what I wrote with the other answers. – Michael Hardy Nov 9 '20 at 5:06
• I read the whole thing before asking. – Andrés E. Caicedo Nov 9 '20 at 13:27
• @AndrésE.Caicedo : Did you look at the way the question was phrased before editing and at the answers other than mine as they first appeared? It said: $$\text{begin quote}$$ I am trying to prove the formula $$\int g(x)f(g(x))g'(x)\,dx=\int uf(u)\,du.$$ $$\text{end quote}$$ And two posted answers applied the chain rule in a formal way, and by "formal" I mean it fit the form without being fussy about whether it's logically rigorous, as in first-year calculus textbooks. My own answer began by saying that if these are indefinite integrals, then the question is$\,\ldots\qquad$ – Michael Hardy Nov 9 '20 at 20:09
• $\ldots\,$meaningless unless $x$ and $u$ are somehow related, and then explained how they would need to be related in order that the identity be true, and proved it. $\qquad$ – Michael Hardy Nov 9 '20 at 20:10
• @AndrésE.Caicedo : $\qquad \uparrow \qquad$ So I mean "formal" in the sense in which the equality $$\int_{-\infty}^{+\infty} \delta'(x)f(x)\,dx = -f'(0)$$is formal when done the way Paul Dirac originally did it, as opposed to the way people like Laurent Schwarz did it later. $\qquad$ – Michael Hardy Nov 9 '20 at 20:12
• I still don't see what you are proposing, Michael. – Gerry Myerson Nov 28 '20 at 21:30

I think we need to open the following Mike Lyons's answer: The smallest value of $$x^2 + 5y^2 + 8z^2$$ such that $$yz+zx+xy=-1$$

I think it's a beautiful and right answer. We need to redact it only.

It was my mistake to delete this answer.

• Note that the question has since been deleted. – Gerry Myerson Oct 9 '18 at 22:27