Questions tagged [solution-verification]

For discussions about posts which ask for verification of OP's solution or proof.

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Can I post questions to ask where I am making a mistake?

One of my biggest problems with the site is that my questions often get closed because they are flagged as duplicate. However, in most of these questions I am trying to not only get the right solution ...
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Should/Can solution-verification be posted as self-answers?

In this answer a user suggests that "answers should almost always be posted as answers”, which I quote If the question exists elsewhere on the site, and you have an answer for it, it should go ...
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Can users post proofs here they think are valid?

Can users post proofs here they think are valid for review? If the "posted proof" is valid, what happens to the proof? Also it appears the TAG list allows for the posting of proofs for ...
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Solution verification questions and duplicates: proposal for discussion

When a user posts a (solution-verification) question on a problem (often a standard problem), I tend to not vote to close as a duplicate, since the user is asking for feedback on their particular ...
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Should the tag "solution-verification not be removed (from the main site)?

I think the tag solution-verification should be removed (burninated) due to the following points: According to some SE policy, each post must contain just one question. However, when someone tags a ...
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How should questions tagged "solution-verification" be answered? [duplicate]

Often when people post their solutions to a particular problem on a question of theirs and they tag it solution-verification, the solution that they give is flawless, or can be improved a small amount ...
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Is the [proof-writing] tag being applied in accordance with its usage guidance?

The usage guidance for the tag proof-writing says: For questions about the formulation of a proof. This tag should not be the only tag for a question and should not be used to ask for a proof of a ...
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Attempting to prove the same thing multiple times -- Request For Rules and Guidelines

NOTE: I did try again to prove the Löwenheim-Skolem theorem. My new question is here. What are the rules and guidelines for attempting to prove the same theorem again? Some notes specific to my ...
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Should a question asked for finding out error be deleted after solved?

Let's say there is a question I asked to find out the error I made in my solution of a problem. Someone then answers, pointing out a "silly error" I made (like simple calculation error, or switching +...
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Is it allowed to ask two close questions to proof verification in MSE with different solutions?

I asked a question before, but I failed the solution I made. Then I made an almost completely different attempt to eliminate all errors. I re-posted the question, since editing the old question will ...
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Are check my work question discouraged on this site?

Are check my work question discouraged on this site? So here are two basically the same question with one asking to answer the problem and other to what went wrong with my approach. What is wrong ...
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Why do users give answers using alternative method when I'm asking what went wrong with my solution?

I'll just put this out here. This is a sock my main account is Avnish Kabaj and user619072(now deleted sock). I've asked a couple of questions as to why my method is wrong. For some reason, users ...
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Can I get [solution-validation] on my idea to remove this tag?

Related: (solution-verification) tag I was recently considering adding the solution-verification tag to one of my questions (with apologies for the shameless self-promotion), and got to thinking: is ...
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Having a check sign for questions addressed but not answered?

Recently I've been seeing some questions where the user wants people to check their solution or proof, and there's usually one comment that says "that's correct" and nothing else (no answers, etc). ...
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Comment or Answer?

What to do when someone ask for a mistake, comment indicating where he made the mistake or answer indicating where he made the mistake? For example, someone ask about a limit that he knows the ...
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Could I flag a possible duplicate to a question asking for a proof when I had already asked about the correctness of mine?

That is, I asked before to check the correctness of my proof of that statement, and the correctness has been confirmed. Could I now flag a question asking for the proof of it as "possible duplicate" ...
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Should answering that someone's attempt is correct be posted as a comment?

In my opinion, if someone's attempt at a problem is correct then confirming this should be done as commentary. Obviously if the attempt is flawed, saying what is wrong/hinting at the correct path can ...
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Are posts of the kind "I wrote this proof, is it correct" valid for math.stackexchange?

I'm a programmer learning maths on the side while working. I find one of the best ways to learn is to try and come up with my own proofs from first principles. I suppose these will either a) be wrong ...
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Answering "is my approach correct" with a different proof

On this site it is common to see questions where OP asks if their approach or their solution to a problem is correct. Often, people answer these questions by providing their own entirely different ...
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Why does the tag "(solution-verification)" show as "(proof-verification)"?

So I want to clarify/verify a specific solution. This is my solution to a problem, so it is not like I want to verify a specific proof/theorem or clarify why and/or how it works. So, in my tags, I ...
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"Prove that" vs. "Confirmation of proof" in the title.

So I asked the forward question: "Proof-verification: $R$ is transitive iff $R \circ R ⊆ R$.". There was a small objection toward the title of my question by one of the members: "maybe, since you ...
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Should I answer my own question if no one else has and I know it's correct?

I posted 2 questions a week ago: 1) https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/2094489/probability-of-defects-in-a-product-with-multiple-phases-of-product-quality-chec 2) https://math.stackexchange....
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On topic to put out my solutions of self study questions and ask for confirmation?

I am mostly self tutoring myself on the math behind fluid dynamics using an advanced textbook. So the book has several problems. Is it OK to post the problem solution as I do it and ask for ...
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Asking "Where did my math go wrong" questions

Let's say a Math Exchange inquirer posts: 1) A homework problem (with book citation) 2) The inquirer's workings towards an (ultimately incorrect) final answer 3) The textbook's answer 4) And ...
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What is best tag for "spot the mistake" questions?

Occasionally we get a question of the form: "Look at this derivation/computation. Clearly, the result is wrong. Where is the mistake?" It is slightly different from typical solution-verification ...
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Does the tag "proof-verification" really make sense?

Every time I see a question asking to verify a proof (usually some exercise), the tag is just not there. I often edit the question to add it but... does it really make sense to keep it? Since every ...
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Is it okay if I use this site to have someone check my work or give a solution?

Seeing the level of work on here and the bad feedback I have gotten makes me wonder if it is okay to use this site to check my work for errors or ask for a solution to a problem that I can't solve. I ...
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Ask for proof verification and ask for other ways to prove the same statement. One or two questions?

Let's say I came up with a proof and want to ask for verification/advice, but I'm also interested in seeing other ways people can come up with to prove the same statement. Should I ask for both of ...
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Are "Verify if I'm correct" questions really on-topic?

There is a considerable amount of questions of the type Can you see if my proof/solution is correct? My question is simple: are they on-topic? My point is two-fold: I think they fail usefulness (...
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What is the protocol for telling others you have found your mistake in your working?

I sometimes ask a question which is a problem that I can't solve because I have made a calculative error. Often, all it takes is for someone to point out the small error I have made (or for me to ...
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Should I post my attempt as an answer or include it in the question

As a student, I find this site to be really useful when I need help with an assignment or a concept I can't understand completely. I can often find what I need in some of the existing questions, but ...
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Is this the correct site/forum for reviewing logical proofs?

Although Mathematics.SE meta seems like a better location to ask this, apparently I don't have enough points to post there so... Is this the correct site for posting logical proofs in hopes of getting ...
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Regarding the questions where it is asked whether the proofs given by the user is correct or not

I have seen instances of people asking whether their proofs are correct or not. In such cases, the answers are often given in the comments section because the actual proof of the question has not been ...
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Do proof verification questions fit the website- evade duplicate tag - sometimes answer for them is just 'yes'

What to do when a question just wants a yes/no answer. In the case of this question of mine, the answer was a 'yes' or a 'no - and here's why'. In the case of questions with the proof verification ...
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Unanswered proof verification questions

I've seen many related questions including: Best way of asking "check my proof" questions What to do with a "check/simplify my proof" type question? What Do We Do About Comment-...
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Can I ask for verification of work as opposed to asking people to solve problems? [duplicate]

I often find problems in textbooks or on the internet that don't have answers posted anywhere. Is it OK to do the work for these problems and then ask to have my work verified? All the questions I ...
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Should more context be expected from verification questions?

Should more context be expected from verification questions? A basic (proof) verification question will contain the proof they want verified and a question along the lines "Is this correct?"One of ...
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How to answer proof-verification questions?

Sometimes, proof-verification questions ask for verification of a valid and overall solid proof (some examples: What is the $\dim L(X,Y)$?, Prove $(\overline{A \cap B}) \subseteq \overline{A} \cap \...
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Proof verification types of questions

Is asking proof verification questions frowned upon here -- especially if one keeps asking such a type of question? My concerns stems from the fact if the proof is correct, users merely post "...
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Homework questions allowed?

I'm learning set theory independently at the moment and using a book that doesn't have a solutions manual. Under these conditions, is it okay if I make a thread asking if my solution is correct? ...
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Should we encourage proof verification questions to turn into self answered questions?

I am wondering about if it is generally good practice to encourage someone posting about verifying their own proof to instead format their post as a question where they also post an answer? I ...
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Is my solution correct? Posts

I feel bothered by questions where the body begins with a problem statement and then is followed by a giant solution and then succeeded by the question: "Can someone please tell me whether or not this ...
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What is the usefulness of having "proof-verification" and "solution-verification" as different tags?

I know there is a topic about the solution-verification tag (vs proof-writing), but now we have the proof-verification tag which has affiliated 2452 questions, while "solution-verification" has only ...
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Is it inappropriate to turn a proof verification question into a self-answered question?

Over a week ago I asked this question. In it, I proposed a solution and asked for it to be verified, or for an alternative solution to be suggested. Currently, there are no answers but there is one ...
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Is there any interest in a proof proofreading site?

I envision a site where people could post their proofs -- either as answers to textbook exercises or revisions of current textbook proofs -- and get feedback on which parts might need improving, and ...
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Closing as a duplicate if the post contains OP's own proof/solution

It is generally agreed that good question should also indicate what the OP have tried. Many people do this and we receive many questions also contain the OP's attempted proof/solution for the question ...
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'Is my approach right' questions

I occasionally come across questions (such as this one: Prove that the $\sigma$ - algebras are equal) in which the person asking the question has already answered their question and wants to know ...
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Proof-verification and duplicates.

When someone posts a question, which asks for verification of their proof of something, the mathematical content of that question will often be a duplicate of another question. Now, in order to help ...
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Is it ok to ask for confirmation in some exercises? [duplicate]

I solve some exercises but I'm self-studying and some books do not have answers to the exercises, is it ok to ask if the solution is plausible here?
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"Is this correct?" Questions

Recently, I have seen a lot of questions that essentially ask, "Is this proof correct?" or "Can you verify my work is correct?" like this one. Often, especially when the asker's work is in fact ...
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