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Maarten Bergvelt

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Welcome to sci.math.research
Posted: Jul 2, 2013 11:58 AM
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Welcome to sci.math.research, a moderated newsgroup.

The charter

CHARTER: This newsgroup is a forum for the discussion of
current mathematical research.

Additional hints about suitability of materials

We understand "mathematical research" to be an exploration of
whose goal is the establishment of new mathematical facts, previously
to the mathematical community.

In addition to discussing current mathematical research, you are
encouraged to post announcements of:
- mathematics conferences
- preprints available, electronically or physically
- new mathematics journals
- online resources of interest to research mathematicians
- availability of new mathematical software
- job openings for mathematicians
- professional obituaries of mathematicians

We discourage requests for:
- solutions to homework problems
- a particular complicated equation to be solved symbolically
- a particular function to be integrated symbolically
- solutions of problems at an undergraduate level
- elementary combinatorial algorithms
- information about computer software
- information pertaining to mathematics education
- e-mail addresses of mathematicians
- jobs
- responses to be sent by email directly to you

We discourage the use of:
- fighting words

The moderators

The moderators of this group are

Maarten Bergvelt <bergv@math.uiuc.edu>
Kevin Buzzard <k.buzzard@imperial.ac.uk>
G. A. Edgar <edgar@math.ohio-state.edu>
Robert Israel <israel@math.ubc.ca>

Moderators Emeriti:

Dan Grayson <dan@math.uiuc.edu>
David Rusin <rusin@math.niu.edu>

The moderators appreciate receiving feedback about their moderation
decisions, so if you see a post that should, in your opinion, not have
appeared, please drop the acceptor of it a note. You can see who
accepted it
by glancing at the "Approved" line in the header of the article.

Where to find this and other information

This document is available at
You can also find pointers there to other useful sources of information
the Internet for mathematicians.

The readers of sci.math.research

The newsgroup is read by thousands of research mathematicians,
some of
them among the most distinguished mathematicians in the world, as well
tens of thousands of graduate students, undergraduates, and others with
serious interest in mathematics. Therefore posting to the newsgroup
with it a serious responsibility to present your contribution in a
professional, accurate, and courteous manner appropriate for a
gathering of
research mathematicians. If you post polite and carefully considered
questions and answers, it can burnish your reputation as a professional
amateur mathematician, even if you make mistakes. But if you toss off
obscure questions that you haven't thought through and that hold no
particular interest beyond your current project, or if you lose your
when writing a posting, then you should indeed be embarrassed. You
count on the moderator to reject any particular posting. Even if you
a posting, it will still be permanently archived by commercial services
redistribute Usenet traffic.

The basics of posting to a moderated newsgroup

This newsgroup is moderated, but you should post original articles
followups in the usual way. The news reading software automatically
submitted articles to the current moderator. The moderator receives the
articles by email, forwards accepted articles to the rest of the net,
returns rejected articles to the authors by email. This process takes
If you post an article, and three days later it hasn't appeared, and you
haven't received a rejection notice, then either it was never delivered
the moderator, or the rejection notice couldn't be delivered to you.

Using a false return email address (to avoid spam, for example)
guarantee that you receive no messages from the moderator about rejected
articles. Often the moderator has changes to suggest to the author
will make the posting acceptable, and a false return email address
the moderator from communicating with the poster.

We may reject postings which lack a valid return address.

Anonymous postings are discouraged, although postings sent through
anonymizing services are currently being accepted.

Many readers of sci.math.research read this newsgroup through an
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text, with
perhaps a bit of TeX thrown in when absolutely necessary. Multipart
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rejected. For
the same reason, don't expect it to be easy for the readers to follow a
to a web page included in your article. Instead, you should provide
the main
mathematical ideas in plain ASCII to get readers interested, and offer
a link
to a web page only as a supplement.

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Make sure to omit any extraneous text from your posting. This
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In particular, when posting a followup, pare down any previously posted
text as much as possible.

If you have some TeX which you would like to post, consider instead
running it through a deTeXing filter before posting it. There is a
perl script available as
which will handle subscripts, superscripts, and even commutative

When posting a followup, please don't modify the subject line, as
makes it more difficult for readers to follow the thread.

Crossposting to other moderated newsgroups is discouraged, because
moderator has no criteria for judging the acceptability of the article
to the
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moderated newsgroups, so the other moderator can receive and judge the

Crossposting to other unmoderated newsgroups is discouraged, too,
because it leads to parallel and hence wasteful discussions, especially
the other newsgroup is sci.math. If you do cross-post, be patient - the
article will not appear in the other newsgroups until it has been
The news software detects the presence of a moderated group in the list
newsgroups, sends the article to the moderator, and does not arrange
for it
to be posted to the other newgsroups. That job is left to the

Newsgroups operate as a forum for public discussion, so it is
to follow the discussion on a newsgroup for a while after you have
posted a
question. Some readers feel it is impolite for a poster to request
be sent by email, because this robs the other readers of the benefit of
hearing what the answer was.

Some newsgroup reading software has problems: here are the
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know about. The epigone software at Mathforum.org: (1) for a reply it
the subject field blank in the form presented to the user, thereby
encouraging a new or incorrect subject to be entered; (2) articles with
different subject lines are regarded as being in different threads,
even if
they are in the same thread according to the "references" header;
(3) articles with the same title are regarded as being in the same
even if there is no "references" header indicating that; (4) there is
no way
to view all the headers of an article (to see what thread it's really
in, for

Related newsgroups

If you are considering posting to sci.math.research, it's possible
the article is better suited to another research newsgroup such as:

comp.graphics.research Highly technical computer graphics discussion.
sci.crypt.research Cryptography, cryptanalysis, and related issues.
sci.econ.research Research in all fields of economics.
sci.physics.research Current physics research.

or to another sci.math.* news group:

sci.math Mathematical discussions and pursuits.
sci.math.num-analysis Numerical analysis.
sci.math.symbolic Symbolic algebra.

or to a mathematically oriented mailing list such as:

GRAPHNET at http://listserv.nodak.edu Graph theory

or to one of the following groups:

comp.graphics.algorithms Algorithms used in producing computer
comp.soft-sys.math.mathematica Mathematica (moderated).
comp.soft-sys.math.maple Maple.
comp.text.tex Discussions about mathematical typesetting using
comp.theory Theoretical computer science.
comp.theory.cell-automata Discussion of all aspects of cellular
comp.theory.dynamic-sys Ergodic Theory and Dynamical Systems.
sci.crypt Different methods of data en/decryption.
sci.econ Economics.
sci.fractals Objects of non-integral dimension and other
sci.logic Logic -- math, philosophy & computational
sci.nonlinear Chaotic systems and other nonlinear
scientific study.
sci.op-research Operations research.
sci.physics Physical laws, properties, etc.
sci.physics.particle Particle physics.
sci.stat.math Statistics from a strictly mathematical

At http://db.uwaterloo.ca/~alopez-o/math-faq/math-faq.html is an FAQ for
sci.math; look here for answers to common questions.

Maarten Bergvelt

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