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    Welcome to sci.math.research, a moderated newsgroup.

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


    Additional hints about suitability of materials
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    We understand "mathematical research" to be an exploration of
    mathematics
    whose goal is the establishment of new mathematical facts, previously
    unknown
    to the mathematical community.

    In addition to discussing current mathematical research, you are
    encouraged to post announcements of:
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    - 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
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    We discourage the use of:
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    The moderators
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    The moderators of this group are

    Dan Grayson <>
    Maarten Bergvelt <>
    Gerald A. Edgar <-state.edu>
    Robert Israel <>
    David Rusin <>

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    Where to find this and other information
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    You can also find pointers there to other useful sources of information
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    the Internet for mathematicians.


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    Related newsgroups
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    If you are considering posting to sci.math.research, it's possible
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    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:

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


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    G. A. Edgar, Mar 21, 2008
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