## Alec Mihailovs

Dr. Aleksandrs Mihailovs

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19 years, 302 days
Mihailovs, Inc.
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Tyngsboro, Massachusetts, United States

## Social Networks and Content at Maplesoft.com

I received my Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1998 and I have been teaching since then at SUNY Oneonta for 1 year, at Shepherd University for 5 years, at Tennessee Tech for 2 years, at Lane College for 1 year, and this year I taught at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. My research interests include Representation Theory and Combinatorics.

## Just looks nicer...

Nothing especially interesting at hand. Just looks nicer - colors, fonts etc.

Alec

PS Thumbnail inserting doesn't seem to work -Alec

## Just looks nicer...

Nothing especially interesting at hand. Just looks nicer - colors, fonts etc.

Alec

PS Thumbnail inserting doesn't seem to work -Alec

## assuming...

Compare,

```evalc(r2) assuming A>0;

2      2
k  sigma                       1/2
exp(- ---------) sin(k theta) sigma A    I
2
```

Alec

## assuming...

Compare,

```evalc(r2) assuming A>0;

2      2
k  sigma                       1/2
exp(- ---------) sin(k theta) sigma A    I
2
```

Alec

## with assumptions...

In this example, that happens because depending on the sign of A, the answer can be either real or imaginary, and evalc covers these 2 cases separately. It produces the same answer assuming A>0,

```evalc(r) assuming A>0;

2      2
k  sigma                       1/2
exp(- ---------) cos(k theta) sigma A
2
```

Alec

## with assumptions...

In this example, that happens because depending on the sign of A, the answer can be either real or imaginary, and evalc covers these 2 cases separately. It produces the same answer assuming A>0,

```evalc(r) assuming A>0;

2      2
k  sigma                       1/2
exp(- ---------) cos(k theta) sigma A
2
```

Alec

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## Yep...

@pagan : Yep.

I started selecting all and copying before clicking "submit".

Alec

PS Helped in posting this. -Alec

## 76 -> 73...

Here is a version with 76 characters (78 producing a list),

```L := [4, 10, 3, 2, 9, 1, 5, 2, 4]:
M:=():use Threads in Wait(seq(Create((n->(Sleep(n),M,n))(i),'M'),i=L))end:M;

1, 2, 2, 3, 4, 4, 5, 9, 10
```

Alec

Edit: Just found a bug in it - if L is 1,1,1, it returns 1,1 - kinda strange, isn't it? That happens only in Maple 15 - works OK in Maple 14 with the Sleep that I posted above. I guess Mutex should be used to avoid that - but that's a lot of characters... Well, it seems to be working OK if equal numbers in L are not next to each other. -Alec

Edit 2: Here is a shorter version, with just 73 characters,

```M:=():use Threads in Wait(seq(Create((Sleep,i->(M,i))(i),'M'),i=L))end;M;

1, 2, 2, 3, 4, 4, 9, 10
```

with the same feature - works OK for lists without 2 equal numbers located next to each other, and losing some of the (equal) terms otherwise. -Alec

Edit 3: On the other hand, other posted in this thread procedures also seem to having the same problem,

```L:=2,2,2,1,1,1:
M:=():use Threads in Wait(seq(Create(proc(n):-M:=Sleep(n),M,n end(i)),i=L))end:M;

1, 1, 2, 2

L:=[2,2,2,1,1,1];
M:=():use Threads in p:=proc(n)Sleep(n);:-M:=M,n;end:Wait(map(i->Create(p(i)),L)[])end:[M];

[1, 1, 2, 2, 2]

SleepSort(L);

[1, 1, 2, 2, 2]
```

Alec

## adjectives vs. nouns...

That usage (first in importance etc.) is usually for adjectives (as in prime time etc.).

As a noun, applied to people, "prime" may sound as a shortcut for "primitive" (in slang).

What I don't like about "primer" is that it sounds (applying to a human being) like somebody who primes.

Primate on the other hand is a friendly word, including a "mate" in it (almost like a "playmate"). From zoological point of view, humans are primates, too, not only monkeys. That's a kind of a joke though.

A normal usage would be "MaplePrimes members", which I believe Bryon meant, and the word "members" just slipped out (in a hurry, after me posting "a silent upgrade" note).

It would look better, I think if the tab "Users" was changed to "Members", too.

Alec

## MaplePrimates...

I would go with MaplePrimates.

The word "Users", while used in the tab above, is not covering properly all the members - because people working at Maplesoft also post here, and while some of them might use Maple, but I don't think that they call themselves users.

Alec

## Definition of primes...

That expression made me laugh, too.

I've searched Google for the definition of primes, and found an interesting one that doesn't seem obvious -

4. Of the highest U.S. government grade of meat.

Originally, before becoming a forum, this site served for the Extendend Service subscribers - it provided some additional downloads (like Classic Maple for Mac, the guides that are now in the Documentation Center), upgrades, etc. - perhaps that name was meant for them.

Alec

## Other people posts editing...

Same situation - retyping the message again. It doesn't happen every time, but does from time to time.

About the ability to edit other people posts - I am against censorship in general, but would delete spam immediately when I see it without much thinking. Excessive white space at the bottom of a post (that I saw a few times) I would also might delete without much thinking and without leaving a note that I deleted it.

Obscene language - that's debatable. I saw such kind of a post once during last month - it stayed unedited for several days, was voted down 8 or 9 times, still got a couple of good answers, then was edited by somebody not leaving a note about that, and the user apologized at the end.

Alec

PS - I would certainly appreciate my posts editing for obvious typos, if they are typos - the only problem with that is that they may be not. -Alec

## Sleep in Maple 14...

It works in Maple 14 after defining

```Sleep:=proc(n)
local t;
t:=time();
while time()-t < n do od
end:
```

Alec

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