On math.SE, I have asked some questions about Lovasz local lemma

Also, some questions about various versions of Chernoff bounds

Although they are purely mathematics questions, the responses there are below expectation.

Since they have important applications in CS, I wonder if I had asked the questions here, what chances I would have got?


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    $\begingroup$ I don't know about the average time-to-answer on math.SE, but your questions are not that old. You might want to hold off any action for another couple of days. $\endgroup$
    – Raphael Mod
    Oct 14, 2012 at 21:48

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They are topics in theoretical computer science so they are on-topic here. If you think your question may receive a more suitable answer here feel free to ask moderators on Math.SE to migrate them.

If the question is not yours then the issue is more complicated. The question would be on-topic here but migrating a question is a decision that should be made by Math.SE. Please see this meta discussion on their meta for more information.

One thing you can do is that if you are interested in a question and the answers on Math.SE do not answer your question in a satisfactory way you can post a new follow up question here linking to that question and pointing out more specifically why you feel the answers are not satisfactory.

  • $\begingroup$ That said, they are purely mathematical questions, and CS mostly by application (although some feel machine-learning-ish). I consider it unlikely that we can provide better treatment, but I have nothing against having such questions here. (A big number would shift our focus uncomfortably, but some are fine.) $\endgroup$
    – Raphael Mod
    Oct 14, 2012 at 21:47
  • $\begingroup$ Mathematics and computer science are not disjoint topics. In fact almost all of theoretical computer science can be categorized as mathematics, and a large portion as pure mathematics. If a topic is extensively studied by computer scientist then it is indeed likely that a computer scientists can provide a better answer. Lovasz Local Lemma is such an example. Anyway, I think both theoretical and practical computer science are on-topic on this site and we don't have a rule that one should be dominant. $\endgroup$
    – Kaveh
    Oct 16, 2012 at 4:30

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