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Which alternative is best English?

Are there any specific rules in English about how to refer to something that was introduced in the previous sentence? For example, compare these three sentences: Let X and Y be random variables ...
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Word for equivalence preserving transformations of equations

I am searching for a mathematical term describing an algebraic manipulation of an equation which preserves equivalence. So while adding 2 to both sides of an equation results in an equivalent equation,...
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How to express combinations using “any […] by […]”

I'm writing a text in which I need to repeat combinations of k out of n - for example, "any 2 out of 6" - but I think something the likes of "any 6 by 2" would be more appropriate since the subject is ...
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Which verb to use with “The variable [verb] a value”?

Consider the mathematical expression x=5. What would be the correct sentence? The variable x is the value 5. The variable x has the value 5. The variable x takes the value 5. [Slightly ...
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Is “more-point function” correct? (mathematics)

How do I describe in English (i.e. without mathematical symbols) the following mathematical object, if I want to stress comparison with the two-point function? The n-point Green's function for n>...
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Nonabelian or non-abelian?

I asked this question on Mathematics Stack Exchange (here) but I haven't had any luck so far. Allow me to copy the question: If I wanted to be scrupulous about correct spelling, is there any reason ...
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Word describing “State goes back to original state after state-modifying actions A followed by ~A”

This word is slipping my mind and it is driving me crazy. Not sure if it is a math term or computer science term, but I use it a lot in development (when I can remember it!) Basically, you have the ...