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Sigma

The $18$th letter of the Greek alphabet.

Minuscules: $\sigma$ and $\varsigma$
Majuscule: $\Sigma$

The $\LaTeX$ code for \(\sigma\) is \sigma .
The $\LaTeX$ code for \(\varsigma\) is \varsigma .

The $\LaTeX$ code for \(\Sigma\) is \Sigma .


Event Space

$\Sigma$


Let $\EE$ be an experiment whose probability space is $\struct {\Omega, \Sigma, \Pr}$.

The event space of $\EE$ is usually denoted $\Sigma$ (Greek capital sigma), and is the set of all outcomes of $\EE$ which are interesting.


By definition, $\struct {\Omega, \Sigma}$ is a measurable space.


Hence the event space $\Sigma$ is a sigma-algebra on $\Omega$.


Summation

Let $\struct {S, +}$ be an algebraic structure where the operation $+$ is an operation derived from, or arising from, the addition operation on the natural numbers.

Let $\tuple {a_1, a_2, \ldots, a_n} \in S^n$ be an ordered $n$-tuple in $S$.


The composite is called the summation of $\tuple {a_1, a_2, \ldots, a_n}$, and is written:

$\ds \sum_{j \mathop = 1}^n a_j = \tuple {a_1 + a_2 + \cdots + a_n}$


The $\LaTeX$ code for \(\ds \sum_{j \mathop = 1}^n a_j\) is \ds \sum_{j \mathop = 1}^n a_j .

The $\LaTeX$ code for \(\ds \sum_{1 \mathop \le j \mathop \le n} a_j\) is \ds \sum_{1 \mathop \le j \mathop \le n} a_j .

The $\LaTeX$ code for \(\ds \sum_{\map \Phi j} a_j\) is \ds \sum_{\map \Phi j} a_j .


Divisor Function

$\map {\sigma_\alpha} n$


The divisor function:

$\ds \map {\sigma_\alpha} n = \sum_{m \mathop \divides n} m^\alpha$

(meaning the summation is taken over all $m \le n$ such that $m$ divides $n$).


The $\LaTeX$ code for \(\map {\sigma_\alpha} n\) is \map {\sigma_\alpha} n .


Divisor Counting Function

$\map {\sigma_0} n$


Let $n$ be an integer such that $n \ge 1$.

The divisor counting function is defined on $n$ as being the total number of positive integer divisors of $n$.

It is denoted on $\mathsf{Pr} \infty \mathsf{fWiki}$ as $\sigma_0$ (the Greek letter sigma).

That is:

$\ds \map {\sigma_0} n = \sum_{d \mathop \divides n} 1$

where $\ds \sum_{d \mathop \divides n}$ is the sum over all divisors of $n$.


The $\LaTeX$ code for \(\map {\sigma_0} n\) is \map {\sigma_0} n .


Divisor Sum Function

$\map {\sigma_1} n$


Let $n$ be an integer such that $n \ge 1$.

The divisor sum function $\map {\sigma_1} n$ is defined on $n$ as being the sum of all the positive integer divisors of $n$.

That is:

$\ds \map {\sigma_1} n = \sum_{d \mathop \divides n} d$

where $\ds \sum_{d \mathop \divides n}$ is the sum over all divisors of $n$.


The $\LaTeX$ code for \(\map {\sigma_1} n\) is \map {\sigma_1} n .


Surface Charge Density

$\sigma$

Denotes the surface charge density of a given body:

$\sigma = \dfrac q A$

where:

$q$ is the body's electric charge;
$A$ is the body's area.


Area Density

$\sigma$

Sometimes used, although $\rho_A$ (Greek letter rho) is more common, to denote the area density of a given two-dimensional body:

$\sigma = \dfrac m A$

where:

$m$ is the body's mass
$A$ is the body's area.


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