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Explanation in mathematical conversations: an empirical investigation

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Analysis of online mathematics forums can help reveal how explanation is used by mathematicians; we contend that this use of explanation may help to provide an informal conceptualization of simplicity. We extracted six conjectures from recent philosophical work on the occurrence and characteristics of explanation in mathematics. We then tested these conjectures against a corpus derived from online mathematical discussions. To this end, we employed two techniques, one based on indicator terms,...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
Version:
Accepted Manuscript

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10.1098/rsta.2018.0159

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS Division
Department:
Computer Science
Oxford college:
Wadham College
ORCID:
0000-0002-1908-5927
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Grant:
FET-Open Grant number 611553 (COINVENT)
Publisher:
Royal Society Publisher's website
Journal:
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences Journal website
Volume:
377
Issue:
2140
Pages:
Article: 20180159
Publication date:
2019-01-21
Acceptance date:
2018-08-22
DOI:
EISSN:
1471-2962
ISSN:
1364-503X
Pubs id:
pubs:911000
URN:
uri:51e2376a-1f02-43c8-a245-bd7d3e3bdb0a
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uuid:51e2376a-1f02-43c8-a245-bd7d3e3bdb0a
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pubs:911000

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