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17:12 Aug 21, 2014
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Japanese to English translations [Non-PRO]
Science - Mathematics & Statistics / Functional Analysis
Japanese term or phrase: 問えないこと
What is the meaning of '問えないこと' in the following sentence?


This is part of a paper on Functional Analysis. This part of the discussion deals with the difficulty in extending finite dimensional concepts to infinite dimensions.
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Summary of answers provided
3 +1cannot analyze (examine)
Kayoko Kimura
4cannot be found
3to ask



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cannot analyze (examine)

Literal meaning is "cannot ask" but from the context, the author is telling that we cannot conduct a (statistical?) analysis.

Example sentence(s):
  • We cannot analyze (examine) whether the dimension is finite or infinite.
Kayoko Kimura
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Asker: Thank you. I had been wondering how "cannot ask" will fit into the context. Your explanation helps.

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agree  Takeshi MIYAHARA
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to ask

It seems to me to be literal. We cannot ask how many eigenvalues there are (note that, for an infinite dimensional space, a linear endomorphism may have infinitely many eigenvalues). So they can't count them in a simple finistic way.

I don't like "to analyze", since it can be analyzed.

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cannot be found

"Find" the answer seems natural to me.

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Asker: Thank you very much

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