User talk:Shreevatsa

 I would like to keep discussions unfragmented. If I post on your talk page, please post your replies there. I will notice. I will reply here to comments made here, unless requested otherwise. I might also notify you on your talk page if required.

Sharma

Can you explain me why long (a) should be used in spelling Sharma.?Nagarjuna198 (talk) 22:36, 8 June 2013 (UTC)

I just read what you posted in my talk page. शर्मन् declines as (शर्मा शर्माणौ शर्माणः). Makes sense. Thanks man. You seem to be knowledgeable. I really appreciate it. Thanks for correcting. Nagarjuna198 (talk) 23:08, 8 June 2013 (UTC)

Athaku Yamudu Ammayiki Mogudu

Hi, Can you review Talk:Athaku Yamudu Ammayiki Mogudu#Requested move and provide your opinion? Nagarjuna198 (talk) 09:44, 9 June 2013 (UTC)

Ganita Kaumudi

Hi you have done a great work in Ganita Kaumudi. Your work is really appreciated. Thanks. 18:21, 25 June 2013 (UTC)

John Clay died 24 June 2013

Daily Telegraph and NY Times ran private obits. I received communication from a friend

Garrybl

Thanks; I've found the NY Times one and added it to the article. Sad. Shreevatsa (talk) 17:54, 8 July 2013 (UTC)

Welcome back; a couple questions...

Hey, Shreevatsa, glad to see you're back. I've moved away from kātha lately, but in your absence I worked on List of Panchatantra Stories and List of Vetala Tales, and regretted not having your input. Perhaps when you have a minute you might look them over to see if any improvements come to mind? (I also put together a pretty full linked historical bibliography at Baital Pachisi#Recensions, editions, and translations which sort of complements the list.)

Finally, I've come to suspect a wide-ranging fallacy in references on the Panchatantra and Baital Pachisi, as related to the Brihatkatha and its progeny. At Brihatkatha you can see the handy-dandy stemma I've created for that family (which I've also pasted in to Kathasaritsagara and Bṛhatkathāślokasaṃgraha). I don't know if this is perfect, but I take the general shape to be well-established. However some (I think) relatively recent sources seem to take these tales' own creation stories more or less at face value, resulting in ideas like "Gunadhya wrote Panchatantra and Baital Pachisi", and "Durgasimha adapted part of Brihatkatha (or even Kathasaritsagara)" when his translation is clearly more closely related to the Southern Panchatantra, and in fact predated Kathasaritsagara! My first exposure (and possibly too-grumpy response) is preserved in Talk:List of Panchatantra Stories#Reviewing, and there is what I take to be a lot of BS in Durgasimha. My question is: am I missing something, or is this all as naive as it appears? If I ever get back into the kātha groove, I will begin by trying to clarify the Brihatkatha family relations (as I've begun with the stemma). Thanks for any light you can shed. And again, welcome back! Phil wink (talk) 05:33, 13 July 2013 (UTC)

I haven't looked at these articles in detail yet, but at a glance, this is all wonderful work! Thanks a lot to you, and it's great there are people like you on Wikipedia. I'll look at it in detail in a while and reply sometime. Shreevatsa (talk) 18:44, 13 July 2013 (UTC)

2nd Annual Wikimedia New England General Meeting

You are invited to the 2nd Annual Wikimedia New England General Meeting, on 20 July 2013 in Boston! We will be talking about the future of the chapter, including GLAM, Wiki Loves Monuments, and where we want to take our chapter in the future! EdwardsBot (talk) 09:46, 16 July 2013 (UTC)

New message

Hello. You have a new message at Gareth Griffith-Jones's talk page. – The Welsh Buzzard – here 08:36, 25 July 2013 (UTC)

Uttanaka

Thanks for clarification on spelt. In many of my earlier articles I used "Spelt" as per the normal usage in India but it was always changed to "spelled" (and my co-editors) by some one or the other. Any way I intruded into your user page by chance when I was trying to find sources to write on Uttanka. We are writing a fiver DYK starrting with Sarpa Satra and Uttanka was the chief advisor to Janamejaya to undertake this vengeful Yagna to kill the serpent race which was finally stopped by Astika.--Nvvchar. 14:09, 4 August 2013 (UTC)

Sanskrit

Hi, saw you on my watchlist and then discovered that you too have recently returned from an extended wiki-break. If you are looking for something to do, can you keep an eye on this discussion? (Background: this revert, followed by this brief discussion). Makes me feel right at home after three years off-wiki. :-) Abecedare (talk) 07:09, 9 September 2013 (UTC)

Yes, I had your talk page on my watchlist too, and was very pleased to see you back -- was going to chime in with a welcome message, but have been (pleasantly) very busy in real life.  :-) I'm off for a couple of weeks; and I'll take a look at the discussion if it's still brewing then! Cheers, Shreevatsa (talk) 07:09, 15 September 2013 (UTC)

Hello! There is a DR/N request you may have interest in.

This message is being sent to let you know of a discussion at the Wikipedia:Dispute resolution noticeboard regarding a content dispute discussion you may have participated in. Content disputes can hold up article development and make editing difficult for editors. You are not required to participate, but you are both invited and encouraged to help find a resolution. The thread is "Spherical Earth". Please join us to help form a consensus. Thank you! EarwigBot operator / talk 18:44, 27 October 2013 (UTC)

Weird notice; my only edit to the page is this minor one. Anyway, looking... Shreevatsa (talk) 04:39, 28 October 2013 (UTC)

Vandalism?

What is "native of the extreme north-west of India"??? Whats wrong with the actual place name: Ghandara? Are you trolling? --Xinjao (talk) 20:26, 17 December 2013 (UTC)

Please do not accuse Wikipedia editors of vandalism or trolling. I was just quoting what the cited sources say. Shreevatsa (talk) 06:23, 18 December 2013 (UTC)
(Added: Just for completeness, this is the context (also talk page section). Xinjao seems to be on a drive to remove mentions of "ancient India" (etc.) and replace it with "Ghandara" [sic]. I don't have time to deal with this right now. Shreevatsa (talk) 06:26, 18 December 2013 (UTC))

Please dont accuse me of any motives other than promoting genuine usable information on a history page. Its you in fact who seem to be on a drive to include India references everywhere remotely possible. "Ghandara" is a historic name. "Ancient extreme north west India" is not. --Xinjao (talk) 18:12, 18 December 2013 (UTC)

New England Wikipedia Day @ MIT: Saturday Jan 18

NE Meetup #4: January 18 at MIT Building 5

Dear Fellow Wikimedian,

You have been invited to the New England Wikimedians 2014 kick-off party and Wikipedia Day Celebration at Building Five on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus on Saturday, January 18th, from 3-5 PM. Afterwards, we will be holding an informal dinner at a local restaurant. If you are curious to join us, please do so, as we are always looking for people to come and give their opinion! Finally, be sure to RSVP here if you're interested.

I hope to see you there! Kevin Rutherford (talk)

(You can unsubscribe from future notifications for Boston-area events by removing your name from this list.)

Hi. Thank you for your recent edits. Wikipedia appreciates your help. We noticed though that when you edited Arthur J. Hubbard, Sr., you added a link pointing to the disambiguation page Native American (check to confirm | fix with Dab solver). Such links are almost always unintended, since a disambiguation page is merely a list of "Did you mean..." article titles. Read the FAQ • Join us at the DPL WikiProject.

It's OK to remove this message. Also, to stop receiving these messages, follow these opt-out instructions. Thanks, DPL bot (talk) 09:09, 12 February 2014 (UTC)

You're invited: Women's History Edit-a-thons in Massachusetts this March

Women's History Edit-a-thons in Massachusetts this March - You are invited!
New England Wikimedians is excited to announce a series of Wikipedia edit-a-thons that will be taking place at colleges and universities throughout Massachusetts as part of Wikiwomen's History Month from March 1 - March 31. We encourage you to join in an edit-a-thon near you, or to participate remotely if you are unable to attend in person (for the full list of articles, click here). Events are currently planned for the cities/towns of Boston, Northampton, South Hadley, and Cambridge. Further information on dates and locations can be found on our user group page.
Questions? Contact Girona7 (talk)

Reference Errors on 5 March

Hello, I'm ReferenceBot. I have automatically detected that an edit performed by you may have introduced errors in referencing. It is as follows:

Please check this page and fix the errors highlighted. If you think this is a false positive, you can report it to my operator. Thanks, ReferenceBot (talk) 00:42, 6 March 2014 (UTC)

Fixed. Shreevatsa (talk) 04:26, 6 March 2014 (UTC)

Arpan Mathur

Hello, I'm Arpan Mathur . Your reverting to my edits on the article Chakravala method has introduced a parsing error in "The method" section. I have fixed that error and resumed the arrows. The error was caused by the \space function put by someone. Arpan Mathur (talk) 12:34, 27 March 2014 (UTC)

Interesting. There was no parsing error when I viewed it, but I guess there's some inconsistency between browsers and Javascript / Mathjax versions. I'm glad to know it's fine now; thanks for fixing it. Shreevatsa (talk) 13:25, 27 March 2014 (UTC)

You're invited!

NE Meetup #5: April 19th at Clover Food Lab in Kendall Square

Dear Fellow Wikimedian,

New England Wikimedians would like to invite you to the April 2014 meeting, which will be a small-scale meetup of all interested Wikimedians from the New England area. We will socialize, review regional events from the beginning of the year, look ahead to regional events of 2014, and discuss other things of interest to the group. Be sure to RSVP here if you're interested.

Also, if you haven't done so already, please consider signing up for our mailing list and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

We hope to see you there!

(You can unsubscribe from future notifications for Boston-area events by removing your name from this list.)

Recent edit on Modi article

Hi. Hope you're well. Recently, you removed sourced content in the Narendra Modi article. It was also on a controversial topic, for this and future edits on controversial topics please open a discussion on the respective talk page before unilaterally making edits. We must ensure we keep a NPOV so you can understand why we need to have a discussion. Cowlibob (talk) 09:41, 19 May 2014 (UTC)

Sure; though I thought the statement the edit removed was such an obvious case of WP:SYNTHESIS that removing it was an obvious improvement to Wikipedia. (Besides, it's also in keeping with the practice of WP:BRD.) Your revert reminds me why I avoid editing political articles. :-) Anyway, let me move to the next stage on this one and discuss it on the talk page. Shreevatsa (talk) 09:52, 19 May 2014 (UTC)
I'm only trying to be helpful. I hope that I haven't dissuaded you from participating in future editing of political articles but we have to be careful as it could look like, we're aiding in the whitewash of criticism in a BLP of a politician if there isn't a proper discussion first, which wouldn't be neutral. Cowlibob (talk) 10:07, 19 May 2014 (UTC)
I think it's fine to revert if you think an edit is unwarranted. It's a good thing, and makes Wikipedia better. But it's IMO‌ unreasonable to expect all edits to be discussed first, even if they are not major, and even if they are (in at least the editor's view) unlikely to be controversial, just because the topic of the page is a controversial one: the added barrier becomes a chilling effect and indeed dissuades people from editing an article unless they're sufficiently motivated. Anyway, it's not a big deal; let me make the time for discussion and see how it goes. :-) Shreevatsa (talk) 11:56, 19 May 2014 (UTC)
I've made a suggestion on the Narendra Modi talk page to hopefully resolve this issue.Cowlibob (talk) 17:29, 25 May 2014 (UTC)
I'd like to apologise for reverting your original edit. I've had a rethink on your edit and agree. Leaving it more open to interpretation like your edit did is probably better than its current state. If you were to redo the edit I wouldn't oppose it. I do think the marriage issue and reasons why he didn't disclose until 2014 should be discussed but would be a better fit in the 2014 general election bit with appropriate sources/references of course. Cowlibob (talk) 17:50, 30 May 2014 (UTC)

Bloom filter reversion

What's your reasoning behind this reversion? "Where" is the accepted phrasing for variable naming in math circles. "If" is used for conditions. Exercisephys (talk) 18:59, 28 May 2014 (UTC)

Hi, when used for variable names, "where" is used after the expression. For instance:

The circumference of a circle is $2\pi r$, where $r$ is the radius of the circle.

You are right that "if" is used for conditional statements, but it is also used to denote variable names:

If $r$ is the radius of a circle, its circumference is $2\pi r$.

(The rough meaning is still conditional: if we use the letter r to denote the radius, then the circumference is $2\pi r$. If we use $\lambda$ to denote the radius, then the circumference is $2\pi\lambda$. Etc.)
The kind of sentence you wrote, such as

*Where $r$ is the radius of a circle, its circumference is $2\pi r$.

is not idiomatic English, and generally not seen. It seems odd. At least that's my opinion, though I do agree that "if" is not a perfect choice either. If you're keen on this we can ask for others' opinion somewhere, e.g. Wikipedia talk:Manual of Style/Mathematics (because this question is not covered in Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Mathematics) or at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Mathematics (where more people may see it). Shreevatsa (talk) 05:14, 29 May 2014 (UTC)
By the way, another approach to the circle statement might be:

The circumference of a circle with radius $r$ is $2\pi r$.

Along similar lines, maybe for the statements in question, we could write:

For an array of m bits, the probability that a certain bit is not set...

and

With k hash functions, the probability that the bit is not set to 1 by any of the hash functions is

How about those? Shreevatsa (talk) 05:23, 29 May 2014 (UTC)

Everything must end with an "a"!

Hi. As perhaps you've noticed, several edits to Baital Pachisi, beginning here have involved "correcting" names that I suspect do not need to be corrected. My sense is that someone in good faith has updated these spellings to what would be correct in his or her language or dialect, but without reference to usual English usage or to the sources of the particular statements... But I know dangerously little about Indian languages and their transcription (I just type in whatever I see in the source, regardless of how I typed it last time!). If you have some spare time, could you address this? Much obliged. Phil wink (talk) 16:57, 22 July 2014 (UTC)

Hi, thanks for pointing this out. Somehow I didn't have Baital Pachisi on my watchlist; have put it back. About the edit, it is actually correct, going by the original Sanskrit names -- the names with 'a' are what are in the original source; the 'a' is dropped in some modern Indian languages but not all (and 'a' is also not dropped in usual English conventions, at least academic ones). That's why conventionally we have articles at Rama, Shiva, Ganesha etc. rather than Ram, Shiv, Ganesh etc. as in Hindi. There's some background at Schwa deletion in Indo-Aryan languages. So we could say the former spellings in the Baital Pachisi article matched the modern pronuniciation as in many parts of India now (apt given its folk popularity), but the current spellings are correct as far as the original or academic sources go.

The best path would be to find and add more sources to the article; then we can simply echo the spellings that are in the majority of sources, and just mention the alternative spellings. Shreevatsa (talk) 17:26, 22 July 2014 (UTC)