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  Is this question acceptable?

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"Applications of delay differential equations"

I wanted to make a CW question (by the way, how to do it?). Being interested in the mathematical theory, I was wondering if there are up-to-date, nontrivial models/theories where delay differential equations play a role (PDE-s, or more general functional differential equations).

It is clear that

-in biological (population) models usually pregnancy introduces a delay term, or

-in disease transition in networks the latent period introduces a delay, or

-in engineering in feedback problems signal processing introduces the time delay.

Would a question like this be acceptable on this site? I would like to see a list of answers where each answer contains one reference.

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asked Sep 18, 2011 in SE.TP.discussion by András Bátkai (275 points) [ no revision ]
I think it's very suitable. I'm even more interested in how the first "big-list" question will turn out here on TP

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I seem to be getting great answers. Mabe the site needs more "big-list" questions to improve the statistics...

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To my mind, for what it is worth, this is an interesting question and I'd like to see answers to it. In my corner of things what comes to mind is a recent paper by Atiyah and Moore A Shifted View of Fundamental Physics.

On the more general issue, I think questions with multiple answers, none of which is the "correct" one should be perfectly fine, at least when they don't become the majority of questions. Other people may feel differently, though.

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answered Sep 18, 2011 by Moshe (2,405 points) [ no revision ]
On Mathowerflow there is an option to make these sort of questions Community Wiki (=CW). Thanks for the support.

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For what it's worth, the People In Charge have been kind of trying to discourage wikifying questions when possible... http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2011/08/the-future-of-community-wiki/. So perhaps the question could live as a non-wiki question.

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