exercise for the reader

exercise for the reader

A subject, debate, or other matter that is not decided or dealt with directly by the author or presenter, but rather is left up to the judgment or interpretation of the observer, reader, or addressee. The report merely details the spending practices of the parties concerned; whether or not these payments were dubious in nature is left as an exercise for the reader. The politician's speech made broad references to invigorating the economy with practical, no-nonsense measures—what such measures might be, though, was left as an exercise for the reader.
See also: exercise, reader
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Each profile contains the individual's tips for success and is followed by an exercise for the reader.
Even if that thought is usually left as an exercise for the reader, Cohodas has done us a service by assembling the raw materials.
This advice is far more specific than that given in most management books, building on the information it has developed, rather than creating a new, overarching theory of management whose application in the real-world is left as an exercise for the reader.
Similarly, the duality between stochastic differential equations and partial differential equations via the Feynman-Kac formula is an important result that could have been provided as part of the chapter rather than an exercise for the reader to prove (Chapter 3).
The book contains several typos; finding them is left as an exercise for the reader.