From: Russell Steven Shawn O'Connor <roconnor@uwaterloo.ca>

Date: Mon, 3 Apr 2000 13:31:41 -0400 (EDT)

To: www-math@w3.org

Message-ID: <Pine.SOL.3.96.1000403132607.11772H-100000@bacon.math.uwaterloo.ca>

Date: Mon, 3 Apr 2000 13:31:41 -0400 (EDT)

To: www-math@w3.org

Message-ID: <Pine.SOL.3.96.1000403132607.11772H-100000@bacon.math.uwaterloo.ca>

On Sun, 2 Apr 2000, David Eppstein wrote: > (1) As someone who works in analysis of algorithms, the most common > notation I use beyond basic arithmetic is O-notation If this is added to MathML, be sure to get it right, because the notation is a little confusing. f(x) = 5x + 6x^2 + O(x^3) really means f(x) - 5x - 6x^2 $isin; O(x^3) Where O(g(x)) is the set of all functions from Reals to Reals that statisfy that growth condition w.r.t g(x) that I can't remember now. Anyhow, my point is that the equal's sign is the usual notation is deceiving. -- Russell O'Connor roconnor@uwaterloo.ca <http://www.undergrad.math.uwaterloo.ca/~roconnor/> ``Paradoxically, a refusal to `put a monetary value on life' means that life is often undervalued.'' -- Artificial Intelligence: A Modern ApproachReceived on Monday, 3 April 2000 13:31:45 GMT

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