Re: standard usage of O(x^3) can be confusing

> Bogus argument.  The whole point of any notation is as a shorthand for 
> something else.  Plenty of other notations need translation to become 
> first order e.g.
> lim_{x->0} (sin x / x) = 1
> "really means"
> Exists(L) all(epsilon>0) exists(delta>0) all(x:|x|<=delta)
> |(sin x / x) - L| <= epsilon,
> and furthermore L=1.

I concede your point.

Russell O'Connor                           roconnor@uwaterloo.ca
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