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Tara2
Posted: Monday, February 11, 2019 11:46:46 AM

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Hi
What does "just as easily" mean?

“Professor Marceau objects to the loop invariant used in the proof of Lemma 5.5. He questions whether it is true prior to the first iteration. He reasons that we could just as easily declare that an empty subarray contains no 0-permutations.”
thar
Posted: Monday, February 11, 2019 11:57:31 AM

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Move it to the end of that phrase. Then continue with the rest that is normally omitted.


What is done 'easily'? What is the verb? We could declare.

'as easy' sounds like a comparison. So what is as easy as declaring there are no 0-permutations?



we could declare that an empty subarray contains no 0-permutationsjust as easily as..........


FounDit
Posted: Monday, February 11, 2019 12:01:46 PM

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Tara2 wrote:
Hi
What does "just as easily" mean?

“Professor Marceau objects to the loop invariant used in the proof of Lemma 5.5. He questions whether it is true prior to the first iteration. He reasons that we could just as easily declare that an empty subarray contains no 0-permutations.”


It's a way of making a comparison for something you think is either true, or not true. It can be either way. As a silly example:


"Hurricanes are caused when butterflies flap their wings too hard."

"Well, that's silly. You might just as easily say that hurricanes are caused by pink flying unicorns moving through the sky".


We should look to the past to learn from it, not destroy our future because of it — FounDit
Tara2
Posted: Monday, February 11, 2019 12:02:57 PM

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thar wrote:
Move it to the end of that phrase. Then continue with the rest that is normally omitted.


What is done 'easily'? What is the verb? We could declare.

'as easy' sounds like a comparison. So what is as easy as declaring there are no 0-permutations?



we could declare that an empty subarray contains no 0-permutationsjust as easily as..........



Thanks a lot thar :)
FounDit wrote:
Tara2 wrote:
Hi
What does "just as easily" mean?

“Professor Marceau objects to the loop invariant used in the proof of Lemma 5.5. He questions whether it is true prior to the first iteration. He reasons that we could just as easily declare that an empty subarray contains no 0-permutations.”


It's a way of making a comparison for something you think is either true, or not true. It can be either way. As a silly example:


"Hurricanes are caused when butterflies flap their wings too hard."

"Well, that's silly. You might just as easily say that hurricanes are caused by pink flying unicorns moving through the sky".

Thanks a lot FounDit :) )
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