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Meaning of EPSILON

Pronunciation:  'epsu`lân

 
Matching Terms:  epsilon aurigae, epsilon squared

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  1. A macro language with high level features including strings and lists, developed by A.P. Ershov at Novosibirsk in 1967. EPSILON was used to implement algol 68 on the m-220.

    ["Application of the Machine-Oriented Language Epsilon to Software Development", I.V. Pottosin et al, in Machine Oriented Higher Level Languages, W. van der Poel, N-H 1974, pp. 417-434].

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  2. 1. The fifth letter of the Greek alphabet.

    2. (From the Hungarian mathematician paul erdos) A very small, insignificant, or negligible quantity of something.

    The use of epsilon is from the epsilon-delta method of proof in differential calculus.

 

 

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