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What doet the "\propto" symbol mean?
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Oct 7, 1999 11:57 PM




Re: What doet the "\propto" symbol mean?
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Oct 6, 1999 5:52 PM


In article <37FB467E.EBA2669D@geentroep.freemail.nl>, superjos <superjos@geentroep.freemail.nl> wrote: >Hi, > >What does the symbol that in latex is called "\propto", and looks like a >symbol for infinity with the richt end cut off, mean? >
propto is an abbreviation for "proportional to" and is often used in the sense of "varies directly as"
e.g. $a \propto b^2$ means that there is an (anonymous) constant (meaning independent of a and b) such a = Cb^2.  zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz  L. Andrew Campbell internet: campbell@aero.org   M1102 PO Box 92957 organization: The Aerospace Corp.   Los Angeles CA 90009 telephone: (310) 3368642 



