Is it a mistake in TAOCP
Maggie McLoughlin <firstname.lastname@example.org> to Windreamer
Sequences with n=0 are empty. It's important in mathematics
to deal with empty sets and strings etc in a meaningful way.
If n = 0 and you're supposed to do something for 1 <= j <= n,
you don't have to do anything.
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