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Am I alone in thinking that the arguments to the range() function are quirky. range(m,n) - m is start, n is end-1 range(m,n,i) - m is start, n is end-1 and i is increment ok that looks pretty easy to remember. 2nd argument is end-1 and optional 3rd is increment. but then range(n) - end-1 What? The 2nd arg is optional and has taken the place of 1st where a default 0 is applied. Would it have made more sense to allow range(,n) or else range(0,n) to be consistent across all args?

MIT 6.189 A Gentle Introduction to Programming Using Python (OCW)
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hmmm - maybe. I think they chose this interface to make the "common" usage simple - i.e. range(n)
otherwise the common case would involve writing slightly more code - range(0, n)

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