Problems with recursive function

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg87354] Problems with recursive function*From*: Frank Hechtner <frank.hechtner at rub.de>*Date*: Tue, 8 Apr 2008 05:39:00 -0400 (EDT)

Dear Newsgroup, I'm in trouble with a recursive function. the functios looks similar to test[a_, b_] := test[a - 1, b]*b. A is the index b should just be an argument of test. for any calculation i need to tell mathematica the first value of the function, e.g. test[0, 5]=5. The problem is the following: the first object is independent of b. does anyone know a way to tell mathematica the following thing: test[0,b]=5 => test[0]=5 regardless to b. Thanks for your help. Frank

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