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Re: Problems with recursive function

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  • Subject: [mg87400] Re: Problems with recursive function
  • From: Frank Hechtner <frank.hechtner at rub.de>
  • Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2008 05:58:02 -0400 (EDT)
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hi daniel,

thanks four your help. that?s the missing information i was searching 
for. You?re right, it would be better, to store each intermediate value.

Kind regards from germany

frank

> Hi Frank,
> 
> if I understand correctly, you need to define a recursion with a stop 
> 
> criterion. You can do this by e.g.:
> 
> test[0,_]:=5;
> 
> test[n_,b_]:=test[n-1,b] b;
> 
> test[10,5]
> 
> if you have many calculations, it may be advantageously to store 
> 
> intermediate results:
> 
> test[n_,b_]:=test[n-1,b]=test[n-1,b] b;
> 
> hope this helps, Daniel
> 
> 
> 
> Frank Hechtner wrote:
> 
>> 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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