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very basic RecurrenceTable puzzle

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  • From: Alan <alan.isaac at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 4 May 2013 03:19:41 -0400 (EDT)
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RecurrenceTable[{st[t] == If[t < 2, st[t - 1], 1], st[-1] == 0}, st, {t, -1, 5}]

produces

{0, st[-1], st[0], 1, 1, 1, 1}

I'm not seeing why the output contains st[-1] and st[0] instead of 0s.

Note that
RecurrenceTable[{st[t] == st[t - 1], st[-1] == 0}, st, {t, -1, 5}]
produces a list of zeros (i.e., no surprises).

Thanks,
Alan Isaac



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