Re: very basic RecurrenceTable puzzle

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• From: Dana DeLouis <dana01 at icloud.com>
• Date: Tue, 7 May 2013 03:55:28 -0400 (EDT)
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```Hi.  Just another idea:

t=UnitStep[Range[-1,10]-2]

{0,0,0,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1}

If your data started at -1, here's another idea.
It only works if your range is fixed:
It's probably not very efficient in this case vs UnitStep.

f=FindSequenceFunction[t]

DifferenceRoot[Function[{\[FormalY],\[FormalN]} . . . etc . . .\[FormalY][4]==1}]]

f /@ (Range[1,12])
{0,0,0,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1}

>  st[t] == If[t < 2, st[t - 1], 1

I don't believe the function works like this.
st[t] == st[t-1].
This would be the equation throughout the range.
It would be hard for the equation to switch to another function at a different point in a range.

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HTH  :>)
Dana DeLouis
Mac & Mathematica 9
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On Saturday, May 4, 2013 4:23:00 PM UTC-4, Alan wrote:
> RecurrenceTable[{st[t] == If[t < 2, st[t - 1], 1], st[-1] == 0}, st, {t, -1, 5}]
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> produces
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> {0, st[-1], st[0], 1, 1, 1, 1}
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> I'm not seeing why the output contains st[-1] and st[0] instead of 0s.
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> Note that
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> RecurrenceTable[{st[t] == st[t - 1], st[-1] == 0}, st, {t, -1, 5}]
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> produces a list of zeros (i.e., no surprises).
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> Thanks,
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> Alan Isaac

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