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Best way to deal with Floors and Ceiling when using substitution method to solve Recurrences

I'm currently using substitution method to solve recurrences. The problem I'm having is dealing with T(n) that have either ceilings or floors. For example in the following example see example here. ...
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Is this looping solution possible with recursion?

Eventually, I would like to generalize this solutions to work with a Tuple of any length. I think recursion is required for that, but I haven't been able to do it. def combineRanges(maxValues) : ...
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How to convert this recursive problem to iterative? Line Simplification algorithm fails to run due to Maximum Recursion Depth being hit

I am implementing the Douglas, Peucker's Line Simplification algorithm in Python. I started with this implementation. However, it fails to run in Python due to Maximum Recursion Depth being hit. How ...
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General recursion to tail-recursion

Is it theoretically possible to transform every kind of general-recursion into tail-recursion? Are they equivalent for example from a lambda-calculus point of view? That's a debate between me and an ...
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Calling same method on different object - Recursion?

I have an object that contains a reference to another object of the same type. Example in PHP: class A { protected $child; public function __construct(A $child = null) { $this->...
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How can I rewrite this linked-list manipulation as tail-recursive?

Given a liked list, I'd like to swap every pair of nodes as follows: input: a-b-c-d-e-f-g output: b-a-d-c-f-e-g If there's an odd number of nodes then the last node is tacked on as-is. This should ...
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Recursion VS memory allocation [duplicate]

Which approach is most popular in real-world examples: recursion or iteration? For example, simple tree preorder traversal with recursion: void preorderTraversal( Node root ){ if( root == null ) ...
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Are there advantages for using recursion over iteration - other than sometimes readability and elegance? [duplicate]

I am about to make two assumptions. Please correct me if they're wrong: There isn't a recursive algorithm without an iterative equivalent. Iteration is always cheaper performance-wise than recursion ...
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Is there any point in writing a random tester for code that deals with inductive data structures?

Let's say we're writing a simple JSON parser and we've fully covered the code with unit tests: it can parse primitives "0", "123", "-456", '""', '"asd"', true, false it can parse arrays "[]", "[1, 2,...
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Can recursion be done in parallel? Would that make sense?

Say, I am using a simple recursive algo for fibonacci , which would be executed as: fib(5) -> fib(4)+fib(3) | | fib(3)+fib(2)| fib(2)+fib(1) and so on Now,...
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Is recursive code slower than non-recursive code?

Now I'm only a novice programmer, but what my friends that are studying programming tell me is that recursive code is a good thing, it leads to less code duplication and it looks more elegant. Now ...
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What are the advantages of recursion compared to iteration? [duplicate]

I'm trying to understand when is preferred to use recursion rather than iteration. Actually I've encountered recursion only in Javascript but never in Python. I imagine that recursion should be used ...
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Utilising Promises, Closures and Recursion in Node.js

I have employed a recursive call to a closure in order to mitigate against some race conditions I am getting (That's what I think it is). I'd like to know if (and why) this is a good solution or a bad ...
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Designing software functions which are both pausable and restartable

Consider the following situation: One hardware device, two applications (1 C# application, 1 Firmware). The C# application sends frames to the firmware and the firmware executes scripts. C# -> ...
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Does the Composite design pattern implement recursive behavior?

The Composite design pattern allows us to call an operation() on a 'composite' node in a tree structure, and this operation() will be called on all of the children, subchildren and so on. When an ...
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Applying the Art Gallery problem to optimal sensor placement

I am trying to design an algorithm for optimal sensor placement in a given area. After doing some research I found the Art Gallery Problem. However, this problem assumes that the guards can see all ...
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Is array dependence on previous terms considered recursive?

For example, take the case of Fibonacci number to calculate nth number you require n-1 and n-2 term. If I do it with bottom up approach, is it recursion as f(n) depends on f(n-1)?
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Is this a good example of open recursion?

I understand open recursion as the process of a method on a class calling another method on a class using a keyword such as this, but whereby the method call may actually be bound to a sub class at ...
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How can Lisp produce an iterative process from a recursive procedure?

I am starting to learn Lisp, using the SICP book. The authors mention that a procedure (i.e. function) can be recursive or iterative. Additionally, the process those procedures will generate will also ...
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Verify 0 or 2+ sub sections in a section

There is a rule in writing: When you break a section into subsections, typically it should have more than one subsection. This goes back to the old high school composition rules: if you have an A. ...
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Can someone explain the concept behind Haskell's memoization?

(note I'm putting the question here because it's about the conceptual mechanics of it, rather than a coding problem) I was working on a small program, that was using a sequence of fibonacci numbers ...
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Better way to create samples

I've done this piece of code for creating bernulli samples, but I think that it is a so heavy algorithm because every time I call this recursive function I create a new vector that is passed to it. Is ...
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Find product using summation C# Problem? [closed]

I am trying to write a simple program to find the product of two numbers (X, Y) without using multiplication. Meaning that I will only use summation to find the product. I am trying to use the "...
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When there's no TCO, when to worry about blowing the stack?

Every single time there's a discussion about a new programming language targetting the JVM, there are inevitably people saying things like: "The JVM doesn't support tail-call optimization, so I ...
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Getting the relational table data into XML recursively

I have levels of tables (Level1, Level2, Level3, ...) For simplicity, we'll say I have 3 levels. The rows in the higher level tables are parents of lower level table rows. The relationship does not ...
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Trace code pascal [closed]

I haven't worked with Pascal so far, and my problem is understanding the recursive aspects that prm assignment operators and how the final (correct) value is derived. Would someone please explain that ...
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Tips for Tail Call Recursion in Python [duplicate]

Ok, Python doesn't have tail call optimization. But for those who think better recursively than "looply", whats the best practices to write code?? 1000 stack calls are enough for many cases, but ...
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Having trouble understanding recursion [duplicate]

I have just started learning about recursion but I'm having a hard time understanding it. Please would you recommend any links or books that explain recursion in detail.
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Can and do compilers convert recursive logic to equivalent non-recursive logic?

I've been learning F# and it's starting to influence how I think when I'm programming C#. To that end, I have been using recursion when I feel the result improves readability and I can't envision it ...
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Reason for return statement in recursive function call

I just had a doubt in my mind. The following subroutine(to search an element, in a list, for example) has a return statement at the end: list *search_list(list *l, item_type x) { if (l == NULL) ...
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Decrement operator difference between C++ and Java? [closed]

Please tell me why the same piece of code behaves differently in C++ and JAVA. Ok first I implement a function to calculate the factorial of an Int RECURSIVELY In JAVA: int f(int x) { ...
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What methods are there to avoid a stack overflow in a recursive algorithm?

Question What are the possible ways to solve a stack overflow caused by an recursive algorithm? Example I'm trying to solve Project Euler problem 14 and decided to try it with a recursive algorithm....
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Course Map Generator

My university lists the rotation of courses each semester/year. Therefore, it is possible to predict when every class will be taught. I am trying to create a JavaScript (language is irrelevant, ...
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Designing a self-describing JSON document system

I'm trying to devise a document system for a specific domain involving simple objects (People, Companies, Invoices, etc.) that would also be able to completely describe itself. This self-description ...
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How many are too many nested function calls?

Quoted from MSDN about StackOverflowException: The exception that is thrown when the execution stack overflows because it contains too many nested method calls. Too many is pretty vague here. ...
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What does “recursive” mean for a program which processes files and directories?

I know what recursion is in programming. I do understand the basics of version control systems (have used svn that is). But I have often wondered what the meaning of "recursion" or "recursive" is ...
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Is this an example of recursion?

I am implementing inheritance of something called Contexts. Each Context holds a link to its parent context. If that Context is the root Context, its parent is null. In order to walk up the ...
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Recursion or while loops

I was reading about some development interview practices, specifically about the technical questions and tests asked at interviews and I've stumbled quite a few times over sayings of the genre "Ok you ...
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What is the difference between “recursion” and “self-reference”?

The wikipedia articles are too advanced for me to understand, could someone give me a simple explanation please?
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Finding the time complexity of the following program that uses recursion

I need to find the time complexity in terms of Big Oh notation for the following program which computes the factorial of a given number: The program goes like this: public int fact(int n){ if (n &...
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Y combinator and tail call optimizations

The definition of a Y combinator in F# is let rec y f x = f (y f) x f expects to have as a first argument some continuation for the recursive subproblems. Using the y f as a continuation, we see ...
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Is there a way to display the stack during recursion method?

I'm trying to learn recursion. I copied this bit of code from my book and added the displays to help me trace what the method is doing and when. public static void main(String[] args) { ...
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Performance: recursion vs. iteration in Javascript

I have read recently some articles (e.g. http://dailyjs.com/2012/09/14/functional-programming/) about the functional aspects of Javascript and the relationship between Scheme and Javascript (the ...
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Equal Gifts Algorithm Problem

Problem Link - http://opc.iarcs.org.in/index.php/problems/EQGIFTS It is Lavanya's birthday and several families have been invited for the birthday party. As is customary, all of them have brought ...
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Can a recursive function have iterations/loops?

I've been studying about recursive functions, and apparently, they're functions that call themselves, and don't use iterations/loops (otherwise it wouldn't be a recursive function). However, while ...
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Good resources for learning about recursion [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Resources for improving your comprehension of recursion? I am a programmer with 2 years experience, and sometimes think I could solve a specific problem with recursion, but ...
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Are functional languages better at recursion?

TL;DR : Do functional languages handle recursion better than non-functional ones? I am currently reading Code Complete 2. At some point in the book, the author warns us about recursion. He says it ...
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What's the difference between recursion and corecursion?

What's the difference between these? Recursion Corecursion On Wikipedia, there is little information and no clear code explaining these terms. What are some very simple examples explaining these ...
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Writing recursive functions

I am having a lot of trouble writing recursive functions related to trees. I can't just use google for these functions as they are not general and I won't be able to use google in an exam setting! Is ...
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Pseudocode for an echo using recursion [closed]

Using pseudocode, what would the code for an echo using recursion be? UPDATE: Appears I should have been more clear. By echo I mean the pattern sound exhibits when it echos, not echo as in repeatly ...