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COP3502: Introduction to CIS I. Lecture 12. r ecursion “defining a program in terms of itself”. “find your way home”. f ind your way home: if (you are at home) { stop moving } else { take one step towards home “find your way home” } . “find your way home”.

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recursion

“defining a program in terms of itself”


Find your way home
“find your way home”

find your way home:

if (you are at home) {

stop moving

}

else {

take one step towards home

“find your way home”

}


Find your way home1
“find your way home”

find your way home (stepsAway) :

if (stepsAway == 0) {

stop moving

}

else {

take one step towards home

“find your way home”(stepsAway – 1)

}


recursion requirements

base case – recursion ends

recursive call – function call on smaller problem

EVERY RECURSIVE CALL SHOULD BRING YOU CLOSER TO THE BASE CASE!


factorial

n! = n x (n-1) x (n-2) …. x 2 x 1

Ex. 5! = 5 x 4 x 3 x 2 x 1 = 120


factorial

n! = n x (n-1)!

5! = 5 x 4!

= 5 x (4 x 3!)

= 5 x (4 x (3 x 2!))

= 5 x (4 x (3 x (2 x 1!)))



FACTORIAL(5) = 5 * FACTIORIAL(4)

FACTORIAL(4) = 4 * FACTIORIAL(3)


FACTORIAL(5) = 5 * FACTIORIAL(4)

FACTORIAL(4) = 4 * FACTIORIAL(3)

FACTORIAL(3) = 3 * FACTIORIAL(2)


FACTORIAL(5) = 5 * FACTIORIAL(4)

FACTORIAL(4) = 4 * FACTIORIAL(3)

FACTORIAL(3) = 3 * FACTIORIAL(2)

FACTORIAL(2) = 2 * FACTIORIAL(1)


FACTORIAL(5) = 5 * FACTIORIAL(4)

FACTORIAL(4) = 4 * FACTIORIAL(3)

FACTORIAL(3) = 3 * FACTIORIAL(2)

FACTORIAL(2) = 2 * FACTIORIAL(1)

FACTORIAL(1) = 1 * FACTIORIAL(0)


FACTORIAL(5) = 5 * FACTIORIAL(4)

FACTORIAL(4) = 4 * FACTIORIAL(3)

FACTORIAL(3) = 3 * FACTIORIAL(2)

FACTORIAL(2) = 2 * FACTIORIAL(1)

FACTORIAL(1) = 1 * FACTIORIAL(0)

FACTORIAL(0) = 1

BASE CASE!


Fibonacci

Fib(0) = 0

Fib(1) = 1

Fib(2) = 1

Fib(3) = 2

Fib(n) = Fib(n-1) + Fib(n-2)


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