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Find exact limit of recurrence relation $x_{n+1}=\cos(x_n)+1, x_0=1$

I did this: b[x_] := Cos[b[x - 1]] + 1; b[0] = 1; num = SequenceLimit[N[Table[b[n], {n, 1, 100}], 50]] I also did the listplot which shows a convergent value. ...
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ToExpression fails with long nested string expressions

Consider the following conversion from String to Mathematica Expression: ...
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Print argument of function that exceeds $RecursionLimit

Is there a way to print the argument of a function which results in a $RecursionLimit::reclim error? As an example, cosider the code ...
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Calculating the recursion at the Fourier domain

I would like to calculate the following recursion with mathematica $$f_n(x)=\int_{B}^{A}f_{n-1}(x-\omega)f(\omega)\mbox{d}\omega\quad\quad f_1(w):=f(w)$$ This is simply the convolution of $f$ with ...
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Smooth Peter de Jong attractor

Today I was playing with Peter de Jong attractor. At the bottom of the page I've linked there are beautiful examples like: My attempts are not so great: It is around 10^5 points. For more than ...
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Replacing variables in an RSolve expression

I have a recursive expression, which is something like: $$ a(n,x)=f(x,y,m)\,a(n-1,x)+g(x,y)\,a(n-1,y) $$ where $f(x,y,m)$ and $g(x,y)$ are known. So the second $a$ depends on $y$ rather than $x$. I ...
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How do I built a zoomable Koch curve?

I'm new to Mathematica and my goal is to write a simple program in order to demonstrate self-similarity of the Koch curve by zooming in. Here is a good example of what I mean (it's a Java applet). I ...
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Can't plot recursive function

I am new to Mathematica and now I could use some help. Trying to plot any of these functions generates a $RecursionLimit exception and I am wondering why. ...
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Variable number of nested variable-range sums

I would like to express the following nested sum in Mathematica: $$ S(m,j,N) = \sum_{k_1=m+j-1}^{N-1} f(N,k_1) \sum_{k_2=m+j-2}^{k_1-1} f(k_1,k_2) \cdots \sum_{k_m=j}^{k_{m-1}-1} f(k_{m-1},k_m) $$ ...
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RSolve fails on a two-equation non-linear system

I have a system of just two recurrence equations, I need to solve them and so I use RSolve: ...
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How can I use a For loop in a recursive function?

I am creating a simple radix2 FFT algorithm (based on Cooley-Turkey) by using a recursive function to obtain the fft. The function is supposed to work on a list (assuming the length is a power of ...
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Limit as n -> ∞ for RSolve with Multivariate Recurrence Relation

I'm trying to solve the following when n -> ∞: ...
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Solving a pair of recurrence relations [duplicate]

Why does this RSolve[{y[t] == a*y[t - 1]}, {y[t]}, t] work, while this ...
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How to plot particular piecewise defined functions in mathematica

How to plot such functions in Mathematica? Let $a_0, p,g,c$ be any positive integers, defining: $$a_{n+1} = \begin{cases}\frac{a_n}{p} &, a_n \text{ divisible by p}\\ ga_n +c &, a_n \text{ ...
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Caching RecursionLimit::reclim error

I am learning how to catch exceptions, RecursionLimit::reclim in particular. To see how it works, I came up with the following example: ...
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Creating a dynamic plot directly from the recurrence relation

I have the following recurrence relation that has no general solution: $$x(t+1) = \frac{x^2 + x(1-x)(1-sh)}{x^2 + 2x(1-x)(1-sh) + (1-x)^2(1-s)}$$ In Mathematica language it gives: ...
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Faster Ways to compute recursive summation

It takes a long time to compute the summation below, and I'd like to know if there are some better ways to compute things faster. I have used $3$ ways to calculate, but they are very unsatisfactory. I ...
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Nested list to graph

The following nested list can be regarded as a representation of a (tree) graph: ...
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How to define a function that operate with a base case recursively? [duplicate]

Let's start from the simplest case: say I have a function $f(x)=x$, and let's say I want to define a new function (of $x$) to be its $n$-th power $(f(x))^n$. How should I write the code? I tried: ...
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Summing Over a Variable Number of Indices

I am trying to figure out the best way to include a variable number of indexes of summation in a program. For example: Suppose I want to define a function $g[n,s]$ that returns the sum ...
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Solving a dynamic program via recursion

I'm trying to use recursion to solve a joint inventory/ dynamic pricing problem as in monahan, petruzzi and zhao 2004. I tried to solve for y[t] and ...
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Unset while running recursion

I am trying to run a recursive definition while at the same time clearing previously found values, so my memory is not completely consumed. I found this: How to clear parts of a memoized function? ...
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What is the most elegant way to specifiy a start case for recursion?

When writing recursive code that computes the least value at which a condition is true and various other scenarios it is often necessary to specify a base case. What I have done to supply this is ...
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Defining a formal Primitive Recursion

I'm searching for a way to define the function this wikipedia article call Primitive Recursion. It should have two functions as argument and it should return a function. I need this as helping in ...
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Defining a recursive integral sequence

I have a recursive integral sequence as follows: $$y_0(x)=1+r,$$ $$y_1(x)=-\frac{1}{\Gamma(a)}\int_0^x (x-t)^{a-1} y_0(t) dt,$$ $$\vdots$$ $$y_n(x)=-\frac{1}{\Gamma(a)}\int_0^x (x-t)^{a-1} y_{n-1}(t) ...
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How to solve the recursion equation that include the uncertain value i in it?

I write the following code of a recursion equation, but it can not work correctly. ...
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calculating a sequence of functions using iteration

I am trying to compute a sequence of functions using iteration and keep running into problems trying to use built in looping commands because of the recursive nature of the definition. The code below ...
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Concatenation of lists in a Fibonacci-like pattern

I am trying to create a List of elements that follow the general pattern: $$X_{n+1} = X_n X_{n-1}$$ where the operation on the right hand side is concatenation, i.e., joining. I want to achieve the ...
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Explicit, closed formula for recursive integral as a function of the recursive parameter

This is a follow-up of this question/answer. I'm working on a recursive integral more complicated than the one on the linked question, but this one can be used as an example. I would like to obtain ...
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Computing a series in terms of exponential function

Is there any way to compute the following series in terms of exponential function ? $$\sum_{k=0}^\infty Y_1(k)\;x^k$$ where $$Y_1(k) = \frac{(k - 1)!}{k!}Y_3(k - 1)$$ $$Y_2(k) = \frac{(k - ...
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Why do I get an error message when for this type of recursion?

When I type the following code: mus[] = 0; mus[x__] := First[List[x]] + mus[Rest[List[x]]] What one would think would happen is that if, ...
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Solving a nonlinear system of recurrence equations

I am having two problems regarding Mathematica, and both of them are happening because it does not accept such inputs: ...
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How can I use a recursive function in a Module

I have a question about using a recursive function in a module. I made the following example to illustrate the question. The followwing code works: ...
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Solving recurrence sequence using an ODE

I'm trying to solve the recurrence a[n] == 0 for n < l a[l] == 1 a[n] == (l + 2(n - l) a[n - l] + (n - l)(n - 1) a[n - 1])/n(n - l + 1) for n >= l using ...
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How to deal with too much recursion

I have put together a very simple climate model based around four equations which define the state at time t based on time t-1, ...
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Rook walk and RecurrenceTable in Mathematica

This appears in a combinatorics book: $a(m,n)=2 a(m,n-1)+2 a(m-1,n)-3 a(m-1,n-1)$ It is a recurrence equation for the number of rook walks from $(0,0)$ to $(m,n)$. The initial conditions are: $ ...
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Optimize recurrence output

I have recurrence and I need to calculate first $N$ members of the sequence ...
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Recursive Integral for Volume of $n$-Ball

The volume of an $n$-ball (the $(n+1)$-dimensional analogue of a disk) of radius $r$ can be found by the following integral recurrence: $$V_0(r)=2r$$ ...
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Recursive function for calculating the arithmetic mean of a vector

I want to write recursive function for calculating the arithmetic mean of a vector. For $X(n)=\{1,2,3,\ldots, n\}$, the formula is ${\rm Mean}(X(n))=((n-1)\, {\rm Mean}((X(n-1))+X_n)/n$. My ...
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Long waiting time for computing a summation

It takes a long time to compute the summation below, and I'd like to know if there are alternative ways to compute things faster. When replacing $15$ by $\infty$, then I should get $3^{1/3}$. I need ...
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Recursive formula involving a piecewise function

I am trying to construct a recursion, g[t], where g[t] = a[t] if g[t-1] = 1 ...
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How can I define a Listable function only apply to a vector?

Consider the function f which should behave as f[{{1, 2}, {3, 4}, {5, 6, 7}}] ...
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fit recursive function to data

I have a function $g(x, n)$, which is a recursive expression: $x$ is a variable and $n$ the number of iterations. In my case $n=3$ for all $x$. An example is the following: ...
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Compile recursive function modifying global variables

How to compile recursive formula when it relies on more than a few global variables (global to the topmost compiled function)? It is unreasonable to pass on all such variables to each recursive ...
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Transform recursion for coefficients into differential equation for generating function

Assume, one is given a linear recursion with polynomial coefficients for a sequence $(a_i)_i$, such as a[i] == i a[i-1] I would like to convert this recursion ...
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How can I define a sequence of functions?

I need to define a function fun, and then re-define this function iteratively. The code is given at the end. First, a function ...
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How can I solve my recursion equation?

How can I solve the recursion equation given below? I doubt there have no solution for the recursion equation because this is circulating recucrsion equation. ...
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Converting this recursive function definition into nested sums?

Here's the recursive function I'm using: DH[n_, k_, s_] := Sum[Binomial[k, k - j] DH[n/m^j, k - j, m + 1], {m, s, n^(1/k)}, {j, 1, k}] DH[n_, 0, s_] := 1 Now, ...
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Recurrences of lists

Assume we have a multi-dimensional recurrence, e.g. $\qquad\begin{align*} a_1 &= (1,2) \\ a_n &= (1,2) + a_{n-1} \quad, n>1 \end{align*}$ with the easy solution $a_n = (n,2n)$. How ...
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Implementation of a recurrence relation for the polynomials appearing in the large order asymptotics of the Bessel functions

I would like to implement the recurrence relation for the polynomials $U_n(x)$ appearing in the large order asymptotics of the Bessel functions. The recurrence in question is ...