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Getting the first $n$ terms of a recursion relation

Given a recursion relation, I would like to generate the first $n$ terms (automatically) without having to go term by term. Background Each term is of the form $a_{n}(t)$, that is, $a_{n}$ is a ...
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How do I make Mathematica nest argument changes?

I want something like Nest[f,x,n], but what where f is an argument change like a pushforward and x[t] is a function, for example, symbolically, and not in any sort of code: $$ F{x[t]} \equiv x[2t + ...
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Finding large Collatz Sequences, trying to improve speed

Background: I am already very much in love with Mathematica but I am also a novice. So far I have only gathered experience in procedural programming in Python. Generally speaking I am trying to ...
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RSolve and a recurrence relation

In the book An Introduction to the Analysis of Algorithms there is a recurrence relation for the number of compares used in Quicksort algorithm: $$ C_N=N+1+\sum_{0≤k≤N-1}\frac{1}{N}(C_k+C_{N−k−1}) $$ ...
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How can I implement this recurrence equation in Mathematica?

I asked a similar question yesterday but today I realized that I was implementing the wrong function. I have tried changing the implementation but I can't get it to work. Problem: There is a river ...
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Recurrence doesn't work together with maximize

When I'm trying to use a recurrence relation involving maximize it simply fails to compute anything... ...
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How can I express this recurrence function in Mathematica?

\begin{equation} r_{i+1}=r_{i}+V_{i}{\Delta}t \end{equation} Where \begin{equation} V_{i}=(0.01, 0.40) \end{equation} and ${\Delta}t$ is the difference in time. My implementation (this is for ...
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RecurrenceTable [closed]

I got an error saying ...
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Help Solving A Recusive System: “$RecursionLimit::reclim: Recursion depth of 256 exceeded.”

Was wondering if anyone had any tricks/ideas on solving this system of recursive equations I have. Essentially my goal is to have J2 equal to zero, but to understand how tweaking several parameters ...
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Recursion depth of 1024 exceeded [closed]

I'm not sure why this code is giving the error :( f[0] = 0; f[n_] := f[n] = DigitCount[n, 10, 1] + f[n - 1]; f[1016]
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Function to Represent Recursive Integral

I'd like to represent the following recursive integral equation to evaluate/graph (for $n\leq3$): $$K_{i,n}\left(x\right)=\int_{x}^{\infty}K_{i,n-1}\left(y\right)dy$$ where ...
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Solving linear recursions without constant depth in mathematica

Mathematica does not like this recurrence relation. I do not understand why? ...
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How to improve this function that selects parameters from arbitrary distribution using Recursion?

Below, I have defined a function using Which to select model parameters based upon various conditions. My questions are: Is there any danger in writing this function using Recursion? Is there a more ...
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Solving Recurrence equation for n

I have a recurrence equation $t_n$ which is defined as $$ t_n=2.5t_{n-1}-1.5t_{n-4},\qquad \text{for }n\geq5 $$ Where $$ \begin{align} t_1&=5\\ t_2&=10.5\\ t_3&=26.25\\ t_4&=62.625 ...
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Modifying Game of Life code so that the lattice can be seeded with life forms

I want to modify Game of Life code so that the lattice can be seeded with one or two new life forms like: ...
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Problem with recursion depth

I want to solve a problem where I need to compute the Euler-Lagrange equation. However I receive a recursion problem, and I don't understand why. ...
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Solving recursion equation with two parameters

I am trying to solve the following recursion equation, a(l,m)=l*a(l,m-1)+a(l-1,m) with initial condition; a(l,m)==0 if l=0 , a(l,m)==1 if m=1 I am trying to solve it ...
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Recursive definition of nested sums

I have a set of functions which take lists as arguments. They recursively nest sums, and I have defined them as follows ...
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How to rewrite and possibly speed up a recursive sum?

I have the following for-loop calculating a multiple nested sum ...
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Display level of recursion of a recursive function during execution

Given a recursive function, is there some simple way to display or store the value of recursion or "how many levels deep" the function is at a given time? For instance, if we wrote the recursive ...
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Implementation of a recursive function [duplicate]

I have been trying to implement a recursive function, but still struggle. Here's what I have written: ...
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Problem with converting recursive code to iterative

I am trying to convert a snippet that uses recursion into one that uses iteration for drawing an L-tree, but my code produces duplicate points. How do I avoid generating them? Recursive version: ...
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how to make a recursive function to analyse this file

I am stuck at this problem beginning We assume we have keyword k, and the structure in the file: file.txt ...
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How to define y[n] = f1 y[n-1] + u[n]?

I need to define a recursion defined by the following equation $y(n) = f_1 y(n-1) + u(n)$ In which $f_1$ is a symbolic constant. I know the values of the sequence u and I know the initial value of ...
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Understanding `NestList` with multiple functions

General question For a function f[n, a], where a is a list and n is a whole number, what is ...
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Recursive functions taking list arguments

I wish to create a function that takes lists (e.g. {plus,plus,minus,0,minus,plus}) and uses the input list to calculate a corresponding value using a set of ...
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simulate a 32-bit signed integer overflow in a recurrence function

Considering the following recurring equation: which is this factorial function: I want to find the value of x where f(x) = 0. Actually, the solution is impossible with Mathematica, and it's ...
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Mathematica taking too long to calculate recursive function

I have been trying to plot those specific recursively defined functions p1 and q1 in Mathematica: ...
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Variable that changes itself

I am trying to store a boolean value into a variable with the additional property that the value changes each time the variable is called. ...
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Nested Recursion Equation

I have been trying to solve a "nested recursion equation" using Mathematica. However, when I do something like this: ...
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Pare down list recursively

What is the best way to pare down a list whereby the $n$th number is removed from the list recursively? This ...
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Second order differential equation with boundary conditions solving repeatedly

I want to solve a second order differential equation in the interval[-1:1], which does not have a analytic solution, \begin{eqnarray} y''(x) &=& k \phi^2(x)y(x) \\ \phi(x) &=& ...
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Define a Recurrence Table involving other tables

I'm relatively new to using Mathematica. Previously I used Matlab, but lately I noticed that the numbers i got in both of them do not match (mostly it seems that Matlab lacks precision...). The ...
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Plotting two recursive functions

I'm trying to plot two recursive functions (p and θ) on a map. So far I have: ...
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How can I evaluate only a single step of a recursive function?

Let's say have a simple recursive function for the Fibonacci sequence f[0] := 1 f[1] := 1 f[n_] := f[n - 1] + f[n - 2] but I want to see how it will expand in a ...
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Square root estimation

I happened to read a something online about estimating a square root in a very simple way, known as Heron's method or the Babylonian method for square roots. The following (python?) code was included ...
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Visualisation of a recursive function

Is there a way to nicely visualize recursive functions? (diagrams/plots) More specifically I'm looking for a way to make contrast (visually) between e.g. the cosine function which if continuously ...
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Recursive partitioning: Is there a better way to do this?

Consider the following function, which recursively splits a list into equal length sublists (the length of the list is assumed to be a power of the second argument): ...
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How to deal with recursion formula in Mathematica?

In engineering problems, I am always seeing many recursion formula. For instance, In the book "The NURBS book", I discovered many recursion formula Fibonacci ...
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A problem about recursion formula of de Casteljau algorithm

I use Mathematica to implement the de Casteljau algorithm $$\vec{P}_{k,i}(u_0)=(1-u_0)\vec{P}_{k-1,i}(u_0)+u_0\vec{P}_{k-1,i+1}(u_0)$$ The graphics that de Casteljau algorithm generated as follows: ...
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Plotting recursive from a for loop

our assignment is that we have make a plot for the possition of 1's From the recursive function if a[n-1] is even then ...
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Solving with DSolve recursively

I need to find $f(x,n)$ in the interval [0,1] defined by recursion, \begin{equation} \frac{d f(x,n+1)}{dx} = f(x,n) \end{equation} with boundary conditions $f(0,n+1) = 1$ and $f(x,0)=1+ x $ Using ...
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RSolve with simple initial condition

Suppose we have the following equation: $$ g_ma_m=r_ma_{m-1} $$ with initial condition $a_L=d$ and $L$ might be negative. The following command ...
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How to find a recurrence relation for a numerical sequence?

This question was inspired by Vladimir Reshetnikov's question (How to find a recurrence relation for a sequence?): Given a finite sequence of numbers, how can we find in MMA a recurrence relation ...
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How to find a recurrence relation for a sequence?

I have a sequence given by an explicit formula for n-th term: ...
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Implementing local variables of a recursive function with either Module or Block

First, some quick background: I have been eagerly learning Wolfram and Mathematica for two months now, and along the way have written about 250 pages of teaching material that has ballooned into a ...
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Recursive function with array of variables

I am trying to create a recursive function which works with an increasing array of variables. Since the formula is quite complex, i will try to simplify my example to the core of my problem. The ...
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How can I make a “self-referential” replacement operation self-contained?

Fairly often I find use for replacement rules that call themselves on the right-hand side of the rule, e.g.: ...
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Specifying Range of RSolve

When I input RSolve[{0 == q[n + 1]^2 + 3 q[n + 1] + 2 q[n + 1] q[n] - 6 q[n] + q[n]^2, q[0] == 1}, q[n], n] I get two complicated-looking complex solutions: ...
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Integrating a periodic function

I have a periodic function ff: ff := Function[x, Piecewise[{{ff[x - 1], x >= 1}, {2 x, 0 <= x < 1}, {ff[x + 1], x < 0}}]] Plotting it works fine: ...