Newbee to MMA, and completely have no clue about it. I need do a calculation of some iteration, seen in the picture below.

$n=3,4,5,..., \begin{cases} L_n=c_n\\ L_{n-1}=c_{n-1}\\ L_{n-p+1}=\displaystyle\sum_{r=1}^{p-2} (p-r-1)\;c_{p-r-1}\;L_{n-r+1}+c_{n-p+1}\;(p=3,4,5,...,n)\\ \end{cases}$

And for convenience and necessity,n equals 8. And the code is editted as

Subscript[L, 8] = Subscript[c, 8]
Subscript[L, 7] = Subscript[c, 7]
Subscript[L, 9 - p] =  
 Sum[(p - r - 1)*Subscript[c, p - r - 1]*Subscript[L, 9 - r] + 
        Subscript[c, 9 - p], {r, 1, p - 2}](*p=3,4,5,6,7,8*)

2 problems are encountered here.

Problem 1:

$c_1$ to $c_8$ is considered as constants with no certain values. Which code is needed to make it happen?

Problem 2:

As can be seen in the last part of my code, p has a range from $3$ to $8$. And again, which code is needed?

After searching so much info on the Internet, no solution is acquired....

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    $\begingroup$ Being a newbee, avoid Subscript. It is made for formatting, not calculations. For your indexed symbols, simply use c[8], L[7] etc. You can use a Do loop over p to get all the definitions done. $\endgroup$ – Marius Ladegård Meyer Jul 13 '17 at 13:56
  • $\begingroup$ @MariusLadegårdMeyer thank you for your advice about Subscript, but I do need use it for further programming, for the iteration presented here is just a small step in my work. And I will try Do loop. Thank you again. $\endgroup$ – Robin_Lyn Jul 14 '17 at 1:37

I agree in part with Marius Ladegård Meyer concerning Subscript : never use it in the left-hand side of a definition because you cannot easily remove it after. But I like using it on the right hand side. So,

L[8] := Subscript[c, 8]    
L[7] := Subscript[c, 7]    
L[k_] := Sum[((9 - k) - r - 1)*Subscript[c, (9 - k) - r - 1]*
    L[9 - r] + Subscript[c, k], {r, 1, (9 - k) - 2}]   

remark the use of := instead of = : delayed assignment
Also remark the substitution 9-p -> k in defining the left hand side of the sum : read up on 'pattern recognition' to learn why you need a single argument there (like ' k ' and not a subtraction like ' 9-p ' )
and last but not least,L[k_]:= read up on 'Patterns' and argument naming.
You'll get the hang of it soon enough. ;-)

  • $\begingroup$ Many thankssssss for your help. And the problem 1 is still no solved, that can Subscript[c, i](i=1,2,3,...,8) be considered as constants and how to do it? And after that, whether is it possible to get mathematical expressions of L[k_] you mentioned above? @Wouter $\endgroup$ – Robin_Lyn Jul 14 '17 at 1:50
  • $\begingroup$ @Robin_Lyn : have you tried to use the definitions in my answer to express the values of L[k] using Table[L[k], {k, 8}]? it produces {6 Subscript[c, 1] + 5 Subscript[c, 5] Subscript[c, 7] + 6 Subscript[c, 6] Subscript[c, 8] + 4 Subscript[c, 4] (Subscript[c, 6] + Subscript[c, 1] Subscript[c, 8]) +.... $\endgroup$ – Wouter Jul 14 '17 at 10:36
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    $\begingroup$ yes, I tried and it works~~~And the calculations followed are solved all the way down, for they are similar iterations. A huge stone in my heart is taken away. Greaaaat jooooooy! $\endgroup$ – Robin_Lyn Jul 14 '17 at 11:05

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