DS_Lecture_22.pdf - Lecture 22 Recursive Definitions and Structural Induction Dr Chengjiang Long Computer Vision Researcher at Kitware Inc Adjunct

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Lecture 22: Recursive Definitions and Structural Induction Dr. Chengjiang Long Computer Vision Researcher at Kitware Inc. Adjunct Professor at SUNY at Albany. Email: [email protected]

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C. Long Lecture 22 October 26, 2018 2 ICEN/ICSI210 Discrete Structures Outline Recursive Definitions Structural Induction
C. Long Lecture 22 October 26, 2018 3 ICEN/ICSI210 Discrete Structures Outline Recursive Definitions Structural Induction

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C. Long Lecture 22 October 26, 2018 4 ICEN/ICSI210 Discrete Structures Example The sequence is defined by the following algorithm: 1. At the first step there are two numbers: 1, 1. 2. At the next step, insert between two numbers a new number which is the sum of two neighbors: 1, 2, 1 1, 3, 2, 3, 1 1, 4, 3, 5, 2, 5, 3, 4, 1 The sum of the sequence was defined: recursively S (0) = 2, S ( n +1) = 3 S ( n ) − 2 , explicitly S ( n ) = 3 n + 1 .
C. Long Lecture 22 October 26, 2018 5 ICEN/ICSI210 Discrete Structures Recursive vs. Explicit Recursive Definition : in some cases is the only possible, reflects the algorithm, easier to read when programed, needs stack (risk of stack overflow) Explicit Definition: faster more reliable hard to read Why Recursive Definition is also called Inductive Definition? Is the sequence in the previous example defined recursively or explicitly? Can the sequence be defined explicitly? Recursion is useful to define sequences, functions, sets, and algorithms.

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C. Long Lecture 22 October 26, 2018 6 ICEN/ICSI210 Discrete Structures Recursive or Inductive Function Definition Basis Step: Specify the value of the function for the base case. Recursive Step: Give a rule for finding the value of a function from its values at smaller integers greater than the base case.
C. Long Lecture 22 October 26, 2018 7 ICEN/ICSI210 Discrete Structures Inductive Definitions We completely understand the function f(n) = n! right? n! = 1 · 2 · 3 · … · (n-1) · n, n ³ 1 Inductive (Recursive) Definition But equivalently, we could define it like this: n ! = n × ( n - 1)!, if n > 1 1, if n = 1 ì í î Recursive Case Base Case

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C. Long Lecture 22 October 26, 2018 8 ICEN/ICSI210 Discrete Structures Inductive Definitions The 2 nd most common example: Fibonacci Numbers Recursive Case Base Cases ï î ï í ì > - + - = = = 1 if ) 2 ( ) 1 ( 1 if 1 0 if 0 ) ( n n f n f n n n f Is there a non-recursive definition for the Fibonacci Numbers? f ( n ) = 1 5 1 + 5 2 æ è ç ö ø ÷ n - 1 - 5 2 æ è ç ö ø ÷ n é ë ê ê ù û ú ú (Prove by induction.) All linear recursions have a closed form. Note why you need two base cases.
C. Long Lecture 22 October 26, 2018 9 ICEN/ICSI210 Discrete Structures Recursively Defined Sets: Inductive Definitions Examples so far have been inductively defined functions. Sets can be defined inductively, too. Recursive Case Base Case Give an inductive definition of T = {x: x is a positive integer divisible by 3} 3 Î S x,y Î S ® x + y Î S Exclusion Rule: No other numbers are in S .

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