Created 01/07/03

# on Examples of Recursion

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1. Consider a definition of `mystery()`:

```mystery(0,N) = N
mystery(P,Q) = mystery(P-1, Q+1)
```

According to this definition, what is `mystery(2,4)`?

 A.    0 B.    2 C.    4 D.    6

2. Look at `mystery()` again:

```mystery(0,N) = N
mystery(P,Q) = mystery(P-1, Q+1)
```

Which of the following Java methods correctly implements it?

 A.    ```int mystery( int P, int Q ) { if ( Q==0 ) { return Q; } else { return mystery(P-1, Q-1); } } ``` B.    ```int mystery( int P, int Q ) { if ( P==Q ) { return Q; } else { return mystery(P-1, Q); } } ``` C.    ```int mystery( int P, int Q ) { if ( P==0 && Q==0) { return 1; } else { return mystery(P-1, Q+1); } } ``` D.    ```int mystery( int P, int Q ) { if ( P==0 ) { return Q; } else { return mystery(P-1, Q+1); } } ```

3. Say that you have a recursive Java method, `funct()`. Is it always possible to write an iterative version of `funct()`?

 A.    Yes. B.    Usually, but not always. C.    Almost never. D.    No.

4. Say that you have an iterative Java method, `foo()`. Is it always possible to write a recursive version of `foo()`?

 A.    Yes. B.    Usually, but not always. C.    Almost never. D.    No.

5. Say that you have an recursive Java method, `compute().` Is it always possible to write a method that implements `compute()` with a one line formula?

 A.    Yes. B.    Usually, but not always. C.    Almost never. D.    Never.

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