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Lecture Objectives Learn how to think recursively Trace a recursive method Prove a recursive method is correct Write recursive algorithms and methods for searching arrays CS340 1

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Recursion Recursion can solve many programming problems that are difficult to solve linearly In artificial intelligence, recursion is used to write programs that play games of chess prove mathematical theorems recognize patterns Recursive algorithms can compute factorials compute a greatest common divisor process data structures (strings, arrays, linked lists, etc.) search efficiently using a binary search find a path through a maze, and more CS340 2

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Recursive Thinking CS340 3

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Recursive Thinking Recursion reduces a problem into one or more simpler versions of itself CS340 4

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Recursive Thinking (cont.) CS340 5

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Recursive Thinking (cont.) Recursion of Process Nested Dreams A child couldn't sleep, so her mother told a story about a little frog, who couldn't sleep, so the frog's mother told a story about a little bear, who couldn't sleep, so bear's mother told a story about a little weasel...who fell asleep....and the little bear fell asleep;...and the little frog fell asleep;...and the child fell asleep. CS340 6

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Recursive Thinking (cont.) Consider searching for a target value in an array With elements sorted in increasing order Compare the target to the middle element If the middle element does not match the target search either the elements before the middle element or the elements after the middle element Instead of searching n elements, we search n/2 elements CS340 7

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Recursive Thinking (cont.) Recursive Algorithm to Search an Array if the array is empty return -1 as the search result else if the middle element matches the target return the subscript of the middle element as the result else if the target is less than the middle element recursively search the array elements before the middle element and return the result else recursively search the array elements after the middle element and return the result CS340 8

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Steps to Design a Recursive Algorithm Base case: for a small value of n, it can be solved directly Recursive case(s) Smaller versions of the same problem Algorithmic steps: Identify the base case and provide a solution to it Reduce the problem to smaller versions of itself Move towards the base case using smaller versions CS340 9

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Recursive Algorithm for Finding the Length of a String if the string is empty (has no characters) the length is 0 else the length is 1 plus the length of the string that excludes the first character CS340 10

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Recursive Algorithm for Finding the Length of a String (cont.) /** Recursive method str The The length of the string */ public static int length(String str) { if (str == null || str.equals("")) return 0; else return 1 + length(str.substring(1)); } CS340 11

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Proving that a Recursive Method is Correct Proof by induction Prove the theorem base case is true Assuming that the theorem is true for n, prove it is true for n+1 Recursive proof is similar to induction. Verify that The base case is recognized and solved correctly Each recursive case makes progress towards the base case If all smaller problems are solved correctly, then the original problem also is solved correctly CS340 12

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Tracing a Recursive Method Unwinding the recursion is the process of returning from recursive calls computing the partial results CS340 13

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Run-Time Stack and Activation Frames Java maintains a run-time stack Activation frames save information in the run-time stack The activation frame contains storage for method arguments local variables (if any) the return address of the instruction that called the method Whenever a new method is called (recursive or not), Java pushes a new activation frame into the run-time stack CS340 14

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Run-Time Stack and Activation Frames (cont.) CS340 15

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Run-Time Stack and Activation Frames CS340 16

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Recursive Algorithm for Printing String Characters in Reverse /** Recursive method printCharsReverse post: The argument string is displayed in reverse, one character per str The string */ public static void printCharsReverse(String str) { if (str == null || str.equals("")) return; else { printCharsReverse(str.substring(1)); System.out.println(str.charAt(0)); } CS340 17

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Recursive Algorithm for Finding Duplicate characters /** Recursive method removeDuplicates post: The word without word The string */ public String removeDuplicates(String word) { if(word == null || word.length() <= 1) return word; else if( word.charAt(0) == word.charAt(1) ) return removeDuplicates(word.substring(1, word.length())); else return word.charAt(0) + removeDuplicates(word.substring(1, word.length())); } CS340 18

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Recursive Definitions of Mathematical Formulas CS340 19

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Recursive Definitions of Mathematical Formulas Mathematicians often use recursive definitions of formulas Examples include: factorials powers greatest common divisors (gcd) CS340 20

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Factorial of n: n! The factorial of n, or n! is defined as follows: 0! = 1 n! = n x (n -1)! (n > 0) The base case: n equal to 0 The second formula is a recursive definition CS340 21

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Factorial of n: n! (cont.) The recursive definition can be expressed by the following algorithm: if n equals 0 n! is 1 else n! = n x (n – 1)! The last step can be implemented as: return n * factorial(n – 1); CS340 22

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Factorial of n: n! (cont.) public static int factorial(int n) { if (n == 0) return 1; else return n * factorial(n – 1); } CS340 23

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Infinite Recursion and Stack Overflow Call factorial with a negative argument, what will happen? CS StackOverflowException

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Recursive Algorithm for Calculating x n CS Eclipse example

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Recursive Algorithm for Calculating gcd The greatest common divisor (gcd) of two numbers is the largest integer that divides both numbers The gcd of 20 and 15 is 5 The gcd of 36 and 24 is 12 The gcd of 38 and 18 is 2 CS340 26

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Recursive Algorithm for Calculating gcd (cont.) Given 2 positive integers m and n (m > n) if n is a divisor of m gcd(m, n) = n else gcd (m, n) = gcd (n, m % n) CS340 27

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Recursive Algorithm for Calculating gcd (cont.) CS /** Recursive gcd method (in RecursiveMethods.java). pre: m > 0 and n > m The larger n The smaller Greatest common divisor of m and n */ public static double gcd(int m, int n) { if (m % n == 0) return n; else if (m < n) return gcd(n, m); // Transpose arguments. else return gcd(n, m % n); }

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Recursion Versus Iteration Similarities between recursion and iteration Iteration Loop repetition condition determines whether to repeat the loop body or exit from the loop Recursion The condition usually tests for a base case You can always write an iterative solution to a recursion But can you always write a recursion for an iteration problem? Which one is best? CS340 29

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Recursion Versus Iteration Difference between iteration and recursion is: with iteration, each step clearly leads onto the next, like stepping stones across a river, in recursion, each step replicates itself at a smaller scale, so that all of them combined together eventually solve the problem. CS340 30

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Iterative factorial Method CS /** Iterative factorial method. pre: n >= n The integer whose factorial is being n! */ public static int factorialIter(int n) { int result = 1; for (int k = 1; k <= n; k++) result = result * k; return result; }

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Efficiency of Recursion Recursive methods often have slower execution times Why? What about memory and recursion vs iteration? Why would we ever prefer recursion? CS340 32

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Fibonacci Numbers Fibonacci numbers were invented to model the growth of a rabbit colony fib 1 = 1 fib 2 = 1 fib n = fib n-1 + fib n-2 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, … CS340 33

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An Exponential Recursive fibonacci Method CS340 34

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Efficiency of Recursion: Exponential fibonacci CS Inefficient

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An O(n) Recursive fibonacci Method CS340 36

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An O(n) Recursive fibonacci Method (cont.) Non-recursive wrapper method: /** Wrapper method for calculating Fibonacci numbers (in RecursiveMethods.java). pre: n >= n The position of the desired Fibonacci The value of the nth Fibonacci number */ public static int fibonacciStart(int n) { return fibo(1, 0, n); } CS340 37

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Efficiency of Recursion: O(n) fibonacci CS Efficient

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Efficiency of Recursion: O(n) fibonacci Method fibo is an example of tail recursion or last-line recursion Why is it more effective? CS340 39

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Recursive Array Search CS340 40

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Recursive Array Search Simplest way to search is a linear search Start with the first element Examine one element at a time End with the last (n + 1)/2 elements examined in a linear search If the target is not in the list, n elements are examined What is the complexity? CS340 41

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Recursive Array Search (cont.) Base cases for recursive search: Empty array, target can not be found; result is -1 First element of the array being searched = target? Yes? Then result is the subscript of first element No? Then recursive step searches the rest of the array, excluding the first element CS340 42

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Algorithm for Recursive Linear Array Search CS if the array is empty the result is –1 else if the first element matches the target the result is the subscript of the first element else search the array excluding the first element and return the result

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Implementation of Recursive Linear Search CS340 44

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Implementation of Recursive Linear Search (cont.) A non-recursive wrapper method: /** Wrapper for recursive linear search items The array being target The object being searched The subscript of target if found; otherwise -1 */ public static int linearSearch(Object[] items, Object target) { return linearSearch(items, target, 0); } CS340 45

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Implementation of Recursive Linear Search (cont.) CS340 46

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Design of a Binary Search Algorithm Array has to be sorted Base cases The array is empty Element being examined matches the target Compares the middle element for a match with the target Excludes the half of the array within which the target cannot lie CS340 47

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Binary Search Algorithm (cont.) CS if the array is empty return –1 as the search result else if the middle element matches the target return the subscript of the middle element as the result else if the target is less than the middle element recursively search the array elements before the middle element and return the result else recursively search the array elements after the middle element and return the result

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Binary Search Algorithm CS ChinaDenmarkEnglandGreeceJapanRussiaUSA England target first = 0last = 6middle = 3 First call

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Binary Search Algorithm (cont.) CS ChinaDenmarkEnglandGreeceJapanRussiaUSA England target first = 0last = 2 middle = 1 Second call

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Binary Search Algorithm (cont.) CS ChinaDenmarkEnglandGreeceJapanRussiaUSA England target first= middle = last = 2 Third call

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Efficiency of Binary Search An array of 16 would search arrays of length 16, 8, 4, 2, and 1; 5 probes in the worst case 16 = 2 4 5 = log A doubled array size would only require 6 probes in the worst case 32 = 2 5 6 = log An array with 32,768 elements requires only 16 probes! (log = 15) 52

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Comparable Interface Comparable interface classes must define a compareTo method Method obj1.compareTo(obj2) returns an integer negative: obj1 < obj2 zero: obj1 == obj2 positive: obj1 > obj2 CS340 53

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Implementation of a Binary Search Algorithm 54

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Implementation of a Binary Search Algorithm (cont.) CS340 55

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CS Trace of Binary Search

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Testing Binary Search You should test arrays with an even number of elements an odd number of elements duplicate elements Test each array for the following cases: the target is the element at each position of the array the target is less than the smallest array element the target is greater than the largest array element the target is a value between each pair of items in the array CS340 57

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Method Arrays.binarySearch Java API class Arrays contains a binarySearch method If the objects in the array are not comparable or if the array is not sorted, the results are undefined If there are multiple copies of the target value in the array, there is no guarantee which one will be found Throws ClassCastException if the target is not comparable to the array elements CS340 58

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