Questions dealing with recursive algorithms. Their analysis often involves recurrence relations, which have their own tag.

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How can I recursively approximate a moving average and standard deviation?

Consider a sequence of measurements $(x_1, x_2, ...)$. Let $\mu_n$ be the $p$-period moving average defined by $$\mu_n = \frac{1}{p}\sum_{i=n-p+1}^nx_i$$ and $\sigma_n$ be the $p$-period moving ...
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Dynamic programming:Making a Change

I'm practicing problems on dynamic programming.The problem is as follows: You are given n types of coin denominations of values v(1) < v(2) < ... < v(n) (all integers). Assume v(1) = 1, so ...
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Proof by induction for a recursive function f

Consider the function $\operatorname{f}: \Bbb N \to \Bbb N$ defined recursively as follows: 1) Base case: $\operatorname{f}(0) = 0$ 2) Recursive case: $\operatorname{f}(x) = ...
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Proof by induction for a recursive function

Really having a tough time doing this question: Consider the function $\operatorname{f}: \Bbb N \to \Bbb N$ defined recursively as follows: 1) Base case: $\operatorname{f}(0) = 0$ 2) Recursive ...
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Counting arrays with gcd 1

I want to calculate the number of arrays of size $N$, such that for each of it's element $A_i, 1 \leq A_i \leq M$ holds, and gcd of elements of array is 1. Constraints: $1 \leq A_i \leq M$ and $A_i$ ...
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Prove that the Fibonacci recursion diverges

I have this sequence with $ n \in \mathbb{N} $ $ f(1) = f(2) = 1 $ and $ f(n) = f(n-1) + f(n-2) $ for $n \ge 3$ I think this sequence is bounded below and unbounded above. So it's clear that this ...
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Constructing a recursive sequence that converges to sqrt 17

One of the problems that we have for abstract math is the following: Using the recursive sequence definition, construct a sequence that converges to $\sqrt{17}$. It is my understanding that the ...
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All solutions of the recurrence relation

Find all solutions of the recurrence relation $$ a_n = 2a_{n-1}+15a_{n-219}-64a_{n-3}+k $$
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Explicit (General) formula for recursive definition.

I am given $a_n=3a_{n-1}+4^n$, $n=1,2,3,....$ and $a_0=1$. First four terms: $$ \begin{align} a_1&=3.1+4^1=3+4=7\\ a_2&=3.7 + 4^2 = 21 + 16 = 37 \\ a_3&=3.37 + 4^3 = 111 + 64 = 175\\ ...
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Solving time complexity of merge sort

I was asked to prove that the time complexity of merge sort is $ O(log_2n)$ but I cannot find a way to continue my method. Any help? $T(n)=2T(\frac{n}{2} )+n$ $T(n)= 2[2T(\frac{n}{4})+n] +n = ...
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Log property in proof of Master theorem

The family of recurrence considered is of the form $$ T(n) = aT(n/b) + n^c $$ $a,b,c$ are integers. One case of master theorem states: if $c< log_b a$, then $T(n) = \Theta(n^{log_b a}) $. I have ...
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Finding the convergent value of a recursion similar to Arithmetic-Geometric Mean recursion

The sequence is defined as follows : Start : $(x_0,y_0)$ with $ 0 < x_0 < y_0 $ Step : $x_{n+1} = \frac {x_n+y_n} {2}$ , $y_{n+1}= \sqrt{x_{n+1}y_n} $ Find $\lim_{n\to \infty}(x_n,y_n)$ . ...
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Find exact closed form of recurrence $g(0) = 0, g(1) = 3, g(n) = g(n − 1) + 2g(n − 2)$ for $ n \geq 2$

$g(0) = 0, g(1) = 3, g(n) = g(n − 1) + 2g(n − 2)$ for $n \geq 2$ Our lecture notes suggest us to work backwards until you get the first term, i.e. $g(1)$ I am not quite sure how that works as the ...
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Help me generalize what this divisor transform does.

I have an algorithm which takes as input the series expansion of: $$\frac{-(1 + ax(-2 + x + ax))}{-1 + ax} \tag 1$$ or expressed differently: ...
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Trace and transpose of a Matrix

I have a recurrence relation as follows $ \left\{ \begin{array}{ll} R_0=H & \mbox{if } n = 0 \\ R_1 =sR_0 \hspace{.1cm} A & \mbox{if }n=1\\ R_{n+2} =\frac{s}{n+2}\{ R_{n+1} ...
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A Difficult Recursive Equation

I've got a recursive equation of the form $$ x_{n+1} - x_{n} = \frac{(-1)^n}{2 \cdot 4 \cdot 6 \cdot ... \cdot 2n}(x_0-x_1)$$ for $n \geq 2$. We can assume $x_0$ and $x_1$ are just real numbers/ I ...
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running time of an algorithm

I am trying to prove an algorithm with input size $n$ satisties the recurence relation (for $n>=1$) $T(n) = T(n-1)+n$ and an initial condition of $T(1)=1$ has running time in $Θ(n^2$). By using ...
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Solution of ODE with initial values

Given data in the problem ${\psi'(t)}_{3 \times 3}=A_{3 \times 3}\psi(t)_{3 \times 3}, \psi(0)_{3 \times 3}=R^{cl}_{3 \times 3} \\ \phi'(t)_{3 \times 3}=t\hspace{.1cm}B_{3 \times 3} \phi(t)_{3 ...
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$T(n)=T(n-1)+O(\log n)$ is $T(n)=O(n^2)$ or $T(n)=O(n \log n)$

I have this Recurrence relation: $T(n)=T(n-1)+O(\log n)$ What is the solution? $T(n)=O(n^2)$ or $T(n)=O(n \log n)$ What I did is: I assume that $T(n)\le O(n^2)$ And that's bring me to $O(n^2)$, ...
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Towers of Hanoi Starting From Initial (Legal) Configuration?

I was recently asked in an interview how an algorithm for solving the classic Towers of Hanoi problem would differ if you were given an initial (legal) configuration of the towers, and had to start ...
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recursive to explicit sequence

I am trying to find the explicit formula for the following recursion: $$a_{1}=3,\quad a_{n}=3- \frac{1}{a_{n-1}},\quad n \in \mathbb N,n>1$$ I tried in many ways but I cannot find any ...
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Algorithm Running Time

Given an algorithm with a running time $$T(n)=5T(n/2)+n^2$$ So the number of nodes at a depth $i$ would be: $5^i$ The input size for each node at $i$ would be: $n/2^i$ Agreed. Then it states that ...
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How many distinct ways to climb stairs in 1 or 2 steps at a time? (Fibonacci puzzle)

There is a very interesting puzzle for fibonacci sequence ...
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How to find if an array has at least 10 unique integers in $O(\log n)$?

I am given a sorted array of integers. I want to find out if the array has at least 10 unique integers. I know this can easily be done with an algorithm that runs in $O(n)$ simply by going through ...
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Finding the explicit form of the recursive function $P_{1(n)}=\left\lceil\frac12P_{1(n-1)}\right\rceil+\left\lfloor\frac12P_{2(n-1)}\right\rfloor$

I'm trying to find the explicit form of the recursive function $$P_{1(n)}=\left\lceil\frac12P_{1(n-1)}\right\rceil+\left\lfloor\frac12P_{2(n-1)}\right\rfloor\;.$$ First, let me explain what this ...
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How to give a good guess to the recurrence relation problem [duplicate]

I have been trying to solve the following recurrence relation $$T(n)=2T(\frac{n}{2}) + nlgn$$ by using substitution method. I started to compute $T(1)$ ,$T(4)$,$T(8)$,$T(16)$ to guess a solution as ...
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Optimal Number of White Balls

There are C containers, B black balls and infinite number of white balls. Each container should have at least one ball. Each of the containers may contain any number of black and white balls. Action ...
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Recurrence Derivative

I have a recurrence relation as follows $ \left\{ \begin{array}{ll} R_0=H & \mbox{if } n = 0 \\ R_1(s)=sR_0 \hspace{.1cm} A & \mbox{if }n=1\\ R_{n+2}(s)=\frac{s}{n+2}\{ ...
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Generate all permutations of a string containing repeated characters

I was writing a program to print all the permutations of a string. I came up with the following: ...
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Binary Search when no “fixed” answer…? (Font Sizing)

So I'm trying to figure out how best to implement a binary search algorithm to find the "optimal" font size for a piece of text to fit into a given space, to the nearest 0.5pt. My understanding is ...
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Recurence Problem. - Solve either by substitution or Expansion

Function T(n) is defined by the following recurrence relation: $$ T(n)=2T(\lfloor\sqrt{ n}\rfloor)+\log(n) $$ $$ T(0)=1 $$ How would I Solve by substitution and/or Expansion? Note: ...
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Using Extended Euclidean Algorithm for $85$ and $45$

Apply the Extended Euclidean Algorithm of back-substitution to find the value of $\gcd(85, 45)$ and to express $\gcd(85, 45)$ in the form $85x + 45y$ for a pair of integers $x$ and $y$. I have ...
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A nice recurrence sequence

I want to find general solution for recurrence: $a_n=7a_{n-1}-10a_{n-2}+4n$ with suppose $c_1, c_2, c_3$ is constant. I need some tutorial or solution on this challenging recurrence.
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Solving recurrence equations with repeated substitution?

Say we have a recurrence equation as $$ T(n) = \begin{cases} T\left(\frac n2\right) +n & \text{if }n\ge2 \\ 1 & \text{if }n=1 \end{cases} $$ Would the first substitution be like this? ...
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Solving recurrence -varying coefficient

How can one find a closed form for the following recurrence? $$r_n=a\cdot r_{n-1}+b\cdot (n-1)\cdot r_{n-2}\tag 1$$ (where $a,b,A_0,A_1$ are constants and $r_0=A_0,r_1=A_1$) If the $(n-1)$ was not ...
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Karatsuba multiplication algorithm of two 6 digit decimal numbers.

What are the min and max number of single digit multiplications, involved in recursive karatsubha multiplication of two 6 digit decimal numbers? I found different results on different numbers. But I ...
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Improving the Edit Distance Algorithm

I applied an Edit Distance Algorithm for similarity between two strings over the lowercase latin alphabet, where the first string has length $m$ and the second length $n$. However I want to improve ...
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Any way to get a Recursive function from its closed form?

For an exercise, the goal is to find a recursive definition for a certain function. the function itself is as follows: f(a,b) is the # of binary strings of length a and with b more 1s than 0s. eg: ...
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A recurrence equation for the number of multiplications in an algorithm for computing powers

We were asked the to find the recurrence equation for the number of multiplications for the following algorithm as a function of N. For simiplicity, let $ N = 2^k $ and is a positive integer: I ...
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Find a Recurrence Relation

I want to find a recurrence relation for number of decimal numbers with length n, (we called $a_0$ ) that not includes 0 and any combination of 11,12, 21. i see the result is: ...
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Geometric sum of recurrence relation

I am reading the textbook Algorithm Design by Kleignberg and Tardos and I am having trouble on page 216. $$T(n) \le \sum_{j=0}^{log_2n - 1} \left ( \frac{q}{2}\right )^j cn = cn \sum_{j=0}^{log_2n - ...
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Recurrence Relation from Old Exam

I see this challenging recurrence relation that has a solution of $T^2(n)=\theta (n^2)$. anyone could solve it for me? how get it? $$T(n) = \begin{cases} n,\quad &\text{ if n=1 or n=0 ...
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Need help checking my recurrence for a simple algorithm

All I'm writing to get a second opinion on the algorithm shown in this link. I'm pretty sure its supposed to be $T(n)=2T(n/2)+n$ but I can't see where I'm supposed to get the +n from. So far I'm ...
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recursive equation: divide and conquer, subtract and conquer problem in one

I have a recursive equation that does not apply to the master method, since there is subtraction in the equation. I'd like to use the substitution method, but I have no idea where to start. Could ...
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Proving the correctness of a program

So I have this program below SquareRootRecursion that I need to prove is correct. However i'm not sure what it's pre and post conditions would be and how I would use those to prove it's correctness. ...
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Proof of recursivity of Shannon's Entropy

Does anybody know a book where the proof of recursivity property of Shannon's Entropy can be found? I mean this: $$H(q_1,...,q_n)=H(q_1 + q_2, q_3,...,q_n) + (q_1 +q_2)H( \frac{q_1}{q_1+q_2} , ...
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How to solve a recurrence

Apologies for this is a really trivial question, but I cannot figure out what to do after understanding the pattern of the function. Say I have this: $\begin{align} T(n) & = T(n-1) + 1/n \\ ...
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What are algorithm? Can we relate algorithm using set theory concepts?

What really algorithm are? Can we define algorithm as functions or in terms of set theory Can we reconvert proof using algorithm in set theory concept.For example, Theorem: A function defined on ...
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Recurrence equation of $ T(n) = T(n/2 ) + dn\log_2(n)$

I have the following equation: $$T(n) = T\left({n \over 2}\right) + d n \log_2 n$$ A little investigation: $T(2^1) = 1 + 2d$ $T(2^2) = T(2^1) + 2^2d\times 2 = 1 + 10d$ $T(2^3) = T(2^2) + ...
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What's the next “recursion” here?

Plotting a single 3d helix is x = cos(t); y = sin(t); z = t; From this equation: x = [R + a cos(\omega t)] cos t y = [R + a cos(\omega t)] sin t z = h t + a sin(omega t) Comes the awesome ...