the process of defining a function or calculating a number by the repeated application of an algorithm.
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How to use recursion in a sentence
That’s why solvers like Mike Strong turned to their computers, using recursion to exhaustively search across all possible strategies.
The difference, Field says, is that large libraries of small molecules and their properties already existed for recursion to use.This startup is using robots and A.I. to design new drugs | Jeremy Kahn | October 29, 2020 | Fortune
Meanwhile, Emma Knight went in a completely different direction — recursion — still arriving at the same solution.
Those results imply that an ability to grasp recursion must emerge early in life and doesn’t require formal education.Monkeys may share a key grammar-related skill with humans | Bruce Bower | June 26, 2020 | Science News
Participants might have correctly sequenced novel brackets without thinking about recursion, Männel and Zaccarella suggest.Monkeys may share a key grammar-related skill with humans | Bruce Bower | June 26, 2020 | Science News
British Dictionary definitions for recursion
the act or process of returning or running back
logic maths the application of a function to its own values to generate an infinite sequence of values. The recursion formula or clause of a definition specifies the progression from one term to the next, as given the base clause f (0) = 0, f (n + 1) = f (n) + 3 specifies the successive terms of the sequence f (n) = 3 n
- recursive, adjective
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