The Curse Of Recursion

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Could someone please take a movement to explain more deeply and simplify recursion to me?

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function sum(arr, n) {
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Challenge: Replace Loops using Recursion

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It looks like you haven’t done anything on this challenge yet, so I’ll talk about the example.

function multiply(arr, n) {
  if (n <= 0) {
    return 1;
  } else {
    return multiply(arr, n - 1) * arr[n - 1];

The idea with recursion is to write the problem in terms of itself.

In this case, multiply(arr, n) is a function that takes an array arr and a number n and returns the product of the first n elements of arr.

Well, the product of the first n elements (say the first 5 elements) is the product of the first n - 1 elements (the first 4 elements) multiplied by the nth element (the 5th element).

So multiply(arr, n) === multiply(arr, n - 1) * arr[n - 1].

But at some point we have to stop. For this example, the ‘base case’ is the simplest version of the problem. When n <= 0, then we say that our product is 1.

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Emm :confused: hmm… okie

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do you still have questions? we are unable to know if something was useful, or you need more explanations if you don’t say anything

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The concept of recursion I get it. It calls itself until the condition meets and then stops which is called “base case”. However, the above code line is still a little tricky for me to understand :sweat_smile:

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