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‘Society was looking at itself too much already, was caught in recursive loops, and could more or less do this blindfolded.’
‘What I am saying is that it is inherently recursive (it operates on the products of its own operation).’
‘Here is the recursive bit that really caught my interest.’
‘Liberals want to change the third variable, but this is somewhat recursive.’
‘Every mystery is contained inside another one like a Russian doll but one where each shell is the same size as the last, a recursive puzzle.’
‘The community's crisis of violence is reflected in a recursive narrative pattern, shaped out of repetitions and returns of the repressed memories of white violence in slavery.’
‘So perhaps the solution lies in some recursive synthesis of the two - if change is sexier/more useable/better, then maybe it'll meet less resistance.’
‘The end goal is that comments about a story enrich that story and that the process is recursive i.e. comments can be about comments, eventually providing an ecology of news.’
‘Somehow this is clever, because it's recursive.’
‘Politically negotiated opinions, informed and uninformed, expert and otherwise, are important factors in the recursive social policy process of analysis, formation and implementation.’
‘And if you had a universe-sized computer, it could run all kinds of recursive worlds; it could, for instance, simulate an entire galaxy.’
‘Attempting to cure poverty by increasing the minimum wage is thus somewhat recursive.’
‘It is, unfortunately, a recursive game, providing opportunities for learning from past mistakes.’
‘This may well be true, but it's somewhat recursive: value investing (like efficient markets) only works as long as a lot of people don't think it works.’
‘In other words, the recursive action of fictional analysis reconstructs and reconfigures the power of the word through learning about text.’
‘For people such as us, who are obsessed with the recursive nature of signs, it is like a series of mirrors reflecting each other into a distorted infinitude of mixed interpretations and intentions.’
1.1Mathematics Linguistics Relating to or involving the repeated application of a rule, definition, or procedure to successive results.
‘Kleene's research was on the theory of algorithms and recursive functions.’
‘He studied consistency of arithmetic, proving that formal arithmetic with recursive definitions is consistent.’
‘A class of mathematical problems is called recursive if there is an algorithm for finding the answer in each individual case.’
‘She published papers on mathematical logic, recursive function theory, and theoretical computer science.’
‘It's hard for me to believe that any creature could develop anything much like human language without at least some limited form of recursive compositionality.’
1.2Computing Relating to or involving a program or routine of which a part requires the application of the whole, so that its explicit interpretation requires in general many successive executions.
‘An expression could invoke recursive functions or entire subprograms, for example.’
‘A recursive function is one that calls itself, often over and over again.’
‘Providing recursive queries to arbitrary IP addresses on the internet exposes a name server to both cache poisoning and denial of service attacks.’
‘With the latest security holes, the programs are vulnerable only when acting as recursive name servers.’
‘It also prevents device driver writers from having to handle recursive interrupts, which complicate programming.’
Origin
Late 18th century (in the general sense): from late Latin recurs- ‘returned’ (from the verb recurrere ‘run back’) + -ive. Specific uses have arisen in the 20th century.