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Date:         Tue, 14 Jul 1998 19:38:19 GMT
Reply-To:     Andreas Grueninger <grueni@STUTTGART.NETSURF.DE>
Sender:       "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@UGA.CC.UGA.EDU>
From:         Andreas Grueninger <grueni@STUTTGART.NETSURF.DE>
Organization: GmbH, Internet Services, Stuttgart, Germany
Subject:      Re: Modular recursion in COBOL and SAS (was: Re:Recursion in
              SAS-the exact query)


very nice discussion about english grammar. I appreciate this very much to improve my knowledge about the english language (I am german). Back to SAS: Paul, do you really think this is recursion if you go to the label? I guess it is something like a restart of the do loops. If it would be a real recursion the value i should be restored if the recursive called function (here a link/return or for the COBOL freaks a perform) is finished. This is not the case. The values of the index i after the LINK part in the do loop starts with the last value of i before the last jumping out and is incremented by 1 for each RETURN. This is somewhat bizzare and IMHO good for nothing. I changed the code a little bit to show the values of a new variable x and the index i.

BTW: And for Aston Lexmart (the C and Assembler freak): Real recursion can be done easily in SAS with SCL and calling of methods. So it would be easy to implement a quicksort. The more intelligent solution would be to use proc sort.

DATA _NULL_; ARRAY A(9) (4,7,3,1,9,6,2,8,5); KEY = 1; PIVOT = 9; STEP = -1; x = 0; IF 0 THEN DO; PART: DO J=1 TO 9; PUT A(J) @; END; PUT; *SHOW CURRENT STATE OF ARRAY; DO I = PIVOT TO KEY BY STEP; IF STEP * (A(I) - A(KEY)) > 0 THEN DO; T=A(I); A(I)=A(KEY); A(KEY)=T; *SWAP ELEMENTS; PIVOT = KEY - STEP; PUT key= @; KEY = I; STEP = (-1) * STEP; *SWAP SWEEP DIRECTION; x + 1; PUT i= x= @; LINK PART; *CALL ITSELF; PUT x= i=; END; END; RETURN; END; LINK PART; RUN; 4 7 3 1 9 6 2 8 5 KEY=1 I=7 X=1 2 7 3 1 9 6 4 8 5 KEY=7 I=2 X=2 2 4 3 1 9 6 7 8 5 KEY=2 I=4 X=3 2 1 3 4 9 6 7 8 5 X=3 I=5 X=3 I=6 X=3 I=7

--------------------------- Andreas Grueninger

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