# Multiple recursion

A form of recursion using several variables simultaneously. The set of values of these variables is ordered lexicographically. This definition subsumes numerous concrete recursive descriptions. If in such a description the unknown function is not substituted into itself, then it results in a primitive recursion. In general, multiple recursion leads outside the limits of the set of primitive recursive functions, since by a double recursion (performed with respect to two variables) it is possible to construct a function which is universal for the primitive recursive functions (similarly, for $k$- recursive functions there is a $( k+ 1 )$- multiple universal function); cf. Universal function. All possible forms of multiple recursion can be reduced to the following normal form:

$$\phi ( n _ {1} \dots n _ {k} ) = 0 \ \textrm{ if } n _ {1} \dots n _ {k} = 0,$$

$$\phi ( n _ {1} + 1 \dots n _ {k} + 1 ) = \beta ( n _ {1} \dots n _ {k} , \phi _ {1} \dots \phi _ {k} ) ,$$

where

$$\phi _ {i} = \phi ( n _ {1} + 1 \dots n _ {i-} 1 + 1 , n _ {i} ,$$

$$\gamma _ {1} ^ {(} i) ( n _ {1} \dots n _ {k} , \phi ( n _ {1} + 1 \dots n _ {k-} 1 + 1 , n _ {k} )) \dots$$

$$\dots {}\gamma _ {k-} 1 ^ {(} i) ( n _ {1} \dots n _ {k} , \phi ( n _ {1} + 1 \dots n _ {k-} 1 + 1 , n _ {k} ) ) ) .$$

How to Cite This Entry:
Multiple recursion. Encyclopedia of Mathematics. URL: http://encyclopediaofmath.org/index.php?title=Multiple_recursion&oldid=47932
This article was adapted from an original article by N.V. Belyakin (originator), which appeared in Encyclopedia of Mathematics - ISBN 1402006098. See original article