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Recursion with only a single self-reference

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The factorial function, as given in Language:Java below, uses single recursion.

	public static long factorial(int n) {
		if (n <= 1)
			return 1;
		else
			return n * factorial(n - 1);
	}	

For comparison, the Fibonacci sequence uses binary recursion instead.

See also the illustrations of primitive recursion and tail recursion for some specific forms of single recursion.

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