For comparison with exercise 5.26 , explore the behavior of the following procedure for computing factorials recursively:
(define (factorial n) (if (= n 1) 1 (* (factorial (- n 1)) n)))
By running this procedure with the monitored stack, determine, as a function of
, the maximum depth of the stack and the total number of pushes used in evaluating
n ≥ 1
. (Again, these functions will be linear.) Summarize your experiments by filling in the following table with the appropriate expressions in terms of
The maximum depth is a measure of the amount of space used by the evaluator in carrying out the computation, and the number of pushes correlates well with the time required.
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