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Homework Help: Implicit recursive array construction, F90

  1. May 12, 2015 #1
    Hello there,
    I again have a problem with programming in Fortran 90.

    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    I would like to construct an array with an implicit do loop.
    I know how to get the array I want to with usual do-loop but I would like to do it without do loops.

    So this is the array I want to construct:

    DO i=1,f

    So, I want get this array, without using an explicit do-loop.
    For example, I know, that the implicit do-loops work like this:


    But it doesn't work with recursion. So what I've tried for my array is:


    It doesn't work at all.

    Does someone know how to use this in the right way or maybe any other solutions to construct the array without an explicit do-loop.

    Many thanks in advance.

    greets Boltzmann
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  3. May 13, 2015 #2


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    I don't see why this should work. The implied do on the right-hand side will be executed before the assignment, and hence can't be recursive.

    Note also that as written, the code probably doesn't calculate what you want. 1/(2*i+1) will be calculated as an integer, and hence can only return 1 if i=0, 0 otherwise. You have to use 1./(2.*i+1.)
  4. May 13, 2015 #3


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    The actual term of art in Fortran is "implied do-loops", not "implicit do-loops".

    AFAIK, implied do-loops can only be used in certain situations for initializing array variables and for input/output involving arrays. I don't think your recursive use of the implied-do loop fits either of those scenarios. It's also not clear why just a plain old do-loop would not suffice.

    Here are some examples of using implied do-loops:

    http://www.personal.psu.edu/jhm/f90/lectures/19.html#1 {scroll down to the section entitled Array Initialization}
  5. May 14, 2015 #4
    First of all thanks for answering.

    Thanks for your note Claude. I will change this but I also got the right values writing it like integers.
    So is there any other way, I could use the recursive code with?


    I later recognized, that its implied do and not implicit after reading some more about it. Im sorry for this.

    Usually a plain do-loop would suffice but its part of my homework, to realise it without explicit do-loops (do , enddo).

    Right now I solved the problem by using two functions but I don't think that it's the way how my teacher wanted me to do.
    1. Function
    2. Function


    So this works but I think there has to be way a better way.

    Some other question. If a function returns an array. Who can I access to single values and not the whole array. I need it for a proper output.
    So if a is an array I can just use a(i) but how does it work if for example add(x) is a function and an array. How can I get access to add(x)(i) ?
    Last edited: May 14, 2015
  6. May 14, 2015 #5


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    It's not clear what you are describing here.

    AFAIK, function names must not be identical to variable names in Fortran. You can, for example, declare a real array ADD (N), where N = some integer, or you can define a FUNCTION ADD ("argument list"), but you can't do both:

    http://www.chem.ox.ac.uk/fortran/subprograms.html {See the section External Functions}
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