Riffing on Gustavo Duarte's arguments and examples about using tree traversal rather than factorial for motivating and visualizing recursion
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Motivating and Visualizing Recursion in Python

A riff on Gustavo Duarte's blog post about using better motivated examples to visualize recursion.

This IPython Notebook uses the same example - traversing a maze (representing as a binary tree) - and contrasts it with the recursive and iterative versions of factorial. The main difference is that it is done here in Python, whereas the original version is in C.