Talk:Dynamic programming

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The first paragraph of the second part and the article on algorithms states that dynamic programming is a bottom-up approach, but later this article says dynamic programming may use bottom-up or top-down approaches. --zeno 11:46, 9 Feb 2004 (UTC)

I've revised that section. It was very vague and somewhat incorrect. I hope there's less confusion now. Derrick Coetzee 20:18, 5 Oct 2004 (UTC)


The page says "i dont know" in those terms, which is not only weirdly misplaced, but also improperly formatted. Someone check.

Misplaced section[edit]

The part following "The steps for using dynamic program goes as follows:" is out of place. Out of nowhere the article starts using terms like 'gap penalties' and 'sequence alignment.' Seems like this was copied from some article on a specific application, such as protien sequencing. Anon, Wed Jul 11 14:11:43 EDT 2007

Too many examples[edit]

This is not a textbook. One good example would suffice. Even worse, many of them are just too long (and boring). Put them in wikibooks. Unfortunately, any attempt to fix this article would be blocked as "vandalism". Way to go, Wikipedia!

Why ALGOL[edit]

Hello , in

function fib(n)

   if n <= 1 return n
   return fib(n − 1) + fib(n − 2)

I doubt that the return function would return a false if, so maybe you make a if n larger or equal to 1 out of it ? That also has the nice side effect that the Fibonacci numbers would become larger than -1, like the original series is larger than +1, I guess that is what you intended ...