Nelson, George C. Department of Mathematics, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.
- Effective procedure
- Effectively computable function
- Turing machines
- Partial recursive functions
- Church's thesis
- Additional Reading
A function that maps natural numbers to natural numbers and is special in that it must be calculable by using a precisely specified algorithm. The mathematical definitions of partial recursive functions and recursive functions were developed to give a precise mathematical characterization of those functions or operations on the natural numbers which are computable by using effective procedures.
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