Recursive function not returning value

George Yoshida ml at dynkin.com
Fri Sep 17 09:22:54 CEST 2004


Derek Rhodes wrote:

> OK, I have a recursive function that should return a list, but doesn't
> 
> <start session>
> 
> def test(word):
>     if type(word) == str:
>         print "it's a word"
>         test([word])
> 
>     if type(word) == list:
>         print "The conditional worked, see ->", word
>         return word
> 
> What am I missing?

You are forgetting to return the value.

change this part ::

     if type(word) == str:
         print "it's a word"
         test([word])

to

     if type(word) == str:
         print "it's a word"
         return test([word])    # return the result of test([word])


George



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